Review for Los Madriles, Isla Plana near Cartagena

Country:                                    Spain

Co-ordinates:                           N 37 34 47  W 1 11 42

Address:                                    Ctra. La Azohia, 4,5 30868-ISLA PLANA – CARTAGENA,MURCIA ESPAÑA

Good for visiting:                      Cartagena, Mazarron

Phone & e-mail:                        +34 968 152151    camplosmadriles@forodigital.es

Website:                                   http://campinglosmadriles.com/uk/index.php

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

What are the pitches like?                

Lovely pitches.  Apparently for up to 8m only (although the sizes do vary).  However, we got our 8.56m motorhome on the pitch sideways (it was too long to back in longways!)

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Is there water on each pitch?            

Yes

What is the electric like?           

10A – no problems

Drainage?     

Yes, on every pitch                                  

What’s the site access like?        

Very good (after driving over the mountains!)  Nicely laid out in terraces with 2 access roads, 1 on each side.      

What are the Sanitary facilities like?    

Toilets:                             Very good.  Plenty of availability – 3 or 4 blocks                                                                                                                                                      Toilet paper provided? No (only downfall of the site)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Showers:                          Perfectly acceptable.  (private bathrooms are also available)

What other facilities are there?    

2 swimming pools, 1 indoor, 1 outdoor.  Outdoor heated, large and plenty of sunbeds surrounding it.  Bar.  Supermarket.  Visiting fruit & veg and cooked chicken sellers regularly.  Table tennis.  Petanque.   Barbeque.  Library (good wifi signal).           

Is there any internet; if so how much and how good?    

Yes.  Free, not brilliant on pitch, but good in the library and bar area                  

How welcoming are they at reception and staff in general?  

Very welcoming and friendly

How much is it?     

With the ACSI card 19E per night (1/1-8/7 & 25/8-31/12)                                     

What’s the area like?            

Beautiful!  Isla Plana itself is tiny but has remains of a roman bath and a little church. Also a social club – don’t be put off by the name, these are bars where you go to the bar (no table service) but the drinks are 1Euro each…  Heading the other way there is a path suitable for cycling along the seafront (on the other side of the greenhouses) towards La Azohia (and the tower that you can see from Isla Plana, which is accessible).  We also headed back into the mountains, taking the first right – where we found another little village (and social club), a ruined building (we still haven’t worked out what it was) and a path up the mountain.

Further to the west is the Port of Mazarron.  Without a car we didn’t visit, but on driving through when we moved on it did look lovely.                    

Suitable for 5th Wheel Vans?    

No.       

More detail:

The Good:-

The swimming pools in particular.  The location.  The friendliness and ambience.  Our lovely neighbours!

The Bad:-

No toilet roll provided (this is a bit of a bugbear of mine).

Only 4 kw of electric is provided with the ACSI rate.  However, the extra charges were very reasonable – it was a shame that you had no means of monitoring your usage though.

 The Ugly:-

Nothing at all 😊

Moving On:

We moved on to Balerma.  In retrospect we wish that we’d visited the Cabo de Gato rather than the area we did got to.  Next time we’ll make sure of it!

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