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16/1/2019 at 5:01pm
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We re towing an 8m caravan from Laredo (nr Santander) and heading via AP68/A23 to Valencia in September. However, I'm struggling to find a stopover site south of Zaragoza. We wanted to drive for approx. 6 hours and not be too far away from the motorway (Zaragoza is not quite far enough). Albarracin seems a long way from A23 and I dislike narrow/steep   roads when towing.
Can anyone recommend a site. I've checked Acsi and Eurocampings books but nothing is jumping out at me !

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16/1/2019 at 8:56pm
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We have travelled down the A23 Zaragoza to Sagunt out of season for the past 7 years. The only site we are aware of is Altomira see link below.

https://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/results3.asp?search=Navajas&by=sitename

Never stopped there ourselves but friends have. Ok site except apparently some approaches to pitches can be a bit steep.

If you are staying at Zaragoza overnight then you would make Sagunt in six hours no problem. The A23 is a good road - once you are 20 pmiles away from Zaragoza. We made Zaragoza to Javea no problem (admittedly on a bank holiday. A7(AP7) along the coast is good also although traffic can get busy around Valencia but eases after passing the Madrid jiunction.

Just realised that you look not to be stopping at Zaragoza. Many people do nowadays as facilities are acceptable for an overnight stop nowadays. Fairly easy access off junction 33 of Zaragoza ring road.

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Thanks for some good tips . I discounted Altamira due to the steep appproaches and the length of the van . I notice you said Zaragoza site was ‘fairly’ easy to find and I can see we may have to reconsider staying there . Are there any landmarks that would help locate it from jct 33 ( I use via Michelin as our main route planner as our inbuilt satnav is useless and a map)


17/1/2019 at 3:59pm
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From Junction 33 on A68/Z40 follow A2/N11A towards city. This road takes you through a half finished roundabout and over a canal. Then take first right signposted to site down a slope to a roundabout. Go straight across at the roundabout and along a one way road passing the site on your left. At the roundabout at the end go right around to pick up the road back to the site entrance is up a slope on the right.

The locality is in an area of abandoned development resembling a moonscape. Reception is just inside site entrance. Pitches are ok for a night stopover and if you pick the right one you can be left hitched up overnight for a quick get away.

If you have an hour to spare a walk along the canal is ok but ask directions for access at reception as you can only access it by leaving the site entrance.

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17/1/2019 at 5:48pm
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Thanks for your info ,Suzac. Sorry for mixing up my earlier reply- I got 2 posts mixed up but your directions are most welcome.


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18/1/2019 at 4:39pm
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Look the other way, Burgos, south to Aranjuez, then east to Valencia, it's not much difference in mileage and dual carriageway or motorway all the way, just a thought. (It's my route back from Javea to Santander rather than Zaragoza)


19/1/2019 at 5:21pm
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Not the answer to your question, but we just go on the service stations, in the height of summer they can be a bit ripe (pee) but we have never encounted any problems.


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19/1/2019 at 5:29pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Oh so camp on 19/1/2019
Not the answer to your question, but we just go on the service stations, in the height of summer they can be a bit ripe (pee) but we have never encounted any problems.



Is this common practice? And do you mean the ones adjacent to the A23 road or those set back off the carriage way half a mile plus usually with accommodation?

I did raise a topic about this a month or so ago but not many replies.

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Thanks Grandad Kenny. This is our first time towing over Spain and I have been reassured that the AP68 is a good towing route for first timers, hence the reason I want to leave Santander by this route and head for the A23 to Valencia. I am surprised that there are so few stopover points on a popular route next to the motorway.
Maybe, next time ........!
I agree with Suzac that we could do with answers regarding the A23 and night halts slightly away from the main road . There must be some where .
Suzac- do you think it is it necessary to book Zaragoza at beginning of September - we should arrive about 2 pm . Thats if there are no other stopover suggestions.......



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I don't think you will need to book anywhere in September, most sites have lots of pitches available at that time. You may need to check they are actually open though!


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20/1/2019 at 2:24pm
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It looks as though Zaragoza is about 250 miles from Santander. Not sure what time ferry gets in but assume journey time would be about 6 hours. We only ever overnight at Zaragoza in January on our way down to Benicassim. We usually arrive early afternoon from St Jean de Luz and there are only a couple of others there then. Probably maximum of 12 units overnight in total. There are usually a couple of "residents" also and one or two of the statics are occupied. There is probably a choice of 50 pitches available.
The site is a bit bleak in January not helped by the fact it is situated in an area of abandoned development projects. The site is secure though and the receptionists very efficient and helpful.

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We are on the 6.15 pm Santander ferry . We are in process of booking an overnight stop en route to Bilbao - so will start journey next morning at 9am . Too far to get to Valencia , hence the overnight stop request.


20/1/2019 at 10:00pm
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Zaragoza will be approx 1/2 way then. Take the break and enjoy the great scenery on the route. Toll on some of road to Zaragoza but toll free from there on. I think car and caravan same as single car in Spain but someone will probably say different. First 15 to 20! Miles down the A23 is a bit neglected but from there on road is excellent. Get a good road atlas to plan fuel and meal breaks. (The Spanish one I bought myself is poor). Last 25 miles - plus to Sagunt is virtuallly all downhill. Be cautious overtaking lorries downhill particularly on bends make sure car is controlling van not visa versa. Done this route seven times now and love the journey.

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