At the far end of the golden stretch of sand that reaches from Tarifa to the foot of Punta Paloma, lying just behind las dunas is the forest-like Camping Paloma; a wonderful camp site which is covered heavily with trees, making you feel like you’re truly camping in the heart of the natural park.
Facilities are a bit hit and miss; the washing machines are very good and a token for them only costs 2.50 euros and there are plenty of toilets between the two available blocks, though the doors on some have no locks and site doesn’t provide any toilet roll so make sure you pack your own.
The showers too are plentiful and are at least tap operated. That said some are quite apathetic in their efforts to douse you so pick carefully if you want to be shot-blasted.
The pool area is excellent, and even if the pool itself is small the beach style kiosk selling drinks at very reasonable prices is a boon. There is also a children’s play area with a few swings, slides and climbable stuff too.
Camping Paloma provides free wi-fi in the reception/shop/restaurant area and the service is fast and reliable; perfect for all you budding travel writers and homesick travellers out there.
The pitches themselves are pretty good although anyone planning to stay there in a campervan will need some chocks or another way of levelling the vehicle as the ground is sloped all over the site. There are plenty of electricity points on the pitches, although less so higher up the site meaning that you’ll need as much as 60 metres of cable to hook yourself up on some plots.
As mentioned before there are so many trees that almost the entire site is shaded, something that you’ll welcome between June and September. The sound of the constant wind rushing through the tree tops is very soothing and the chatter of wild birds adds to the tranquillity and feeling of being somewhere far from civilisation.
It’s a walk of around half a kilometre between Camping Paloma and Playa Valdevaqueres (the beach) but by the time you get there you’ll be ready for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean, after which you can soak up the sun on golden / white sand and watch the kite surfers perform stunts galore. There are also plenty of Chiringuitos along the beach.
There is a bus service which runs in high season that will take you the 12km from Camping Paloma to nearby Tarifa which is a lovely little town and a gateway to Morocco.
Of the five camp sites along the N-340 near Tarifa, Paloma is just about the cheapest, especially if you have an ACSI card (we paid 17.90 per night). Check out time is 12pm.
All in all Camping Paloma isn’t perfect but it’s such a beautiful site with access to many great attractions nearby that you’ll be willing to forgive the tiny cracks in an otherwise excellent camp site.
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