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Message posted by Kittiwake on 09/1/2019 at 8:30am
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Anyone been?? Well reviewed on Caravan Club website but not here. We're travelling from Bilbao across to Collouire and I wanted to have 3 or 4 nights on the way.
We're in a motorhome and see the journey as part of the holiday so don't mind going a bit out of our way - route would take us via Pamplona
Don't want to be fully in to the Pyrenees but somewhere perhaps a bit higher and a little cooler than the "plains".
Pena Montanesa fits our bill - ie nice pool, riverside, cycling distance to town, cycle routes fromt he campsite but some reviews online are really quite negative.
There's Camping Boltana nearby too.
Also seen (on the route, that appeal) Camping La Noguera & Camping Lago Barasona.
Anyone have any views?? Thanks

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Never been but both sites are reviewed positively on ACSI - Pena Montanesa, Boltana

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Thanks. Saw that last night - think it was on Zoover it got a much lower rating. You can have too much searching reviews - but there's not much else to do on the long winter nights other than dream of summer holidays :)

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It may be a bit out of your way, but if you are going from Spain to Collioure do take the N260 from Figueras to LLansa and then along the coast to Collioure.   This is twisty but in your van should be fine. The views are fantastic and there are lots of places to stop on headlands. We really enjoyed the drive.

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We stayed for nine nights last summer during the heat wave. The main site is busy, but you will be parked on the larger pitches and this area is much quieter. Toilets were spotlessly clean, with an attendant what appeared to be there all the time. Staff are very friendly, with most speaking good English. The swimming pool is great but busy.Ainsa is a beautiful town with plenty of attractions, cafes, restaurants and bars. Our son got married in the 12th century church in the old part of the town. There is a campsite shop but as expected the prices are much more expensive than the local supermarkets. Security is also good with an attendant on all through the night. We know because we returned on several nights in the early hours! We took our bikes and cycled the area. It is not flat! So be prepared for a lot of exertion, we didnít mind as we somehow enjoy it!! The road to Ainsa is wide, very good surface and a gradual downhill all the way. The return isnít too steep. If you need any more info let me know. If we were returning to this area of Spain I would stay there again.

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That's great MEREDITH - sounds just what we want.
Should we specifically ask for the larger pitches? Are they the ones near the river? Spanish campsites sound like they can be quite noisy late in to the night so a quieter bit sounds like a sensible option.
Biking sounds good too - kids are old enough now to do some reasonable MTBing rather than just voie vertes.

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We booked through the caravan club and I think you automatically get the larger pitch. I looked to book independently but the caravan club was a lot cheaper. Just make sure you get the 10amp pitches, not all of them are. One tip is to work out where the sun rises and sets on the pitch so you get the shade from either your motorhome or awning. Ideally the shade from midday onwards, sitting outside and eating is then far more comfortable. There were a few nights where we could hear the entertainment but it stoped around 11.30pm. The pitches you would use are quite far away. We use road bikes but it appears it is a Mecca for mountain bikes. There are a number of hire shops in Ainsa, also with electric bikes if you want an easy day. The pitches are opposite side of the campsite to the river, but to be honest the river is not gushing due to the hydro dams further up the valley.

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By the way, do you need a discount code for Brittany Ferries?

If you do I can give you one.

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That's kind but all booked.
Out to Bilbao - back from Rotterdam...


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