If you're looking to take a more relaxing trip to the city, or if you're simply looking for cheaper alternatives to hotels or apartments, it is worth considering camping in Barcelona.
In this guide, we have located the campsites closest to Barcelona city centre in order to make a camping trip a viable and stress-free option.
If you choose to embark on a camping trip to Barcelona, there are certain issues to consider when deciding where to stay which are:
- Do you want to experience the Barcelona nightlife? You will need to check the running times for buses and trains. You will also need to check whether the campsite has a curfew.
- Do you like a trek? You may find a campsite close to Barcelona, but it is worth finding out whether the transport links are close to the campsite. This is of particular consideration if you are considering returning to the campsite late at night.
- Are you going to bring a car? This will be convenient when driving to the campsite but it will help to consider parking options in the city centre before you set off.
The two campsites that are closest to Barcelona are Camping Tres Estrellas in Gavá and camping Masnou. The campsite Camping Barcelona is slightly further away, but caters specifically for customers wishing to travel into Barcelona city centre. You will find reviews to three of these campsites below.
Camping Tres Estrellas is situated in Gavá, 12km from Barcelona and on the way to Castelldefels. There are numerous buses, including a night bus, that run from Castelldefels to Barcelona, passing through Gavá. The L94 and L95 run from Plaza Catalunya.
The bus station is 300 metres from the campsite. During the day, as there are numerous buses they run on a regular basis. It will be worth asking for the bus timetable at the campsite reception desk as times will be subject to change.
The campsite offers a wide range of activities for days when you may choose not to venture into Barcelona. These include volleyball nets, flamenco shows, clowns and movies for children.
The amenities include two swimming pools, two restaurants, a bar, supermarket, souvenir shop and barbecue area. The campsite is situated on the beach. With all of this on site you may never leave to venture into Barcelona.
It is worth checking the website for rates (see below) as these are likely to vary from year to year.
Camping Tres Estrellas
Carretera C-31, km. 186,2 (Autovía de Castelldefels)
08850 Gavá, Barcelona, España.
Tel: +34 93 633 0637
Website: Camping Tres Estrellas
Opening Times: 15 March - 15 October
Masnou is a small town 15 km north of Barcelona. El Masnou train station is in five minutes walking distance (300 metres) from the campsite, with trains leaving for Barcelona (Plaza de Catalunya) every ten minutes from . The train travels a short distance but stops at six other stations along the coast, meaning that the journey lasts approximately thirty five minutes.
Train operating hours: 06:00 - 00:00 Midnight
There is also the N80 bus that will take you into Barcelona. It is available from Plaza de Catalunya hourly during the night. The journey lasts around 35 minutes. The bus will drop you outside the train station, ensuring that you are only five minutes away from your cosy tent.
Bus operating hours: 00:48 - 04:47
You will find it difficult to locate much information about the campsite on the internet as they do not have their own website, however, if you call the number below with any questions, the staff are generally helpful and can speak English.
The amenities are less extensive than those at Camping Tres Estrellas, but you will still find the standards- a pool, supermarket, showers, laundry area etc. This may be all that you need if the main focus of your trip will be sightseeing in Barcelona.
The campsite has impressive links to the city centre. It is also open all year round for the true camper who likes to brave the cold. And, contrary to popular belief, it does get cold in Barcelona in the winter.
Carretera. N-II km 633 Camil Fabra, 33.
08320 - El Masnou
Tel: +34 93 555 1503
Website: Campings Masnou
Opening times: Open all Year.
Camping Barcelona, North of Barcelona, is a little further away from the city centre than other options. However, it is well serviced for those wanting to make trips in and out of Barcelona - as detailed below. It is also an impressive campsite due to its useful facilities- detailed below, helpful staff and a website that is easy to use.
Camping Barcelona operates a free daily bus to Plaça Catalunya (city centre) from the campsite. However note that during the months of July and August this bus service is not free. Travel time is about 30-60 minutes. This bus service does not have a fixed timetable so if you need to travel at a specific time it may be best to use the train option during the day (see below).
There is a train that operates from Mataró to Barcelona city that runs every 10 minutes during the day. The campsite offers a free shuttle bus to and from the Campsite to Mataró train station.
The N82 night bus runs from outside the door of the campsite and throughout the night each hour.
The campsite itself provides a swimming pool, supermarket, restaurant and an internet café, as well as Wi-Fi in all of their bungalows and camping spaces. It is especially appealing for children, with a small animal farm and special activities including circus workshops, swimming lessons and painting. The campsite also has a beach club at the Mataró Beach along with a Diving Club at the port of Mataró. The campsite offers free transport to Mataró Beach ever 15 to 30 minutes.
The campsite also offers bicycle rental. They are also a Pet Friendly establishment.
Rent a bike (4 hours): €2.00
In summary Camping Barcelona offers you excellent access to the city centre however at the same time the campsite itself offers many facilities along with those of the nearby beach at Mataró. If you don't want to visit the city you will still have plenty of activities to keep you and your family happy at the campsite.
Carretera N-II Km 650
08304 - Mataró
Tel: +34 93 790 4720
Website: Camping Barcelona
Opening Times: check their website for exact dates.
This page has given you an overview to camping in Barcelona and the campsites that are closest to the city centre. These sites have good transport connections to the city so if you are looking for cheap budget accommodation for backpackers or families they are worth considering.