“Tata, can we go to that cave with paintings on the walls?”, our then 7-year old asked. This summer, during the return trip on day 27 of our family camping road trip from Poland to Spain, we finally visited the Altamira cave in the beauty that is Cantabria in northern Spain. So, from the beaches of the French Basque region, we go back to the mountains of Cantabria to check out the pre-historic art of (hu/wo)man. Here’s our visit in pictures along with a quick review of Altamira Camping in a little pueblo called Santillana del Mar.
Excuse the typos…. we’re doing this on the road. 😊
Where to stay in santillana del mar? try Camping Altamira
Altamira Camping is one of two campgrounds in Santilana del Mar, Cantabria, Spain. It is less than 5 kilometers/8-minute drive to the Cave of Altamira. Camping Altamira is kid-approved and family-friendly with its modern sanitary facilities and camping with a view of the Cantabrian mountains.
We areon the road. So, we’ll fill this in later.
In case you’re wondering. . . No, we have not received any form of compensation or freebies or anything at all for reviewing or mentioning this or any others on our blog. We just do it for the fun of it.
TO DO: What’s to see/do nearby? A charming little village is less than 5-minutes/2.5 kilometer-drive away. It has a huge playground and lovely cobblestone streets in the village center with lots of restaurants and hotels/B&Bs. We thought it’s a bit touristy, compared to similar medieval villages that we’ve visited. And yet, it’s still worth to give it one day visit for slow-go travelers like us to appreciate the village.
What we like about this place? The very clean bathrooms and cleaning areas and, of course, the views.
What we don’t like about this camp site?
ACCESS. You gotta slow down upon approach to the entrance to the camping site because the ramp is a bit away from the actual sign for the camp. The reception is at the bar around the back.
SHADE. Sufficient shade from grown trees around pitches.
PITCH. How’s the pitch? Soft pitch with no problem sinking tent pegs. Here in Spain, we begin to see less grass and more ground/dirt on the pitches. It’s big enough to fit a 3-person tent, a car and a more for your eating and playing areas.
Privacy hedges None. But there’s only one other tent here during our visit in early September and a couple of other overnighter vans
PLAY. Decent-sizes playground with several playthings. But the play areas are something else… from open fields to small pebble beach access to an excellent waterpark where kids can pump out water to fill a huge pool.
PRICE. Hgher than standard at 37.00 euros (including tax) for a family of 4 (2 kids–1 under 5), 3-person tent WITH electricity during end of summer season (early September). But the location and the kid-approved amenities make it acceptable.
SANITARY FACILITIES. Modern, very clean with toilet paper and easy to “Social Distance”. Two entrances to the sanitary facilities.
DINE/DRINKS. There’s a bar/restaurant behind the reception, with outdoor seating … but we’re too poor to try it.
So, the next time you’re planning your vacation, try somethimg different. GO CAMPING! Your kids would love it.