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Read more about this showcase item here...In January 2012 we had our first opportunity to overwinter in Spain and after a fair bit of research choose Camping Cap Blanch in Albir, next to Benidorm.
We chose this camp site as it was next to the sea, had a national park, bars, restaurants and supermarkets within walking distance and had good transport links. Also, it was in a quiet and relaxing location.
Another important factor that helped us to choose this location is because this the best region of Spain to overwinter being protected by a ring of mountains resulting in minimal rain and good temperatures. Next door was Benidorm and only a short bus ride away.
The campsite was a little run down but such a great place to be. Mostly Dutch with a few Germans and a sprinkling of Brit's. The Dutch were fantastic, they organised so much on the camp, weekly mountain walks, Bingo nights, dance nights and even had painting, woodwork and pottery classes. Also there was a very health game of Petanque played daily with two pitches that had most if not all lanes occupied. Sundays was always the great Petanque game of the week with many just turning up to watch the fun. It was here, with the Dutch that I was introduced and taught the game. By the time we left I was regarded as a good player by the Dutch and quite proud of my achievements. Our pitch being next to one of the pitches may have helped. We stayed for 3 months leaving in March and during that time made regular visits to the National park, joined the Dutch on some of their walks and made a few visits into Benidorm and Altea where we would sit in Square in the midday sun and enjoy a beer and Tapas, and the great views.
A short walk from the campsite were local bars and restaurants and a few with good meal deals so you did not have to go to far for a night out. Supermarkets were within walking distance and there were also a few Chinese junk shops in the town for your bit's and pieces.
The campsite was a little run down and the management stood back and let the Dutch make all the entertainment arrangements and in my view this was why many came. I think if the Dutch stopped doing this the campsite would have a bit of a problem. Overall, a good place to be for overwintering in Spain.