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Rent a Camper Van in Spain
Discover a country with a vibrant culture and stunning landscapes. Take in the rugged Atlantic coast and lush greenery of the northwest or immerse yourself in Catalonia with its towering Pyrenees, sandy Costa Brava, and the iconic architecture of Barcelona. Madrid is the urban gem of the plateaus and plains of central Spain, while further south you’ll find Moorish architecture and flamenco music, the golden beaches of Costa del Sol, and rolling hills of olive groves in the countryside. Rent your camper van or RV in Spain and start exploring today!
RV & Camper Van Fleet in Spain
What better way to explore Spain than to rent a camper van or RV and set off across this diverse country with your home on four wheels? There are multiple roadsurfer stations in Spain: In Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, Valencia, and Malaga. So, no matter what part of the country you’re looking to see, there’s a camper van pick-up location nearby.
Our camper van and RV models differ between cities. In Malaga, with 320 days of sunshine per year, you won’t need a lot of indoor space, so our camper vans are compact in size and perfect for coastal and mountain roads. Meanwhile, in Barcelona, you’ll find camper vans of all sizes, whether you’re looking for a luxurious getaway for two or space to bring the whole family. .
Your roadsurfer Benefits
Rent a fully equipped roadsurfer camper van or RV and enjoy the ride with exclusive benefits. Your freedom on the road starts the moment you pick up the keys!
Brand new, fully equipped camper vans & RVs
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Rebook or cancel with the Flex option up to 48 hours before departure
Camping equipment & kitchen utensils included
Your Road Trip in Spain
Spain truly does have something for everyone, whether you want to get closer to nature, experience local culture in rural towns and villages, or soak up the buzzing city atmosphere while taking in the history and architecture. Since the south of the country remains warm in winter, there are no seasonal restrictions on when you should rent a camper van in Spain. It’s a popular destination for van lifers, so you’ll find plenty of infrastructure that’ll make your trip very convenient, and as long as you respect the land and locals, you’ll be welcomed with open arms.
Driving Rules in Spain
When driving in a new country, it’s best to familiarize yourself with their driving rules before you arrive. Here are a few tips for driving your camper in Spain:
- Drive on the right-hand side of the road and pass on the left. This means that at traffic circles, you should give way to vehicles coming from the left and drive in a
- Seatbelts are required for all occupants of the vehicle, so always wear your seatbelt.
- Drivers must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration documents, and proof of insurance.
- Speed limits vary depending on the type of road. In urban areas, the general speed limit is 31 mph (50 km/h), although a new law has been introduced to give one-way urban
roads a speed limit of 18 mph (30 km/h). On non-urban roads, the speed limit is typically 55 mph (90 km/h) unless otherwise noted. Major roads and highways usually have a speed limit of 74 mph (120 km/h). Keep an eye out for speed limit signs and make sure you’re following local rules.
- Many of the highways are toll roads. Check out the information on toll road signs and rules below.
Paying Tolls in Spain
In Spain, many highways have tolls. These toll roads are called autopistas, while autovias are always toll-free. When you drive your roadsurfer camper van in Spain, you can decide whether or not to use toll-free highways or (private) toll roads.
Private toll roads are marked with an “R” or “AP” and a toll sign on the traffic signs. Please pay attention and do not drive through the “Telepeaje” booths, as those are only for vehicles with a transponder installed. You can check which ones are toll roads and how much they cost here. Your roadsurfer camper van or Class B RV should be under the “Ligeros” (light vehicles) classification. The amount you’ll pay depends on the region and how far you’re traveling. All roads must be paid for in euros with either cash or card. Most of the toll roads have manned booths where you can speak to someone to get information and pay the toll. Some toll roads have touchscreen machines, and these can be identified via a blue sign showing a bank card.
Camping in Spain
Whatever your camping style, when you rent a camper van in Spain, you’ll find your perfect travel destination, whether you’re headed to the beach, the mountains, or one of Spain’s incredible cities. Download our roadsurfer spots App to find unique places to stay, full of local charm and often with extra activity options. Read on for info on the different types of camping in Spain.
- Campgrounds/RV Parks: Spain has numerous campgrounds and RV parks equipped with facilities suitable for campers and RVs. These sites often offer amenities such as water and electrical hookups, waste disposal, bathrooms, showers, and sometimes pools and playgrounds.
- Aires and RV Service Areas: Aires are designated areas specifically for RVs and camper vans. Some provide only an overnight parking space, while others have basic facilities such as waste disposal stations, fresh water supply, and sometimes electrical hookups. Aires are more common in certain regions like Catalonia and the Basque Country.
- Camper Stops and Parking Areas: Many towns and cities in Spain have designated parking areas or dedicated spaces for camper vans. These spots are often located near the city center or tourist attractions, allowing camper van travelers to conveniently explore urban areas without having to travel too far for the day.
- Dispersed or Wild Camping: Dispersed camping in a camper van is illegal and not allowed anywhere in Spain. However, there are plenty of free camping options in designated areas, some even in extra beautiful settings, such as our roadsurfer spots, so you’ll rarely feel restricted by this law. In these designated areas, often in national parks and rural regions, there may be specific regulations and guidelines for overnight parking, so it’s important to check before you arrive.
- Beachside Camping: Spain’s extensive coastline offers many opportunities for camping near the beach. In most coastal areas you’ll find camping spots or designated parking areas specifically for camper vans right next to the beach.
- Farm Stays: Farm camping spots, known as agroturismos, allow you to stay on working farms or rural properties where you can experience farm life and enjoy fresh local produce during your stay.
Camping with the family
Camping in the mountains
Camping by surf spots
Popular Events in Spain
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a country’s culture is to go to a local festival or event. When renting a camper van or RV in Spain, why not book your trip during one of these events to make some unique memories? We’ve put together a short list to give you some ideas:
- Las Fallas, March, Valencia: This is a unique festival in Spain, featuring giant paper mache sculptures known as fallas, which are displayed throughout the city and eventually burned in spectacular bonfires. It’s accompanied by fireworks, parades, and traditional costumes.
- Semana Santa (Holy Week), week leading up to Easter Sunday, various cities across Spain: Elaborate processions featuring religious sculptures, bands, and participants dressed in traditional attire fill the streets, creating a solemn and captivating atmosphere that is well worth experiencing at least once.
- Feria de Abril, two weeks after Easter Sunday, Seville: Feria de Abril is a vibrant spring fair, characterized by colorful flamenco dresses, horse-drawn carriages, lively music, and dancing. It’s a celebration of traditional Andalusian culture with plenty of food and drink offers and is the perfect opportunity to experience a Spanish fiesta.
- Running of the Bulls (San Fermín), July, Pamplona: Adrenaline-seeking spectators flock to Pamplona in July for the San Fermín Festival. Not for the faint-hearted, participants run ahead of a group of bulls through the narrow streets of Pamplona, trying not to get caught.
- Festival Internacional de Benicàssim (FIB), July, Benicàssim: FIB is one of Spain’s largest music festivals, attracting renowned national and international artists across various genres. The festival takes place over several days and offers a vibrant atmosphere and camping options.
- La Feria de Málaga, August, Málaga: La Feria de Málaga is a week-long summer fair that transforms the city into a lively celebration. The streets are adorned with lights, and there are traditional performances, live music, dancing, and delicious food and drinks.
- La Tomatina, August, Valencia: La Tomatina is the world’s largest tomato fight festival, definitely one for the books! Take part in a massive tomato-throwing battle in the streets of Buñol (and bring a protective case for your camera, if you’re planning on taking pictures).
- San Sebastian International Film Festival, September, San Sebastian: The San Sebastian International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. It showcases a wide range of international films, attracting renowned filmmakers, actors, and cinema enthusiasts to the beautiful coastal city.
Beautiful Travel Regions in Spain
The different regions of Spain are so diverse that you can explore the whole country without it beginning to feel repetitive. That being said, a whole country can be tricky to fit into one vacation, so read on to find out about the five most popular regions to explore when you rent a camper van in Spain:
- Andalusia: Andalusia is one of the most visited regions in Spain, known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. Here you’ll find ionic cities like Seville, Granada, and Cordoba, where visitors can explore magnificent landmarks such as Alhambra, the Mezquita, and the Giralda. Andalusia also has beautiful beaches along the Costa del Sol, picturesque white villages, and local food.
- Catalonia: Catalonia is home to the amazing city of Barcelona, with its captivating blend of modernist architecture, artistic treasures, and lively atmosphere. Beyond Barcelona, Catalonia features stunning coastal towns like Sitges and the rugged beauty of Costa Brava, as well as the impressive Montserrat mountain range.
- Madrid: As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a major tourist destination that offers a mix of history, art, and vibrant urban life. You can explore world-class museums like the Prado Museum, stroll through beautiful parks such as Retiro Park, and indulge in as many tapas as your stomach can handle! Madrid also hosts lively festivals and events throughout the year.
- Basque Country: The Basque Country, located in the northern part of Spain, is known for its distinct culture and stunning landscapes. The region’s main cities, Bilbao and San Sebastian, are always worth a visit. Bilbao offers architectural wonders like the Guggenheim Museum, while San Sebastian boasts beautiful beaches and is renowned for its world-class cuisine, including pintxos (Basque tapas).
- Valencia: Valencia, on the eastern coast of Spain, combines modern architecture, a rich history, and beautiful beaches. The city of Valencia showcases architectural gems like the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, and it hosts the lively Fallas festival each March. Visitors can also relax on the sandy beaches of the Costa Blanca or explore the charming coastal towns nearby.
Surfing in Spain
There are few combinations as iconic as surfing and Camper Vans, so when you rent a Camper Van in Spain you should check out a surf break or two. Whether you want to take part or just watch, Spain has several renowned surf spots along its coastline, and nearby towns often have a friendly surf vibe too.
- Mundaka, Basque Country: Mundaka is famous for its world-class left-hand rivermouth wave, considered one of the best and most challenging waves in Europe.
- Zarautz, Basque Country: Zarautz is a popular beach town with a long sandy beach that offers consistent waves, suitable for surfers of all levels.
- Somo, Cantabria: Somo, near Santander, is a sandy beachbreak, making it an ideal spot for beginners and intermediate surfers. The town also has a great surf vibe.
- Rodiles, Asturias: Rodiles is known for its powerful and long left-hand wave that breaks over a sandy rivermouth and is considered one of the best waves in northern Spain.
- Los Locos, Cantabria: Los Locos (in the town of Suances) is a reef break known for its fast and hollow waves. It attracts experienced surfers looking to challenge themselves.
- Playa de las Catedrales, Galicia: Playa de las Catedrales (Cathedrals Beach) with its majestic rock arches is worth a visit even if you have no interest in surfing. For those looking to get in the water, this is a reliable wave that’s perfect for all levels.
- El Palmar, Andalusia: El Palmar, near Vejer de la Frontera, is a popular beach break with dependable waves suitable for all levels of surfers. It has a laid-back vibe and is a great spot for learning and improving surfing skills.