Review for Bella Vista, Estepona (Puerto Duquesa) – Costa del Sol

Country:                                    Spain

Co-ordinates:                          N. 36.21.25792  W 5.14.23548

Address:                                  Camping La Bella Vista | Crta.Nacional 340, Km.142.8 29691 – Manilva – Málaga – Spain

Good for visiting:                    Estepona, Marbella, Casares, Banos de la Hedionda, Gibraltar

Phone & e-mail:                      Office 00 34 952 890 020 | Mobile 00 34 648 419 444    camping@campinglabellavista.com

Website:                                  http://www.campinglabellavista.com/

Questions:-  (This review is from the point of view of motorhomers driving a Bessacarr E769 tag axle – 8.56m)

What are the pitches like?                

Fairly decent sized pitches, varying in proximity to the main A7 road along the south coast, or to the beach.  We ended up booking in here when we were moved on from nearby Puerto Duquesa (where overnight camping is usually tolerated) at 5pm.  It was our first attempt at free camping!

A TV point is included on each pitch.  Ours didn’t work, but the 1 on the vacant pitch next door did (it didn’t give any more channels than we should have been able to get on the aerial).

Is there water on each pitch?            

Yes

What is the electric like?           

At least 16A – we had no problem

Drainage?     

Yes  – drainage on each pitch

What’s the site access like?        

Very good – easy access from the main road; small dedicated parking area on arrival.  If heading east you have to go up to the roundabout and come back on yourself.

What are the Sanitary facilities like?    

Toilets:                             Very good.  Just 1 block for the whole site.  Whilst they are very good they are showing signs of ‘tiredness’.                                                                                      Toilet paper provided? Yes                                                                                                          Showers:                          Again good enough.  Calv said they weren’t as clean as they should be, and were even mouldy in some places.  However they were big enough.

What other facilities are there?    

1 swimming pool (seems a little on the small side for the size of the site).

Restaurant – seems to be very popular; chemical waste (strange place though in the middle of the car park); dish washing facilities; small supermarket; reception; laundry; direct access to the beach and boardwalk

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

Yes.  Free in the bar area.  Paid for available – don’t know how much. We have our own mobile capability now.        

How welcoming are they at reception and staff in general?  

Very welcoming and professional.

How much is it?     

ACSI card is not accepted.  The cost for a short stay is a whopping 31Euros per night…  It is the most we have ever paid abroad – and it is one of our least favourite sites!  (i.e. we didn’t consider it to be value for money).

What’s the area like?            

Immediately onto the boardwalk and beach via a gate (with code for returning).  The beach (described as stunning on the campsite website) is not golden sand, as you might expect, but quite coarse sand.  It’s not the prettiest.

A short walk along the boardwalk will bring you to Puerto Duquesa where you will find a selection of restaurants & bars and a small castle; another 5-10 minutes along the boardwalk will bring you to a lively marina with many more bars, eateries and shops.

Across the A7 (not quite so busy in this area) are a couple of supermarkets and a rather good fish and chip shop – Marlows

          

Suitable for 5th Wheel Vans?    

No

More detail:

The Good:-

The toilet block and laundry

The Bad:-

The proliferation of rules posted about the site.

The price

The roads are fairly narrow, but with little car parking available many cars are encroaching on these roadways.  On top of this after we pitched up (our pitch was right next to the road – it was as though we were on the hard-shoulder), in our corner plot, the camper opposite parked his car on the road right behind us.  A fair bit of shunting needed to get out in the morning….

 The Ugly:-

 

Moving On:

Casares – finally managing to free park for a couple of nights

Would we return??

Absolutely not

 

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