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Parking in Nerja, Costal del Sol


John Edward

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If anybody is heading to Nerja thinking that they can wildcamp in the beach car park on the N340 between Torrox and Nerja, this is now closed to motorhomes.

Since Christmas there has been in excess of 40 motorhomes parked there but this is only because the height barrier was missing.

This height barrier was reinstated by the Council on Thursday and all the motorhomes have been moved on.

Unfortunately, Nerja is not a motorhome friendly town!

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Not parked in Nerja for a while, but we used the large car park close to the parador.

 

I understand there is parking outside the campsite at Torra at the moment and street parking allowed between 9.00am and 9.00pm.

 

I'd like an heads up on free camping at Benalmedena, Estapona and Cadiz at the moment.

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starvin marvin - 2016-02-28 3:55 PM

 

Agaric - 2016-02-28 2:47 PM

 

This Spanish web site has lots of free parking, http://www.furgovw.org/mapa_furgoperfecto/

 

Unfortunately it's not very up to date, still showing sites which are no longer free camps.

I think you will find that there are no "free camps" in Andalucia. Camping on the streets & areas open to the public, dry river beds beaches etc is breaking Spains laws on camping. However free parking is another matter. According to the Director General of Traffico, Maria G Gomez parking a caravana, camper, m/home is no different to parking any other vehicle and what goes on within the confines of that vehicle is not a traffic offence as long as the activity is within the confines of the vehicle and does not transcend outside the said vehicle. IE. level blocks or any other form of support. Windows that open out wards. Steps. Matts. Chairs. Tables. Awnings. Dogs tied to vehicles etc etc. you get the picture I'm sure. You may not get move, fined etc but you will be breaking Spains law so don't moan if you do get moved. If you only "parked" and get told or it is requested that you move then you have a case to stay... If you can put your case politely. It's not that different to to law in England. Scotland has it's own laws on this subject. I remember passing the Torrox playa car park next to the cafe, bar, restaurant last year and thought it was closed then along with the bar which was run by an English couple. The car park had its own toilets in a wooden shed which were locked. Apparently nobody goes to the toilet in the winter down there??
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Thanks for the reply, I along with most "free campers"(call it free parking if you like) are aware of the protocol, it's the Spanish police interpretation that is baffling. Southern Spain can be a mixed bag sometimes it's OK then it's not, but there are loads of places with hundreds of vans strung out in all manner of places some staying for weeks at a time. We tend to stay a couple of nights, a week at the most.

 

We've free camped all over Spain not just the costa's with little difficulty, having been moved around a hand full of times over the years, always politely.

 

I was asking a specific question re 3 places. Any answers?

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keninpalamos - 2016-02-28 7:07 PM

 

starvin marvin - 2016-02-28 3:55 PM

 

Agaric - 2016-02-28 2:47 PM

 

This Spanish web site has lots of free parking, http://www.furgovw.org/mapa_furgoperfecto/

 

Unfortunately it's not very up to date, still showing sites which are no longer free camps.

I think you will find that there are no "free camps" in Andalucia. Camping on the streets & areas open to the public, dry river beds beaches etc is breaking Spains laws on camping. However free parking is another matter. According to the Director General of Traffico, Maria G Gomez parking a caravana, camper, m/home is no different to parking any other vehicle and what goes on within the confines of that vehicle is not a traffic offence as long as the activity is within the confines of the vehicle and does not transcend outside the said vehicle. IE. level blocks or any other form of support. Windows that open out wards. Steps. Matts. Chairs. Tables. Awnings. Dogs tied to vehicles etc etc. you get the picture I'm sure. You may not get move, fined etc but you will be breaking Spains law so don't moan if you do get moved. If you only "parked" and get told or it is requested that you move then you have a case to stay... If you can put your case politely. It's not that different to to law in England. Scotland has it's own laws on this subject. I remember passing the Torrox playa car park next to the cafe, bar, restaurant last year and thought it was closed then along with the bar which was run by an English couple. The car park had its own toilets in a wooden shed which were locked. Apparently nobody goes to the toilet in the winter down there??

 

Just a quick heads up on my own experiences over the last few weeks bumming (free camping) around the Spanish coast.

 

Andalusia is good for free parking, so is Almeria, Murcia is less so, but nothing unusual there, Murcia has been problematic for some time. Valencia was also OK.

 

The commercial Aires and sites in Andalucia are very busy, there are lots of French vans travelling around, we're currently with about a dozen Danish vans, so that's a first. The cops seem to be taking a very relaxed view with parking and "camping" down here, not been moved from anywhere....yet. Found a few new places, to us, so all's good.

 

On one free camp paid a Repsol man11.10 E for an exchange 11kg propane bottle, I think that's the cheapest it's been for a long time, and the sun is shining!

 

 

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The police in Costa del Solare are certainly not relaxed about free camping at the momemt. They are.moving on vans which are parked up during the banned period of 9pm and 9am.

 

The price of the Repsol exchanged 11k gas cylinder is now 11.60 euros.

 

John L

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