Aire Within Santander City Limits - Alternative To Cabarceno

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  1. sciac2001

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    Newish Aire opened by the airport/marina for motorhomes. Good overnighter and long overdue in Santander area. Private aire (€6) with water and toilet emptying services. We also enjoyed electric hookup but probably a chargeable option in busier times. Not the prettiest area but very handy especially for those heading eastwards on from the port.
    Anyway, details:
    Area Marina de Santander
    Avenida de Tomada S/n
    Camargo
    N43*25'38"
    W3*48'18"

    Yacht club nearby might offer showers but not tested.
    Good view of incoming aircraft into Santander airport.
    Aire is amongst yacht repair yards so possibly noisy during working days but I assume most will move on after a good nights sleep. Quiet at night wit regular Guardia patrols.

    Apologies if this aire has already been mentioned.
     
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    I've looked on Google maps and can see the general area , which part of the boatyards is it in ? Cheers n good find !
     
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    Its past some industrial units which lead into the marina itself. Follow the marina road which runs parallel to the runway - although probably not too visible from the vehicle - until you get to a curve with a bar/restaurant on the corner (rhs) along with some boaty workshops. Just further along on the right is the aire. There is a motorhome sign and at first you might think its not the right place but it is. Water services are beyond the parking bays. A bit rough and ready but very acceptable.
    Payment is strange. Officially there is a phone number to call (+0034 679715479) but the very helpful marina guy said that someone would be round anyway. I phoned and I think he fell off his chair as he didnt expect such honesty. (If only he really knew me!,, but that's another tale!)

    The aire is now also shown on a Spanish Aires website which I have found to be invaluable and very very extensive:

    Www.lapaca.org

    In Spanish but the gist is clearish!

    (A Spanish motorhomer from the .Santander area had told me about this aire when I met him in Arcade near Vigo.)
     
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    @DBK That map link is a bit far from Santander and looks a bit damp to me !
     
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    I'm hopeless with co-ords.
     
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    I have stayed in the marina in a boat a couple of times, but several years ago. There is a half decent restaurant in the marina above the marina reception, which I would guess is the other side of the marina to this aire. Can you get into the marina from the aire?
     
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    Just found this thread...

    The marina website says that the office closes at 7.30 pm in winter. We're not due to dock until 6.15 pm and, by the time we get to the marina, it could well be past 7.30 pm. Does that matter ? Is it open access/ all hours ?
     
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    I stayed there a couple of weeks back, no one came to collect, access is unlocked, only about 6 places but you can always park outside if busy. There are 3 16 amp electric points, water and a new dump. The marina office is further round and there is a good restaurant/bar above it.
     
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    Thanks very much. Added to Favourites on sat nav.
     
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    There is a restaurant virtually next door but the one over the office is more bistro/tapas style and nicer. You are next to the runway but it is not Heathrow:D
     
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    No wonder you're "Touring Europe Long Term" - can't find your way back to Calais? Just keeping driving north until you reach some water. On the other hand - maybe better where you are :)
     
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    Even if no-one calls around to collect money, please telephone the number given. This will wncourage the owners to keep it open as a badly needed Aire.
     
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    No problem. Will do. Do you know how long it has been open ? Looking at how suitable the marina is and knowing the problems associated with arriving late on the ferry, it's a wonder that someone has not latched onto the idea of opening an aire there before. Perhaps if all us foreign motorhomers had put the idea to the marina owners themselves some years ago they might have opened one ages ago ? !
     
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    Well there was no phone number or instructions on the gate so not sure where that went and when we got to the office the night guy did not speak any English, and our French is good for basics, but explaining that we were in a motor home and not a boat.....
     
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    Lol. Typical of Spain! No wonder the guy nearly fell of his chair when
    I phoned.
    I think I got the number from the Spanish Motorhomers website (La Paca). Anyway, I know that like most, you would also gladly pay any dues if it encouraged Aires availabilities in Spain.
    All the best!
     
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    Not open long. A Spaniard told me about the place when we were in Asturias heading home last April. Looked it up on La Paca and hey presto, there it was.
     
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    On certain things, the Spanish are not the sharpest cookies.
    Almost everywhere you go, as motorhomers we can see the potential and benefit for any town/village. I guess that the bureaucracy is enough to put paid to such ideas.

    Whilst the increasing number of Aires is to be greatly appreciated, I can't help but feel that Spanish aires are being catered for mainly by private individuals and enterprises. As I say, better that than none at all.

    However, I would prefer that the local Ayuntamientos take up the cause and build aires to benefit their own communities. Private aires obviously have to make economic sense and my impression is that as a result they usually build them with all-facilitles as understandably, they need to ensure year-round business. This in turn encourages long-termers which in turn fill up these aires and in many cases, the transiting motorhomer - which we are - do not get a look-in.
    Ayuntamiento-run Aires, would have minimal services - water waste and toilet emptying - and a maximum permitted time of 48/72 hours at a low cost, which most motorhomers would gladly pay. Much like the French style.

    In summary, what I guess that I am trying to say is that there should be camp sites, semi-campsites (private all-facilities aires) and touring time-constrained stop-over aires.

    Just my thoughts on the subject as we tour this beautiful country off-season.
     
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