Camping Barcelona

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Camping Barcelona

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, situated on the north east coast of Spain. It?s perhaps most famous as the home of the modernist Antoni Gaudi, and in the city, much of his work can be seen in the buildings and parks. His most famous work is the spectacular Sagrada Familia church which always has long queues. Barcelona is also most to some world class museums, art galleries, and there is a wealth of excellent restaurants and nightlife. Though most people choose to stay in one of the hotels or guest houses, during the summer months staying in a campsite on the outskirts of the city and near to the coast is an appealing and cost effective way of visiting Barcelona.

Campsites in Barcelona

Though there are plenty of campsites located outside the city, there are three particularly nice options, which are easily commutable too.

Camping Tres Estrellas

Camping Tres Estrellas is located around 8 miles outside the centre of Barcelona, near the town of Gava. They are open during the summer months and have pitches available for tents, motorhomes, and caravans. Of course, it?s easy to get into the city, but the campsite provides plenty of facilities including two outdoor swimming pools, two restaurants serving up Catalan and international cuisine, a bar with an extensive drinks menu, volleyball nets, and entertainment for both children and adults. The nightly movies for kids is particularly popular, while the adults enjoy authentic flamenco dancing. Guests can use the nearby beach, which is only a short walk from the campsite itself and cook up food on the barbeque facilities provided. The campsite is easily reached from Barcelona. Catch the L94 and L95 from Plaza Catalunya towards Castelldefels and get off in Gava. The bus station is just a short walk to the campsite and the buses run throughout the night. Ask at the campsite reception for a bus timetable.

Tel: +34 93 633 0637

Availability: Mid March - Mid October

Website: www.camping3estrellas.com

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Camping Masnou

The town of Masnou is situated no more than 10 miles due north of Barcelona. The campsite is a convenient five minutes? walk from El Masmou train station and trains leave for the Plaza de Catalunya every ten minutes. Although the train travels only a short distance it stops and six different stations on the coast, each of which is a good place to hop off and explore the beaches. The journey into Barcelona takes 35 minutes and trains run from 6am to Midnight. Buses also run between Masnou and Barcelona. The N80 also leaves from Plaza de Catalunya hourly, takes around 35 minutes and will drop you at El Masnou train station where you can take the same five minutes? walk back to the campsite and your accommodation. The buses operate until the early hours.

The campsite does not have a website, but there is a contact phone number below and the staff can speak fluent English so finding out information or booking is not difficult. The amenities onsite are not as wide as those at Camping Tres Estrellas, but there is a swimming pool, hot showers, a launderette and supermarket so all basics are covered for an extended stay under canvas. One of Camping Masnou?s advantages over Tres Estrellas is that the site operates throughout the year making it perfect for those wishing to camp in Northern Spain off season.

Tel: +34 93 555 1503

Availability: 12 months per year

Camping Barcelona

Again, situated north of Barcelona, but this time a bit further from the centre than the previous two options, is Camping Barcelona. It is still easily reached from the centre with good transport links and a free daily shuttle bus service to Placa Catalunya in the city centre. It must be noted however that during peek season (July and August) this service is not free, although it is still the most affordable option. The shuttle bus service takes between 30-60 minutes and unfortunately does not have a fixed timetable so if you wish to visit Barcelona at a specific time of day or for a specific reason the train may be a better option. The train station is located in Mataro and runs to Barcelona every 10 minutes throughout the day. The campsite provides guests with free bus transportation to the train station in Mataro. During the night the N82 night bus leaves from the entrance to the campsite for Barcelona and back making it perfect for late night meals and drinks in the city.

camping in barcelona

Photo by Ferran

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The facilities, staff and a well thought out website make camping Barcelona our choice of the three despite being furthest from the city. The amenities provided at camping Barcelona include a large outdoor swimming pool, grocery store with all provisions needed for cooking al fresco, a restaurant serving up classic Spanish fare, as well as an internet cafe and internet access across the site (including both the Bungalows and tented camping spaces). The facilities provided for children are really what make camping Barcelona stand out from the other campsite in the area. There is a small, but well provisioned petting zoo as well as lots of extra activities laid on by the staff including circus skills workshops, swimming lessons with trained life guards and art classes. Additionally, the campsite provides an exciting and trendy beach bar/club at Mataro beach with free transport to and from the campsite leaving every 15-30 minutes. If being in the warm Spanish waters appeals to the family, a diving club is also on offer in the Port of Mataro as is again provided for by the campsite itself. Finally, the campsite also offers a bike rental service at the amazing price of just 2? for 4 hours allowing the whole family to spend an afternoon exploring the surrounding countryside and beaches at a leisurely pace. All of this makes Camping Barcelona our choice for holidaying under canvas near to the city. There is good access to all there is on offer in the city centre, while at the same time providing everything you, your family and your pets (yes the campsite is pet friendly) need for a relaxing summer stay in Spain.

Tel: +34 93 790 4720

Website: www.campingbarcelona.com

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