Camping Vall de Ribes, Ribes de Freser, Catalunya


Ribes de Freser is really the gateway to the Pyrenees in Catalunya. The quaint little town sits either side of the shallow but jostling el Segadell river which is dammed at several points to provide electricity to the area and forms part of he Pyreneean rafting and kayaking network.

Vall de Ribes is just to the north of the town and about 10 minutes walk from the centre.


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We stayed there one weekend in February before we bought the van. Back then we had a little VW Polo which had carried us and our possessions all the way from Berlin in sub-zero conditions, down through Switzerland, across half of France and along the Spanish coast to Barcelona where it eventually disappeared. Cars do that in Barcelona.

The ride up through the Catalunyan countryside had been a good one and took about two and a half hours. The camp site is well signposted from the town and we found it easily enough.

February in Spain can still be cold and the snow capped mountains to the west were testament to that. Ribes de Freser is in the heart of Spanish skiing country and the mountains across the way were home to popular resorts such as La Molina.


Such a terrible waste of a weekend at Vall de Ribes. Nah, who am I kidding?


Despite the crisp winter weather, the second day was sunny and I was forced to don my shorts. That’s what I love about Spain, the sun is never far away.

Camping Vall de Ribes had great facilities including hot showers, electricity hook ups, a decent restaurant with wi-fi and clean toilets. There was a pool too but I wasn’t in my Geordie blood. Because I’m not a Geordie.

The site has plenty of space spread across three tiers and the views across the mountains are exquisite, especially when the snow is still clinging to the peaks.

We only stayed for one night and the site was quiet due to the time of year but I imagine the summer months will see the place rammed full of tents, camper vans and caravans, all subject to heavy shelling by stray footballs and frisbies.

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