Review for Mar Azul, Balerma

Country:                                 Spain

Co-ordinates:                          36° 43′ 20″ N – 2° 52′ 40″ W

Address:                                  Carretera de Guardias Viejas, 04712 – Balerma (Almería)

Good for visiting:                  Almeria, perhaps Cabo de Gata, Almerimar

Phone & e-mail:                    +34 950.937.637


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

What are the pitches like?                

Good sizes – nicely laid out

Is there water on each pitch?            


What is the electric like?           

16A – 4kw included with ACSI rate.  .38c for each additional kw


Yes  – on pitch if you have your own pipe.    In the car/van washing area if not (big drive over drain (but not drive through)                  

What’s the site access like?        

Excellent – couldn’t really be better.  Big car park area to stop in whilst registering

What are the Sanitary facilities like?    

Toilets:                            2 blocks with plenty of facilities.  Ladies is very well kept, although Calv says that, unfortunately, the Gents are not so clean.                                                              Toilet paper provided? Yes

Showers:                          Plentiful.  Perfect (just a shame the gents don’t seem to be properly cleaned 😦 )

What other facilities are there?    

Swimming pool – lovely, but ice cold whilst we’ve been here!  At least it’s open though and we were able to lie in the sun beside it, even if I could only get in up to my thighs!!

Café/Bar; mini-market (very mini); reception;  play park; terrace with wi-fi zone; launderette; petanque; large van washing area; trampoline; sports area

Childrens play area

Small number of bungalows for hire

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

Yes.  Free – good – I’m using it now.  It’s even dealt with posting photos on here 🙂

How welcoming are they at reception and staff in general?  

Very good – all of them

How much is it?     

With the ACSI card 17E per night + the extra for electric (we paid an additional 3.50 approx for 2 nights)                      

What’s the area like?            

The immediate are isn’t great.  The beach is well used by dog owners (read into that what you will…), the town isn’t the best (although the Consum supermarket is good).

This is the heart of ‘plastic poly tunnel’ country, so it’s not the prettiest outlook.  Although looking beyond you can see the snow capped mountains in the distance.

About 1 1/2 miles away is a castle, and further afield (about 6 miles) is Almerimar with a nice marina and eating opportunities.  It’s worth a cycle ride.

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Suitable for 5th Wheel Vans?    

Yes – there are several larger vans here     

More detail:

The Good:-

Everything about the site.

Good stop off as you head further south

The Bad:-

The nearby town and the views of plastic (although if you don’t look you don’t see!)

 The Ugly:-

Nothing at all 😊

Moving On:

From here we moved on to Cabopino where we are staying for 5/6 weeks 🙂