Camping Holidays in Catalonia

We look at some of the best places to pitch a tent near Barcelona

By Staff Writer

We kiss goodbye to the city and seek out the joys of the Catalan countryside… at least for a weekend or two!

The idea of camping holidays brings out different emotions in different people. Some people are undoubtedly psychologically scarred by memories of pitching tents in the pouring rain in the middle of a field somewhere in Anglesey, only to be attacked by a mad cow in the deep of the night. Others recall golden childhoods of living it up in modern bungalows or mobile homes, making new friends and warm days spent in the countryside, on the beach or simply chilling beside the campsite swimming pool.

Those that veer towards the latter are more likely to have spent their childhood summer holidays camping in Catalonia, than in the wet and windy British Isles… but it’s not just the reliably good weather that make pitching your tent in ‘Catalunya’ (as it’s known locally) such a great idea. This part of Spain is the most visited region in the country by foreign tourists for many reasons. Of course there’s the fantastic city of Barcelona, with its Roman history, Modernista architecture and amazing restaurants and nightlife scene, but the capital is just a singular diamond in an area full of cultural and natural treasures…

The Costa Brava (aka the Wild Coast!) is renowned, not only for its rugged beauty, but also its many sandy beaches, unspoilt coves and white-washed fishing villages – such as Cadaques, former home of Salvador Dali and favourite of Pablo Picasso. And talking about Dali, what about visiting Figueres? This traditional Catalan town is home to the superb Dali Theatre Museum, a completely unique attraction and a must for art lovers. Other gems of Catalonia include the postcard-pretty city of Girona, with its famous riverside townhouses and lively cafe scene; or why not take a trip to the breathtakingly beautiful mountain of Montserrat, where the sacred abbey of Santa Maria hosts the miracle-working ‘Black Virgin’ statuette. Or else you could head further inland to the magical landscapes that lie at the foot of the Pyrenees, where a true taste of rural Catalonia awaits.

A whole host of great campsites near Barcelona, and in the surrounding region, mean that it’s easily possible to enjoy a holiday in the great outdoors, full of sports, activities, nature and new friends, combined with everything Barcelona itself has to offer too – including all its culture, attractions and great things to do. Simply browse our list of campsites and caravan parks below to see which camping ground sounds best for you and your family and children, and we’ll be back to update this page with more options soon.

Campsites near Barcelona

Camping el Solsones

Situated in the picturesque pre-Pyrenean landscape of Catalunya, this award-winning ecological campsite makes for an environmentally-friendly holiday in an area of fantastic natural beauty. As well as enjoying hiking, mountain biking and swimming in the great outdoors, campers can visit the nearby town of Solsona with its historic centre and Catalan traditions, and of course make a day trip to Barcelona easily enough – it’s just 110km away.

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