Finca de la Piedra is a fledgling campsite on the periphery of Villafranca de Guadalhorce, Andalucia. We found owners Jeff and Irene on the internet and their aim is to offer value for money with decent facilities, good hospitality and serene surroundings. So far so good too.
The site is humble with an excellent toilet/shower block (one single toilet which can handle having paper flushed down it), washing facilities for dinner/kitchenware and a washing machine that they charge 2 euros per run for.
There is good wi-fi coverage which comes absolutely free to customers and runs at a very respectable speed. There are also connections to Sky TV should you require it.
Jeff and Irene live in a static caravan on the edge of Finca de la Piedra and are very welcoming hosts. They enjoy watching the sunset across the Sierra de las Nieves of an evening and are happy to sit and chew the fat over just about anything as the night settles in.
There are a number of caravans on site already and the five/six pitches all have electricity which is charged by meter. This actually works in your favour as a lot of campsites will charge between 4 and 7 euros per day whereas the usual bill per day at Finca de la Piedra is around 1 euro (even less for a van like ours which only runs the fridge off the mains).
The views around the site are terrific with mountains and green fields in every direction. Local farms are often busy by day but as the night draws in the songs of birds, distant dogs conversing across the kilometres and insects chirping dominate the soundscape, making it a very relaxing place to connect with nature.
There are taps at every pitch and after a day in the sun the water flows quite hot for a while. All the water on site is drinkable as it is triple filtered for optimum cleanliness. The water from the washing up facilities stays cold so use that to save wasting water from the pitch taps.
Where most campsites are happy to offer as wide a range of options for their clients as possible, Finca de la Piedra are aiming theirs directly at people who prefer a quieter stay. They have a no children policy (but dogs are very welcome) and the compact nature of the area means they can not cater for large RVs.
There is no pool but there is a river nearby which is great for bathing in, so if you need to cool down in the hotter months that is a good option (Irene did mention that they have a splash pool for the summer).
Their site is very much for people who want a Spanish retreat in the country with easy access to places of interest. They provide an information sheet that covers attractions in local towns and villages and the site is less than 30km (16 miles) from the beach.
Jeff also kindly drove me into Coin for the cashpoint as the van was pitched with awning, etc and would have been a hassle to move.
We were charged 12euros per night plus electricity and given the quality of the facilities and the friendliness of Jeff and Irene this felt like good value for money. Their mission, so far, is a success.
You can find Finca de la Piedra roughly 1km North of Villafranca de Guadalhorce (see map below).
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