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La Fresneda

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  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
Perfectly and tastefully adapted to get a full-on Spanish experience

Picture this. The sky is a startling blue, save for a lonely cloud sweeping like a white paintbrush stroke across the distant horizon. A bird with a graceful wingspan weaves concentric circles above a small hill crowned in soft, matt-green foliage. The valley is a gently tiered landscape of olive and almond trees lined up like soldiers, flattening out into a yellow, parched landscape, before erupting into a distant wall of red rock. Sounds too good to be true? Wait, there’s more.

In the foreground, long afternoon shadows of a row of olive trees fall across the campsite, letting you know it’s high time you drew up a pew on the little umbrella- studded patio. From the flat-roofed bar, fashioned from rustic timbers and rugged rock, a friendly face emerges with a glass of cold draught beer.

The Dutch couple who pulled this little piece of paradise together have managed to figure out exactly what camping in Spain should be about. Jet Knijn and Joost Leeuwenberg purchased this 19-acre property in 2002.

By recycling tiles and stonework from the original villa the couple built a delightful family home in the style of the region. On the nearby campsite, the washing area, bathroom and tiny bar were also specially constructed to help keep temperatures down and reduce environmental impact. The finca not only looks great, but its design got the thumbs-up from the locals, too.

During building, Jet and Joost lived in a caravan with just a solar shower and a composting toilet for company, an experience that turned them into camping-purist converts. La Fresneda has only 24 pitches and to keep the atmosphere really relaxed the couple discourage you from bringing your doggy companions, groups of friends, any hangers-on or other appendages. Lack of permanent cabañas is part of this message. Despite the seasonal heat, they don’t have a swimming pool, preferring the explorer-style of camping enthusiast rather than those who go for sun ‘n’ splash-style hols. Well, at least everyone knows where they stand. Instead, they built a shady garden atrium to cool down and relax.

And there is plenty of exploring to be done. Ancient paths traverse local medieval villages, wild countryside, rugged canyons and mountainsides. Natural-rock swimming pools are 15-30 minutes away, giving you a refreshing respite from the heat. A 4x4 adventure into Los Puertos de Beceite lets you explore this scenic natural reserve, whilst the Via Verde, an abandoned railway track-turned-bike trail, gives you the choice of exploring by bike or on horseback, if that’s what takes your fancy. Jet has meticulously catalogued all these adventures in a handy little how-to campsite guide, so no excuses for not getting up to your middle in it.

Meanwhile, back at the campsite, Bar La Roca and the adjoining patio are well placed for early risers to get their espresso fix and pastries for breakfast, and in the evening, draught beer and wine from the local wine co-op slips down a treat. Joost cooks paella every Saturday night, while, on other days, you can order (early) tapas or a three-course meal delivered to your pitch. Now that's service.

In the off-season, when the campsite is closed, Jet and Joost harvest their own olives and take them to the local press. The big ones are saved for scoffing, whilst all the rest are bottled up to make edible souvenirs for the next camping season: a thoughtful pressie to take home to Grandma. Either way, you won’t have to leave empty-handed as you’ll be given a goodbye gift of locally harvested almonds. A little piece of paradise. In a nutshell.



24 spacious pitches with electrical hook-ups (6 amps). Immaculate and tasteful bathrooms (including disabled facilities), a good washing area with washing machine and basins. Bar "La Roca" with terrace (meals available 7 nights a week). Fresh bread availlable every day at 9.00 am (except on Sundays). Gas bottles on sale, telephone, postal service, safe, WIFI available on the entire campsite and free of charge. Plus amazing garden atrium to cool down and relax.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, trailer tents – yes. Pets and groups – no.


Bird watching, visiting a vulture observatory, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, 4 x 4 expeditions, canyoning, swimming, cycling on an abandoned and restored railway track, visit monumental villages (like La Fresneda, with its medieval gaol), visit the Picasso museum in Horta or admire the rice fields and birdlife in the Ebro Delta.

Food & Drink

Go no further than Bar La Roca where you can order paella, tapas or a 3-course menu 7 nights a week. Vegetarians are catered for. There´s beer on tap, local organic wines and a handy espresso machine.Order fresh bread to be delivered to your tent each morning at 9.00 am (except on Sundays).



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Contact La Fresneda, Partida Vall del Pi, 44596 La Fresneda, Teruel, Spain

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Getting There

Take AP7 towards Tarragona/Valencia, then take exit 40 (N235/C42) to Tortosa/L´Aldea. Follow the sign C42 Lleida, then C12 Amposta, C12 Gandesa. Turn onto N230B Vall-de-roures (Valderrobres), then T333 Vall-de-roures, then T330 Vall-de-roures. From Valderrobres take the A231 towards Alcañiz. The campsite is signposted.

GPS:  E. 0° 03’ 42“ N. 40° 54’ 25”

or: 40.906831, 0.061848

Twice a day there is a bus from Alcañiz to La Fresneda. The campsite is 3 km from La Fresneda.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 5 reviews


Sublime stay

Camping La Fresneda is a remarkable place. Every detail seems to be both perfect; and perfectly maintained. We felt very welcome and stayed 5 nights instead of 2. Jet and Joist are calming and charming hosts. The bucolic location and thoughtful layout provide a great opportunity to truly relax and rest. We would recommend the site to anyone. We hope to go back ourselves.
Jun 12, 2019 by Keith

Beautiful setting, great campsite

We stayed three nights at this countryside camping, which fits perfectly into the landscape of Aragonia with thousands of olive trees surrounding it and gives lots of room for relaxing, visiting the nearby towns and going for walks. Very nice and clean toilet and washing facilities, beautiful bar area and good bread in the morning. The pitches are big and green, lots of trees and good views. All in all: perfect!
May 1, 2018 by Alex

Beautiful location, friendly hosts great facilities

We loved this campsite. The location is very special and still quite undiscovered. The views from the sites are amazing and you could stay at the site all day and relax. The towns nearby are so interesting, with lovely restaurants. The facilities are clean and everything you need is here
Jan 9, 2018 by Caroline

Want to go back

Just come back from a six night stay in what I (and the kids) can only describe as the best campsite we've stayed in.  From arrival to departure the campsite is extremely well run by Jet and Joost.  On arrival we got given a folder about things we could do in the local area, written with great love by the owners.  Everything we did in it was great fun, ranges from places to swim in (rivers and resevoirs), to driving tours, to cycle and walking routes. They were also able to recomend a great local garage when our car decided it had had enough of Spanish dust!

For families with older children (ours range from 3-6) there is a wonderful onsite play area away from the main camping area. So they don't disturb the campers so much.  Night time curfew for quiet was well observed (unusual for Spain in August)! Its a place to chill out and enjoy.

If you are specific about dates book well in advance as there are only 25 pitches. Facilities are excellent, clean and well maintained. Washing machine cleaned well and detergent was included in the wash price.  We also found it good for lack of biting insects.

We are already planning when we can go back.

Aug 24, 2015 by Belchery11

Probably the best campsite in the world

This is my favourite campsite...ever. And I've visited a fair few of them over the years. This is the kind of place that makes you want to pitch up and put your feet up because the site itself is its own little sanctuary. Superb scenery, a cool plunge pool on a hot day and absolute stillness. It's a campers' retreat. There's no swimming pool, kids' play pen, disco dancing or overpriced camping shop - and that's exactly as it should be. It's rural camping at its best. The owners live in a beautiful house on site and have created a small bar area where they serve food and drinks al fresco - it's such a slick operation you'll wish you'd stumbled on this place yourself and had their vision of what it could become. The homemade paella on the patio was a treat.

Jun 13, 2014 by Laurie

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