Camping Ezcaba, near Pamplona

Camping Ezcaba, Cat. 1, Oricain

Pamplona – approx. 10km

GPS Co-ordinates:      N 42 51 26  W 1 37 25

ACSI No.                       2889 in the 2017 book (page 579)

 The picture shown is from the ride along the river into Pamplona.

Questions:-  (Remember this review is from the point of view of motorhomers driving a Swift Kontiki 669 tag axle – 8.56m)

What are the pitches like?                 Quite small situated at the back of the site with quite awkward  access inside the site, due to narrow roads & pitches and low trees on the pitches.  This will only be worse in higher season.  Nice surface, clearly new.

Is there water on each pitch?             No.  We visited in January and the only water available to fill the van was outside the gate.  There was a tap nearer but it wasn’t on at that time.  Drinking water however was available at various points nearby any pitch.

What is the electric like?                     10A – we had no problems with it.

Drainage?                                         None on the pitch, but it was available

What’s the site access like?                Excellent access to the site, just a little way off of a main road on the way out of Pamplona, near Oricain.

 What are the toilet/shower facilities like?      In January only 1 block was open.  It was acceptable, nothing to write home about.  I shower in the van but Calv normally uses the shower blocks – he didn’t here as it was too cold, which suggests that the blocks weren’t heated very well.

 What other facilities are there?              There’s a swimming pool (not open in January!) a bar and a shop (also not open in January).   There’s also a laundry – at a cost of 5Euros per machine….

Is there any internet?                        Yes.  But again at a cost.  It’s 5Euros per day, per device.  This is important – normally you can log off one device and onto another, here you can only log-in to one device with your code.

How welcoming are they at reception and staff in general?   They were okay, again, nothing to write home about.  For instance, we weren’t advised that we needed to fill up with water before entering the site, let alone before pitching up.  Information was divulged if asked for.

How much is it?                                            With ACSI it’s 19Euros per night, which we felt was a bit steep for this particular site.  However – see below!

What’s the area like?                                  The immediate area is irrelevant as there is a cycle path alongside the river which takes you approx. 10km into the heart of Old Pamplona. 

Suitable for 5th Wheel Vans?             Absolutely not!

More detail:

The Good:-

 The cycle path close by.  This was very easy and a perfectly pleasant ride along the river – don’t get complacent though, it IS possible to go wrong! Keep going until you get to the old bridge which takes you into the walled city.  Well worth the ride.

 Being able to wash clothes and hang them out (as long as you have your own washing line to string out) or dry them (as long as you don’t mind paying another 5 Euros….)

The Bad:-

 Not all taps being available out of season.  A little expensive for what’s available out of season.

The Ugly:-

Nothing to report 🙂

Moving On:

We were heading south towards Valencia so we took the N121.  This meant that we were able to visit Olite, about an hour south of Pamplona and with plentiful parking for motorhomes (including an Aire that you could stay on), and also Aquadar, about another hour further on from Olite, where you’ll also find an Aire to stay on if so desired.  The entrance into the Aquadar Aire is quite convoluted but stick with it as it’s well worth it.  The cave dwellings are immediately behind the Aire and many are accessible.  We explored for about an hour before moving on.

Our next site was a big mistake and we wouldn’t recommend it to anybody!  But if you want a laugh then have a look at an earlier review we posted about Savinan Park