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General

  • Forest site two kilometres from Montseny National Park
  • Forty minutes from Gerona and 35 from Costa Brava beaches
  • Large swimming pool surrounded by gardens

Hikers, forest fans and nature spotters: this is the site for you.

Gerona's is set in the middle of a forest, beside a small river and a natural spring, and is only two kilometres from Montseny National Park, a UNESCO biosphere reserve that has among the highest peaks of the Catalan coastal range.

And beach buffs and urbanites should be sorted too, as La Balma is about 35 minutes' drive to the beaches of the Costa Brava and about 40 minutes from Gerona. Barcelona is around an hour and a half away.

All ages from young to old(er) are welcome: the site has a 6m x 12m swimming pool surrounded by gardens, and space for kids to be let loose at the playgrounds or on the football pitch or basketball court. The bar has table football, ping pong tables and pool tables.

also has a food shop: more supplies can be easily sorted at the village of Espinelves which is only a kilometre away.

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Group bookings of 7 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).


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Quiet campsite. Location ok. Shower and toilet ok 11/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom deborah_h144359 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric optional mixed tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Quiet and cheap. Owner very kind and helpful and spoke English.

    Disliked: 

    Smelt of sewerage. Lots of flies and ants. No proper washing up facilities.

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This campsite was not as described on the website. 23/08/2016

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

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

    Facilities were very clean and the pool was clean and well maintained.

    The owner changed our pitch when we

    Disliked: 

    Pitches were described as grass on the website as well as being large. They were principally earth and stones and actually quite small. Too small for our 6 man family tent, despite my having provided the dimensions on booking. The owner did give us a different pitch when we asked, however.

    The ground being very stiny with virtually no grass was Not very good for camping with a tent!

    The campsite is quite run down and overall poorly maintained. The water from the tap nearest to our tent was fine on the first day but then had particles in it. We informed reception but nothing was done, despite him saying he would check the filters.

    It is a beautiful area but the campsite is poor.

From the manager...

First of all, we appreciate your comment, even if it is very negative it always helps us to improve, but you have to keep in mind that we are just a 1-star camping, the standards of campsites of 2 or more stars are not applicable to us. But we think that you have given a negative view of the campsite that we do not agree with. There appears to be a lack of consistency between the stars that you give us and what you write.

I do not understand why we were given a 4/10 of cleanness and then you said that the toilets were very clean and the pool too.

Nor do I understand how you can give us 4/10 of suitable for children, if we are the camping with more areas for children in 100 square km. We have 7 play areas for children, mini basketball, ping pong, scalextric, mini football, billiards and we have a special game room for children where you can play table games , plus we have activities for children every Saturday. But if you want activities for children every day, here in Spain you have to find a campsite of 2 or more stars.
As for his claim that the campsite is no grass as seen on the pictures, I think it's a normal situation in the surrounding area because it is the hottest summer in the history of Catalonia, as you have noticed. Every day we have more than 37 ° C. We wished it rained a bit in June and July and it would not be so hot, so we can have a nice green grass on the pitches.
In terms of reference that the soil is not suitable for the tent. We just wanted to tell you that the campsite has been operating for 26 years and has 30 tent pitches , and every day from June to September we have tents on our campsite and had never been any problem to pitch any tent here.
On the subject of the pitch it was our mistake not to offer you a rectangular pitch 10 meters long by 6 meters wide at one end and 4 on the other end. But we think that placing the tent not on the end of the pitch it could have perfectly fit on the pitch, because the pitch had been occupied by the caravans of 4.60 meters before. But once we were informed that in the part of 4 meters the tent did not fit in we offered you an alternative pitch of 10X14 meters. As this pitch was farther from the toilet block and in the upper area of ​​the campsite, we offered you the possibility to change for another pitch that had to get free the next day and was close to the toilet block and measured 10x 10 meters. You told us that you would change the pitch the next day. But you did not do it and did not inform us accordingly, so until the day you said you were leaving we had it at your disposal as well.

As for the problem we had with the water as soon as we were informed we set to fix it. And it took us just a few hours to fix the problem in the water filtration system and change the filter that was keeping out dirt particles that could have come from the well water.

Finally I am very surprised that a family that is so unsatisfied with a campsite has spent there 3 nights (4 days).

I think that all the problems that you could have had in our campsite we tried fix it as soon as we possible, but we'll keep working to improve.

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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

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • By the Exit 202 on the C-25 (Girona-Lleida) Espinelves, Girona, Spain, 17405
  • Timezone Europe/Madrid CEST (GMT+02:00)   GPS 41.8609°N 2.4241°E

Directions


From the A2 take the C25 Gerona-Lleida and continue on this road up to Exit 202. The campsite is located a short distance from this exit towards Espinelves.

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 closest settlement to is Espinelves, a traditional mountain village with houses made of stone and the Romanesque church Sant Vincenç d'Espinelves, built in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.

The 30,000 acres of mountains of Montseny Natural Park can be accessed a couple of kilometres away and are filled with active options like climbing, hiking, horse riding and hot air ballooning.

About 35 minutes' drive will land coastal fans at the Costa Brava beaches of Blanes and Lloret de Mar; the city of Gerona, its Roman ruins, medieval architecture and busy nightlife is a 40-minute journey from base.

At Barcelona, about an hour and a half away, take your pick from many museums, sandy beaches and old architecture/buildings like Barcelona Cathedral and the city's several World Heritage Sites.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  Anytime –  Anytime
Depart:  4 p.m.

Camping La Balma cancellation policy

No penalties

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.

Tax

Local city tax of €0.50 per person over the age of 7, per night (up to 16 nights) is not included and must be paid on arrival.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Occupancy
Group bookings of 7 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Taxes
Local city tax of €0.50 per person over the age of 7, per night (up to 16 nights) is not included and must be paid on arrival.

Additional terms

Please note, the car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent.

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