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  1. Fen tiger

    Fen tiger Read Only Funster

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    Hi, I am new to this site and looking forward to chatting with you all. We are thinking of going to Spain for the winter and want to wild camp. Any info on this and where to go would be helpful. Feel free to e-mail me as well as answering on here. :Cool:
     
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    Hi fen tiger and welcome to fun
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    Hi, an alternative to wild camping is España Discovery.

    It's a guide book full of vineyards and farm shops that offer a one night stopover for free. They hope of course that you'll buy some wine or have a meal, but it's not a condition of the stopover.

    They've sites in the North West and the North East coast.

    I read somewhere that it's quite difficult to wild camp in Spain, though I have no personal experience. I'm sure someone else who's done it will be along shortly!

    Steve
     
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    Also interested in wild camping in Spain

    Hi everyone,

    I'm interested in the same thing, not for over-wintering, but because we will be getting off the Bilbao ferry early evening, want to get a couple of hours heading south to reduce the amount of time spent on the drive down to Algericas the next day.

    I don't really want to book a campsite in case it is difficult to get in after 8PM for example, or we find we either don't want to drive that far or want to crack on and driver further that evening.

    So I was thinking about wild camping somewhere - arrive dusk, depart around dawn.

    What are my chances?

    Steve.
     
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    plenty of truck stops and road side cafe / restaurants that are fine for oven nighting .. have used them with the RV..

    just go in, buy a snack. speak to the proprietor and ask about staying overnight .. most are very amiable

    this may be of use.
    Areas De Servicio
     
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    Hi Fen Tiger :welcomefunster: enjoy Spain give us a clue when you are going,where from and in which direction you want to head and i will see what i can do.Stay Safe:thumb:
     
  7. Reallyretired

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    Arriving late is not usually that much of a problem as the spanish usually work late. The only problems I have had is arriving between midday and about 5pm when everyone is on the siesta and the office is closed
     
  8. JJ

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    Welcome to the Fun Fen Tiger...

    To me "Off Site" camping involves heading in the direction you choose to go and stopping at places you find along the way and like.

    I have done this for years all over the place (including the Uk and Spain).

    Never had any bother worth worrying about...

    I "keep my head down", never put out the washing/tables and chairs/BBQ or leave any mess...

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    That sounds like my sort of thing :Smile:

    My camper is small and has high ground clearance, so I am quite happy to find some dirt track and park somewhere quiet in the countryside - I don't need any facilities. I know from the US forums that that sort of 'boondocking' is really easy out there, but also I suspect if I tried that in the UK I would struggle to find anywhere without height barriers, no-entry signs, etc. What is the situation like in Spain? I am contemplating using Google earth to find some possible looking tracks and marking them on the GPS.

    Steve.
     
  10. grasscutter

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    Two big wild camping areas we have seen in the last 2 weeks are at La Marina just north of Guardamar del Sugura (over 80 vans) and at Calnegre south of Puerto de Mazarron (60 vans).
     
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    Hi
    Fentiger & Steve (sabconsulting) and welcome to FUN:thumb:
    You are both looking for different things--------Steve, you are after a night-stop while on a main road & fen-tiger you are after a longer stay, I hope well off the main roads ??
    If we were in US Steve I would say, when you are ready to stop, put Walmart in Tom-Tom, a good night-stop:BigGrin:------but wer'e not:Doh:
    It is easier on the smaller roads, you can just take a smaller turn-off and take pot luck, or you can head for a dam (barragem in Portugal) you can usually stop there. We have found cemetarys are good for a peacefull stop (and fill up with water) If you can estimate where you would want to stop, Google earth works well. The main road truck-stops are good but be carefull of security.
    We have always found night stopovers quite easily (if you are not too fussy)
    Wild camping longer term in Spain is a thing we have never done, but we have stopped for several days WELL away from the coast (which is where we love to be)
    The problem we are seeing is the AMOUNT of vans wildcamping!!!!! And locals are a bit pissed-off that we are getting water etc. for free and they have to pay!!!!!!! A lot of vans are being moved on from around the coast.
    We understand that in Maroc, a lot of wild camping spots charge:cry: But we think where you, Steve will be camping, there will be no-one around to collect it:Rofl1:
    Nigel & Pamala
     
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    unless these are official parking places/aires .. this is why locals and the authorities get peed off .. this isn't 'wild camping' ..
     
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    welcome

    Welcome aboard:Wink:
     
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    Please note that I am passing on information regarding areas I have seen. We only come across the wilding areas whilst riding our bicycles from the campsites we are staying on.
     
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    I know the thread was started awhile back, been right across Spain in the last 4 months, w/parking no probs. We always pick a small town, park up and walk it, better to see what you are impacting on by foot, they (locals) are usually nosey at first then leave you alone if your inconspicuous. We usually use the local veg shoppe and bodega if we stay more than a night, locals love to hola you and get to smile if you stay.

    Only prob place this year was the golden mile coasts, Barcelona too Malaga, too many taking the pee staying on the beaches all season, washing out etc.
    Mostly... not UK nationals, say no more.
    Go inland a couple of miles and its proper Spain, beautiful, friendly and good tapas bars, yum.

    If you want to do a particular place pm. me, would def. recommend Nerja & Torrox this year if you want micro-climate and beach, fabulous.:Wink:
     
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    Wise words JJ:thumb: wild parking is generally OK and excepted in the right places. Wild camping is not excepted along the Med so as JJ indicated try to look like you are just parked. Another tip, for picking up water is get it when you fuel up at a garage but have a look for a fast flowing supply first.. When you pay for the fuel ask if it's ok to take water and give the attendant a euro as you do so. Well worth it! Gas? get a Repsol or Cepsa bottle and regulator as it's cheap and carry a spare or a refillable as a back up if you don't have a tank.
     
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    could it be?

    to Grasscutter no offence but your name isn't Howard and your partners name surly isn't Marina :Rofl1:
     
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    Now then you old Bu*ger are you well.... I hope the rest of your team are fit, say hi to otis for us..................mel
     
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    [Like JJ
    We have motorhomes for 20 years on the continent and never booked a site and had no problems (apart from being woken at 2 in the morning by a hooker plying her trade just outside Gib.) Just stop where you like but dont make it obvious and keep your heads downQUOTE=JJ;542045]Welcome to the Fun Fen Tiger...

    To me "Off Site" camping involves heading in the direction you choose to go and stopping at places you find along the way and like.

    I have done this for years all over the place (including the Uk and Spain).

    Never had any bother worth worrying about...

    I "keep my head down", never put out the washing/tables and chairs/BBQ or leave any mess...

    JJ :Cool:[/QUOTE]
     
  20. EA7VPG

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    Hi..
    There is a very good wild camping spot on the feria (fair) ground right on the beach front at Torre Del Mar east of Malaga. Lots of motorhomes migrate to this location for the winter. Water and cassette emptying facilities are also on site. We take our motorhome there most weeks. You can still get a menu del dia (three courses) for 6.50 euros. Tapas go to the Alaska and for a beer El Faro on Torre Torre. If you need any further details please email me.
    Have a good trip south to the sun.
    atb Neil



     

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