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General

  • A minute's walk from a sandy surfing beach
  • Immaculate facilities; next to a surf school with kit hire
  • Playground, shop and bar-restaurant with roomy terrace

Right by the sea near Islares in Cantabria lies Camping Playa Arenillas, an easy 100 metres from a sandy beach with waves that are a foolproof spot for surfing: if you've never plunged into the foam before, a surf school (with kit hire) is right next to the site to show you which way up to clutch your board.

The site has a playground, football pitch, ping pong tables and a snack bar-restaurant with a large terrace and extensive menu of Spanish and international options. There's also a small shop selling essentials including fresh bread and newspapers, and fruit and veg stalls every day.

Playa Arenillas's old-school but immaculately clean amenities include two toilet blocks with free hot showers, and a laundrette with washing machines, tumble dryers and ironing facilities. Internet is available on the site free of charge.

Please note

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

The campsite accepts twin axles caravans and motorhomes. Access to the campsite is downhill and it has a little slope (30 meters). During the weekends of July and August there may be some inconvenience, due to the amount of people arriving at the beach.


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8.4

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100% would recommend this site to a friend.

88% would stay here again.

 

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facilities were clean but a bit dated pitches are ok. 03/10/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom paul r. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    we stayed here last year and liked it so much we came back this year very friendly people only a two minute walk to the beach which is good for surfing restaurant on site serves good food at affordable prices.

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Our third stop here. It's a lovely campsite with a ... 30/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom John W. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Our third stop here. It's a lovely campsite with a real buzz. A bit of a 1970s feel to it, but it's clean and well maintained.
    The shop and restaurant are excellent, and the site has a good bar.
    The beach is a 5 minute walk, though better at low tide.
    Handy for Bilbao and Santander.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing...

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The pitch was excellent, plenty of room for our large ... 17/07/2018

Reviewer's country: France June M. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The pitch was excellent, plenty of room for our large 4 berth caravan plus a large awning.

    The staff were very polite and helpful.

    Highly recommend this site

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike really apart from the steep access to site which can get busy at certain times of the day.

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Great site with friendly and helpful staff and very clean facilities 21/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Roger O. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Friendly and helpful staff
    Scrupulously clean facilities
    Beach really is only 100m away when tide us out!
    Great easy bike or bus to the lovely town of Castro Urdiales
    Easy teach from Santander

    Disliked: 

    Nothing much. The village dogs like a good howl but soon settle down again

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good site, facilities are fine, the restaurant is especially good.... 01/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Michael W. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    very convenient location for the Ferry port, a good restaurant and bar, and friendly helpful people

    Disliked: 

    the campers and tents were packed in far too closely;
    and we rather thought the use of the word 'playa' might mislead.....we didn't find anything resembling what we think of as a playa without a kilometre of the site, and we noted that while the site advertises online as camping playa arenillas, the name on the gate and on the cafe door, is just 'camping arenillas', which suggests they couldn't find an actual beach either!!

From the manager...

Dear Sir/Lady,:

We thank you for your opinion, but we need to explain you that:

In the north of Spain the tides rise and fall twice every 24 hours.
There is the possibility that when you saw it, the tide was high. .Anyway you can check it trhought the pictures we have got in our web site. And beach is at 100 mtres.

About the pitches, we do not understand your comment, because on that time pitches on the site are the 50% vacant, and we allow to ours guest to choose his place.

Kind regards,

The camping management,

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Excellent site, good clean facilities 23/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Louise B. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    What a lovely site with a helpful welcome when we arrived. Facilities basic and clean. The real pearl about this site is that it is approx 100 metres to the sea, and a fantastic view.

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Nice site friendly and helpful staff would stay there again. 18/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom paul r. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    Close proximity to beach and major towns.

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Really convenient for a short stay on the way to the ferry. 23/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Clare K. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Friendly staff, clean facilities (even though a bit dated), easy access to beach, good cafe and supermarket.

    Disliked: 

    Noise from road, very busy at weekends.

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Good site on Northern Spanish coast convenient for Bilbao ferry. 17/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jonathan S. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Good site on Northern Spanish coast convenient for Bilbao ferry.

    Disliked: 

    Very tight entrance for larger caravans particularly as many park either side of the entrance road to go to beach.

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Cool site with chilled out feel. Loved the beach. 13/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Elizabeth N. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    Proximity to beach, large shady pitches, cafe and shop, friendly and helpful staff.

    Disliked: 

    None

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Motorhome service point

Seasonal pitches

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Gastronomic delight

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Pre-erected tents

Location

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  • Barrio Arenillas, 43,, Islares, Cantabria, Spain, 39798
  • Timezone Europe/Madrid CET (GMT+01:00)   GPS 43.4036°N 3.3106°W

Directions


From Bilbao - take the A8 to Santander. Pass Castro Urdiales and take Exit 156 to Islares. The campsite is signposted 500 metres after the motorway exit.

From Santander - take the A8 towards Bilbao and come off at Islares. Islares is 50km from Santander, just after Laredo.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The beach in front of Camping Playa Arenillas is popular with families because of its clean and shallow waters, and with surfers for its waves and its surf school with equipment hire. Check on tide times from the site team when planning your beach time, as the sands are covered with water for a few hours each day.

Hiking and cycling trails, boat trips and 4x4 tours are all available nearby for outdoorsy days, or you could amble around Cabarceno Natural Park, set in an old tin mine in the Pisueña valley. The Bizkaia or El Karpin Ecological Park, a wild animal shelter with added dinosaurs, is within driving distance.

If you're a subterranean sort, you're in luck, as Cantabria has over 9,000 caves dotted under its surface. A few close to the site are the Cave of El Castillo at nearby Puente Viesgo; the cave paintings of the Cueva de las Monedas, and the caves – and caving expeditions – of the mountainous Alto Asón.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  9 a.m. –  10 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  5 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.

Camping Playa Arenillas cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Camping Playa Arenillas will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

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