Sitges Barcelona definitely one to avoid

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  1. Forestboy

    Forestboy Funster Life Member

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    Sat on Gravelines, waiting for tunnel am tomorrow and thinking about our trip. Pretty eventful what with destroying the gearbox and the exhaust system breaking in half but that's all part of traveling and makes for good stories later.
    Every trip usually throws up a surprise or two not always what you expect.
    Used Acsi sites and Aires everywhere and found a couple of fantastic sites one in Potes in Picos De Europa and one in Campello between Benidorm and Alicante.
    However we also found one of the worst sites we've stayed on in 10 years traveling.
    Someone recently suggested Sitges was better for visiting Barcelona than Villanova. So as we were going through and find Villanova a bit too big and commercial ee thought we'd try it out.
    Big Mistake
    Sitges near Barcelona can only be described as a dirty filthy hovel. Litter everywhere which attracted thousands of flies. Only 1 toilet block of 3 working the other 2 out of order and it was so disgusting it was a health risk just walking in. Totally disinterested staff who appeared to resent the guests. One half of the site was the usual Spanish ghetto but just dirtier than usual.
    The final insult was being told if I wanted water it had to come from the WC cassette disposal tap. Also crazily the most expensive site on the trip.
    We almost refused to pay and made a official complaint which was just shrugged off with heard it all before mate.

    So be warned Villanova may be a bit commercial but it's worth 10 of Sitges.
     
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    Hi Forestboy Sorry to read about your problems both mechanical and sites, currently in Spain touring and would be interested in which site you found in the Campello area that met your approval also which site in Sitges area is the one you describe as a Big Mistake

    Thanks Basa
     
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    We stayed at that one. Took the tram to Alicante. Only €1.30 each way. Brilliant site. There is an Aire there as well. Cost was nearly the same though. Good bootsale and market on Sunday.
     
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    This is the site
    http://www.campingeljardin.com/en/
    There is also a Aire / Camperstop but we didn't fancy it as no shade. Here's a picture of our pitch
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    Good one:)
     
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    Have stayed at the Sitges site in the ACSI book, several times, last there in October, must have changed a great deal in that time, site was clean and tidy and plenty of fresh drinking water, one of the toilet blocks did not have toilet seats, but the other did. Staff at that time were friendly and helpful too. Great shame if it has deteriorated.
     
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    My recommendation down there is Camping Bon Repos at Santa Suzzana.. It's right on the beach, train stop is almost outside the camp gates and a steady 50 min cheap train ride into Barcelona..
    think prices have gone up a bit since the early days but a popular spot with nearby shops, supermarkets etc..

    http://www.campingbonrepos.com/en/
     
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    Was the bad Sitges one El Garrofer? It was nothing special when we were there a few years ago but I've seen worse.
     
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    https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ss...83014,171&tbm=lcl&rldimm=15392463145504273341

    This is the one strangely if you read the reviews nearly all the complaints are similar to ours not that we ever read reviews we like to make our own minds up but actually the reviews on CamperContact are equally as bad as well so maybe we should scan through them.

    It may be we were unlucky and went on a particularly bad day as all the Spanish sites were exceptionally busy because of the fantastic weather and the Spanish sure do leave a mess behind when they depart. The difference between a good site and a bad one is the way in which they clean it up and unfortunately this site made no effort to clean up. We have honestly never seen such a filthy fly infested site even sites in morocco 10 years ago were better.
    Having said that I get the feeling someone is going to pop up and say what a wonderful site it is and they stay there all the time.:)
    Probably the reason I don't read reviews and only once about every 5 years add one.:)
    So there you are said our piece make up your own minds.(y)(y)
     
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    Garrofer at Sitges has always been fine for us. Nothing special but clean facilities, plenty of hot water.
    Lin
     
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    What site do you recommend in Potes?
     
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    Duplicate post.
     
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    Thank you for your reply. This looks like the site that we stayed at 2 years ago. Nice but pricey, IMHO, although in our limited experience, we find that Spain is more expensive than France when it comes to camp sites.
     
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    We paid 18 euros with ehu using ACSI.
    Have to agree Spain is certainly more expensive than France another reason we always travel out of high season and use Aires and our ACSI card.
     
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