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General

  • Among spectacular scenery in the Picos de Europa mountains
  • In the wildlife haven of the Valdeón Valley
  • Restaurant with terrace

Views to make your jaw drop and your eyes water are all around splendidly scenic Camping El Cares in Leon, for it's in the town of Santa Marina de Valdeón high 1,200 metres high up in the Picos de Europa mountain range, surrounded by mountains with spectacular beech forests blazing out a different landscape for every season.

The site is in the wildlife-laden Valdeón Valley for days out nature spotting, and has several mountain hikes directly from it; ask the team to point you in the right upwards direction. And as you might figure from the site name, the El Cares gorge is not very far from here.

Camping El Cares has a small shop, and a restaurant with a daily menu, tapas and a terrace from which to continue admiring the views. Amenities include a toilet and shower block as well as a coin-operated laundry.


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7.9

Overall rating based on 9 reviews

 

89% would recommend this site to a friend.

78% would stay here again.

 

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Lively, friendly site with no personal space. 29/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom mark_w247720 Confirmed

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

    Very friendly and festival like atmosphere.
    Staff very welcoming.
    Stunning views.
    Nice washroom facilities.

    Disliked: 

    Access to site almost impossible with a caravan.
    Site was incredibly crowded.
    (We were fine though others were complaining of being shoehorned in with tents having to be pitched on slopes)
    Absolutely no hot water at any time of day or night.

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La localización del camping 21/08/2017

Reviewer's country: Spain David G. Confirmed

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

    La localización del camping

    Disliked: 

    El acceso a wifi, necesitas cruzar datos para acceder en vez de introducir una simple clave
    Las tomas de luz, pocas...

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Muy buen camping, personal cordial e instalaciones adecuadas 15/08/2017

Reviewer's country: Spain Ricardo C. Confirmed

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

    El personal es de muy buen palo, un equipo joven con muy buena disponibilidad para atender las necesidades de los visitantes, bravo! El lugar se emplaza entre bosque, arroyo y montañas ofreciendo un marco idílico para el visitante. Las áreas verdes están cuidadas y limpias. Cuenta con una proveduría, una sala de lavado y un bar-sala de ocio muy adecuados.

    Disliked: 

    El área verde cuenta con tocones de árboles que deberían reemplazarse por árboles para dar un mensaje acorde con aquellos sencibles por los espacios verdes.
    En la sala de rentadoras una unidad para el secado de ropa será muy práctica para los visitantes.
    Alentar a los visitante a conocer la flora y la fauna local usando diferentes medios como carteles que ilustran la biodiversidad del lugar o mediante proyecciones de vídeos, creo que ayudaría a marcar la diferencia con otros espacios.
    Presentar con claridad el régimen de desayuno, pedido de pan y/o bolleria y cena se han de mencionar en el protocolo de recepción del visitante.

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Prachtige omgeving, vriendelijke behulpzame campingbeheerders/personeel, leuk winkeltje, geen grote camping 14/08/2017

Reviewer's country: Netherlands Kees v. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Prachtige omgeving, vriendelijke behulpzame campingbeheerders/personeel, leuk winkeltje, geen grote camping

    Disliked: 

    Winkels te ver weg, verplicht brood te bestellen, niet kunnen pinnen op de camping en dichtstbijzijnde mogelijkheid is ruim een half uur rijden

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Omgeving, sfeer, ligging, medewerkers, service, vriendelijkheid 06/08/2017

Reviewer's country: Netherlands Poul v. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Omgeving, sfeer, ligging, medewerkers, service, vriendelijkheid

    Disliked: 

    Gebrek aan ventilatie in de sanitaire voorzieningen

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Adorei 03/08/2017

Reviewer's country: Portugal alice_m489866 Confirmed

  • Microlodge
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Adorei. As pessoas que nos recebem são muito simpáticas. O espaço é fantástico para relaxar.

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Excellent site - clean, quiet and very helpful staff. 20/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Janice C. Confirmed

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

    Peaceful and quiet. Ideal location for walking and beautiful drive through the gorge to the site.

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Great site, especially the restaurant 11/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Russell S. Confirmed

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

    El Cares is in a beautiful location. The staff are unfailingly courteous and helpful, and we loved the restaurant, where we ate for the majority of the time we were there. Given its remotness, we were pleasantly surprised to find that there are good bars and restaurants nearby, one in Sainte Marine and several in Posada. There are plenty of walks right out of the campsite (try the path up to the col on the Fuente De route for spectacular views), and the staff do a very good "briefing" in the evenings. It's well placed for the el cares gorge, at Cain, which is busy and touristy, but still a great trip. There are limited food supplies at the campsite, including fresh bread, but otherwise no food shops nearby, so if you're planning to cook you'll need to bring it with you. Most visitors are keen walkers, and there is in general a very friendly, community feel to this campsite, which has to be one of our favourites.

    Disliked: 

    There are no marked pitches, and when it's busy, as it was when we were there, it can be hard to find a good spot. We ended up on a slight slope. It was fine, but the site can feel a bit chaotic at times, a result both of their success, and desire to accomodate all who come.

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Lovely location, but overcrowded 27/07/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Pauline J. Confirmed

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

    The location and the facilities were good

    Disliked: 

    There were no pitch markings and so the site was full to bursting at the weekend which was quite uncomfortable.

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Features

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Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

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Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

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

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Camino del Rejo Santa Marina de Valdeón, León, Spain, 24915
  • Timezone Europe/Madrid CET (GMT+01:00)   GPS 43.1282°N 4.8829°W

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Local attractions

The smartest approach to take in surroundings as spectacular as these is to simply leave the site and see where your feet take you: local town Santa Marina de Valdeón is in the Valdeón Valley, surrounded by forest, woods, rivers and small rural villages, and in a region popular for outdoor activities from canoeing and kayaking in the river Cares to walking and hiking in the Picos De Europa National Park.

Ten kilometres from Camping El Cares is the Ruta del Cares, one of the most popular trekking trails of the region, and you'll also be within easy reach of the Naranjo de Bulnes route, the Collado Jermoso and the Vega Huerta trails. If you're taking the car out, steer up the steep winding 12-kilometre road to Lakes Ercina and Enol, stopping off at the viewpoints along the way.

The local cuisine must be investigated too: try stews (guisos), and its roasted meats (asados), in the villages of Cangas de Onís, also famous for its Roman bridge and a busy Sunday market; the blue cheese and cheese museum of Arenas de Cabrales, and Asiegu, a popular stop in the 'cheese and cider' trail.

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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.

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.
Your dog must be tattooed and microchipped.

Extras
Facilities/activities including washing machines are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The bar and/or restaurant is open between 01/06 and 15/10.
The grocery shop is open between 01/07 and 01/09.
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.

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. between 07/04 - 30/06 and 01/09 - 15/10.
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. between 01/07 and 31/08.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

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