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Campsite & Surroundings
Torre de la Mare is a large terraced campsite set amongst pine trees with lots of shady pitches. The considerable benefit of this site is the stunning location overlooking two bays and built out on a headland with terraced pitches to the upper levels providing staggering views.
When we arrived, we were shown a choice of pitches by campsite staff. We chose a pitch which was on the flat and second row back from the beach front. These premium spots on the front incurred an extra 4.50 a night on top of ACSI prices, which is quite a bit more and we felt we were near enough.
Some of the pitches are odd shaped and uneven with tight access from the road, so if you have a big unit, as we do, you need to choose carefully. Some pitches were a little more challenging to access because of the trees. Some with low hanging branches.
Don’t let this put you off though as it is a lovely site once you are on. We try to pitch on the lower part of the site where it is flat. This is also the best area for wheelchairs/mobility scooters. Each pitch is marked out by low hedges.
It’s a very well run site. Immaculately maintained facilities, very friendly, helpful staff in the reception and around the site. The security was visible but not intrusive
As we were visiting early in the year and wanted some sun, we took our chairs over to the beach when we wanted to sunbathe, so a shady pitch really wasn’t a problem.
You can camp up on the higher terraces but mostly here are the lodges, cabins and tents for hire. – These are great if you enjoy the outdoor campsite feel but fly in or ferry from Santander with your car.
Because the site is in a pine forest Barbeques and fires of any kind are banned and this rule is strictly enforced! We were allowed to use our gas barbeque but had to have it raised from the ground.
The pitches look out to a beautifully well-maintained beach which is accessed through a gate.
The La Mora beach has beautiful fine white sand which is cleaned every morning. It slopes gently into the sea, making it a safe bay which is quite shallow. And perfect for children.
In the summer months, there are great water sports available.
We love being so close to the sea. There is nothing like listening to the waves as you drift off to sleep at night.
There is a small promenade with a selection of about 4 bar/restaurants and a beach café which are all open late where you can just have a drink or eat. There is a nice ice cream parlour at the end that we used a few times.
The swimming pool and restaurant are situated across a small road from the site.
The pool is absolutely stunning, in fact, I would go so far as to say it could easily be found on a 5-star hotel complex.
It’s a huge, clean pool with plenty of sun loungers around it in the sun and in a shady area. There are also palm trees creating shade from the hot sun in the summer months.
The bar/restaurant just beyond the pool area is excellent and has an inexpensive menu.
You cannot take your dog into the bar area as it is within the pool complex where dogs are not allowed.
Click through for photos of the pool…
Walking & Cycling
The campsite is just beside the nature reserve of Punta de la Mora.
There are some lovely walks, and cycle rides southwards following the forest trails which you can pick up from just outside the campsite.
You can walk to other small beaches and lovely coves.
You get 300Mb free internet before paying, but I found the internet unreliable and preferred to use my own wifi.
There is a well-stocked shop on site which sells everything from sun cream to toys to food. We used to get our lovely warm bread and croissants from there every morning. The prices for food seemed quite reasonable. The shop closes in the middle of the day, and there are different opening times for different days and seasons, so its best to check.
4 km down the road towards Altafulla there is a large Mercadona which has an excellent fish counter.
In general, the toilet and shower blocks are spotless – though some are showing their age. What I don’t like however is the push button operation of the showers which can be very short, and I was forever pushing it in.
There are electric sockets in both the male and female toilets for hairdryers etc.
Washing facilities with plenty of hot water and washing machines are available.
There is a good motorhome service point near the main entrance.
We made use of the car/motorhome wash which was a nice added bonus.
There is a place to play tennis, football and basketball, also tables for table tennis. A kids club runs in the high season.
Nearby is Port Aventura which is the biggest Spanish Theme Park with amazing rollercoasters.
Just a short walk out of the campsite takes you into the small village. The only downside was that it looked a little run down but that could have been because it was out of season and it was mostly closed. There is a chemist, small convenience store and a few other shops.
From the village, you can catch a bus, which runs a regular service into Tarragona. Tarragona was great and there was plenty to see there. The bus fare was a reasonable 3 euros return each (payable on the bus) and the journey time was approximately 20 minutes.
We picked up a bus timetable from the site reception and they also gave us a map of the city and explained which bus stop to get on and which to get off in the village outside. This information made it much easier.
From Tarragona, you could take the train into Barcelona which is a lot less stressful than trying to park and the journey is only an hour on the train from there with beautiful views of the coast along the way.
Salou is another town which is nearby.