Camping on the Costa Brava

Camping on the Costa Brava

Spain must be one of the best places in Europe to go camping. Unless you head there completely off-season, you can pretty much guarantee warm or hot weather and little rain. There are many campsites to choose from, ranging from basic sites in rural idylls to commercial seaside resort ones with lots of facilities like fun pools and entertainment for both adults and kids.

Last summer we went camping with the kids in Spain – we stayed for a few nights in the tiny seaside town of Tamariu. There’s one camp site there – Camping Tamariu. It’s an ideal location a short walk from the beautiful beach and cove of Tamariu. At the site, you’ll find both electric and non-electric pitches as well as bungalows to rent that have their own bathrooms. We were in a big family tent and so used the very acceptable communal facilities.

As well as being an easy distance from the beach, the campsite also has its own swimming pool and kids’ pool as well as a playground, grocery shop and restaurant and bar. It was a perfect location for a few days’ relaxation. We left the car parked by the tent and walked everywhere.

The town itself is beautiful and there was a diving board on the edge of the cove, so you could dive straight into the crystal clear sea. The area is renowned for diving and there are plenty of dive centres to take organised dives with.

We then moved on to Barcelona and stayed at a totally different campsite. As it was only a few kilometres outside of the city, there were lots of permanent looking mobile homes, with little gardens and everything. We got the impression a lot of people escape from the city every weekend to their second home on the campsite.

What to pack

As well as the usual array of camping accessories, you’ll also need proper clothing for camping in Spain, even if you go in the middle of summer. Although it should be great weather, it’s a sensible idea to bring fleece jumpers for cooler evenings and waterproof jackets may come in handy should you get any rain.