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- A minute's walk from a sandy surfing beach
- Immaculately-maintained facilities
- 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.
Open from 23/03/2018 to 30/09/2018
Tourist board rating
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.
Check availability at Camping Playa Arenillas…
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Electric grass pitch
Max. persons: 6 x
Pitch dimensions: 60-65 square meters
Ground type: Grass
If your booking includes children, a pup tent can be pitched for the kids to sleep in. Pup tents for adults are not permitted.
Only 1 car is to be parked by pitch. Second car must be parked in the nearby car park.
15% off 3 nights
Sunday 26 August 2018 > Sunday 30 September 2018
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From the manager...
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.
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.
The camping management,
Cool site with chilled out feel. Loved the beach.
Great place, great beach, good launch pad, very friendly staff
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Motorhome service point
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Surf school nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
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.
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 campsite 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, 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 9000 caves dotted under its surface. A few close to the campsite 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.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||9 a.m. –||10 p.m.|
|Arrive:||5 p.m. –||9 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.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkAmerican Express