New Year in Spain - Wintering

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  1. Dave and Ginny

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    Being totally fed up with this British Summer...what summer? :( our thoughts are turning again to the lovely warm Spain we left behind a month ago. The Caravan Club winter brochure dropping through the post has us thinking about heading down to Spain straight after the new year and having two months or so (Jan/Feb/Mar/) on a winter site before then meandering again as we normally do.

    Whats the best way to go about this; through the CC or C&CC, ACSI or deal with sites we know about directly? We know it's already getting booked up so need to get our fingers out :). Looking at places between Valencia and Almeria.

    Tips from experienced 'overwinterers' greatly appreciated (y)

    Dave and Ginny
     
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    Do it yourself. Use ACSI where possible and if you plan a long stay, you will get good discounts which usually you can pay monthly in arrears.

    Don't pre-book unless, it's a site you know and you like.

    There are plenty of Campsites right down the Costas, so plenty of choice.

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    There are plenty of campsites on the coast but many will also be full during January and February so your choice will be limited. If you have a site in mind then I would see what the rates are through one of the club's although you will have to pay up front.
    We have booked a site through the Camping Club but because we are staying for 156 days the rate is £7.35 a night.

    Mike
     
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    Read FUN of course. Search on Benidorm.
     
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    We have been down the last two years leaving mid December and returning April/May.Havent needed to book a site yet we use ACSI and aires,I think if you are looking at Benidorm or similar you may need to book but we prefer the less populated areas.
     
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    Thanks for asking the question Dave. It is something we have wondered about too, and as we've only been the once to Spain (Denia & Calpe) we don't know any sites, so will be keeping an interest in the replies.

    Cheers for now,

    Jock. :)
     
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    Have a look at the Winter Sun book from the Camping Club which will give you an idea of some of the sites, you can view it online.

    Mike
     
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    Thanks Mikeco. (y)

    Cheers,

    Jock. :)
     
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    I'm guessing that if your travelling out before next years ACSI had dropped on the mat at home you will need to have it sent on. Although I pre ordered this year's I don't seem to remember it arriving until January...but I could be wrong!
     
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    For the last three years we have bought the ACSI book in Spain at a caravan dealers type place mainly for use on the way home. Long stay rates will work out cheaper than using the ACSI card.
     
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    That's handy to know, we would probably go for an initial long stay for the first couple of months and then get mobile using ACSI. We still want to head south west and up through Portugal...had planned to this year but ran out of time!
     
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    Mike, £7.35 a night is a fantastic rate but looking at the Caravan Club's choices on the coast they're coming in at at least double that and more than the high end ACSI rate. When you say 'Camping Club' do you mean the Caravan and Camping Club? If it is I'm not currently a member of that one but may be worth joining again as you can book as a non member but they hit you hard!

    Cheers Dave
     
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    depending on what you want but the only place total open at that time and also has the weather is benidorm a couple of acsi sites but discounted on all sites depending on the length of stay
     
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    Stayed at Arena Blanca in Benidorm in the Spring, enjoyed it, we saw a lot of other sites that I now can't remember the names, any recommendations ukbill?
     
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    I would avoid those sights that don't include electricity!

    They are OK for short stays but if you're planning a long stay, a few cold days and nights can mean a big electric bill.
    The average charge for metered electricity is between .30 and .35 cents per kwh.

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    I thought most of the longer stay sites had metered electricity? ...but you're saying that some include it in the overall daily rate mariner. Any recommendations please? (y)
     
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    Other sites in Benidorm are El Raco, La Torreta and Villasol.
    Brisey.
     
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    At Villasol last year 2kw hour of electricity per day was included in the daily rate.

    I believe this is also the case at Torreta and El Raco.
    Brisey.
     
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    Thanks for those @Brisey I'll have a look!
     
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    From a quick look...it appears the only site with availability is Villasol coming in at 1320 euro + 276 for electric for 60 days...that comes in at 26.6 euro a day. That's booking directly on their site and considerably dearer than an ACSI rate. How are folk getting these low rates I keep hearing of? :unsure:
     
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