Playa Joyel

Playa de Ris, Noja, 39180, Spain

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Ideal for ...

  • Active stays
  • Families
  • Motorhomes
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

This large site is set on the stunning Costa de Cantabria, a short walk from the town of Noja. Close to the ports of Santander and Bilbao, it's ideal for first-time visitors to Spain. Equipped with high-quality facilities, there's plenty for families in high season, including organised entertainment, music events, a pool (bathing caps necessary) and sports.

There’s a buzzing, multinational feel onsite, and the friendly staff are happy to provide information about the local area. Pitches, although fairly small, are arranged to offer some privacy and are well shaded from the summer sun.

There's direct access to one of the best beaches in the region, where you can swim, surf and rock pool and enjoy coastal walks. There’s also a nature park within the site boundary, which overlooks an area of protected land where migratory birds overwinter. Santander is a lively city with good shopping and some interesting attractions.

Around and About

Noja, Santander, Picos de Europa, Liebana Valley, Tresviso (home to Tresviso cheese), Saja Besaya National Park, Wetlands, Santillana del Mar, Santana, Castillo and Soplao caves, Golf, Bird watching, Water sports, Surfing, Horse riding.

Things to do on site ...

  • Bike hire
  • Daytime entertainment (all season)
  • Evening entertainment (high season)
  • Playground
  • Tennis

Facilities on site ...

  • Bar
  • Barbecues allowed:: charcoal, gas
  • Beach (direct access)
  • Disabled facilities -: average
  • Motorhome service point
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Swimming pool
  • Takeaway
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi availability: bar, restaurant, entertainment complex
  • Wi-Fi charge

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Supermarket notes:

Campsite and 'Lupa' in Noja town

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Directions

27 miles east of Santander. From Santander Port follow the S20 then S10 towards Bilbao, this road will then become the A8. Approximately 9 miles east of Solares, leave the A8 at Exit 185 towards Beranga onto the N634. At 1st roundabout take 2nd exit (N634 Beranga/Noja). At next roundabout take the 1st exit onto CA-147 (Meruelo/Noja). Continue over 3 more roundabouts towards Noja, at the 4th roundabout take the 4th exit (SP Playa de Ris which is a brown sign). Continue though Noja and at next roundabout take the 3rd exit. At t-junction turn left and site entrance will be straight ahead.

Sites key: Overseas Site

Postcode:
39180
Region:
Spain
Distance to Calais: (kms)
796
GPS:
Lat 43.49011 / Lon -3.53636
Michelin map no.
0

Transport links

  • Buses go to: Santander
  • Daily public transport within 2 kms
  • Nearest port: Santander (28 kms)

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Good site for access to one of the best beaches we've seen

Playa Joyel
This was our 3rd visit to Playa Joyel in August. We know it is a Spanish site and accept that the pitches are much smaller than on UK sites (it mentions the pitch size in the CAMC brochure). We also appreciate the Spanish keep different hours to us Brits. This is what make our holiday abroad interesting. Facilities are excellent with a cleaner in each loo block throughout the day. There is always bags of hot water and adjustable showers make a very pleasant change from the usual push button type. The shop is very reasonable and coffee in the restaurant beats most we had had in France both for taste and price! Much as we love dogs, it is a most refreshing change to find such a large site completely DOG FREE and walking on to a wonderful dog free beach is a real bonus (though dogs are allowed on the inlet side of the huge beach). There are a couple of good walks from the site. A 5 mile walk round the headland through interesting woodland and cliff tops, to Noja's Trengandin beach for a coffee then back through the town, gives way to some fabulous scenery along the coast and is popular with joggers. Another walk past a REALLY crowded camp site to the nature reserve and historic tidal mill is also very interesting. Coming back via the beach may mean wading a bit if you get the tides wrong. We should mention that there are some very large quiet grassy pitches at the very end of the site beyond the huge playing field where few people go.

devonduo

Reviewed on 06/09/2018 15:48

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Large site

Playa Joyel
Stayed here for a few nights in late April after arriving at Santander. Site very large, pitches in rows and there are lots of chalets, plus permanent caravans with awnings and side tents left up all the time. Reception helpful,shop ok for bread etc. Arrived after Easter break so first day lots of people around in these areas. Then everone left. Pitches for campers quite small, and very close together. Fine when its not busy. Only one sanitary block open so quite a long walk. It was open to the elements (no external doors) so showering a bracing experience. Fantastic beach adjacent, lovely sand and rocks, great when suns out, not so good in the rain. We had 2 days rain, so maybe affected our views. Restaurant/bar serves pizzas, not much else. Surrounding town shut up and empty.

Ional

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Reviewed on 20/05/2017 14:56

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Beautiful beach

Playa Joyel
Two nights would probably be enough at this sight but the beach is the best we've ever seen ever. Will love to come back some day, only to see the beach though. Pitches are far to close for comfort, in places it  Looked like a shanty town etc

gaz10

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Reviewed on 29/09/2016 19:21

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Playa Joyel...hell on earth

Playa Joyel

We chose this site as it was part of the Caravan club and are used to their standards and this site falls far below them. The check in process is ridiculous (considering the size of the site) you go and find a space on foot and leave the caravan outside, you have to choose a few sites as their are numerous other people wandering the site choosing possibly the same numbers (the site is huge!). the pitches are very small & very close together so you have no privacy at all. Considering how the caravan club usually have the sites and specified distances between the caravans this is nothing like that. There are alot of permanent very noisy residents who have very little respect for any one else, whether that's whilst you are walking around the site or when they are screaming & yelling at 11.30pm. Even though we were a couple with no children I would find it hard to believe that a family would find this acceptable. The only good point is it proximity to the beach but I would rather have a nicer site and a drive to a beach than that. We even left earlier than the days we had booked.

richardtw

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Reviewed on 14/09/2016 09:05

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Lovely site, great for families

Playa Joyel
Visited around 20th August 2016 for one week. Our first trip to Spain and use of long ferry crossing, but it was very much worth the extra cost! This site is about 45 minutes from the ferry, easy to find. At first sight you might be a,little put off, it is very big. it's very busy with a mixture of nationalities, notably Spanish and Brtis but also some Dutch and German. The smallish pitches are arranged so that each one has some privacy. We had almost total shade which suited us as the weather was quite warm. The beach is really lovely and fantastic for children of all ages. Noja is nothing to write home about but not bad either, Santander makes a good day trip (hire a Boris bike, they are great fun!). We hiked up the hill at the back of the site called Monte Cincho which takes about an hour after driving the sort distance from the site (well marked path, suitable for kids) and the view from the tower at the top was superb. All in all a great introduction to Spain and we will return!

Chewyjoint

Reviewed on 02/09/2016 08:20

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