Catalunya is a top holiday destination and if you’re on a budget, camping near Barcelona is ideal, as there aren’t any camp sites in Barcelona. Some campsites in Catalunya and on the Costa Brava are a stone’s throw from the beach, whilst other campsites in the Pyrenees are tucked away in picturesque valleys. For those whose experience of camping stretches no further than watching a tent disappear under the Glasto mud, or being forced to trek through the drizzling rain with your body weight on your back, urged on by school gym teachers under the guise of some irrelevant award scheme, let’s get one thing straight: camping in Barcelona can be great fun! Especially if you pick a good campsite, as many have great facilities such as supermarkets, bars and swimming pools.
You’re also likely to meet all sorts of friendly faces including families and backpackers to relax in the sunshine and explore the surrounding areas with.
Even if you choose to go to the mountains in Catalunya camping you’re not going to need a heavyweight tent, light to middleweight will do. Some good places to look for a tent include El Corte Ingles (take advantage of the sales!) Decathalon, and Carrefour which stocks some of the cheapest camping equipment on the market, as well as the army surplus shops in the Gothic and Raval areas. Essential items to bring along include a torch or two, bottle opener (so that you can share a beer with your new friends!), a basic first aid kit, and don’t forget an MP3 player or something similar with speakers because it just wouldn’t be a holiday without music.
If however you have decided that you are not and never will be a happy camper we have some good news. Aside from standard campsite facilities most of these sites also have fully equipped little bungalows with sleeping, kitchen and bathroom areas. They vary in size, some are very spacious with separate living and communal areas but others can be quite cosy! Make sure you check in advance whether dogs or other pets are welcome and if so whether there will be a surcharge.
Whether you prefer to be next to the beach or up in the mountains, you can have whatever you want when camping in Barcelona. There are many beachfront campsites near Barcelona, to the north there is Camping Masnou where prices for a plot begin at 15€ or cheaper options are El Vedado Camping and Camping Barcelona in Mataro where prices begin at just over 5€. These campsites also offer bungalows and mobile homes. To the south of Barcelona there are also campsites near the coast, the biggest is Villanova Park where plots begin at 16,15€ and mobile homes and bungalows are also available. Nearby are Camping Tres Estrellas in Gava and Estrella de Mar where plots are cheaper at approximately 5€ per night. Many campsites are practically on the seafront and will have beautiful views but Catalonia’s mountains are no less beautiful than the sea, and offer a wide range of activities as well some relief from the soaring August temperatures. Camping can be combined with a walking holiday, with a route planned along the trail of campsites and chalets scattered throughout the Pyrenees. The more relaxing option of staying in one place and returning back to base after each excursion is also worth considering. Inland campsites include el Pasqualet which is a campsite close to Barcelona where they offer bungalows to rent and plots begin at 16€, nearby is L’Esplanada in Santa Eulalia de Ronçana where basic plots are cheaper, beginning at 5,50€ and if your looking for campsites in Catalunya and the mountains then Camp en Puigcerda Barcelona is further away but still with easy access to Barcelona city centre.