Review for Camping Arena Blanca, Benidorm

Country:                      Spain

Co-ordinates:              N 38 33 4 W 0 5 47

Address:                      Avda. Doctor Severo Ochoa 44, Benidorm 03503

Good for visiting:       Benidorm. Terra Mitica.   Benidorm Palace

Phone & e-mail:         +34 96 5861889                 info@camping0arenablanca.es

Website:                      http://www.campingarenablanca.com/

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

Sorry, there are no photos, but take a look at their website to see plenty.

What are the pitches like?                                  

A bit tight for us (but only because there was a car parked inconsiderately opposite our manoeuvring space).

The receptionist thought we would be too big but accepted our word, once we had checked out the available pitches, that we would be fine.

Is there water on each pitch?                             

Yes, but it isn’t a standard fitting, although we managed to get around that.

What is the electric like?                                     

16Amp. HOWEVER, be aware that only 4kw are included per day on your ACSI payment. This site had the highest charge per additional kw than any other site that operated this system. This still didn’t explain just how much extra we were charged (23 Euros for 5 nights stay). Take care when using the electric!

Drainage?                                                           

Yes, available on each pitch.

What’s the site access like?                               

Access from the road is ample. Access around the site is a little tight – you just have to take it carefully.

What are the Sanitary facilities like?                

2 toilet blocks. 1 slightly better than the other – both excellent. Both brand new.

Toilets:                                                           Excellent. Very clean. A couple of the doors didn’t lock properly though.    Soap and hand-driers available.                                         Toilet paper provided?                              Yes, but not in each individual cubicle. You have to collect it before going in…                                                                                                    Showers:                                                       Excellent.   Clean, somewhere to put your clothes and underfloor heating.

What other facilities are there?                        

Supermarket.   Bar.   Pool tables.   Kids play area.   Swimming pool – covered in winter. Laundry.   Aerial point on each pitch. Dog Shower

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

Yes, free throughout the site.  No problems with it.                                                                                                                                                                               

How welcoming are reception & staff?

They were welcoming enough. A bit of a strange set-up where you aren’t actually allowed into reception itself, you stand outside and talk through the window.                                                                         

How much is it?                                                      

17 Euros per night 1/1-12/4; 18/4-30/6; 1/9-31/12 (with ACSI card during those date periods)

What’s the area like?                                

It’s Benidorm! This site is situated about 2 miles from the main stretch, but there are plenty of bars and restaurants very close by (within 100-200m). The Benidorm Palace is walking distance (about ½ mile) and there’s an Iceland opposite (the Benidorm Palace that is).

There’s also a camping shop very close by. Very well stocked and a pleasant Spaniard with good English running it – but we paid well over the odds for an aerial cable!

There’s a cycle path opposite the site which goes for about a mile towards the seafront. Then you’re back on the road until the promenade itself. Whilst cycling is good it’s not so easy to find somewhere to lock the bikes up – we went slightly inland and locked them up by the scooters.

Suitable for 5th Wheel Vans?                              NO

More detail:                                                            

This is a small site for Benidorm. There is a large community of ‘semi-permanent’ residents meaning there are lots of caravans with numerous ‘extensions’ tagged on – definitely not something we were keen on.

The Good:-                                                               

The swimming pool. The toilets and showers.

The pitches.

 The Bad:-                                                                 

The changing rooms for the swimming pool have separate ladies & gents, but no door separating them….

The size of the additional charge for electricity.

The rambling nature of the semi-permanent pitches.

The Ugly:-                                                               

Campervans are allowed to pitch in the car park at the front of the site (meaning it’s not actually usable as a car park). They pay the same price as those with a proper pitch. This didn’t give a good first impression.

Moving On:                                                             

From here we headed to Alicante, about 40 miles down the road.

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