Motorhome travel: Northeast Spain
We like it sunny and warm. And, the UK weather had been awful all ‘spring’ - so, this adventure had to start in the sun however far south it was shining.Our first Spanish destination was the little seaside town of L’Estartit and Camping Les Medes. We have spent a few weeks here in the past and we met up with our friends, John and Linda, in their Hymer who had been there for three weeks already and originally introduced us to the site.
Les Medes is a great site with excellent facilities and close to some lovely sandy beaches, interesting villages and towns. For us there is brilliant walking, running and cycling on the flat agricultural plain by the River Ter or in the hills to the north.
The beach is about half-a-mile from the Medes site and there is a very pleasant one-mile walk or bike ride down along the coastal pathway to L’Estartit, which looks like it has changed little in the past 20 years. There is a great choice of cafés and Kim’s generally gets our vote. The shopping is good here with a typical Spanish market on Thursdays.
The first day was magnificent. Clear blue skies and a mild cooling breeze so we all cycled into the town, locked up the bikes and walked the five-mile round trip to the charming little cove of Cala Ferriol over the wild ridge between L’Estartit and L’Escala. The paths were rough and rocky with accurate signposts showing the way.
There is plenty to do and explore in this area should you want to stay for a few weeks and most of the sites offer a forfait (discount) the longer you stay. We love this area and the Medes site and had to tear ourselves away at the end of our two weeks looking for new adventures further south.
Camping Els Prats, on the beach near Cambrils
The forecast was right justifying our decision to move on a rainy day. The glowering sky was a dirty yellow colour and enormous raindrops threatened to enlarge the stone chip in the windscreen. The motorway around Barcelona was, as always, busy with hurrying lorries and cars.
After some internet research at Medes, we decided on Els Prats Camping Village, an ACSI site about 15 miles south of Tarragona between Cambrils and Miami Platja.
After a slight diversion due to our sat-nav’s misapprehension as to the whereabouts of the campsite, we resorted to the trusty old-fashioned way of using the instructions in the book and checking in the garage.
The site is beautifully situated right on a sandy beach among palm and eucalyptus trees with spacious level pitches. It is far enough away from the nearby AP7/N340 and the railway for the dominant sound to be the birds in the trees and the gentle roar of the waves on the beach.
Strangely, if it is raining when we arrive on a campsite it rarely gets the vote. First impressions count – but Els Prats was different. The facilities are excellent. They are kept very clean with switch-on showers and endless hot water. The pitches are grassy with a shingly base and the on-site supermarket is well stocked and reasonably priced.
We sampled the restaurant’s menu del dia at €11 (£9.30) for three courses and a drink. There were plenty of dishes to choose from and the food was very good.
If you're considering a spring break to Spain, why not consider these campsites?
Camping Les Medes
L’Estartit, Costa Brava, Spain
Web: www.campinglesmedes.com Open: All year
Els Prats Village Camping Park
Apartat de Correus 110, 43892 Miami Park, Spain Cambrills
Tel: 0034-977-810027 Email: [email protected]
This piece is an extract from April 2014 MMM magazine. To download your copy for only £2.49, click here.
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