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Camping Playa Joyel
Ranked #1 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Noja
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We returned yesterday from 12 nights at the Camping Playa Joyel and this was the best family holiday we have had yet. Partly because things are easier now that the girls, 6 and 3, are no longer babies, but also because the campsite and the town of Noja had so much we wanted in our holiday. I think we were also very lucky with the weather (last week July and first week of August 2014) as we had no rain bar one or two very short (5 mins?) showers at the start of our stay and the temperature was a nice low to mid twenties (feels warmer in the sun!) and not much cooler at night.

Overall, the campsite was very good. We rented a two-bedroom Titania directly with the campsite and everything was in order and met expectations - nice, clean and modern. I was pleased to have brought a little sharp knife and a peeler as these are things I have found lacking in the past and this was the case again. The kitchen didn't have a kettle, small saucepan (just two large steel casseroles) or grater but this wasn't a problem for us. You might wish to bring a tablecloth (I remembered this year!) and a bath mat (forgot again...). The coffee machine was filter style and we bought filters along with the coffee when we did our big supermarket shop at the start of the holiday. The double bed had a double pillow rather than two single ones and I didn't have a cover for this. The Titanias all had a roofed decking area outside whereas the Eurocamp ones only had a parasol. I found the roofed deck really good as not only did you get more shade but it did protect from the occasional rain shower!

The campsite roads are laid out grid style and it's all very flat and smooth. Great for bikes and scooters so bring if you can! Our three-year old was delighted to learn to ride her pedal bike here. Most people don't wear helmets round the campsite and many don't have lights after dark either. Cars can be parked right next to the mobile home or on the camping pitch so there is a bit of circulating traffic but it's generally slow-moving. The other bikes/scooters/skateboards/bike cars and pedestrians are probably the biggest risk!

Our accommodation was near the beach gate, one row back from the beachfront mobile homes (which aren't really that beachfront as there is a fence surrounding the campsite and dunes inbetween the campsite and the beach). It was great being able to get to the beach so quickly and we all loved the beach here. The water was surprisingly warm. I was worried as it's not the Med but it's generally very shallow. We all loved swimming in the sea and jumping in the waves! There are some dangerous spots which are marked on a map and the lifeguards were very vigilant at keeping people away from these on yellow flag days and out of the water altogether on red flag days (we only had one). The sand is lovely, the water clear and there were fish and crabs to find by the rocks (buy cheap nets from the campsite shop or the Noja Bazar shop next to Lupa supermarket on Avenida de Santander). You can climb on the rocks, walk on the estuary and over the river to neighbouring Isla when the tide is out. And that's just the beach in front of the campsite! We saw the other beaches by bike but our bit looked the best. Playa de Trengandin, the one on the east side of Noja, looked like it had lots of rocks in the water. You can also have a nice walk on the headland inbetween the two beaches, Ris and Trengandin.

The pools are good. They open at 9 and early morning (before 11) is the time for a proper swim if you want one. They close at 8 but are still quite busy up until this point. The sign said there was a break between 2 and 4 but they didn't seem to close when we were there. Lunchtime for the Spanish is about this time so I guess it might be quieter then. They weren't heated but this was fine. There's a rectangular pool about 20m long and maybe 1.2-1.8m deep, a smaller irregular shaped pool from 0.6m-1.2m deep which had a bubble seat and some water features, and a round paddling pool. Our girls were disappointed that there were no slides but this seemed to be the case at all campsites I'd looked at in Northern Spain. You really do have to wear a swimming hat (again, this seems to be the norm in the area) but the blokes don't have to do Speedos. You can buy cheap polyester hats from the campsite shop for EUR 1.50 each (fit all ages). They're not as bad as the stretchy rubber really-hard-to-get-on hats I remember from childhood, a bit itchy round the brim but you don't notice once you're in. Just don't take the camera to the pool.

Reception were helpful and escorted us to our mobile home on arrival. Everyone I spoke to was able to help us in English. We had a good restaurant recommendation and they helped with queries such as finding the supermarket - they have maps of the town which is great. My only criticism of the administration is that all info is on notice boards at reception and there's nothing provided in the mobile home. I would have found it helpful to have had in the mobile home (or to have been given on arrival) some basic info such as shop and pool opening times, times of mini club and other activites, times of entertainment etc. as it took a while to remember all this.

Another thing I really liked about the campsite was that it was dog-free. I am not a fan of dogs and it was a welcome break to barely see a dog all holiday. There were also no mosquitos.

Continuing on the animal theme, there is a small animal 'sanctuary' (not sure what to call it) adjoining the reserve. This opened for two hours a week, Monday 6-7pm and Wednesday 6-7pm. We went twice. I won't say anything more so not to spoil the surprise of the uniqueness of the experience!! (It's good, if a bit random.)

There's a great open space area next to the animal sanctuary gate with a playground, table tennis tables, football pitches, outdoor gym (bit old) and just free space (which we used for frisbee).

The evening entertainment was different from the daily 'early evening mini-disco for the kids followed by adult entertainment later' we'd experienced in campsites in France and Italy as well as in Spanish hotels. The entertainment is very much geared for the Spanish and after all it was a mainly Spanish campsite when we were there (significant British and Dutch minority, some French, virtually no Germans). The campsite is lacking a nice evening area (the restaurant is above the reception and shop and the evening entertainment is just in this area, right by the front gate - chaos!!). But this didn't stop the fun. When we were there, Monday night was 'Music for all'. Thursday night was Karaoke, followed by a similar 'music for all' fiesta. This started at 21:45 and finished at midnight. Through siestas and rising later and later in the morning, we did get ourselves on to the Spanish timetable and managed to make this a family affair. And a family affair it is. Go prepared to find the inner Spaniard in you. If you don't speak Spanish, I would recommend learning the Spanish for up, down, left, right, forward and back, and just copy everyone else. I thought we'd be well on top of things as we are down with 'Veo Veo' from a previous holiday, but in fact I should have revised the 'Macarena', Whigfield's 'Saturday Night' (remember that?) and 'Gangnam Style'.

Whilst we didn't camp, the facilities looked good and it was very busy when were were there. It's all quite close together and the pitches aren't separated by hedges in the main, so it might not be very private. There are lots of trees all over the site and I really appreciated the shade.

Only other thing to say about the site is that there were no recycling facilities apart from a bottle bank just outside the front gate and the avid recycler in me found this a bit hard to deal with. But I think most people would welcome the break from having to separate rubbish :)

We really liked the town of Noja. It's a Spanish holiday town; most of the buildings seem to be holiday apartments for the Spanish, and so it has a good holiday vibe. We didn't use the car once apart for two big supermarket shops; we biked everywhere instead, day and night. Off the campsite, the newly-proficient three-year old cyclist went on a bike seat and the six-year old cycled in between us. There are no cycle lanes but the roads were wide and smooth enough that we felt happy on the roads as a family, even at night. We cycled just round the town and to Isla but as the campsite is a little on the edge of town and parking looks tricky, it was a great way of getting around. Our bikes took us to evening drinks at La Cabana on the Paseo Maritimo, lunch and beer on the town square (just google mapped this and it would be a 30 minute walk from the campsite to the town square; took us 10 minutes by bike), a bike ride round to Isla and a nice fish lunch at the restaurant at Soano (little village just outside Noja). We also rode around the lakes to the south east of the town but these were a bit naff. The girls also loved the Noja Tren, a road train that gives a guided tour (in Spanish) of the town, even though we speak very little Spanish and had ridden all the roads by this point!

We travelled with LD Lines on the Poole-Santander ferry on the way out and Gijon-Poole on the way back - this was great.

In summary, I would highly recommend this campsite and I am thinking that we may return in future when the girls are a bit older to do more of the watersports activites that they were too young for this time - snorkelling, bodyboarding (can buy bodyboards at the campsite shop and in town) and maybe even surfing - there is a surf school at Playa de Ris.

As a closing note, these are the things we didn't take that I wish we had:
-bath mat
- bbq (unless you are eurocamping in which case I think you get one)
- egg cups
- kites (would have been great on beach)
- scooters
- torches
- matches and candle for outside in evening

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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A L, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Camping Playa Joyel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Dear family,

Thank you very much for your compliments! Glad you had a great stay and look forward to seeing you back next year !!

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

W e have just returned form a 2 week stay in a Eurocamp mobile home. The site itself is very well managed and maintained.We had a 2 year old and 6 year old with us so the location was perfect as the beach is stunning. It's very close by and very safe for children.
The only negative was the lack of internet facilities. Having paid 15 euros for wifi it was irritating that the only place it worked was around the reception area and whilst we were there were many days when there was no internet service at all .Isla is well worth a visit. It can be reached across the bay at low tide or a 10 min journey in the car. There are lots of lovely places to eat here but I can also recommend the campsite's take away service for chicken and chips!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Maria P
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A L, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Camping Playa Joyel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Dear family,

Thank you for taking the time to compliment us on our fantastic facilities.

We really appreciate the many customers like yourself who return to us again and again..

Looking forward to seeing you here again!

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We stayed at this campsite for 8 days recently with our 12 year old daughter. We booked a mobile home directly with the campsite, which worked out very well. Since we were flying, we also rented sheets and towels, which were all freshly laundered. We also ordered a welcome pack because we were due to arrive on a Saturday evening and didn't know what might be open. This was waiting for us on our arrival.
The campsite has got excellent facilities: a good size swimming pool, and also a toddler's pool. The shop is small, but well stocked. In fact, we didn't need to go offsite for shopping at all. There is a take-away chicken (& chips) shop, for days when you don't want to cook. We were provided with a barbeque. The beach is directly accessible from the site, and it is big, beautiful and sandy. Absolutely gorgeous, and safe for swimmers of all ages. The little animal park onsite was a bonus. There are large playing areas for sports: soccer, basketball etc, and two play areas for younger children. This is one of the best campsites we've been to.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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A L, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Camping Playa Joyel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your opinion on Camping Playa Joyel.
All our staff here gladly appreciates your kind words and description of our site. It is nice to hear that you enjoyed your holidays with us!!

Hope you will join us each time you come to Northern Spain!!

Sincerely yours.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

We booked this camp through a bargain sun offer and was well worth it we paid £120 all together for a week for 4, very quiet gets busier in the summer holidays and beautifully kept perfect location as right on the beach weather can be unpredictable but we were lucky great staff Adam and Jamie from euro camp were excellent

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Thank della f
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A L, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Camping Playa Joyel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

Dear family,

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your holiday here!
Eurocamp´s Adam and Jamie and the rest of our staff here gladly appreciates your kind words.

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your opinion on Camping Playa Joyel.

Once again our sincere gratitude for your preference and we look forward to welcoming you back to our Camping Playa Joyel !!



Sincerely yours.

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We have just spent two weeks at the campsite, wow it was beautiful, stunning location, beach amazing, very clean.
The campsite was excellent, alway clean and tidy the toilet block/showers were always kept clean by the friendly lady who seemed to always be there, the cleanist toilets I have ever come across.
The shop was well stocked with friendly and helpful staff, the swimming pool kept in good order and swimming hats are a must.
The reception staff were helpful.
The local karting was very good and professionally run.
The local Mexican in noja was very good,where we celebrated a birthday.
We would defiantly go back, we got the boat from Portsmouth to Bilbao in our campervan the journey was straight forward.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
4  Thank Jane J
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A L, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Camping Playa Joyel, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2014

Dear Jane,

We would like to Thank You your good comment about us and our services, supermarkets, showers,.. it is great to hear that had a good holiday with us!!!

We hope you had a good journey back home with Brittany Ferries and hope to see you back again next year!
Bookings online for 2015 begin already in November 2014!

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

We have stated here four years in a row. We did two years with Keycamp (now part of euro camp) and two years with Venue. On all visits we could not fault our accommodation and the reps are always very accommodating and helpful. Colin who was the venue rep for both 2012/2013 was great.
We loved the picturesque totally unspoilt beaches at Noja and along the coast. It's a 40 min transfer from Santander airport, a tad longer if you fly to Bilbao, or alternatively take your car on the ferry.
We always travelled out for May half term the negatives at this time of year were the unpredictable weather......can be cooler than the uk and very wet as well meaning that the main attraction of the beach is then off the cards. We found alternative days out in both the cities were great and also up into the mountains. The site is very quiet at this time of the season and the only pool area on the park does not have supervision from staff or a lifeguard so faults need to ensure they are aware of this and supervise fully. The beach is also not manned by lifeguards at this time.
We loved the site for its peacefulness, however this changes at weekends when the Spanish arrive for the weekends. They love coming in large parties and congregating at one van to cook paella and drink into the early hours. The children play on the site roads and the fields until a similar time so if you like to sleep before 1 or two am then take ear plugs. Some are really friendly and encourage you to join in but every year there is a tale or two from other holiday makers who have had difficulties. It's not a big issue as this is the way they love to holiday but if you are prepared it makes it easy to deal with.
Noja itself again at this time of year is only really open at weekends when there are more holidays makers around. The local ice cream shop Regma have to be visited!!
The wildlife park is interesting but low season it varies as to when it opens so check with reception. It's a beautiful place to stay and not really to be missed!

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
1  Thank Katie H
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A L, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Camping Playa Joyel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

Dear family,

Thank you for your opinion on Camping Playa Joyel, Noja and our beach.

All your opinions are much appreciated. I have noticed that you were here in July, and in that period lifeguards on all Noja beaches are always on duty (from 11:30 a.m. until 7.30 p.m., daily from 20/06 to 15/09) and on weekends during the first 3 weeks of June. Our lifeguard is all summer on duty as well, but we have a second person who is lifeguard as well, and is a Reception´s staff. Of course, we remind all families that children must be at all times (campsite+beach+pools) supervised by adults.
Just let you now that Colin (Venue Holidays) has promised to come in 2015 back again to Camping Playa Joyel !!

Thank you again! And hope to see in Noja and Camping Playa Joyel in your next visit to Cantabria!!

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We were lucky to have our chosen dates in the half term at the end of May half term. We chose to try the Costa Verde Playa Joyel camping site and I must admit we were really pleasantly surprised with the whole camping site. It was well tended for, the mobile home was absolutely spotless and Eurocamp. Everywhere had an air of well tended and attention to detail. Having said that it was not very busy. We found out that most of the entertainment and also most of the town really was not truly open until the summer months. However, that did not detract from our holiday. The café on the camp site and the shop was great, although a little expensive. As we were on foot and expected this that was okay. The accommodation was absolutely pristine and the beach was absolutely amazing, unfortunately for the weather. We only had two really beautiful days. The beach fabulous for children as completely level and really very clean. Noja was quite a walk away but we were told in the summer there was a little train that went around but meanwhile we walked. At Noja there was a lovely square with a couple of bars were you could get a decent mean for 9 euros. The bars also had tappas, obviously it was not that busy as not the summer months but still we felt good value. From Noja you could get a bus to Laudro main town for the princely sum of 4.20 euros. This has historic villa and was busier, the beach and sea more to do with belly boarding etc although we did not see this. Altogether a really pleasant surprise for the sake of £15.00 per person saving sun tokens. Would love to go there again in main season just to see the difference. Countryside really like England in May and Noja in a site of wildlife with wetlands.

Room Tip: We used Eurocamp which had caravans at the back of the site. Quieter but a longer walk to reception...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Jan M
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A L, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Camping Playa Joyel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

Dear Clients,

We very much appreciate your comments regarding your recent stay with Eurocamp at CAMPING PLAYA JOYEL.

It is always a pleasure receiving positive feedback from our guests and we are happy to know you had such a wonderful stay at our property.
Thank You for sharing your experience!! Hope to see you again in summer!!
(Airports nearby: Bilbao 85 km / Santander 40 km)

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Additional Information about Camping Playa Joyel

Address: Calle Playa de Ris s/n | Noja, 39180 Noja, Spain
Region: Spain > Cantabria > Noja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Noja
Price Range: £28 - £42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Camping Playa Joyel 4*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
" TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 2014" WINNER AND RECEIVED THE AWARD "TOURISM QUALITY COMPROMISE 2014" Playa Joyel is a first class campsite located on the edge of the beach with direct access to it. We are in the town of Noja on Ris beach. The Campsite is situated in the Nature Reserve of Trasmiera Ecopark. The Campsite proposes a wide range of services to offer all their clients a very enjoyable stay:new WIFI in 2015 which can be used all over the campsite (not free of charge) from the padel and tennis courts, swimming pools, sports fields, an outdoor exercise course, play areas, open-air barbecues, service stations for motor homes, a washing machine and dryer area, a kids club, and for the little ones' enjoyment...an on-site animal park. Our resort welcomes both families who wish to camp on the campsite or stay in a caravan as well as those families who prefer renting a bungalow or mobile home in a natural surrounding. We have more than 100 rental accommodations located on the campsite so as to cover all the different needs of each family, from 1 bedroom lodgings to 3 bedroom ones. ... more   less 
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