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Authorised motorhome service point and night stop

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Cabárceno, Cantabria, Spain, 39627

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Open from Jan to Dec

Aire with views over the wildlife park.
Ample parking on a slope next to the service area, there is another car park 50 meters nearer the lake.
Max stay 48hrs
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Review by: steveowers12
Visit date: Mar 2020
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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7.25
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Aire is currently open during Spain's COVID 19 lockdown. 18/03/20. 10 vehicles here at the moment, most hoping to get the last ferry from Santander on Saturday night which is fully booked.
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Review by: massey16
Visit date: Feb 2020
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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9
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Nothing new to add to previous reviews. Fabulous spot for a night's stop. We arrived mid day and only 2 vans, by 7 pm there were 25. Lovely walk through the village with a good view of the elephant park.
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Review by: duncanjo
Visit date: Nov 2019
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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10
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Lovely aire, thought the approach was a bit tight but there were much bigger Motorhomes than us and they managed it. Flat pitches and plenty of room. Service point not good though, on a very high concrete plinth which made driving over the grid too difficult, not that you would want to as it seemed all clogged up. We emptied using a bucket down the grate the same one as the loo. The fresh water tap is directly over the toilet drain so we didnt bother. Saying all this though i would return as it is about half hour from santander and the views over the lake were beautiful and a very short walk away were the elephants.
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Review by: LFA1
Visit date: Nov 2019
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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8.75
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senior couple.
We stayed here before in summer when it was very busy.
This time there was only a handful of us.
Nobody parks in the actual aire but in the huge carpark by the lake.
Guardia Civil drives though regularly
It's a short walk to the village bars and just past there is a great view of the elephants when in their enclosure.
30mins drive to or from Santander ferry.
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Review by: debfry
Visit date: Oct 2019
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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10
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Heard about this aire through friends so keen to see for myself
Large parking area quite flat
Services good and you can really see the elephants although quite a way off so taking photos from behind a high fence quite difficult lol
Nice lake and pretty village with an abundance of cafe/bars
Only stopped one night but impressed and would use again
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Review by: gonzoonthego
Visit date: Oct 2019
Unit type: Large Motorhome over 8m
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8.75
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Fantastic spot. Idea for straight off the ferry. 30 mins max. Beautiful aire, quiet and scenic. Overlooking lake and egrets settling to roost overnight. Elephant enclosure amazing 2 minutes away. Facilities basic but free so what more do you want? Wouldn’t get it in the U.K.!!! Can’t recommend highly enough. Need your head read if you don’t don’t give this one a try.
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Review by: javeasteve
Visit date: Oct 2019
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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7.5
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Views of animal park are way behind you, you actually look out through trees over a lake. Reasonably level but lots of low trees. Quiet and no lighting so good nights rest. Service area poor, one push unthreaded tap for both fill and casette cleaning. Grey water area crumbling away. Stayed two nights in order to see Animal park in which the Bird Display is one of the best. Suggest only bisit on sunny day as when we left the cloud was as low as the cable cars.
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Review by: hymervicky
Visit date: Oct 2019
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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9.5
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A one night stop over. Levelish pitches services all ok and working. You can just see the elephants. Nice small village with a few cafés/bars. Would use this Aire again.
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Review by: kandt
Visit date: Sep 2019
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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6.75
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Great stopover only 30 mins from Santander, easy approach, two rows of vans would prob take 50, double waste available, and potential for fresh water, but wasnt appealing, big attraction is the Safari Park with around 20 elephants right next to parking, also large lake with lots of birds.

no charge to overnight, 31 Euro to enter the safari park...we have heard it is excellent.
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Review by: Smileyc68
Visit date: Sep 2019
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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8.75
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Our first night in a free location using this app.
Amazing place with loads of level parking.
We filled up when leaving our.expensive camp site so didn't use the site facilities. They seemed basic but adequate. Got busier during the evening with MH arrivals and dog walkers. Took a walk up to see the elephants and then visited the restaurants in the village
A huge burger with all the trimmings and fries with a beer for €9. Had to come back to the van for a lie down!
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Review by: flyingbluedog
Visit date: Sep 2019
Unit type: Large Motorhome over 8m
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8.5
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What they all say.

And so very peaceful.
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Review by: filwud
Visit date: Sep 2019
Unit type: Large Motorhome over 8m
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9
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Nice stop after late ferry into santander, 30 mins drive, room for 30 vans or more, toilet emptying available, short walk to village with bars and cafes. And you can see the elephants. All for free
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Review by: wynpar
Visit date: Aug 2019
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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9.25
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One of the best aires I have been to this year. Ok the only service is a wc dump but the location, peace and space is great.
Situated next to a large Park Zoo overlooking a lake, you can visit the elephant enclosure FOC on an evening. The 31.50 per adult admission to the park itself is well worth it especially as you get to drive your van around the 35 km roadway wirhin the park.
Not doing it will means you have missed a treat .
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Review by: stevedee
Visit date: Jun 2019
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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9
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Fantastic Aire lovely views over the lake. A short walk to the bars in the village.There is a cable car nearby that takes you over the animal sanctuary 30 euros though
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Review by: crodham
Visit date: Apr 2019
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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8.5
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Good free stop over 30 minutes from the ferry. Most vehicles park on the level area adjacent to the lake. Sufficient room for large units and those with trailers. Busy at weekends when the Wildlife Park is well used. Small village 5 minutes walk away with a few restaurants and a bread van around lunchtime.
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Review by: howarian
Visit date: Jan 2019
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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10
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Great free stopover. Arrived from Santander in the dark. And sat nav took us over the top on a single lane track for about 2 miles. Exciting! Woke up next morning to a beautiful frosty morning over looking the lake. Couple of bars open in the village. Well worth a stay.
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Review by: camperjacky
Visit date: Dec 2018
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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10
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What a lovely place to stay. beautiful night sky and the view over the lake was perfect...once the mist had cleared. will definitely use again
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Review by: quirkybird
Visit date: Nov 2018
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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9.25
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Great place to
Stay over. Free. Quiet. Next to lake and animal park. Short walks.
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Review by: quirkybird
Visit date: Nov 2018
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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9.25
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Great place to
Stay over. Free. Quiet. Next to lake and animal park. Short walks.
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Review by: mandolinvan
Visit date: Sep 2018
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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7.75
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Nice free site, facilities are a bit basic but surroundings are lovely, couple of good bars in village and a tremendous view over the elephant enclosure.
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Review by: breathecosse
Visit date: Aug 2018
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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4
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Great stopover. stayed for two nights which were really busy. Basic facilities available. Park is a great visit but think you really need to go in for two days. Some nice little bars in the town.
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Review by: micky31
Visit date: Jul 2018
Unit type: Large Motorhome over 8m
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6
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Located in a car park next to a lake and at the back of the wildlife park. The car park is used by locals and does get very busy with motorhomes but there is plenty of space. The services are a little dated and everyone is using the tap to wash out their toilets as it's the only tap. However there is a free running spa 50 metres up the road and is lovely drinking water. Only a short walk from the car park you can walk past the elephant area and they come up quite close to the fence.
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Review by: bankscelyn
Visit date: May 2018
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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7.5
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Many motorhomes already there when we arrived on a Saturday night. We expected it to be a bit noisy with lots of Spanish families but, in fact, it was very peaceful. Will stay again
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Review by: jezabel
Visit date: Apr 2018
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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8.25
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Our second visit we were here April 2016, the view of the animals is not as good as it is not possible to get so close now the new cable car is in operation. The services are still here they are a bit dated but still usable however it would be difficult to use the drive over grey drain as it is raised up so much. There is one shop in the village with fresh bread available each day. The parking can become very busy weekends and bank holidays as it is used lots by Spanish vans visiting the park.
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Review by: lonicera
Visit date: Mar 2018
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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7.5
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Nice spot, close to the village which has bar, restaurants. It’s close enough to Santander to make it a good stopover either when arriving or leaving. Drive time is 20-30 minutes. Everyone parks near the lake which is fairly level and has pleasant views.
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Review by: mel2588
Visit date: Oct 2017
Unit type: Campervan
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9.5
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Ideal stop over on way too or from the ferry ports of Santander or Bilbao. Can get very busy on a weekend, particularly bank holiday ones. There is a good fresh water supply just beyond the service point on the left on the way out as there is
only one water tap at a he service point itself. Excellent views of the elephant enclosure. Pleasant walk from the end of the aire.
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Review by: michaelconroy
Visit date: Jul 2017
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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8.25
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Set in beautiful, lakeside surroundings this is a great stopover when using the ferry.
The safari park was closed when we visited July 13th 2017.
The access is via a fairly narrow road in the centre of the village.
Can get pretty crowded with vehicles as the evening progresses.
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Review by: weeksd
Visit date: Mar 2017
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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7
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This is pretty site with free services. The official MH park is sloping and most people appear to opt for the general car park which is more level and overlooking a lake. The site backs onto a safari park and a short walk allows you to see elephants roaming and bathing for free. There were cowbells ringing all night from cattle in a nearby field when we were there. I imagine the service point being a little awkward for longer vans as it had a ramp. We didn't use the fresh water supply as it was directly above the chemical disposal point and didn’t appeal to us. The Safara park itself looked huge and interesting and worth a visit either on foot, bike or by chairlift. Being with dogs and only staying for one night, we were unable to do this. The area as a whole is not much good for dogs due to the animals and ducks but definitely worth a visit otherwise.
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Review by: jenalwyn
Visit date: Jan 2017
Unit type: Large Motorhome over 8m
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5.75
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Lovely quiet site next to lake ,village a short walk away with bars and restaurants unfortunately the weather was too bad for us to take a walk round in the morning, but will return. Only 20 minutes from Santander.
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Review by: waves
Visit date: Nov 2016
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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8.75
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Excellent place to stop the night.
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Review by: radders14
Visit date: Oct 2016
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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9
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Good stop for coming or going on the ferry, about 40 vans there but still plenty of room.
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Review by: doorrny
Visit date: Jun 2016
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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9.25
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Fantastic spot to stop over, only 15mins to/from the ferry terminal at Santander.
Services are minimal but functional , and free. Parking by the lake is a must as the listed site is on a slope, we had no complaints in June.
A short walk to the fence and we could see elephants and other wild animals. There is a new cable car only a few yards from the aire which goes over the park.There are 4 restaurants within 2mins walk.
Would suit any size van, we will go here again.
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Review by: david1s2s3
Visit date: May 2016
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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7.25
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Visit the elephants before breakfast. They are only a few minutes walk away from the parking area. Very peaceful. Lots of space.
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Review by: susie1997
Visit date: Apr 2016
Unit type: Motorhome under 7m
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8.5
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Great place to stay for a few days while waiting for the ferry, cable car lift nearly ready to go around the wildlife park,plenty of restaurants with free wi fi if eating. Fresh water available from the font, wouldnt get it from the emping point, it's used for rinsing cassettes.
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Review by: themotoroamers
Visit date: Mar 2016
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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9.5
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A fantastic spot for a night or two when coming to or from Santander ferry. Although we got a bit lost, we followed brown signs and then Cabarceno and the car park is through the village. Only 30 mins or so away. There's plenty of space, especially in the flat, lower car park. It's very quiet and picturesque. We've not assessed the facilities yet as it hasn't stopped raining - although I couldn't think of a better place to sit out the storm. Oh, did I mention it's all free. Hope to go spend some money in the village by way of a thank you.
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Review by: ariley2000
Visit date: Jan 2016
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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9.25
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Perfect aire with lots of parking and great views over the wildlife parks elephant enclosure. Services all there for grey & black water and there is even a tap providing fresh spring water! Just be aware if you use a sat nav ours took us on a new road (of course we may have mis-read it) which it then didn't recognise so we did a detour. There are brown tourist signs to it though so best to follow these then the sat nav will pick the route up again. Best of all there is no charge for this aire. Great location before or after the Santander ferry.
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Review by: samwillis17
Visit date: Nov 2014
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
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8
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Basic stop with water / wc empty, but right next to animal park where you can see the elephants and buffalo. Short walk to lovely village with plenty of bars / restaurants. Try the local cider served in 75ml glass bottle to share, are worth it. Beautiful country setting, but not far from the main routes from Santander / Bilbao
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Review by: robarb38
Visit date: Feb 2014
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9.25
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A stunning Aire a short drive from Santander ferry terminal, Bilbao is also within easy reach.
In winter you can use the large car park by the lake instead of the Aire which is difficult to get level on.
Now allowed to use the large car park in Peak periods.
The village offers a great selection of small bars and Restaurants great walks, and the zoo is well worth a visit, support the locals to keep this Aire open. Water and Grey/Black dump easily accessible NO EHU.
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