Travelling by camper van in Spain is top of so many people’s lists. The freedom of the open road, the flexibility of where you can go without having to dash back to your hotel when the sun sets.
Personally, I much prefer a five star hotel with crisp white sheets, a bottle of fizz and everything at my disposal. But!!! It seems I am in the minority with camper van travel seemingly a hot favourite among my friends.
With this in mind then, let’s have a look at travelling by camper van in Spain, with various tips to get you on your way.
Where can I park my camper van in Spain?
Spain has an enviable number of legal camp sites, fully equipped for all your needs. Many of them come with a bar and/or restaurant, are in a location with plenty to do or see in the local area, and of course you can plug in and charge ready for the next leg of your journey.
Of course you can always go off the beaten track and nab yourself stunning views away from the hustle and bustle. Imagine waking to an unspoilt view of that sunrise, or sitting outside the van as the Golden Hour hits, enjoying no sounds except those of nature.
Do be warned – camping on public roads is illegal in Spain – yes this includes promenades behind beaches too. You may end up with a hefty fine, which can take the shine off your travels.
There is a difference between being “parked” and being “camped”.
Instruction 08/V-74 of the DGT (Directorate General of Traffic) explains what “parking” is. If you are in breach of these, you could face a fine:
- When the campervan is parked but still only on its wheels – no stabilisers etc.
- With no tables or chairs outside of the van, nor open windows and canopies.
- In the absence of aforementioned chairs etc, there should be no equipment that overhangs the footprint of the camper van.
- No fluids emitted from the camper van (watch out if you’re emptying the loo!)
There are national laws, but there are also regional and local laws – meaning that you could fall foul of legislation without realising it. If in doubt, contact the tourist board for the area you are looking at, and ask them where would be okay for you to camp up.
A great site to check for “safe” spots is Park4Night, with tips and research already carried out by people who have done exactly what you are planning.
Is it safe to travel by camper van in Spain?
Yes of course! Spain is extremely safe for travellers, compared to many other countries. You’re unlikely to be held at gunpoint for your possessions.. or kidnapped and buried in the desert. However – use your brain! Don’t leave laptops or other valuables on full view – or you’re handing an open invite to opportunist thieves.
Can I take my pets?
Well if you own the camper yourself, then of course you can. Be sure to read the travel / health regulations for your pet before setting off… ensuring that your fluffy pals jabs are up to date.
Some camper van hire companies in Spain allow you to bring your pets along – so you can happily disappear on your travels around the Peninsula, knowing that you’ve got your precious pal with you.
Ensure of course that your pet is correctly restraining during the journey, and never EVER leave them in the camper van in hot weather if they do not have air-con.
Always ensure that you have plenty of loose change with you. Once you start getting out of the towns and cities, you may encounter toll roads waiting for your coins. Of course you can always take the long way round and avoid these – but that costs you more in time and fuel in many cases.
How can I hire a camper van in Spain
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Have you travelled around Spain in a camper van? What did you like/dislike about it?