Review for Camping Don Cactus, Carchuna nr Motril

Country:                           Spain

Co-ordinates:                   36º 41 ’45 “N & 3º 26′ 36” W

Address:                          Ctra. 340, Km. 343, 18730 CARCHUNA GRANADA – Andalucía Spain

Good for visiting:          Almunecar, Nerja, Granada (although all are a fair distance away)

Phone & e-mail:            +34 958623109               info@doncactus.com

Website:                          https://www.doncactus.com/en/pages/camping-caravaning/plot.html

Visited:                             February 2019

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

What are the pitches like?                

Good.  A variety of sizes, some very small.  There were some that were probably big enough for us but had a tree slap bang in the middle!  The biggest pitches are located towards the back of the site.  Hard standings, some with grass on.  Separated by hedging

Is there water on each pitch?            

Yes + several water fountains located around the site

What is the electric like?           

At least 16amp – possibly more.  Very good – although we had a problem on the 1st night as 2 pitches share 1 fuse and we were obviously both asking alot of it!  Since then no issues

Drainage?     

Yes – drainage on each pitch, plus you can plumb in a pipe.  There is also a motorhome service area where you can also wash your car/motorhome.  It shows as 1Euro, but Calv says you would need at least 4 to do a whole wash

What’s the site access like?        

Good – easy access from the main road, although the site isn’t clearly signposted.  The approach is through the plastic onto a fairly main road (although a very quiet one!)  The campsite restaurant is facing the beach onto this road.

The access itself doesn’t leave much room to stop and book in, meaning we were slightly blocking the road when we arrived as one of the camp vehicles was in the designated spot.

What are the Sanitary facilities like?    

Toilets:                             1 block in the middle of the site.  Plentiful toilet cubicles and showers (some outside) + a block of sinks (in the ladies there are tables with benches, sockets and mirrors)

Toilet paper provided? Yes                                                                                                             Showers:                         Excellent – I usually wonder what Calv’s doing because he’s gone so long!  He says he just doesn’t want to get out of the shower – it’s so good 🙂

What other facilities are there?    

1 swimming pool (outdoor) – lovely and open all year round.  Water a bit cold whilst we were here but at least we have the choice.  We used it to sit around in the sun – and I did get up to my thighs one day, but wasn’t as hardy as the Dutch couple who went in…

Restaurant/bar

Supermarket (also actually open)

Washing machine (5 Euros) & drier (I think 3 Euros)

Multi-sports court / ‘trampoline’/  water spouts and children’s play area  /  petanque rinks

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

Yes –  Free all over the site.  Good signal most of the time

How welcoming are they at reception and staff in general?  

Excellent.  We weren’t charged to take the little car in as it is the low season and it’s possible to park in empty pitches

How much is it?     

20 Euros with ACSI – but you get 1 night free for every week you stay (i.e. stay 7 nights, pay for 6)

What’s the area like?            

Everything really has to be so much better here as the area isn’t very nice.  There is a beach directly opposite the site, but it’s not a nice beach (grey and a bit gritty and stony).  We had to drive 15-20 mins for a decent supermarket (to Motril), and came back along the seafront at Torrenueva (really – don’t!  Not a nice area…).  The next day we went the other way – dramatic coastline certainly but that’s it.  Look inland and all you can see is the ugly plastic tents that are the main feature of this area.

We are staying 7 nights but only because we are in need of relaxation for a while and this site provides that in abundance.  Unusually for us we will not be leaving the site for most of our visit.

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Suitable for 5th Wheel Vans?    

No

More detail:

The Good:-

The site itself

The feel of the site

The swimming pool

The staff

The facilities

The opportunity to run onsite – nice and flat and 3/4 mile around the outside plus 2 more 1/4 mile long rows to utilise

What could be improved:

Nothing really

 We really didn’t like:

The area

Moving On:

We will be heading to Cabo de Gata

Would we return??

The site – yes (if it was located somewhere else!)

The area – absolutely not

 

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