We chose this site for peace and quiet. For the most part it fit the bill, but it let us down on two counts - children and dogs.
On at least two evenings we were plagued by noisy children running around the site at gone 11pm and long after dark. Although the site rules state that the quiet time is from midnight through to 8am, we considered this unreasonable given the general tranquil ambience of the site. No doubt as the schools reopen next week this problem should subside.
We witnessed two instances of dogs wandering around off the lead, entering our pitch, despite site rules stating otherwise. We are not dog owners and I am always wary of animals I do not know, so was alarmed at this.
Other than that, it is a super site in a great location, not that we ventured far. At first glance the coastline nearest the site resembles a building site, in my husband's words, but is in fact volcanic. A little further along we found a quiet, pleasant little cove on which to sunbathe, with gently, shelving beach from which people were swimming.
As previously stated, it is spotlessly clean, the pitches have everything we could have wanted, privacy, shade, water, drain, electricity, as well as the sound of the sea once the kids had gone to bed! We would use the site again but would look to book out of season.
This was our first visit to camp sites in Spain and to this site in particular. We chose it because it was small and sounded as if it would be quiet which is what we wanted. We were not disappointed. The camp site is well signposted from the outskirts of Alcossebre and is easy to find. Access with a large outfit (we have a large twin axle) can be tight but all the pitches are of a good size, and you are left to chose your own pitch. When we were there there was only a maximum of 2 other British visitors - the bulk being Spanish with the a couple of French and Dutch as well.
The camp site itself is immaculately clean and tidy with very friendly and helpful staff. The road as others have mentioned is an unmade track and in the summer a plume of dust follows you along the road and covers the car -- it gives the appearance of having been on the Paris to Dakar rally! However, this does mean that the camp site is quiet and after a few trips along the road you get used to it.
There is a coastal path to Alcossebre which is through the National Park and whilst in the4 cool this takes about an hour coming back in the heat of the day it is a good 90 minutes and very hot to walk - you could certainly do it on a bike but again it would be a hot and dusty ride. There are a number of small coves accessed from the back of the camp site through a gate, which is locked and access is gained by use of the key pass -- a good security point!
At the week end the camp site did fill up with Spanish visitors, but at no time was it noisy or unpleasant.
Alcossebre itself is very good as a small town and is mainly used by Spanish families, it has all the amenities that you would want (supermarket, small shops, restaurants etc. ). You do need your own transport and if you are with a motor home you would need to ensure that you had transport as driving to and from along the road and into Alcossebre itself with a motor home would not be ideal on am regular basis. This is a site for those who don't mind a drive into town and want a peaceful time on site - probably not best for lively groups wanting and expecting lots to do -- there was no evening entertainment (good) except for the bar / restaurant.
This is quite a small site, attractively landscaped, with half of the space taken up by 71 touring pitches (and a few pitches for tents), the other half by smart wooden bungalows. There are none of those permanent caravans which can tend to make a site look scruffy. The pitches are a very generous size (ample room for caravan, awning, car, chairs and table etc. ) and are level, covered in white gravel and divided by hedges. There are enough trees to provide shade in summer, but as theyíre deciduous they let in lots of sun in winter, unlike sites with pine trees which can be a bit gloomy in winter. The pitches are extremely well-drained, even after long spells of heavy rain. In fact I would say they are the best-drained pitches weíve ever experienced.
The site is family-owned and run and the owners are very attentive to detail. Theyíve only been there five years and are working at constantly improving, and building up a reputation. Itís extremely tidy and well-maintained with spotless sanitary facilities. Toilets have seats and paper, basins have soap and hand dryers, the showers are fully controllable and there is plenty of hot water. As itís a year-round site the facilities are fully enclosed and heated in winter. The washing-up and laundry sinks are indoors and again thereís lots of hot water. There is a laundry with 2 washers and 2 dryers. Itís 3.80 euros for a wash, which includes the washing liquid. The laundry room is kept locked so you ask at reception for access. The staff are all friendly and speak English.
Each pitch has easy access to a water tap and drain for grey water. Electricity is included in the price unless youíre there for a long stay out of season, in which case they offer an overnight rate which is cheaper than ACSI, but electricity is metered.
Thereís a nice swimming pool, a childrenís playground, a library with TV, books in several languages and lots of childrenís toys and games. The restaurant and bar are pleasant but we only used them once, for a special tapas evening. Thereís a small shop in the same building as the restaurant, but with limited stock. Fresh bread is available from reception. A local farmer brings his organically-grown vegetables to sell once a week. Wifi is available throughout the site for a charge.
A feature which might put some people off is the approach road. The campsite is just north of Alcossebre, in the national park of the Sierra díIrta, so they are not allowed to tarmac the road. Itís about 2 km long and quite rough and stony, and can get muddy in wet weather. However we found it no problem as long as you take it slowly. In fact the isolated setting is part of the attraction, and means itís very quiet. From the campsite itís three minutesí walk to the sea. You can follow the coastal path which provides lovely walks along a series of small rocky coves. Some of them have stony beaches but a couple have beautiful white sand and masses of pretty shells. Alcossebre itself is a small-scale resort with a big, sandy beach and plenty of shops and cafes. Thereís a large Consum supermarket, and because itís a fair hike, thereís a free minibus service from the campsite twice a week.
As a winter site itís the absolute opposite of the very popular large sites such as La Manga, and certainly wouldnít suit everybody, but itís ideal for those who just want a quiet, peaceful stay in lovely natural surroundings. There are plenty of walks and bike rides along the coast or up into the hills, and if you feel the occasional need for somewhere busier itís not far to drive to Peniscola or Benicassim. The interior, the mountainous Maestrat, is also worth exploring, and bird-watchers will enjoy a visit to the Ebro Delta to the north.
Excellent site, probably one of the best sites we have been on as regarding facilities, cleanliness, pitch sizes, everything about this site is excellent. I agree with the previous reviewer so cannot really say much more as they have said it all - great site. It's quirky as the area is so unspoilt and such an unusual coastline but not accessible for everyone, so maybe quieter which we found good and lovely coast path walk into Alcassebre town with good bars and a good beach.
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