We used this site for our last six nights of a 3 month tour of Spain and Portugal before boarding the ferry at Santander. As said in previous review the site entrance is quite tight but it looks worse than it actually is and we managed in with a 7.2 meter van without mishap.
The site is situated in a small valley and is set out at different levels. We chose a pitch on the highest part of the site and were rewarded with spectacular views of the Picos mountains each morning.
The site toilet / shower facilities were modern and there are two toilet blocks one at the far end of the site being the newest, there is also an indoor heated pool which is free and a gymnasium. There is also bar and restaurant with a nice terrace on site but it is only open during the peak season.
Ribadesella is a 20 minute walk and is an attractive unspoilt Spanish seaside town with a interesting harbour and good selection of shops, street cafe's, bars and a couple of small supermarkets there is also a lovely clean beach.
We really liked this site and the area and will return perhaps in 2011
This campsite, only 80 km from Santander,is long and narrow and set in a small valley. When we arrived the lower area was full but there are plenty of pitches higher up on the terraced grassy slopes. However, this involves negotiating a very tight turn if you have a large outfit. The advantage to being higher up is that you get a view of the Picos de Europa, if the weather is fine! The area is cooler and wetter, but much greener, than other parts of Spain and the high season is fairly short.
At the end of May when we visited, only one of the toilet blocks was open, the snackbar and outdoor pool were closed, but the indoor pool was open. There is free wifi in and immediately surrounding the snackbar. The toilet block was excellent, as were the washing-up and laundry facilities. Ribadesella itself is a pleasant small resort/fishing port and it's worth visiting the nearby caves of Tito Bustillo with stalagmites and ancient paintings of animals. There are nice little towns all along the coast, such as Llanes, and of course a trip into the Picos is a must. It's an area we would like to return to but would go in summer to ensure better weather!
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