Finding the relevant area of Burgos, when travelling from the Bilbao ferryport, did take a little longer than expected, as we managed to take a wrong turn somewhere along the way, but we soon found that Fuentes Blancas is reassuringly well signposted from just about everywhere once you reach the city centre.
This is a real gem of a campsite, and perfect for anyone wanting a base to explore and soak up the atmosphere of Burgos and the delights of the surrounding area. It is used predominantly as a stopover point for travellers to and from the Santander and Bilbao ferry ports, and by locals who left their caravans on site, and came to stay for odd days here and there. Though there was no online facility for us to make an advance reservation, we had always planned to stay for 3 full weeks, and had no problems booking in on arrival. As “long-stay residents”, we were regarded very much as a curiosity by staff, who made a special point of making themselves known to us from the time of our arrival. Isabel, in particular, gave an enormous amount of help, advice and information throughout our stay, and proved invaluable in helping us to locate a nearby vet, so that we could readily obtain the necessary “Pet Passport” immunisations for our dogs a few days before returning home.
Only part of the site was open for the duration of our stay, including access to three excellent shower blocks, all of which were kept scrupulously clean. Washing and toilet facilities were well looked after, and we enjoyed possibly the best showers we have ever found on a site. We couldn’t fault anything.
Torrential rain fell at intervals throughout our first and third week, but otherwise the days were very hot and sunny, and the night skies clear, bright, and full of stars.
The whole site was clean and very well cared for, with regular grass cutting, collection of rubbish from all areas, and replenishment of stocks in all of the shower blocks. Recycling bins are readily available, and clearly marked, in several areas on site, as well as a large number of basic rubbish bins.
Several garden-type benches were located around the site, but as they were not bolted down, they were frequently moved around as needed — but this was in no way a problem.
It was interesting and quite fascinating to see the tremendous range of new and old, state-of-the-art and thrown-together, enormous and miniscule, caravans, tents and motorhomes that passed through over the three weeks of our stay. Campers included English, Spanish, French, Belgian, Italian, Dutch, and the occasional visitor from farther afield.
With two rather lively and excitable dogs, we reluctantly decided against having a formal meal in the on site restaurant, although a large outside area was available, had we wanted to do so. We did, however, use the bar area on frequent occasions, and enjoyed an impressive range of tapas. The takeaway paella was amongst the best we had ever had. The shop, whilst not enormous, carried a more than adequate range of both consumable and functional items. During the week, large numbers of schoolchildren routinely called in for ice-creams and other confectionery — no doubt prompted by the fact that their school [which we could hear, but not see from the campsite] was located next door to the site, and their bus transport left from the area immediately outside the site gates.
Knowing nothing of this region, and in the mistaken assumption that we would be able to check out the locality online on arrival, we did find our first experience of driving through Burgos a bit daunting, so anyone planning to stay for any length of time might be well advised to get hold of a Michelin [or similar] map of the area, or to download a relevant map prior to leaving home. Although WiFi was indeed available at a small cost, we were advised that reception tended to be limited to the area immediately adjacent to the Reception building, and this did in fact prove to be the case, as we had pitched approximately midway along the site, and only managed to pick up a signal on one occasion.
Health issues dictated that we were unable to get out and about as often as we would have liked, and then only by car, but when we did venture beyond the gates, we discovered a readily accessible Mercadona supermarket just 3 miles down the road, and later found a Carrefour in the main shopping centre in Burgos, where we were able to park easily, and free of charge.
Amongst our abiding memories of Fuentes Blancas that we recall with fondness are:
(a) Church or monastery bells — long and loud and frequent [100+ tolls throughout each day];
(b) Extensive and excessive magpie droppings which, more than two months after our return home, we were still struggling to scrape off the roof of the caravan and the car, and eventually had to succumb to a professional clean! These sociable creatures seemed to have bypassed everybody else on site;
(c) The abundance and variety of birds and trees — notably the delightful little colonies of nuthatches and tits, one of which had made its nest behind a broken panel in the base of a lamppost, showing no apparent fear of the nearby campers;
(d) The attractive walkway alongside the river, leading all the way from the campsite into Burgos;
(e) The millions of microscopic white “floaters” — presumably seeds of some kind — that drifted through the air throughout our stay;
(f) The unmistakable sounds of Spanish music and culture, which emanated at intervals from the restaurant area, especially during the evenings. On some nights we could hear what sounded like outdoor concerts or music festivals, which played on through to the early hours, not too far away;
(g) The hundreds of wind turbines in every direction along the skyline, which were a dominant, but not unattractive, feature of the surrounding countryside.
To anyone planning to merely pass through Fuentes Blancas en route to another destination, I would strongly recommend that they reconsider — and perhaps spend two [or more] nights instead of just the one. They will not regret it!
First stop after arriving in Santander unfortunately the weather was horrific and cold which does not give the best impression. Staff gave us a very warm welcome despite the weather. Good shop I never used the shower block as it wasn't warm enough for me but there did seem to be plenty but even in April the site was quiet and not all blocks where open. It does seem to be a stopover point but it was ok for that. Don't follow sat nav as it will take you through a park which the road through has been closed to vehicles. It wasn't too far from the town but we didn't venture in the town on foot just drove through. So didn't really get a fair impression. Would use again as stopover.
Site difficult to find following sat nav as there are many road works in Burgos. Best to approach via A1 autovia.
Site one of few open in Northern Spain during winter. Staff very helpful and friendly. Didn't book but this time of year almost impossible not to get pitch as site very quiet.
Some brits on site, seems to be used as staging post off the Sanatader ferry. Most people there had European vans.
Several toilet blocks on site with only one open. Not the cleanest or most inviting have come across. Didn't try them out. The only drinking water was from a tap, via a hose, immediately adjacent to motorhome WC emptying point. Decided to boil all water prior to any consumption.
WC empty point in the toilet block overflowed when cassette emptied next morning and not much in it from one nights use.
Has a pool which was closed but likley to be busy in summer. WiFi on site very good value 2 euros for one night 3 for one week and 4 euros for two weeks.
Very few sites open in Northern Spain in winter so we aimed for this one as approx 2 /12 hours from ferry port of Santander.
Sat Nav took us to what was a large park - following the road through we came to a dead end. Apparently lots of new road changes - so ignore Sat Nav and continue on road past park - site 1 mile on new road.
Large site, holds up to 300 units. When we stayed several units there, mostly UK vans and campers. 4 toilet blocks, only 1 open. Facilities maybe a bit old but very clean and comfortable. Showers were piping hot and best water pressure ever on a site we have found.
Reception extremely helpful and friendly. Wifi available for €2 per night.
There was a shop on site, also a swimming pool. Site leads onto a forest park with plenty of cycling, walks etc.
We paid €18 for 2 adults with ehu. A good site which will be busier in summer but a great stopover point for Northern Spain all year round. Would recommend.
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