Updated: Jan 5
Two and a half hours drive north from Valencia we arrive at our destination, a small campsite comprising of 24 pitches nestled on a hill side surrounded by woodland and orange groves (or are they orchards?).
First impression, the site is pretty and the pitches a good sizes, each one large enough to accommodate our 5 man tent, chairs, tables, hammock, car etc…
We were welcomed by the owners who after serving us with a much needed and complimentary beer with water and juice for the children, proceeded to explain the ins and outs of the campsite before pointing us in the direction of the children's play area.
I am a veteran of many a campsite children’s play area and I am reliably informed by my two young daughters that this is probably the best they’ve been too.
The jewel in the crown is the zip wire, at 70m long and about 6m off the ground at its highest point it will keep them entertained till their heart's content.
There are also rope swings, high(ish) wires, a sand pit with a mechanical digger, a wooden playhouse, rocks to climb, and it’s all set in a wooded area that offers plenty of shade, adventure and exploration.
Now because there are only 24 pitches with many seemingly occupied by bikers(of the mountain variety) and walkers the site and the play area doesn’t get over crowded, even in the peek summer months.
The pitches, as explained are plenty big enough, however word of warning like many in Spain the ground can be hard so the traditional pegs will bend! TIP - 7 inch nails with a washer work an absolute treat and far cheaper than buying hardened pegs.
The toilets and washing area are well maintained, spotless and beautifully decorated, the shower for once was oh so relaxing (especially welcome after a 4 hour drive and erecting a tent).
The bar is open till 11 in the evening and is well stocked, there is a book library (Castellano, Dutch and English books available) and boardgames for the children.
A food menu is available, made offsite the food is prepared by a local caterer and delivered each evening at about 7.30 (delicious especially the meat balls in honey sauce) and the owners make a Paella every Saturday, except the weekend we visited worst luck because the owner was taking part in a mountain bike challenge and he’s the paella chef.
It really is no surprise that this campsite has found its way into the cool camping books.
PROS; Perfect for families, the children will love it.
CONS; The pool was tiny, great for a dip but you couldn't swim in it.
VERDICT; 9/10 very very good site LA FRESNEDA IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
MUST VISIT; The area is a walkers paradise, from easy to difficult with maps and directions available from reception.