First Time Spain

waz51 replied on 03/12/2019 19:15

Posted on 03/12/2019 19:15

Hi Everyone , I would be grateful for any help/advice for first time abroad . I'm booked on Portsmouth to Bilbao on 8th January towing 7.5m Swift single axle . Have booked with the club and have 4 overnight site vouchers to use . Am thinking of travelling to southern Spain for the warmer weather but have not booked anywhere as yet . Any suggestions as to where to stop overnight on the way down ? Do the Spanish have municipal sites ? Are they any good ? Wife will require numerous toilet breaks , at home we just pull into layby and use the van , can we do this in Spain ? or do we have to use services ?

Any pointers greatly appreciated .

Am travelling tomorrow so will be evening before i  can log-in again 

Anyone else travelling on same ship or route ?

AnotherDavid replied on 03/12/2019 20:17

Posted on 03/12/2019 20:17

Our first stopover after a midday Bilbao arrival is Camping Cavia 

About 3 hours from Bilbao and about 20 km south of Burgos its on a slip road known as a "via de Servico" off J16 and although very simple its most convenient . Its a field behind a simple restaurant and most of the time we dont need to unhook . Alternativly if you are heading towards Madrid then a little further is Camping Riaza 

Another convenient site and really quite good..

From there you may well make the south coast in one day


Dont worry about places for a comfort stop, better than here but then everywhere is


Philnffc replied on 03/12/2019 20:49

Posted on 03/12/2019 20:49

Spain doesn't do municipal sites like France most are private owned and of a good standard with the top sites better then the CAMC but here lies a problem for you as most will be full or near to and when you are thinking of coming almost definitely, we live close to Alicante/Elche and all the sites in this area are nearing full.

The other thing Spain doesn't do is layby's but do plenty of service stations along the way which usually are  restaurants that do cheap menu del dia but these are not the place to spend a night and campsites only on route.

Fuentes Blanca campsite in Burgos is a great first stopover from Bilbao and it has an excellent restaurant if you don't fancy cooking the locals use it also this campsite is in the ACSI book which is a good investment.

You say the South of Spain which part do you mean because it is a big country like I said I live in Alicante province which is classed as South but can travel 400 miles south and still be in the south in the Cadiz area. 

South of Valencia is where the sun shines


waz51 replied on 03/12/2019 22:42

Posted on 03/12/2019 22:42

Thanks for help so far.......

which are the main routes with no tolls ? or is it best just to pay the tolls for ease of use and directness ?

was thinking of ending up in Gibraltar area........

peedee replied on 04/12/2019 08:49

Posted on 04/12/2019 08:49

Spanish tolls are not so expensive as France. It is a while since I went directly that far south but as I recall It is worth paying the toll to Burgos and it is then toll free A1 to Madrid andA4/A44 to Granada and Malaga. If you have a sat nav select a toll free route from Malaga to Gib.



Lutz replied on 04/12/2019 09:29

Posted on 04/12/2019 09:00 by AnotherDavid

Peedee they have been abolished altogether  now.

Posted on 04/12/2019 09:29

I returned from Spain last week and was still paying tolls.

cyberyacht replied on 04/12/2019 09:37

Posted on 04/12/2019 09:37

The A7 is a toll free alternative to the AP7 from Valencia all the way down to Almeria via Alicante & Murcia. You do get a lot of lorries on it though. Keep an eye on your fuel gauge if travelling on a Sunday. A lot of the petrol stations close.

AnotherDavid replied on 04/12/2019 09:37

Posted on 04/12/2019 09:37

Which route was that Lutz, I drove from Malaga area to the French border at Hendaye in June and paid nothing from Burgos to Vitoria but did pay €13.77 for the stretch between Vitoria and Zarautz but was under the impression that that too was about to also be made free .