5 Best Camping Spots in North Spain

Northern Spain is a place with many attractions for outdoor camping enthusiasts. Not only will you enjoy mountain scenery and wild beaches, but you’ll also find culture, gastronomy, and vibrant town and city life.

In this post, we have compiled some places in northern Spain located in the regions of Cantabria, Asturias, and Galicia. These are considered the “Green Spain” and have a great diversity of landscapes to explore.

Some important facts about camping in northern Spain

Before you pack your rucksack and buy your plane tickets, here are some important tips and facts:

  • It is forbidden to spend the night outdoors in Spain except in a few specific places. If you sleep outdoors in a prohibited area, you are liable to a fine.
  • There are plenty of campsites with amenities and private land suitable for camping.
  • Northern Spain is rainy except for the months of June to August.
  • During the summer months, you can expect large numbers of tourists on the coast and slightly fewer inland.
  • There are many options for cultural, gastronomic, and nature activities in northern Spain.

Campsite in San Vicente de La Barquera, Cantabria

The town of San Vicente de La Barquera is surrounded by excellent beaches and also has a wide range of restaurants for you to discover the gastronomy of the area.

For camping here we recommend the camping area in the town of “Los Llaos”. This is a large area 100 meters from the beach with the possibility of surfing.

Campsite in the Picos de Europa, Cantabria

The “Picos de Europa” is a mountainous area full of mountain routes of all levels. The capital of the region is Potes, this town is full of life in the summer months and also has a great gastronomic offer and nightlife.

There is a campsite available near the town of Potes, but if you want a wilder option there is an area normally occupied by campers next to “Monte Subiedes”

Campsite near Arriondas, Asturias

In the town of Arriondas there are many adventure sports companies. The most popular activity here is canoeing down the river. This activity is available all year round, although in August, the river water can be scarcer. Another activity for the whole family is horse riding.

We recommend camping in “Camping Covadonga” as you will be in the middle of nature and you will have all the comforts of the campsite.

Camping on the coast of Asturias

We return to the coast to discover a quiet area and an almost wild beach where you can relax and wake up to the sound of the waves.

The town of Penarronda is an excellent place for surfing, snorkeling, or to take a route along the cliffs and contemplate the beauty of the place.

For camping here we recommend the Penarronda campsite, located very close to the beach.

Campsite in Pontevea, Galicia

Santiago de Compostela is the final destination of the “Camino de Santiago” (Way of Saint James). An extensive route followed by pilgrims and is currently a very popular tourist attraction.

We recommend you visit the city and see the cathedral and stroll through the historic center. This is possibly one of the regions of Spain with the best gastronomy, and if you like fish and seafood dishes you are in the right place. 

Although there are campsites near Santiago de Compostela, our recommendation is to camp in the town of Pontevea by the river. A place away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the usual tourist routes.

Conclusion and tips

With these five recommendations, you will enjoy all kinds of landscapes. Whether you are a fan of mountain routes, walks through ancient forests or a beach lover in northern Spain, you have all the options.

Although the north of Spain is an unpopulated area, during the months of July and August, it receives a large number of national and international tourists. If you decide to explore the area during these months, it is very likely that the coastal areas will be overcrowded.

In spring and autumn, the weather is very variable, but if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to enjoy nature in peace and quiet.