After a restful camping in the south of France in the Pyrenees mountains and a sort-of rushed stopover to see where angry (some, castrated) bulls would run after brave men and women in white-colored shirts and red handkerchief in a festival called San Fermin, we had to land our gypsy caravan in the dry plains of Navarra, Spain. Here’s a quick review in pictures of Camping El Molino (Errota in Euskara/Basque) in the north of Spain, between Hemingway’s Pamplona and Cervantes’ Salamanca.
If you need more info, text follows at the end of the pictures below. Enjoy your trip!
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What we like about this campground?
KID-FRIENDLY, in a word that was what we liked about Camping Errota El Molino, near Pamplona. As if a big-enough playground, indoor swimming pool with jacuzzi and sauna. . . and a splashpark was NOT enough, this campground in Navarra, Spain amps up the family FUN that you can have even more with an outdoor (deeper and bigger) swimming pool, with a slide! There’s also plenty of space to run around and other activities, such as ping-pong tables.
What we don’t like about this camping site?
What about what we did not like about Camping Errota El Molino? It would be a much better camping site when the trees around the pitches will have grown to provide more shade, especially when camping in Spain in the summer. There may be other locations at the camping site with more shade but in the area where we were, the trees were too far apart to provide real shade.
Above-average price at €35.80 euros (including tax) for a family of 4 (2 kids–1 under 5), 3-person tent with electricity at the end of summer season (first week of September). BUT, and a BIG BUTt at that, think about the amenities: indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi, sauna, playground and other play things!. . .
€ 4.90 per night for a pitch that is big enough for a 3-person tent, a car, a table and cooking ware, and then some more! €5.70 for an adult, €4.75 for children between 3 and 12 years old.
Playgrounds are always a nice family friendly addition that are much appreciated by our children. . . all children, that is! Unfortunately, the playground at Camping Errota El Molino was quite wet when we arrived. We tried but it didn’t worked out. The wooden play structures would have been quite FUN otherwise.
As previously mentioned, there’s also indoor swimming pool with jacuzzi, sauna and a splashpark, and outdoor swimming pool, with a slide.
There’s also plenty of space to run around and other activities, such as ping-pong tables.
No problem finding the entrance to the camping site. It was clearly marked from the outside with several flags in front of a three-storey white-and-green building and a refurbished traditional white windmill with dark blades.
You can see this from far away as there were nothing much that obstructs the line of sight.
Once you pull into the parking lot with plenty of spaces you’d see the reception on the left. No card was necessary to access the grounds.
There may be other locations at the camping site with more shade but, for the most part and in the area where we were, the trees were too far apart to provide real shade. It will be a much better when the trees around the pitches will have grown to provide more shade which is especially helpful when camping in Spain in the summer.
How’s the pitch? Normal pitch with no problem sinking tent pegs. Grassy pitch (which is not usual in Spain, especially the further south you are) and spacious with brown patches where campers would normally pitch their tents and parked their cars.
None, which was not an issue as there were no immediate neighbors.
Huge spaces with long halls, like a barn converted into a modern facility. Sufficiently basic features but clean and with toilet paper. No problem with hot water.
The pleasant surprise here was the KIDS BATHROOM/WC, for kids up to 4 years old, complete with 2 sets of showers where young children can sit down, 2 sets of toilets and 2 sinks–all with children-appropriate decorations like clowns and animals.
There’s even a wall-mounted table for changing diapers.
DINE or DRINKS
There’s a bar and a restaurant with indoor seating (and a billiard) and a huge outdoor area. Most of the dishes that we had were fried stuff and sandwiches. It seems that the restaurant specializes in sandwiches, toasts and scrambled egg. See menu below.
Outdoor seating area is shaded by some fantastic trees whose name I don’t know. You might NOT like shade, but it could be a life-saver in the summer.
Yes, and it was FREE (or at least no additional costs). We needed to get an access code from the reception.
If you don’t feel like making your own coffee, you can order it at the reception desk. Bread, beer, water are also available. We did not see any fridge, freezer or microvave or a kitchen. Maybe we just missed it because the place was quite huge. If it did have it, it was NOT obvious. Laundry and dryer are some additional amenities. There’s also a freezer for ice packs and fridge for open use and a lending library and internet connection. . . all for FREE (or at least no additional costs). It is not all that usual for camping sites to have these extra benefits.
TIPs for Camping Errota El Molino
To enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi and splashpark, make sure to bring swimming caps/headgear (you know, those little things you put over your head to make sure your hair does NOT get into the pool, and if you have it on too tight, your eyes start to squint like a drunken runaway monkey. . .) Yup, you need it here.
In fact, it would do you good if you just have them with you when camping in Spain (maybe even France) to save you money, just in case the camping site has a pool.
what to do near CAMPING LE Gave d’aspe
So, what to see or do nearby?
- The town of Mendigorría (on the hill) was the site of a major battle in 1835 during the first Spanish civil war of succession. Apparently, it was during the First Carlist War between absolute versus constitutional monarchy, in addition to fighting for who or what faction would rule over Spain. The town is located in the province and autonomous community of Navarre in northern Spain.
- Pamplona–the city that Hemingway loved so much, where angry (some, castrated) bulls run after men and women worshippers of San Fermin, is less than 30 kilometers or a half-hour drive away.
Onwards, southwards. . . to the land of sherry, flamenco and dancing horses–Jerez de la Frontera, but first Salamanca–the city of the Spanish Shakespeare and a road to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
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