El Molino de Cabuérniga
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We had 3 nights booked here & despite having to find it via a very poorly signposted diversion due to 5k people running a marathon it was a very pleasant stay. Family run, set on an old wood mill of which there are relics everywhere + motorbikes & scooters, hence my title. Shower block is the most amazing you will find but we did have problems with getting hot water, not sure if this was due to low occupancy & energy saving or a fault & one night I used our own..... It has a great bbq area which was a little overgrown but during busy periods I guess it would be an amazing set up, which includes marble/granite prep areas..... There are several little casas available to rent & work is being finalised on a new modern shower block & further modern rentals which they hope to complete by this summer..... Thanks Jose for your chats & explanations & allowing us to view the little casa that is set up for tent campers who don't have larger facilities..... great 'out of the box' thinking as it has cooking, dining & lounge facilities all in one. Great stop for short or longer stays. Recommended.
If heaven is missing a campsite, then this is it! The site is simply beautiful and peaceful and supported by great facilities. Arrival is through a village which involves some care in passing through. Reception is adjacent the small car park and where there is a bar and dining room for light breakfasts and lunches. Guests are asked to find their pitch and let reception know so that electricity can be provided, The pitches are large and well grassed. The site is located in a beautiful location in a river valley with small villages. The valley is sided with spectacular hills. We stayed for three nights. I wish we could have had longer.
Only stopped here for two nights on our return journey via Santander and Brittany Ferrries. We chose here to be reasonably close to the ferry port so that there would be no stress getting there on time. The site is about 50 mins drive with caravan from the ferry port and the route is straightforward. The site itself is set in a valley surrounded by mountains. The Rio Saja, a fairly large picturesque river, runs down the valley. The site was clean, well laid out and the facilities (Showers etc) were good. Though on our first morning when the site had very few visitors, it took forever for the hot water to come through to the showers. When it did it was good and hot with good water pressure and the shower cubicles were roomy with plenty of space to change and dry. We ate in Ruente at a restaurant recommended by the staff. It was good. We took the menu del día. Great fish. José-Marie on the site couldn't have been more helpful and we counted the number of new Spanish words that he added to my spanish vocabulary. He happily allowed me to practise my spanish. Make sure to visit La Fuentona in Ruente, a pleasant post-prandial wander. It has a fascinating story.
This was our 1st stop out of 4 in Spain. 40 mins after getting off the boat and we are at the site. We were escorted in by one of the staff, checked in and hooked up within 20 mins. Wonderful grassy pitches and clean toilet block really got our trip off to a good start. You get to pick your own spot but the downside is that by the time you chose & get back to reception, someone may have already picked your spot! The site is situated within a beautiful valley with the village a short cycle or walk away. The supermarket there is basic but cover most needs and there are a couple of good restaurants in the village. The only downside for us was the 6 amp electric supply and the fact the hook up box is locked. On the final night, it kept tripping due to a faulty unit on site somewhere and a walk down to reception each time became a little tedious. Overall though, a wonderful little site with very friendly staff in a cracking location a short drive from the boat!!
This was our first ever Spanish site. We travelled straight to the site from Santander. We found it quite easily as we had already followed the route on Google street maps and it was very interesting to spot the police station, various villas and even the wheelie bins spotted on google street maps. There was a slight detour around the church when we arrived, but it was well marked so no problem. Check in was quick and we managed to understand each other with our very limited Spanish. The owner walked around the site to help us choose the pitch (they are mainly grass and virtually unmarked) and he then connected the electricity 6amp. The site was in a lovely area with plenty to see and do, although it was raining when we were there so didn't get much chance to explore. We walked around the village which seemed quite traditional. The facilities were absolutely fine , clean and well equipped. The owner was friendly and helpful and next time we will dine in the restaurant on site. Word of warning : if you are heading south from the site do not turn left when you get to the main road, especially towing a caravan. We did, and ended over 4,000ft up a mountain after miles of twisting almost single track road. The view was fantastic and worth the trek, but we had a few hairy moments to get there.
50 minutes from the ferry and quite easy to find although make sure you use the entrance road by the Guardia Civil as the village is quite tight in places. What a wonderful site set in a rural valley with fantastic views. The owners are very helpful and friendly. The toilet shower block was excellent very clean and always hot water on demand. Bars and restaurants are in walking distance and also a village shop selling bread and essentials. A big shop can be done at Mercadonna 15 minutes or Carrefour 30 minutes. We spent two weeks here and at the end felt totally relaxed and sorry to leave this great site. If you are interested in visiting some of the cave paintings nearby such as Tito Bustilo and El Castilo and Alta Mira make sure you book online as footfall is limited each day
We had planned to stay here on our first and last night in Spain. However, due to a very violent storm on our way out, the ferry was running several hours late. I contacted the site via its website from the ship to tell them we would be arriving late. It was fortunate that I did as they replied that the access road from the north had been cut by flooding and the site could only be accessed by a very complicated, 70 km , diversion. We carried on to what would have been our second stop. I got in touch with the site to ask what the position was for our return leg. The owner gave me timings when the road was being opened each day and we finally got there for our last night. He couldn't have been more helpful. Put us onto our pitch, hooked up the electrics (didn't fasten the box so that we were able to unplug ourselves and get under way in the morning.) Toilet block was immaculate with abundant hot water and showers which allowed you to adjust the temperature. The only small disappointment was that there was no toilet seat in the disabled loo, but this may have been an oversight at the beginning of the season. If returning to the area we would definitely stay here again and take more time to explore a very beautiful valley.
We used this site as a stopover for arrival from Santander and before travelling across Spain - this is not a convenient location for that (as we discovered) as you have to back-track to get back on the roads that take you away from that coast - no matter though because it is such a super find that we did not mind the extra time it took us. From the map it looks as though this can be accessed along the way as you leave the Santander area, but this is not actually the case. It is certainly worth a couple of days though (so not suitable for a one night stop) - the shower block was spectacular with mirrors and decorations - spotless too. As we arrived towards the evening, we heard a stream but did not find it (getting dark) - location superb with high hills to one side and farmland to the other. Pitches tight but the atmosphere is lovely at this site. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the reception area gives you a really authentic Spanish feel - this was a lovely welcome. On the negative side, the electric has a lock on the door and this means that you need to arrange to be released in the morning - so no early get away. But I would certainly return if we wanted a few nights out in the middle of nowhere. Be aware that the site does not have a restaurant - just bar snacks - but a lovely bar area to sit in. I can definitely recommend if you want a site that is away from it all.
We have just spent a week at this campsite and would most certainly recommend it. We were warmly welcomed upon our arrival by the friendly and helpful staff, who showed us to our pitch and helped us to hook up to the electric. It was 35C degrees when we arrived, which is quite unusual for the area. What was a delightful surprise, however, was that the shower / toilet / washing block was air conditioned. This was just one of the thoughtful and high quality elements to this block, however. There are ceramic wash basins set in granite tops with Roca mixer taps. Shower heads are large rainshower ones; washing up sinks are butler-style with mixer taps; radio / music is played; fresh flowers are placed in the toilet area; a bathroom for small children / families is available ... everything has been carefully considered. It is quite possibly the best shower block we have ever seen! There are lots of taps around the site, meaning that you don't have to go too far for water. There are washing lines available, as well as several airers if you want to dry washing. The pitches are of a good size and mostly flat. There is a small shop / bar near the reception area. You can purchase fresh bread, local cheese, fresh and tinned goods from the shop. The bar serves snacks throughout the day. We tried the sandwiches which were freshly made and reasonably priced (€3.50-€4.00) and turned out to be half a baguette generously filled. The local village is beautiful with some striking buildings. There is a small supermarket in the next village (within reasonable walking distance) and there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area. There is access to the river from the back of the campsite and within a few minutes' walk you can be swimming and splashing in a lovely quiet part of the river, which is wonderful on a hot day! As others have said, take care when driving to the site if you are following SatNav, as some of the roads going into the village are narrow. Don't turn in until you see the Blue 'Camping' sign (by the Guardia Civil building) and then follow the blue signs towards the campsite. The site is in a valley, with some fairly high hills either side. This means that the sun does not hit the site until at least an hour after sunrise and disappears behind the hill an hour(ish) before sunset. Therefore, it can be quite damp in the morning with dew on the grass. Best not to leave towels out overnight to dry! All in all, this is a lovely site and we would certainly stay here again if we were in the area.
You must take third turn on Left, for an easier drive through Sopina village. This site could be tight for Caravan's in high season, due to Narrow site drive. Toilets / shower block very clean. Very quiet site ideal for visiting local attractions like the Picos de Europe mountain range, etc.