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Camping El Helguero

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General

  • Friendly rural site 10 minutes' drive from Comillas
  • 40 minutes' drive from the city and ferry port of Santander
  • Pool, playground, restaurant and family summer entertainment programme

When you’re roaming the globe, there’s little to beat a warm welcome when you arrive at your place of rest. So it’s mighty heartening to hear about this from previous guests re the splendidly friendly staff at Camping El Helguero.

And it’s no surprise to find cheery folks working at this site, given its splendid setting surrounded by peaceful forest and a 10-minute drive from the seaside town of Comillas for beach times and bars. All around this locale are little villages, with traditional restaurants and tapas bars to sustain weary walkers (or drivers, for that matter) and you’re within easy striking distance of gorgeous sandy beaches too. Santander is an easy 40-minute drive away.

A packed entertainment programme runs in summer, with all manner of activities including kids’ games, magic shows and crafts, live music evenings and theme nights (complete with enthusiastic dressing up). For a gentler vibe, amble over to the outdoor pool for a gentle or to stretch out on the grass sun terrace (with shaded spots for the fair of face). There’s a paddling pool for tiddlers, or they can trot to the playground for fun times on land.

Eats and drinks are easily sorted at El Helguero – either fire up a barbie and cook up your own nosh, using provisions from the well-stocked mini market, or bag a table at the restaurant for drinks, snacks and meals. The outdoor terrace is the place to be on warm days, unless of course there’s a big sporting event on, in which case you just might want to wander inside and follow proceedings on the TV.

Please note

The outdoor swimming pool is open between 01/04 and 29/09 (subject to weather conditions).

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

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


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8.4

Overall rating based on 14 reviews

 

93% would recommend this site to a friend.

86% would stay here again.

 

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Excellent 02/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sarah S. Confirmed

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

    Excellent organisation, great facilities and a great little bar/ restaurant.
    We were given a wonderful pitch....huge space above the main sight.
    Campsite dealt very well with the peak season crowds.
    Good stuff.

    Disliked: 

    nothing

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A great location, clean facilities and helpful staff 17/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Amanda W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    We really enjoyed our stay and found the site friendly and clean. We were very fortunate to have a large pitch that overlooked the site. Some camping areas seemed a little cramped but everyone seemed happy and got on with it.

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Good stopover site for couple of days 16/07/2018

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

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

    Rustic feel laid back

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Beautiful landscapes site, extremely clean facilities, helpful staff. 13/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Julie H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Extremely helpful with arrival time flexibility when the ferry was delayed. Facilities immulately clean. Close to charming village.

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Wouldn’t camp here again. 08/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Matthew D. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    The scenery/the trees

    Disliked: 

    People were unfriendly and didn’t make an effort to talk to me despite me greeting in Spanish. Food was expensive for what it is. Not much choice either.

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Overall nice place to stop. Clean facilities good staff at reception. 03/07/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Robert M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass tent, touring caravan or trailer tent pitch (comfort)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice shady pitches. Clean facilities. Good sized pool. Close to Santander. Good bar in local village. The nearby coast is interesting with nice towns. Reception staff spoke good English and were helpful.

    Disliked: 

    The campsite bar owner/staff not very welcoming.

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches 13/06/2018

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

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

    The cleanliness the locale the friendliness of the staff & the Ease and quietness of camping in a rural spot

    Disliked: 

    The rain

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Used as a nightstop after arriving on the Santander ferry. ... 12/05/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Steve N. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass tent, touring caravan or trailer tent pitch (comfort)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Used as a nightstop after arriving on the Santander ferry. Took about 40 minutes. Nice quiet site. English spoken. No problem that we were arriving late ( just before 2100) from the ferry - We just emailed in advance. Toilets etc all nice and clean, as was chemical waste point. 3G signal very good - especially as the site seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. Would definitely use again.

    Disliked: 

    We turned off the motorway just before Torelavega on the CA131 as suggested by Satnav, thinking it was avoiding narrow roads. Don’t do this, the road is very slow and winding. Stay on the A8 until much later - I can’t remember the exact road, but we went back that way and it was much quicker. (I spoke to another Brit who'd just come from the ferry and he told me that he phoned the site up beforehand and was told him the best roads to use to get there.)

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Would recommend. Easy stop off after Santander crossing. About 45 mins 09/04/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jane M. Confirmed

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

    Good value food on site.

    Disliked: 

    Wifi not great at times.

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nice forest area behind 02/07/2018

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    nice forest area behind

    Disliked: 

    the pool

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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

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Very large (over 200 pitches)

Location

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  • Lugar Barrio Iglesia, Ruilobuca, Cantabria, Spain, 39527
  • Timezone Europe/Madrid CEST (GMT+02:00)   GPS 43.3829°N 4.2469°W

Directions


From E70/A8 motorway, take Exit 249 and follow the directions to Comillas. After 7km take the CA 359 to Ruiloba. Go through La Iglesia village and turn right onto CA 358. The campsite is 300 metres on the right.

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

Strike out directly from the site by foot or bike to one of the nearby beaches, or in search of a feed in a local village, or drive for 15 minutes to the coastal Oyambre Natural Park.

Something a bit more strenuous? The foothills of the Picos de Europa are an hour away, to hike through the forests and take in beaut views of the peaks (perhaps stopping to cool your feet in a mountain stream along the way).

Comillas, a 10-minute drive from the site, has a smashing sandy beach (with shallow calm waters for swimming), as well as horse riding and paragliding centres if you want to get a bit more active. Wannabe surfers can sign up for lessons in San Vicente de la Barquera, 20 minutes away, while golfers can play against a seaside backdrop by Oyambre beach,15 minutes from the site.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  9 a.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.

Camping El Helguero cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

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.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

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.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Entertainment and activities are available between 10/07 and 23/08.
Quiet hours must be respected between 12pm and 8am.
The bar and/or restaurant is open between 01/04 and 29/09.
The grocery shop is open between 01/07 and 30/08.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Pool
Only park guests are authorised to use the pool.
Some facilities require the wearing of swim caps.
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 01/04 and 29/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Reception
Reception is open from 9am to 10pm between 11/07 and 23/08.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 12pm and 8am.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

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