Camping in Northern Spain

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Camping in Northern Spain
Spacious campsites in Northern Spain (camping image by Colin Buckland from

Campsites in Spain can be free, paid and adult only. A tourist visa and camping permit is not required to enter and camp in Spain if an individual is from an EU country, other citizens need to inquire about Spanish visa requirements relating to their country. The free campsites in northern Spain are usually near forests and mountainous and water areas.


The weather in northern Spain is cooler compared to Southern areas of Spain. The average temperature is 5.56 degrees Celsius in the winter and 17.8 degrees Celsius in the summer with an average annual rainfall of 31.49 to 59 inches. When camping, it is advisable to take insulated waterproof clothing and gear between the months of November to April.

Camping in Northern Spain
Northern Spain is the coolest part of the region (Celsius image by danimages from


Bilbao is the popular port of northern Spain where thousands of tourists cross the border each year. Founded in 1300 by Diego Lopez de Haro, historical settlements of several nations can still be explored today. Campsites in Bilbao are along the coastal areas of Bilbao. Camping Sopelana is a popular family campsite in Bilbao, close to amenities.

Camping in Northern Spain
Bilbao, the ancient town and port of Northern Spain (Bilbao 02 2008 image by Arnim Schulz from


When travelling through and camping in areas of northern Spain, travellers must carry their passport on them at all times for identification purposes. All drivers in Spain must have proof of car worthiness (MOT or ITV), a reflective vest, first aid kit, spare headlamp bulbs, two red warning triangles, spare wheel and tools to change it and spare glasses to be kept in vehicle, if required to wear by law or face an on the spot fine.

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Northern Spain is home to part of the Pyrenees and although camping in the mountains can be adventurous, temperatures have been known to drop to minus 40 degrees Celsius in the winter, at the higher points of the mountains.

Camping in Northern Spain
The Pyrenees bordering between France and Spain. (pyrenees image by jerome scalvini from


Depending on the time of year, it is advisable to check out the local wildlife of the camping area chosen. If camping near pine trees during spring and summer there are Processionary Pine Caterpillars that hunt daily in the thousands and have been known to injure or kill dogs. The hairs on the caterpillars are highly toxic and a single hair can burn human skin. Vaccinations are usually required as treatment.

Camping in Northern Spain
If there are large white nests in pine trees that look like cucoons aproximate size five inches or larger, beware if your dog is with you. (Processionary nest on a pine-tree image by JCVStock from

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