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Camping La Viorna
Carretera Santo Toribio
Potes
Spain   (Browse area)
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Tel: 0034 942 732 021

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Nearby: (within x miles)
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Pitches: 110
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 13 Reviews
              8/10 from 13 Reviews


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Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: John+judy 74 reviews from this member

We had mixed views about camping La Viorna. On the positive side, the showers/toilets were excellent. Seats and toilet paper, and cleaned continually until late evening. The pool looked nice, though we didn't use it, and noticed that swimming caps compulsory rule was generally observed. As others have said, pitches are mostly quite small with no separation, so sometimes you hope your close neighbours don't snore! We did feel our privacy was invaded at times, though not because our fellow campers were in any way discourteous. Even though it was late August/early September the site was busy with quite rapid turnover of campers. We were on the top terrace, which has the best views, but as a consequence tended to be always nearly full.

The site restaurant/bar seemed very reasonably priced compared with UK (or even France), and the restaurants in Potes were even more of a bargain. (Three courses, including a bottle of house wine and bottle water, 10 Euros!)

The approach to Potes from the north requires a quite long drive along a spectacular narrow gorge, which is a bit daunting for large caravans in a couple of places but is perfectly do-able. Otherwise, roads in this part of Spain are superb and put our British rubbish-strewn pot-holed ones to shame.

A trip to Fuente de is a must-do. On a fabulously clear sunny day we took the cable car to the top, then walked down the long vehicle track, then back to the start via Pido. The whole circuit took us 7 hours, but we did have a few coffee/beer/photo stops along the way!

We are certainly glad we made the long journey from our previous stop in Cauterets to visit Potes and the Picos de Europa.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Garethgina 4 reviews from this member

La Viorna benefits from being in a great location just outside of the maid toiwn of Potes - the main town for exploring the Picos de Europa from the south east. I say just outside - its about 2k's away - fully walkable is you are of a mind to - but probably too far if you have smaller children or stroppy teenagers in tow (you'd hear a few too many 'how much furthers' I suspect. The final bit of the walk is along a busy-ish road and uphill. So possibly best to take the car/van/bikes down into town if you want to explore it or treat yourself to something other than the usual camping fare.

The site itself is on a hillside and climbs up from the entrance in a series of terraces - upon which the pitches are placed. The views to the mountains to the north are quite remarkable and you'll find yourself taking pictures regularly as the cloud formations around the peaks change on a daily basis. Echoing the other other reviewers the main gripe (if a gripe is what it is) is that the pitches are pretty small and you do end up being very close to your neighbours, and the cars are parked out in to the road leaving the road a bit of a slalom for other car drivers. We have a 5 man tent - quite long - and it was a bit of a squash to get it on the site and park the car close by without overflowing on to the road.

The facilities are excellent - with plenty of hot water 24/7 from what we could see. The shower and toilet block did get busy - but then we were there in the height of the season, but they were kept constantly clean by the staff and there was never a time when the numbers of people seemed to trash the cleanliness - full marks for his - they really worked hard at making sure this aspect was done well.

There is a small shop on site with most of the things you'd need for your camping stay, including fresh bread every morning. The town has a supermarket not more than 10 mins drive away for those things you cant get at the shop. Theres also a small restaurant and bar - and whilst the offering is limited the prices were reasonable and provide an alternative for the kids. Over the car park from the shop is a small games area where 'da yoof' hang out - a pool table, table football etc. This is a little tired - but does provide a small meeting place for the kids to congregate (and you can cast a watchful eye from the terrace in from of the bar with a vino in hand - so probably works quite well!). As ever the free wifi can be found near the shop - another reason for youth-full (and not so youth-full) congregations.

Theres a pool which isnt heated I hasten to add - so was definitely on the cool side. As Potes is in the heart of the mountains it doesn't get as hot as some parts of Spain and as such I suspect the pool will never be that warm! They do have the weird bathing-caps-must-be-worm rule - which is weird if youve encountered it before - but these can be bought for a euro from the shop.

The owners were very friendly and relaxed in all that they said and did and were made very welcome. We were sufficiently impressed to book another week in 2015 and drag some friends with us. The only reason for the less than full marks is the size of the plots - these really could be a bit bigger.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Chumbeiro 4 reviews from this member

A decent campsite with marked, shady pitches. However be aware that some pitches are tiny and you may not be able to park your vehicle on-site (despite paying a daily fee). Stayed for 4 nights through the busy August period and have to say the site felt cramped and claustrophobic. Our pitch on the top terrace was so small that our neighbours' guy ropes crossed ours and we had to walk through other pitches to get to our tent.

Clean and tidy with reasonable showers, toilets and a decent swimming pool. The site is 25 minute's walk to Portes. Portes has all the necessary shops, bars and restaurants for a holiday top-up. The on site shop seemed reasonably priced.

We were charged 24 per night for a tent, car and two adults.

Would only recommend outside of peak holiday time and with the previsor that you manage to reserve a LARGE plot.

Found the mountain biking in the area to be rather disappointing. Too many double track gravel roads and difficult to ride circular loops.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Davercox 9 reviews from this member

Only just noticed this site is on this website, hence the very late review. Cannot recommend this site highly enough, one of the best we've ever stayed on anywhere. Beautifully clean and well-maintained by the hardworking staff. Nice layout, on terraces, leaving you never feeling cramped although the pitches are not huge. Agree, the electric connections are a little odd but work fine. Magnificent views, of course, and plenty of walks in the area around. At 16 euros with ACSI card, excellent value. Just two downsides to mention: 1) the pool wasn't open when we were there; and 2) inside the main toilet blocks there is a step down that can be hard to see when the lights are off.

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Speedy1050 6 reviews from this member

Great location in the beautiful Picos mountains, approximately 70 miles from Santander and about 1km from Potes which is a pleasant walk into but uphill going back.

Nice toilet blocks and communal area with charging points and free, if slow, wifi, a small shop and a bar / restaurant, we didn't eat there but prices seemed reasonable, drink prices were comparable with those in the town.

We were charged 12 for one person+motorcycle+tent per day which was a little too much.

Potes is a beautiful town with plenty of restaurants and bars and well worth a few days.

Date of Visit: September 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Snoopysmum 17 reviews from this member

I agree with all the points below - a beautiful clean site. The toilets and showers are 5*. It maybe a little more expensive ( though well worth it when you compare this site with others nearby) but we used our Acsi card so it was only 16 euros a night!

It may be 1 km from Potes but this is all uphill! Lovely walk to the monastery and cross at top of hill.

Staff are very kind and helped us with our lack of Spanish.

A little gem!

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