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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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