Camping - Wild Camping in Andalucia

Camping has recently enjoyed a huge surge in popularity in Spain © iStock image
Camping has recently enjoyed a huge surge in popularity in Spain


Sleeping wild

In addition to the official campsites, there are a number of other options for sleeping wild in rural Andalucía. National and natural parks often have refugios or mountain shelters, usually basic accommodation with limited cooking and washing facilities, although some are more like guesthouses. Free camping areas can also be found in national and natural parks.Take care of the environment – fires are a constant hazard in this tinder-dry landscape – and many inland parks close their camping areas in summer.  You can always ask permission to camp on private land, you may get lucky.

With its appealing and varied coastline, it's not surprising that many of Andalucía's camping sites are by the seaside. However, bear in mind, camping on the beach itself is not allowed in Andalucia and Spain. However, it is still widely practised, especially in the summer months; in addition, you'll often see people camping in tents or campervans on the hinterland behind the beach - even in full view of signs prohibiting this. Be warned that, even if you see other campers which make you feel there's 'safety in numbers', you may be fined if there is a purge for some reason. Camping (not parking) on any public road is not legal and this applies to the road parallel to a seafront promenade. Car parks on the seafront or other places will have their own local rules.  In practice for safe wild camping and campervan areas, which change from year to year, consult specialised website forums.