Hidden away in Los Velez National Park, near the small town of Maria, Andalucia is the wonderful Camping Sierra de Maria. This is one of the most tranquil sites in Spain and an absolute retreat from the troubles currently haunting Spain.
From the town of Rubio Velez; the gateway to Los Velez, a winding road twists up through the mountains for around 30km until you pass through Maria and onto the quiet track that leads to Camping Sierra de Maria.
The route is incredibly scenic and should be taken slowly so as to savour its many great vistas.
The campsite itself is a beautifully random collection of log cabins and decent sized pitches that cater for tents, RVs or cars with caravans. The rustic looking facilities are excellent as well with big stone basins for washing up, toilets and showers situated in log cabins and a lovely looking pool (out of commission when we arrived) all shaded by pine trees against the backdrop of snow capped peaks.
Overhead eagles and other birds of prey soar and red squirrels scamper from tree to tree. The place instantly relaxes you and with little but the tweets of birds and the chirp of insects as your soundtrack it’s easy to get lost in thought and peace.
The only real downside to Camping Sierra de Mar is its lack of Wi-Fi and being so high up in the mountains mobile phone signal is also sketchy at best. Our Carrefour dongle had no chance up there.
That said, if you don’t have a deadline to meet and want to envelope yourself in the tranquility of Los Velez Natural Park, then Camping Sierra de Maria is the perfect place to unwind and forget your troubles.
You can find Camping Sierra de Maria here:
There is no dedicated website for Camping Sierra de Maria at the moment but they are part of the ACSI scheme and more information can be found at their website: www.campingcard.com
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