Review #3 for La Fuente, Banos de Fortuna

Country:                        Spain

Co-ordinates:                N 38 12 24  W 1 6 26

Address:                      Camino de la Bocamina, 30620 Los Baños de Fortuna, Murcia, Spain

Good for visiting:     Murcia, maybe Cartagena  (my post for what we did the 1st time round is:-  Relaxation in Banos de Fortuna   and a post for the 2nd time is here 🙂

Website:                      http://www.campingfuente.com/

Date Visited:              February 2022 

Questions:-  (This review is from the point of view of motorhomers driving a Bessacarr 769 tag axle – 8.56m)

What are the pitches like?                

Good – hardstandings (small stones).  Mostly a good size.  This time we ended up in the car park for the first night, but on kicking off we eventually were moved to a pitch in the inner area for the next 3 nights.

This was all due to me trying to be helpful to a fellow camper arriving at the same time as us.  Assuming the non-electric was in the same place as when we last stayed I said we didn’t need it, meaning this other camper could be accommodated.  However, the receptionist failed to make me aware that the non-electric was now in the car-park (literally, behind the football pitches and in front of the solar panels) AND that the price would still be exactly the same.

When we eventually secured a place inside for the remainder of our stay, she then failed to tell us that this was more expensive (being a fully serviced pitch)…

Eventually, after leaving and leaving a review on their site, we got an apology and an offer of a free night.  I’ve yet to receive the e-mail with this free night voucher, and have clearly moved on anyway!!  A case of too little, too late I’m afraid 😦

Is there water on each pitch?            

Yes inside the walls or easily accessible elsewhere

What is the electric like?           

16A – BUT only 4kw per day included in ACSI price – excess charged at 35c per kw.  (However, we didn’t pay anything extra forany of our visits)

Drainage?     

Yes – on each pitch so excellent if you have a pipe.  Also a big drive over drain in the new open area.

What’s the site access like?        

Good, but a littletight if you go within the walls.  Approach is through the small village of Banos de Fuente, with narrow roads (but only a short distance) – however if you go past the turn-off to the village there is another approach off the main road that is more suitable (we left this way – it’s a slightly longer way round but far more suitable).

What are the Sanitary facilities like?   

There are now 3 toilet blocks (the new one being portakabins), and being in completely different areas of the site you really only have one available depending on where you are.

Clean and with a big stove for heating.  Old fashioned.  The newer ones are clean and functional.

Toilets:                           Perfectly acceptable with toilet paper provided

Showers:                       Older block – just 2 cubicles.  Fairly large with a big central shower tray. Nowhere really to put your clothes and towel without it getting soaked.  Although there are several hooks in the communal area….

More modern in the newer block

What other facilities are there?    

Bins and CWD

Dishwashing area (and laundry sinks)

Laundry (3.50 Euros wash, 3 Euros dry) – 1 block in each ‘area’.  2 washing machines and 2 driers in each

Reception

Thermal Swimming pool, jacuzzis etc.  (This is the pulling point for this site and is used by those not staying in the campsite).  Calv states that it’s the best swimming pool he has EVER been to…!)

Bar and restaurant

Wifi area with plentiful seating and tables to use (quite weak signal)

Mini-market (we’ve yet to catch it open), children’s play area

Several traders visit in the morning, driving around the site selling bread, croissants, oranges, eggs, papers etc.

All open out of season 🙂

Lots of tasteful bungalows for hire

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

Yes; don’t know how much – sorry (free by the pool and in an area near the bar). I am having no problem with ours

Very friendly, but see comments above!

How much is it?     

We paid 28.00 Euro per night including 4kw electric and the pool.   If you don’t intend to use it every day though it’s definitely worth just paying for what you do use and taking the ACSI rate

What’s the area like?            

About 3km from Fortuna, which we weren’t keen on.

On the way to Fortuna you will see ‘Tina’s Cafe Bar’ – an English owned establishment serving fish and chips on a Friday and a roast on Sunday (there is a large contingent of ex-pats living in the area).  We only managed to find it open once, but the bonus of this was finding The Red Lion a little further along the road which has changed management in the last year – we had pie and mash and played bingo here and would highly recommend it 🙂

There are the Cuevas Negro close by, up in the mountains, and this time we the original Roman thermal spa ruins  are surrounded by a big (ugly) wall.  But hopefully this means they are going to do something with them – there was talk that they are making them useable again 🙂

The rest of the town of Banos de Fortuna is a spa town with numerous people wandering around in their dressing gowns!  It’s rather lovely and I do need to read up on it’s history some more.

Suitable for 5th Wheelers?  There is one here, but it would be a definite call ahead.

More detail:

This site is mostly frequented by German campers – probably 85% of the vans on here are German.  We have seen 1 other British van, a couple of French and Dutch, an Austrian and Italian.  There are also a fair number of Spaniards using the site.

We liked:-

Some of the history in the area

The pool is absolutely amazing

We ate in the restaurant this time, and it was actually pretty good (for the price!)

We didn’t like so much:-

If we hadn’t been travelling with friends we would have left straight away – see earlier comments

We hated:-

Letting us help out without explaining what that would mean for us 😦

Moving On:

We headed on to Alannia Costa Blanca

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