Review 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

Phone:                          +34 968 68 62 43

Website:                      http://www.campingfuente.com/?s=i

Date Visited:               30th November 2018

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.  We are ‘on the road’. sort of…There is a large area enclosed in a wall where many pitches have their own bathrooms (not available on ACSI of course) and then there are pitches along the road down towards a large open area outside the walls (where we would have preferred to be but weren’t offered)

Is there water on each pitch?            

Yes

What is the electric like?           

16A – BUT only 4kw per day included in ACSI price – excess charged at 30c per kw.  (However, we didn’t pay anything extra – our charge for the 4 nights was exactly 60 Euros)

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 bit tight 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 just a couple of toilet blocks, 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

Really not adequate for the number of people using them.  Even now in off-season there are queues for the mens showers… (1 morning I came out of the toilet to find a man clad in his dressing gown in the ladies block!)

Toilets:                             Just 2 cubicles (in each of the ladies and gents); almost enclosed, but door doesn’t completely fill the frame.  Toilet paper provided.  Plus soap and hand-drier

Showers:                         Again, 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….

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

Good enough on initially arriving (although we weren’t given full information regarding the price of the pool).  Also the girls serving in the bar were simply rude.  We didn’t actually feel overly welcome to start with (in this site mostly inhabited by Germans)

How much is it?     

We paid 15.00 Euro per night including 4kw electric

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 also cycled to see the Cuevas Negro going up the mountain and managing to go a different way on the way back (that’s how we ended up in Fortuna), and missing the actual original Roman thermal spa (the ruins anyway) – so we’ll have to go back out tomorrow to see that 🙂  Update:- When we went back out to find it we found something up on a hill, but we’re not sure what!!  We also found the rest of the town of Banos de Fortuna – which is a spa town with numerous people wandering around in their dressing gowns!

I did manage a couple of short runs, but it wasn’t easy without going up hills or out onto the main road!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More detail:

This site is mostly frequented by German campers – probably 90% 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 didn’t like so much:-

The occasional smell near our pitch

The number of dogs (they were very noisy..)

Some of the customer service was not as you would expect.

We hated:-

Nothing

Moving On:

We headed on towards Cabopino, stopping at a previously visited site, Mar Azul in Balerma, on the way.

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