Spain.. Campsites silly prices and half empty !

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  1. tonka

    tonka Funster Life Member

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    Been to visit friends at camping ElRaco in Benidorm..
    Prices generally in Spain are very high in summer BUT the pitches on the site are at a guess 30 - 40% empty :Doh:

    I asked about putting my van for parking only on a pitch but no way would they move from full summer rates... !!

    There are 2 camper parks nearby, within 300mtrs of each other..
    One offered parking at €2 a day and the other €3 a day thats a big percentage difference and in reality neither offers any more than the other. It's just a parking spot on dusty gravel up a hot dry county lane. Miles from the bus stop..

    Hey .. I think this is my first "rant". :shout:
     
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    Those that full timed on La Toretta all year round had to up sticks and vacate there pitch in July and August as the price doubled then. Went from 400 Euros per month to 800 Euros. The place was empty except for a few Spanish in July and August.

    I was of the opinion they did it to stop anyone claiming residency.
     
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    Why would anybody fulltime at La Torreta, the place is a tip !

    €800 a month..... incredible ! The only point in favour (IMO) is the short walk to the bus stop and a slightly longer walk to the beach, stayed twice because friends wanted to be there..... never again !


    Regards, Bryan
     
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    So are you saying that the site el raco is empty because of increased summer prices.........or other reasons ?

    barry
     
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    i would say for the price i was gonna stay there in February on my way back from Portugal and even then their winter price was expensive they are not acsi or anything else as far as i know and yet the others nearby was around half the price they wanted
     
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    In May this year we spent 3/4 quiet, peaceful days at another site in Benidorm, very good facilities, spotlessly clean and generous sized pitches and if you want it ............. bingo and karaoke !:Rofl1:

    Not really within walking distance of anywhere but well served by bus which stops outside camp. Where is this haven of tranquility?

    Camping Benisol, highly recommend it. ACSI rates at appropriate times of year.

    http://www.campingbenisol.com/en/

    Regards, Bryan

    PS: Would say it was about 80% occupancy, large (ish) Brit
    community.

    B
     
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    Not really..
    Just passing comment as general opinion is that When anyone on the forum asks about maybe going to Spain in July or August, one of the standard answers is that its Very epensive and sites are packed. !!
    Now that I am actually here I am shocked how quiet this particular site seems to be, yet they still charge their highest prices....
     
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    I have noticed over the years that Spanish logic seems to work along the lines of ' if we have fewer customers then we must increase the price to compensate'
     
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    i stayed there in feb yet then it was like a refugee camp but still a good site to stay on and like u said the bus is just outside the gate 14 euro we paid and the bar and restaurant although nothing grand was great and cheap prices
    i think we met bryan on Camping Armanello in july me and pete (knuckledragger) how are you both
     
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    Why would anyone want to be anywhere near Benidorm? Isn't the place a British expat ghetto, full of beered up, retired dole scum? :Sad:
     
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    Errr....no !!!.
     
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    BECAUSE ,! some of us do actually like it :thumb:
    It's a simple as that, it's not everyones "cup of tea"

    I can only assume you have not been,, Yes, areas and times of the year can be like that BUT even that same area chances and in Winter is full of "mature" people out for social evenings and entertainment.
    You dont even have to go anywhere near that side, Benidorm has a wonderful beach and surrounding countryside etc..

    At present the place is full of Spanish having sensible family holidays. :BigGrin:
     
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    Have you ever been or is this just your oppinion:Angry:

    Alan
     
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    I just seen your van. " Premium class".
    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    It was a question related to my perception of the place and it's ilk.
     
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    tonka Funster Life Member

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    Really.... do not judge by press articles etc....
    My son and wife are not drinkers and dont stay out late. They came here a few weeks ago for first time and loved it. Have already booked new flights and will be here again is 3 weeks.. Time of year can make a big difference.
    The "mad" area is called the Englisg Square, go in May june and yes it's full of lager louts, stag and hen parties.. Come November and it's full of pensioner and Funsters.. :BigGrin:
     
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    Scum

    Excuse Me i'm retired & i stay in benidorm in the winter & beleive me i am certainley not retiired dole scum & niether are all my retired pals i find your remarks very offensive & i think you should withdraw that remark
     
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    Again, it's a question, not a remark or a statement or a fact :Doh:
     
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    So, avoid in November then?

    Thanks:BigGrin:
     
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    Thanks, it seems I've been misled by the reality shows and press coverage. I've ridden my motorbike through the place on my way back from a Moroccan tour and it looked rough, but I could have been in the wrong bit.
     
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