Camping Valencia

by Guest

The sunny city of Valencia, home to paella and sangria, is located on the Eastern coast of Spain in the Catalonian region. Valencia is known as the City of Arts and Sciences and it certainly lives up to its name. Here, you can see the biggest aquarium in Europe, and a planetarium. It's also known for its central market, Cathedral with Miguelete tower from which you can enjoy spectacular views across the city, at the arty neighbourhoods of El Carmen and Ruzafa. Throughout the year, the city holds many concerts, festivals, and events including La Tomatina, a day event which sees hundreds of tons of tomatoes dumping onto the streets and used for the biggest food fight in the world. Valencia is right on the beach which is clean and well maintained. There are also several hiking trails in the wetland reserve of Albufera Park. While most people stay in hostels, guest houses, or hotels, there are several campsites which offer inexpensive accommodation and access to the beautiful city and the surrounding area.

The nearest campsite to the city is the Coll Vert camping grounds, located just 4 miles from the city centre. It's easy to reach with a bus that shuttles you to and from the city in under 20 minutes. The campsite is just a few minutes' walk away from the beach, and there is a bike lane which runs all the way down into the city. Obviously, the busiest months for the campsite is during the summer months but it is open all year round. If you plan to go in July or August, make sure you book in advance, particularly if you are bringing a motorhome or caravan.

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Camping sites Valencia

There are plenty of pitches for tents over the grassy landscaped campsite. Most of the pitches are shaded by the trees, a welcome relief in the midday heat. Guests can arrive in the afternoon to set up camp and several tents are allowed on a pitch. Unfortunately, no electricity is available to guests on the grounds, but pets are permitted. One of the most pleasing things about the campsite is being able to wake in the morning and be down on the beach swimming in under five minutes.

waterfall camping in valencia

Taken at Forest Camp, Valencia. A few kilometers from Dumaguete City. Photo by Francis

The campsite also has pitches for motorhomes and caravans. Most of these also have shaded areas to ward away the summer heat. They all have a 6 amp electricity hook up. The pitches are large, so there is plenty of outside space to set up your awning and enjoy picnic lunches. Guests can arrive in the afternoon to park up and settle in. The pitches for campers are in a different location to the tent pitches. After returning back from a day at the beach, exploration of Valencia's old town or museums, or sailing, you can relax in the peaceful surroundings of the park.

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Camping Valencia Accommodation

If you don't have a tent or a motorhome and you are still looking for budget accommodation, don't worry, the campsite has several hostel style bedrooms with bunk bed accommodation. They work well for groups or those looking to meet other travelers. They all have shared toilets and hot showers available. The campsite doesn't provide bed sheets or towels, so remember to bring sleeping bags with you. The hostel beds need to be booked for a minimum of 3 nights and cost US $30 during the high season between August and September, and US $15 the rest of the year.

For even more comfort, consider booking one of the campsites permanent bungalows. They are ideal for groups of travelers or families. Each one is air conditioned in the summer months and heated in the winter. They include two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with a bunk bed, a kitchenette complete with stove, microwave, fridge, and kitchenware, fresh sheets, blankets, and pillows, and a private bathroom with hot showers. These is a private outdoor area with garden furniture. The bungalows include water and gas. Pets are not permitted and they are available for no more than 4 guests.

Things to do

Other than visiting the city of Valencia, there is plenty to keep kids and children occupied at the campsite and the surrounding area. The large outdoor swimming pool is well maintained and glorious cool in the midday Spanish heat. There is a winding slide on one end to keep kids busy for hours, as well as a small shallow pool for adults with toddlers. The campsite also boasts a children's playground, a football pitch, basketball courts, and petanque (a game similar to boules) pitch. They are laundry facilities including a dryer and the grounds are accessible for disabled travelers. The onsite cafeteria and bar is simply but provides hot meals, freshly baked bread, and hot and cold food and drinks, as well as a small amount of provisions. Other activities in the region include mountain bike trails, excellent Spanish golf courses with manicured lawns and sandy pits, water sports like jet skiing, wake boarding, kite surfing, and paragliding. You can also hire yachts with or without skippers to take cruises out along the coast or go deep sea fishing.

The best thing about the campsite is it is located inside the Albufera Natural Park. The reserve has the largest lake in the country, and an important wetland. These wetland marshes are inhabited by a variety of wildlife including wading and migratory birds. The lagoon is protected from the sea by a series of sand dunes and pine forest. It's an important rice growing area, and one of the reasons that Valencia and this region of Catalonia is known for its rice based dishes such as paella.

Mirador El Garbi camping in valencia

Taken at Mirador "El GarbĂ­", Valencia. Photo by Antonio

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