Wild Camp near Bolonia, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia

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On our first day in Bolonia, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, we found a great place to park next to a lovely green Mercedes van with German plates and decided that we’d spend the nigh there. With views of the sea and mountain, why wouldn’t we?

Well, because we stood the very high risk of getting slapped with a hefty fine. In other words, we were lucky.

After conversations with a few people (the Chilean who owned the green Merc and an English girl who was sleeping in the pines nearby) we were led to a better wild camping spot where the police don’t bother anyone.

On the way into Bolonia from the N-340 you’ll pass a pizzeria about halfway along the CA-8202. The wild camp spot if opposite that restaurant on a small stretch of road that winds off into the hills.

When we arrived in the evening there were a few RVs, a clutch of campervans further up and a caravan. It seemed like we’d struck gold.

There is a stone seating area where you can eat and the pizza place has toilets which are normally locked (buy a drink, ask for the key and accidentally forget to lock the door when you’re done will take care of your toilet needs in the night).


Wild camping on the CA-8202 near Bolonia, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia

Wild camping on the CA-8202 near Bolonia, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia


You’re going to need a decent supply of water as there’s no font nearby although you can probably top up in Bolonia by day if you’re planning a lengthy stay.

For food there’s a great panaderia and general store at Tarifa Smile where you can buy bread, milk and other essentials. There’s also a fruit and veg stall as you turn off the N-340 towards Bolonia and you can stock up on fresh produce there too.

We enjoyed a very peaceful night opposite the pizzeria and awoke to a wonderful sunrise of the surrounding mountains, while several kilometres below the golden beach and blue sea sparkled and no police men turned up to fine us.

Read about Bolonia, the dangers of wild camping there and take a look at Playa de Valdevaqueros between Bolonia and Tarifa.

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