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Camping Picos De Europa
Avin Onis
Spain   (Browse area)
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Tel: 0034 985 84 40 70

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Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 7 Reviews
              9/10 from 7 Reviews

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Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Bignose+jo 11 reviews from this member

A lovely site with easy access from the main road, although it does slope down towards the reception area. We had a pitch in zone 3, next to the stream that runs through the site. This area gave us a choice of direct sunshine or shade and plenty of space. The toilet blocks are very clean with a decent supply of hot water although the pressure could drop at very busy times - we never had to wait for a shower though. There are two blocks, one newer with yellow cubicles and plenty of space and an older block that has traditional wooden doors and slightly less space and no stool to sit on in the cubicle. I preferred the older block as the water seemed hotter with greater pressure. Both wash areas were always clean.

There is an on site restaurant and bar. The meals are excellent and extremely good value for money. They have a daily specials menu and a menu board that you can order from. The staff were extremely patient and friendly and took the time to explain the various dishes whilst serving us. Just as an example, a two course meal for four people with drinks came to 28.

The washing machines were 3 a cycle and there were driers available, although we didn't use them. There is a small, circular pool that was clean and well maintained with sun loungers available although it was unheated. There were also enclosed trampolines for children and a pool table. Wi-fi was a free but only available near reception and the bar.

Their website shows the various zones. The far ends of zones 1 and 2 had more space than those pitches near the reception, but the trees were immature so there was less shade. There is also a flat touring field that we saw a number of motor homes and touring vans using. Pitches are marked but not separated by hedges.

The Picos mountains are rugged and well worth a visit. There is a Sunflower Books walking guide for the Picos which I was pleased we had and used this to follow two walks: the glacial lakes at Covadonga and the Cares Gorge. The gorge walk was 11km each way and spectacular! The lakes walk was very pleasant and easy to follow.

There are a lot of outdoor activity centres close by. Four canoes for a three hour river trip came to 90.

This site is well placed for both the mountains and the coast. We took a trip to Potes and checked out the other two campsites shown on the map. Those sites looked good but many of the pitches were smaller that this site but their pools were better. The mountain views around Potes were arguably better. We were pleased we'd chosen this site on balance. We were given a discount for staying longer than ten days.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Smart Family 27 reviews from this member

We arrived at this site for 3 nights with our 3 teen age children. The receptionist was very friendly and helpful and as the site was quiet we were given the choice of pitches. As our Motorhome is 8m with the cycle rack we choose a pitch on the top terrace near the road as they were the biggest. The pitches were however quite close together and would be tight in busy season. However we were told we could use 2 pitches if we needed. The toilet blocks were very good and kept clean and the showers excellent. There was paper in the toilets also which is unusual for Spain. The area around here is stunning and the 2 villages nearby are very quaint and rustic. There are some small shops and restaurants in Benia De Onis which is a 15 minute walk along a safe footpath. We used a few of the cafes and restaurants and most were very nice except, The Case El Teyeru, where the woman owner was positively rude and clearly did not want tourists in her restaurant. For walkers there is a footpath directly behind the site, turn right at site gate which goes up to a mountain pass with stunning views. Our children loved the swimming pool, which they rated one of their favorites on the tour. I would certainly return to this site.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Etherton 3 reviews from this member

Reviewers : 2 adults and 1 10 year old boy.

Beautiful setting, with mountain views all around and a small stream where the kids paddled or fished. Away from the facilities pitches tended to be larger - ours accommodated our Montana 6, with room to park the car and space for eating outside, weather permitting.

Toilets (3 blocks) all fairly near to reception were immaculate and a separate room with plenty of hot showers. Reception were very helpful and spoke English, sited next door to a small shop. The shop was open from 8 to 9pm with a break for lunch/ early afternoon. It sold most basics including fresh bread and croissants daily. Small restaurant was very good value for food and drinks. We only ate there once and food was good, county food - cost 25 euros for 3 with drinks, espresso coffee was 1 euros. Open late until 10pm for food, hot chocolate or beer.

There was a small play area, 2 trampolines, an unheated swimming pool and a small paddling pool. In addition there was a covered seating area where you could charge a mobile or cook ( mainly used by spanish people) and housed a pool table, where most of the kids congregated. WiFi was free in the restaurant and in the area near to the reception. Washing machines and driers were 3 euros. Electric hookups available.

Perfect for those who want to explore the mountains or seaside. Llanes only 40 mins drive - a lovely town to explore with a supermarket just off the motorway and beaches nearby, eg Poo beach. Covadonga lakes are breath taking on a sunny day, 30 mins drive. Fuente De cable car is about 1hr 30 mins drive.

Would definitely return, really lovely friendly campsite.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Joolsp 12 reviews from this member

About a 2 hour drive from the port at Santander, a lovely site that I would recommend to anyone.

Sites suitable for all kinds of units.

The areas are divided up into sections - 3 levels directly out from the reception, past a shower/facilities block - some of these pitches are quite small (narrow) and seem quite crowded in. Then over a bridge over the stream to two separate grassy areas either side of the swimming pool / second shower block.

We had a fairly large level grassy pitch for our tent on the 3rd of the levels and it was quiet and more spacious.

Quiet expected from 12pm - 8am

We were there just at the start of the end of the season - the site was almost completely full but we never had to queue for showers / loos etc.

Good clean facilities.

The shop is limited but useful (has cold beer and wine) and has bread

The little bar /restaurant is very good - it has a menu of the day, and also serves tapas/raciones all at very good prices.

All staff are lovely and helpful.

Only gripe would be having only cold water for washing up.

For major shopping you have to travel to Cangas which is a lovely town about 15k down the road.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Somerset teacher 1 review from this member

I agree with a lot of what the previous reviewer said. This really is a campsite of 2 halves. The smaller units were in a cramped area right next to the road.

However, we were lucky enough to be in the family area over the stream (zona 5) which was a lovely area with a mix of Brits, Dutch, French and mainly Spanish campers.

I had booked and requested shade, but there seemed to take no notice of this and no shady pitches were available.

Our tent (a 7 man) only just fitted on the pitch and if the site had been full we would have had nowhere to sit outside or park the car!

However, having said all of that this is a lovely site with a really peaceful, calm friendly atmosphere. At night all you could hear was the stream, distant cowbells and the occasional car.

The facilities are very good, constantly being cleaned and never had to queue for a shower.

The weather was mixed some rain, mainly at night, a couple of really hot days and then mostly about 22-24 degrees

The area is lovely and we will return, plenty to do for a family, we took the funicular to Bulnes, the coch to the Lagos de Covadonga, canoed down the river Sella ( a must do, really beautiful scenery) and spent a couple of days on the beach

8/10 for the site, small pitches and road noise, 10/10 for the area

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: EssexGirl 5 reviews from this member

This is an excellent campsite. The chap who was on the front desk when we were there says his English isn't very good but don't believe him: he speaks it well and is also very helpful.

The pitches were a fair size and level. Quite a bit of shade (but not much sun when we were there. ) and a lovely gurgling, rocky stream in which various children played all day. Clean, pleasant pool. Grass on which to knock a ball about. Hence kids happy. (And before you panic about the stream, it's securely fenced off from the area the families with kids seem to be given. )

Facilities for washing, washing-up etc all very clean. Lots of hot water for the showers but less for the plates (best way round, mind you).

Two washing machines and a tumble drier which all worked - powder included for the machines in the 3 Euro charge. Covered area with free-to-use plug sockets to recharge batteries etc and tables and benches, and I think there was wifi there too but I didn't use it.

Shop with all the basics (just as well as there doesn't seem to be a shop in Avin just down the road, though there is one in Benia about 1km away). The cafeteria-type meal in the bar in the evenings (from 8. 30) costs 8 Euros and is fantastic value - three courses, bread and a drink - and it tastes good as well.

Cannot speak for the hookups etc as we didn't use one. Lots of taps around the site.

Excellent base for the northern side of the Picos, which are stunning. The site is about 15-20 mins drive from Cangues de Onis, and it's close to various outfits which run pony treks, canyoning etc (just ask at the desk. )

Lots to see and do within half an hour's drive - fantastic walks, cows with cow bells, pretty villages (the funicular to Bulnes and the walk down worked well for us - youngest in the party is 9 and managed the walk no problem), etc etc. If you really feel you need the sea, it's half an hour to a lovely beach.

Would use this campsite again and recommend it wholeheartedly.

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