Friday, 3 April 2015

EuroCamp - Cambrils Park in Spain


Last year we took our summer holiday in Spain. We wanted to fly from Southend airport so we picked a campsite that is easy to get to from Barcelona. We decided on Eurocamp because my Mum often holidayed with them and she always raved about what great value they are for larger families. Having a large family we prefer self catering because it gives us much more freedom to come and go as we please and having access to cooking facilities means we can prepare our meals whenever we want, especially important with my bunch of fussy eaters.


All my kids are older so we needed a campsite with a nice pool and entertainment for teens - early twenties, however we didn't want to stay on a site that was loud and full of rowdy drunks, so after some research (mainly on trip advisor) we decided on Cambrils Park on the Costa Dorada, which is approx about an hours drive from Barcelona. The park has excellent reviews and is perfectly situated within walking distance of lively Salou, great for the older kids to safely go off partying on their own without us oldies breathing down their necks.


Getting To Cambrils Park - We flew from Southend to Barcelona with Easyjet, which took about 1 hour 40 mins. Once we arrived at Barcelona airport we wandered outside to find the buses where we found the FREE shuttle bus that took us on the ten minute bus journey over to terminal 1. Once at terminal 1 we walked in through the main doors, then headed for the escalators down to the lower platform. Look for the kiosk selling your Bus Plana tickets and purchase a return to Salou which is 27 Euros. The drivers at the kiosk were really friendly with basic English. Stay on the Bus until you spot the big red bus stops that say Cambrils, ask the driver to shout when you reach Cambrils Park. From the bus stop it is a ten minute walk up a small hill, across a railway bridge and down a short country lane (with a foot path).


The Park - The first thing that struck me as soon as we arrived was how friendly the reception staff were. They all spoke excellent English (which was really useful when I needed to speak to the on site doctor about a toothache). This site is immaculately clean, so clean there were maintenance workers blowing the freshly cut grass from the paths. The level of cleanliness really impressed me. There is a supermarket on site but we preferred the one outside which is a five minute walk from the aloha reception. 

Cost of Shopping: Most items are extremely cheap compared to the UK
Loaf of Bread (tastes different to our bread, it tastes more like brioche) 42c for a large sliced loaf
Milk - 4 pints - 70c
Water - 8 litres - 1 euro
Eggs x 6 - 1 euro
Wine - from 90c for a 70cl
Whiskey - 6 euros for 70cl (tasted like Johnny Walker)
NB: Decent tea bags were quite expensive and instant coffee difficult to find so if you are an addict take a jar with you. Toiletries were also quite expensive.

The site is covered in palm trees and olive trees which we found really attractive and gave the feeling of being somewhere quite exotic. The guests were mainly Spanish, German and Irish which we liked because we wanted a holiday that wasn't swamped with English. If you wander down to the main reception there is a free shuttle bus that takes you into Salou, it runs every 30 mins. The driver is fabulous and was a comical popular character. A family friendly site with no large single sexed groups.


Aloha Bungalows - We stayed in the aloha bungalows which sleep four comfortably and six at a squeeze. All bedding and towels were provided and were changed by the maids every other day. The bungalows have well equipped kitchens with a microwave/oven, a fridge freezer, toaster, kettle, a clothes airer, cleaning equipment and air con. There are wide bi-fold doors that open on to a tiled patio area. The bungalow was basic but immaculately clean and comfortable (I'm super fussy).


The Pools - Cambrils Park has some of the best pools that I have seen anywhere. There are several and they are all very different, clean and relaxing. There were plenty of free sunbeds situated around each pool, most with sun shades should you require them (which I always do). There is a fantastic kids pool that has been really well designed with water slides and splash areas. Us older kids preferred the main pool with its Club Tropicana cocktail bar smack bang in the middle.


The Food and Evening Entertainment - There are plenty of places to eat at Cambrils Park. Our lot preferred the pizza takeaway bar and they do a mean curried onion gravy on chips not very Spanish, I know but it was delicious as a snack to take back to our bungalow at the end of the night. The other place we liked to eat was in the main restaurant where you can buy a Spanish meal. All the bars and food areas are situated around the main pool where the evening entertainment takes place. 
Drink Prices at the bar:
Drinks are really cheap a large Jack Daniels was 7 euro's (come in a very large glass) Glass of wine was 1.4 euro (Large glass), Cocktails 4 euros (a large glass). 

If evening entertainment is really important to you then you might prefer to go into Salou for a longer, livelier night out which a few of our twenty something kids did do a couple of times (you can get a taxi from reception where there are always a few waiting). As Papa and I like a quieter night out we were perfectly happy with the Park entertainment...The flamenco dancing was a real treat. Earlier in the evening children's entertainment was fun and lively.


The Beach - In one word - Breathtaking! I'm very fussy about my beaches and a good beach is extremely important to me when booking a holiday so I was very happy to discover how perfect the local beach was. Its wide, its white and its clean. Perfectly sandy and a clear blue sea, we loved it. There is a very long, well maintained footpath that goes to Salou one way and Cambrils town the other way. You can hire bikes from anywhere along the path very cheaply and cycle along the coast for hours. A Tip - If you want to cycle then I recommend hiring your bikes from the campsite as the coastal hire shops require a 50 euro deposit and Cambrils Park do not require a deposit for bikes.

Fun pedalos with a slide were available to hire from the beach for 12 euros per hour. Sunbeds and parasols were also available to hire very cheap. Drinks were more expensive to buy in the beach bars - Malibu & coke - 8 euros, Green tea was 3.5 euro's although Sangria was only 60 c per pint. There are also lots of beach showers all along the beach.



The Local Area - Cambrils Park is situated right in the middle of Cambrils town and Salou. Cambrils is a quiet fishing port and it is here you will find the old town. Please do not go home without visiting the old town because it is gorgeous and shows you authentic Spain away from the tourists. Salou is much busier than Cambrils, a good shopping town with lively bars and restaurants. I love the 1960's retro look of the town with its many large hotels that are very 60's and glam. 

You will also find the huge aqua park in Salou Port Aventura. We did have pre booked tickets for this but it turned out to be the one and only day of the holiday that poured with rain so we couldn't go. My advice would be to wait until you get to Salou before buying your Port Aventura tickets to save having a very disappointed family if it does happen to rain on the day you booked.



We love Cambrils Park and if you fancy Euro Camp in Spain then we would all highly recommend this park. 
Big Thumbs up from The Syders.

We had a Blast!


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14 comments:

  1. Oh wow, what a step back in time. Paul and I took the girls to Cambrils when they were 14 months and I recognise so much from your photos but not the super duper swimming pool, that's new. We were with Eurocamp and loved it. I'd definitely return there.

    I LOVE your singing in the rain photo, it's brilliant and thank you so much for linking up to Time Traveller.

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    1. Great linky Mari. Cambrils is a lovely park, the pools are amazing xxx

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  2. The pools look great and the town does too. I have never been to this area but would be tempted now!

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    1. It is a lovely area Mellissa. The beach is gorgeous and everywhere is so clean xxx

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  3. I've had a few Eurocamp holidays in the past, but always in France. How refreshing to see palm trees! You chose really well - it looks fantastic.

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    1. We were so pleased with our choice Trish, it is a lovely park xxx

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  4. Looks like a great place. The last euro camp I went to was just after nan died and it was in France. Lovely place but not so much in the holiday mood. Great value for money holidays xxx

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    1. My Mum always liked Eurocamp for value for money and she was really fussy about camp sites. This one was definitely great value for money. Worth every penny xxx

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  5. I've been to Port Aventura! I would like to say this brings back happy memories, but although I loved the park I visited on a trip with a horrible ex just before we split up, so on the whole the experience wasn't so good :-/ I'd love to give Eurocamp a try some time though. I'm glad you all had such a fab holiday.

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    1. Sorry to hear that Nell. You should definitely try Eurocamp sometime. Excellent value for money and so many parcs to choose from x

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  6. We Eurocamped many years ago in France in caravan and had a great holiday, it was a long drive down there though with four of us in a fiesta and mum could never pack lightly and we had stuff everywhere in the car! Sounds like you had a great trip and love the rain in spain photo :) #timetraveller

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    1. Sounds like you have some fab memories of that holiday. I also remember travelling across France with my Mum, way back and the memories are so special x

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  7. We've been camping with Eurocamp to France many times in the past but have never considered going to Spain with them. Great article and photos look like you had a brilliant time. Think we'll have to look into this quite closely for 2016 and perhaps look at Spain for a change.

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  8. Great review! Cambrils seems to be highly rated everywhere.

    Reus airport is even closer than Barcelona - only 15km from Cambrils. Ryanair fly there so it can be cheap at certain times.

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