We arrived on an early crossing to Bilbao and made our way to Portuondo. The roads were good, but in places (mainly through the mountains) steep and twisty. It took us about 90 minutes.
Having arrived in Spain early, we were a bit too early to arrive at the campsite, but with nowhere to park the caravan to while away a few hours and fresh off the boat, we thought we'd try our luck at the campsite.
The entrance to the site is only wide enough for one caravan and car to go down, not for one to go down and one to come up! So as we we were effectively blocking the entrance and we couldn't reverse back up the hill due to the steep incline, the staff kindly let us in early!
The pitch we were first offered was too narrow to get our caravan onto, but there wasn't a problem to switch to another one.
The staff were a little bemused by our early arrival, but remained patient and polite whist they helped maneuvere our caravan into place.
The pitches on this site vary in size, but any caravan over 7m long is going to struggle to fit on. They are certainly very close together. Not your average Camping & Caravanning Club 6m apart! Some pitches are separated by hedges, others by low wire or wooden fences. Some tent pitches are on terraces.
The wash block and toilets were kept spotlessly clean by a lady who was there all day everyday except Sunday. Unfortunately, some campers didn't bother to clean up after themselves in the showers, leaving the floors sandy and grassy. The showers were generally wonderfully hot.
The washing up facilities were also spotlessly clean.
There was one washing machine and tumble dryer for the whole site, but we didn't have to wait to use it. The washing detergent is plumbed in directly, which caused a bit of concern as we are allergic to some detergents. It didn't affect us though, so all good.
The swimming pool was open from 11am until 8pm every day and a pool attendant was on duty all the time. However whilst one was obviously being a lifeguard, he wasn't always on duty. Another was there, but didn't keep an eye on the swimmers all the time. I wouldn't recommend you to rely on them to save you! They spent quite a bit of time putting plasters on little toes which had been grazed by stepping on the sharp pebble surface meant to stop you slipping over, so watch out for that.
It was again, a spotlessly clean pool. Big enough to swim in (just - if you went diagonally!) and with a flume long enough for a bit of fun. There were sun-loungers all along one side and edge which were separated from the main pool by a low fence.
Wifi is advertised, but we found it to be elusive! There is a computer that you can use for free, 10mins at a time in the Reception.
We didn't eat at the restaurant attached to site, but it was always busy with customers from outside the site and inside. They had entertainment on several evenings too. Hammocks are available for a siesta near the play area and tables, but separated by trees.
A small supermarket is about 20mins drive away or if you prefer smaller shops, the village of Mundaka is 15mins walk from the campsite.
This site is situated in a beautiful area with big wide sandy beaches which is a nature reserve. The sea water was clear for most of our visit.
We didn't see any theme park type places, but if you like cycling, walking, bird watching, swimming, kayaking etc, this is the place for you.
Weatherwise, we experienced cloudy mornings, sun from mid-morning to evening and quite often drizzle at night. There were thunder storms forecast for several days, but we only heard them from the distance.
At night, it was quite noisy. A large group of teenagers were camping above us and made a lot of noise, but didn't appear to be asked to quieten down even after midnight, which is when the site is supposed to be quiet. When they were not there the rule was adhered to.
The staff were helpful, friendly and between them spoke several different languages.
We stayed for 2 weeks, but many campers seemed to use the site as a stopping off site before heading for the ferry or other parts of Spain or France.
We would stay again if we were in the area and I'd recommend the site to anyone who has a tent, trailer tent or small to medium caravan.
We stayed at this site for 7 nights at the end of August and had a fantastic time.
Plus points are the clean toilets and washing areas. There are cleaners who spend all day just going round cleaning the toilets and showers etc. There is also a very clean and modern baby changing room with bath.
The site has a great swimming pool with a slide for children and a baby pool. It also has a covered area with picnic tables which is fab for if it rains.
Overall the site is modern and clean. It is also in a stunning area with lots of gorgeous beaches (Mundaka town, Bakio and Lekeito) within easy walks or drives. There is a cafe at the top of the site that does quite expensive takeaway style food or you can walk into Mundaka town. There is a big supermarket just outside Bermeo which is a 10 minute drive away.
Negative points: the pitches are small but comparable with other Spanish sites. The campsite is on a big hill and I personally wouldn't have wanted to drive a big van onto the site. We have a VW van and it was fine but anything bigger and I would have found the big hill down to the site too much to drive. We saw one big van get stuck on the site while we were there.
We visited this campsite at the start of the school holidays, and were pleased we had booked in advance as it was fully booked. It is about an hour from the ferry port of Bilbao, and just over an hour from Santander. It is in the Urdabai estuary area, near to Mundaka, a little town with good surfing, a pleasant harbour and bars restaurants etc.
The site is on a hill side so steep in places. Some of the tent sites are on a terraced area and are rather small, our approx 6x3m tent squeezed in but could not walk round the sides, and access to the toilets/showers was difficult. Most pitches were similarly small. Some had shade but mostly low hedges and only a few taller trees.
The toilets and showers were good, plenty of hot water and cleaned frequently throughout day, and very rarely had to queue. Plenty of washing up areas and washer and drier and a fixed stone BBQ area. There is a covered picnic area where you can cook/eat with tables if it gets too hot or is raining.
There is a small shop open Spanish hours, selling fresh bread, croissants etc, also sells ice and will freeze blocks etc for a small fee. Reception very helpful, free WIFI and a computer you can use for 10mins at a time for free. There is a posh expensive restaurant at the top of the site, which is well known locally, also a cervezaria/cafe where they sell chicken, chips, beer, ice cream etc, again open local hours so dinner not until 8. 30pm. Small hilly children's play area near the bar/restaurant.
Great location, near to train station (1hr to Bilbao) and local bus stops going up and down the estuary. Short walk to a couple of beaches, and can get boat across estuary to Laida a bigger wider beach.
It was a busy and rather noisy site, but we were there in the height of summer, a few youth groups around, but mostly quiet after midnight.
A spotlessly clean if rather chilly pool with a slide (new this year so not on website), and plenty of balls, woggles, toys etc, plus a smaller toddler pool with slide. Lifeguard there at all times and well fenced off, often ran out of sun loungers!
We had a great time, and would recommend this site due to it's great location, but be aware can be noisy and the smallest pitches we have come across, if you have a bigger than average family tent I would call them to discuss pitch size.
Lovely site, well run, attractive and clean. Very steep, but terraced and with lots of shade. The pitches are a bit small, but still feel private owing to trees and hedges; they are also very flat. We were camping with friends and got two pitches side by side.
Helpful staff with good English. Decent shop - but the restaurant was out of our price range.
The showers and loos were spotless, though the hot water sometimes ran out. Washing up facilities good, water supply easy, can't speak for the hook-ups as we didn't use them. Only one washing machine, so you had to pick your moment. Lovely pool with friendly lifeguard and a waterslide. Public barbecue area but you could use your own if you had it.
Once you have managed the lung-busting one-in-four walk up to the gate, it's a gentle 500m downhill to the very safe beach at Mundaka (which has rocks to provide shade if you want it, as well as an ice-cream stand). Fab fish restaurant in Mundaka - keep going down to the harbour and it's upstairs in the odd-looking building whose top floor sticks out all the way round. Mundaka also has a little supermarket, and there is a petrol station on the main road between Mundaka and Bermeo (and no petrol stations for miles in the other direction!)
Half an hour's drive to the beach at Laika (I think that's the spelling) which is huge, beautiful, with good surf, some shade and a bar. Gernika is just down the road; you can get to Bilbao on the train from Mundaka (and then catch the tram to the Guggenheim).
The only real downside is that from parts of the site you can hear the main road all night.
Would go again: liked the area, liked the site, liked the staff.
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