Camping L'Alqeria is in Gandia in Spain which is a bit out of the way, but does have one almost guaranteed enviable feature...sunshine and plenty of it!
Camping L'Alqeria is in is in the local town of Gandia about 1 hours drive south of Valencia, and is very close to La Playa (the beach) and what a beach it is! We found this area a few years ago and have been to Gandia on numerous occasions normally by plane to Valencia and hire car down to Gandia, though we have made the drive from England once which was an adventure in itself.
Being on the Costa del Azahar, (coast of orange blossom), the summer weather is generally hot and dry. As the name suggests there are many orange tree plantations along with rice fields, melons and other fruit. The area is more genuine than other areas so though you can find English speaking Spaniards here, a basic knowledge of Spanish will defiantly be appreciated and help here.
The normal summer temperatures here range from about 18 to 26 degrees from May to October peaking in the months of July to September with highs in the 30's occasionally, so plenty of sunscreen is required here. The port and beach are about 15 minutes walk away from the L'Alqeria campsite and there are lots of beach bars and activities on the blue flag beach which stretches for nearly 6 km!
The beach itself has a shallow gradual gradient into the sea which is fine for kids on green/yellow flag days.
As it is Spain, the town comes to life from about 7 - 8 pm when the sun has cooled and the locals and holiday makers flock to the beach boardwalks with their children to play on the beach climbing frames, ride family bikes and take in a meal or drink at any number of restaurants, bars or cafés there or in the local surrounding area. There is also a night market that normally sets up near to the port selling an abundance of goods. If you want to visit the main town of Gandia then there is a bus that you can catch that does a loop circuit between the town and beach for only about €1.50 during the week and €1.60 at the weekends.
The campsite is gated and has a reception there to book you in. Normally at least one of the receptionists can speak English so booking in shouldn't be too hard.
You can stay on a gravel pitch with electricity as grass is at a premium in hot climates like this, or there are a number of different types of accommodation that you can choose from. What I will say is that if you plan to stay in the summer then an airy heat reflective tent would be an idea as even under the shady pitches it can get very hot during the day and stuffy at night.
Other options are various forms of camping chalets that you can rent from basic to 2 floored units. All pitches and units have access to their own local outdoor sink and tap for basic dish washing. The various toilet blocks are clean and functional and also have separate shower cubicles and there are hand washing facilities around these as well.
There is a small on site shop where you can get water, gas bottles and food plus a supermarket has just opened next door in July 2016 should you wish a slightly bigger selection, though I should point out that when in Spain make sure that you have checked for public holidays as a lot of shops can close on these days as well as Sundays.
The campsite has a small play area and a 5-aside football pitch for the children, but the biggest selling point is the pool which is next to the reception. The pool area has a children's play pool a Jacuzzi, a sun bathing area and a large life guarded pool. There is a bar/café in the campsite as well that also offers evening entertainment on some nights that range from bingo, to dancing and even a free open air cinema (though this is normally in Spanish, but the kids still enjoyed it). The downside of these entertainments however is that they are fairly loud but stop by about midnight, though that didn't stop us from falling asleep quickly after a hard day at the beach!
Yes! Even though it is a long way to go for a camping trip, we think it is well worth it. Camping at L'Alqueria is a mixture of camping and your classic beach holiday and we will be visiting here many times more in the future.