Thinking about camping long term in Spain? You may want to setup a permanent residence in a camping environment for your yearly summer vacation or for staying over winter. Spain might be perfect in both cases. Its not only beautiful in summer but also a great place to be all year long. Especially the southern part of Spain is well suited for enjoying a mild climate even between October and March.
- 1. Why would you want to camp long term in Spain?
- 2. Great places to camp long term in Spain
- 3. Winter camping in Spain
- 3.1 What is winter like in Spain?
- 3.2 How is the weather in winter in Spain?
- 3.3 Camping in Spain during October to April
- 4. Prices for long term camping in Spain
- 4.1 Cost of living
- 4.2 Work permit
- 4.3 Residence permit (Residencia)
- 5. Winter activities
- 5.1 What activities can you do during Spains winter?
- 5.1.1 Water activities
- 5.1.2 Sightseeing tours
- 5.1.3 Family friendly activities
- 5.1.4 Sport activities
- 5.1.5 Adventures
- 5.1.6 Activities in Benidorm
- 6. Events & Festivals
- 6.1 Which events and festivals are there to visit during Spains winter?
- 6.1.1 La Tomatina Festival
- 6.1.2 Benidorm Patron Saint Festivals
- 7. Entertainment & Culture
- 7.1 Where can you go for entertainment during winter in spain?
- 7.1.2 Restaurants
- 7.1.3 Bars
- 7.1.4 Night Clubs
Why would you want to camp long term in Spain?
There are many reasons to camp long term in Spain. Some might want to escape the cold and rainy days in their country, others might be attracted by the prices and possibilities. No matter which reason appeals to you the most, you will enjoy especially Spain’s coastal climate for sure.
The number of campers in Spain is steadily increasing and that is for good reason.
Many retirees and young people are attracted to camping. It’s a cost effective way to stay in a beautiful country by sleeping in a tent, rv, bungalow, caravan, hammock, lodge and tree house.
Great places to camp long term in Spain
Not every campsite in Spain is open in winter. So if you look for a place to camp in winter in Spain, you should check out the very south. Its quite popular for good reasons.
We can recommend Benidorm as one of the most exciting coastal cities in Spain. It is not only popular for its outstanding climate but also offers many possibilities for a great vacation. Beautiful beaches, many free time activities and a very active nightlife are just some reasons for an extended visit.
If you are looking for a family friendly campground that’s open all year long and does offer a great experience for your next vacation, we would love to welcome you at Camping Benisol.
All year long open campsite
Your place for long term camping in Spain
Winter camping in Spain
Most people think about summer, sun and the beach when it comes to Spain. So you might be wondering if it is worth to camp in Spain in winter. The answer is “Yes”. It is absolutely possible to enjoy camping in Spain all year long. Compared to other European countries, the southern regions of Spain stay quite warm in winter and there are many activities you can do while being there.
What is winter like in Spain?
Different regions in Spain offer a lot of variety in terms of climate. When thinking about long term camping or staying over winter in general, you might look for a pleasant, mild and sunny climate. Southern Spain offers all of these.
Lets look at one of Spain’s most southern coastal cities, Benidorm:
Even in December and January Temperature stays around 10°C and very rarely drops below 0°C.
How is the weather in winter in Spain?
While the amount of rain obviously does increase in August and stays much higher than in summer time, its quite mild all year long. That’s perfect for many outdoor activities which would be quite unpleasant in most European countries at that time. In addition, a great amount of sunny days brings you lots of Vitamin D3.
Camping in Spain during October to April
October is one of those months you may prefer to stay indoors most of the time. The rainy, grey and cold month can be depressing in many European countries. Spain and especially the south of Spain is one way to have a much brighter and warmer time.
Prices for long term camping in Spain
The cost of long term camping in Spain and therefore living there are pretty low in total compared to prices during the main season and short term vacations.
For example Camping Benisol offers plans for long term camping starting at 12€ per night.
Cost of living
Compared to other European countries the cost of living in Spain is quite cheap. Depending on how often you eat in restaurants, how many paid activities you do etc. it might be different for you, but in general you can live very well there starting by 980 € per month.
Staying at a more expensive campsite or expensive places might exceed this amount by about 200€.
|Food & Drinks||190.00€|
|Clothing and Shoes||25.00€|
To get a work permit you will need to find a job first. Your employer has to request a work permit for you. After your work permit got granted you can apply for a visa. Now your employer has to submit an application for a work permit to the provincial office of the Ministry of Labor (Delegación Provincial del Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración) on your behalf.
As long as this process is ongoing you should get a copy of the application with the stamp from the office and your file number. The copy needs to be sent to the spanish embassy as part of your visa application. The embassy will inform the regional labor office about your application and the labor office processes your application.
If you think about long term camping in Spain and working at the same time you better start early finding a job because the processing of a work permit application might take up to 8 months.
After the long wait is over the labor office approves the work permit, the embassy issues your work and residence visa.
The work permit is valid for one year and renewable if the conditions are fulfilled. You are also allowed to change jobs with the work permit as long as it is in the same field. After 5 years you are able to apply for a long term residence.
Residence permit (Residencia)
A valid residence permit is only needed for those who stay longer than 3 months and easy to get.
It is granted for people who are employees, self-employed, retirees or financially independent from Spain’s services and have health insurance.
The permit is valid for 5 years. After these years it becomes a Residencia permanente and allows you to stay forever.
What activities can you do during Spain’s winter?
Since the winter climate is not that much different to summer, the activities you can do are similar to those you can do in summer.
When it comes to water activities there are your usual suspects like surfing, cable skiing, jet ski riding, scuba diving or fly boarding. These activities might be more popular during summer season but you can still go for some of them in fall, spring or even during winter sometimes.
Besides that rent a boat, catamaran or sailing yacht and explore Spain’s coastal landscape. Maybe you also want to visit some of the many beautiful fishing spots.Check out Benidorm’s famous booze cruise. A famous boat party activity for stag & hen parties where you get transferred from Benidorm to Alicante while you can enjoy cool drinks, music and party games on board.
Get to know Spain and its many special places via sightseeing tours. How you want to explore them is entirely up to you. Relax in sightseeing buses or be active by joining a tour by walking, Segway, self drive electric buggy or quad bike.
Family friendly activities
As a family you should have a look at the different amusement parks. Terra Mitica is an amusement park with different themes from Egypt to Romans’. For those who prefer water parks might visit the Aqualandia water park which is very popular.
Even on a rainy day you are not bored in Benidorm with its indoor activities. How about a big shopping day at La Marina Shopping Centre with about 100 stores including restaurants and entertainment facilities. Or try to solve the riddle in one of many escape rooms.
Even in winter Spain is the perfect place for sports. You can go cycling through the different terrains or use the 80km bike lane through the interior of the town, hike at the different natural areas with great panoramic views or climb the different routes at Puig Campana, Serra els Castellets or Serra de Bérnia.
For more adventurous activities we recommend a ride in a balloon, bungee jumping, caveing, canyoning, abseiling and coasteering.
Activities in Benidorm
Some typical activities you can do in Benidorm are paintball, laser tag, quad bike, go-kart and mini golf. Searching for something special? Try out the wine tours or the Benidorm Beer Bike tour.Check out Aqualandia Waterpark in Benidorm. It is one of the pioneering water parks in Spain and the largest in Europe equipped with the most modern facilities. Located about 1.5 km from the campsite Camping Benisol. With an area of 150,000m² and 15 water rides and slides it covers attractions for young and old.
Events and festivals
Which events and festivals are there to visit during Spain’s winter?
Sport fans will definitely get to enjoy Spain in winter. There are many sport competitions held in the city like Chess League, Bike Races, Running, Swim races, Taekwondo, Football, Skating and much more.
La Tomatina Festival
On the last Wednesday of August you can join the popular La Tomatina Festival. At this festival people throw tomatoes at each other for an hour. The festival starts at around 11am in the town center. To monitor the crowds, the town council issues tickets due to its increasing popularity.
Benidorm Patron Saint Festivals
The Benidorm Patron Saint Festivals start on the second Friday or Saturday of November and last for 5 days. It’s a colorful fiesta in honor of the Virgen of Sufragio and Saint James. Even as a religious theme it has a true Spanish style, which means it’s celebrated with fun, colors, music and dance.
Entertainment & Culture
Where can you go for entertainment during winter in Spain?
Just as there are many tourists from all over the world in Spain, there are also many different restaurants too. Even if you are staying long term you will always find something new.
In Spain are American, British, Chinese, fast food, french, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican and seafood restaurants.
And after lunch enjoy your dessert at the next ice cream parlor.
The bar scene in Spain has a fierce competition because of the many tourists and bars. So every bar tries to establish new ideas, promote themselves with free shots, cheap prices, etc. Find your favorite bar from Party, International, Beach to English Bars. The English Bars are especially recommended and can be found at the English Square. For something different you might want to try out the Cabaret Bar or Tapas Bar.
Did you know that Benidorm is often called the city that never sleeps? No wonder when night clubs are open until the sun comes up or other clubs open at 6am already. It’s also not surprising when the clubs have a capacity for 5000 revelers. Which includes several dance halls, bars, swimming pools and even restaurants.
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