Camping Les Illes, Montseny, Catalunya – a great mountain retreat

Les Illes is situated at the heart of Montseny, a few kilometres walk from the summit among other spectacles. Montseny’s summit sits at around 1700m and the camp site nestles about 400m below that in a valley between several peaks, guarded by rolling, verdant hills.

The summit at Montseny and Les Illes below.

Offering fairly standard facilities (although no hot water out of season) including toilet blocks, wifi, swimming pool, washing facilities, a bar, shop and fonts, the site is no different to any other in that respect, but its location puts it in a rare category; a genuine retreat from the world at large.

The macabre welcoming committee above the door to the restaurant at Camping Les Illes

The pitches are laid out in tiers with plenty of space for both tents and campervans with electric hook ups on the higher tiers and a lovely, rustic looking bar at the top, watching over the entire site like a tribal elder.

The start of one of Les Illes' many walks among the peaks of Montseny

Among its many attractions is the fact that it serves as such a good base to explore Montseny and its peaks, valleys, rivers and walks. Not too far way is a monastery, a small dam and a tricky but walkable cascading mountain stream with waterfalls.

As far as food goes the restaurant offers fairly standard Spanish fare which isn’t vegan friendly at all. In the mornings there is fresh bread. I’m not a big fan of too much bread and I wish places would go out on a limb and offer something a little healthier.

El Fito is about a 20 minute walk from the site and offers beautiful views, especially at sundown

The drive up to the site is terrific; winding mountain roads which offer more and more spectacular but teasing views the higher you get. Sadly there aren’t enough miradors (view points) and if there’s plenty of traffic you don’t get to appreciate those vistas.

Like many sites, Les Illes has a small community of permanent residents who are generally courteous but indifferent towards casual stoppers like us.

Yeah that's me at El Fito.

Plenty of information about local attractions and walks is available in the bar and the lady who owns the site is very friendly and accommodating. The walks are one of the things which attracted us in the first place as we always have to consider Sweep. The site is very dog friendly and the owners have a couple themselves along with two horses, a pony and some chickens.

I’d like to return to Les Illes at some point as our time there was too brief. It’s easy enough to get to and within 20km of the AP7 which runs between Girona and Barcelona.

Although a great camp site you might prefer the comfort and luxury of a hotel in Montseney which you could book by clicking here.

Our Verdict: Big thumbs up; a spacious site with plenty to do in the local area. The nearest shops are a long way off so make sure you stock up otherwise you’re relying on largely non-vegan stuff from the restaurant and shop.

Sweep’s Verdict: Paws up!

 

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