Spain is a popular tourist destination for various reasons, including its exquisitely well-preserved historical and architectural sites, diverse landscape, Mediterranean atmosphere, passionate culture, and delectable cuisine. So it’s no surprise that many people consider spending their vacation in Spain driving a motorhome.
If you are thinking about caravanning or motorhoming Spain, this question might pop into your mind. Can I take my motorhome to Spain?
Yes, you can take your motorhome to Spain! There are two options. You can either sail to Spain via a ferry in the UK or drive your motorhome through France. You will be able to enjoy all the perks of driving a motorhome and explore the country at your own pace without worrying about finding accommodation.
Unfortunately, there are several things you need to take into account before driving your motorhome to Spain. The country has very strict regulations when it comes to vehicle entry, and not all types of vehicles are allowed. In fact, only vehicles that meet certain criteria are allowed on Spanish roads.
To start with, your motorhome must be registered in your country of residence and have valid insurance. You will also need to have a valid driver’s license from your country of residence. You might need to apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) if you are not an EU citizen.
When it comes to the vehicle itself, it must be less than 10 years old and have a maximum length of 7 meters. It should also have a valid certificate of roadworthiness (MOT certificate in the UK). Your motorhome must be equipped with seatbelts, a fire extinguisher, a first-aid kit, and a reflective vest for each passenger.
You will also need to get a special permit to drive your motorhome in Spain. This permit, called the Carnet de Passage en Douane (CPD), is an international document proving that you own the vehicle and are taking it out of the country temporarily. The CPD is valid for one year and costs around £250.
Remember that you will need to have a Green Card when driving your motorhome in Spain. This document proves that you have insurance covering you while driving in Spain. You can get a Green Card from your insurance company.
Finally, remember that you will need to pay a fee to use the motorways in Spain. This fee is called the Peaje, and it varies depending on the length of the journey and the type of vehicle. You can pay the Peaje using a credit card, a special card called an e-Peaje, or in cash.
As you can see, there are several things to consider before driving your motorhome to Spain. However, if you follow all the necessary steps and requirements, you can enjoy a worry-free vacation in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Can you free camp in Spain?
In Spain, free camping is usually acceptable if you have the private landowner’s consent. So, if you come across a place where you’d like to set up camp or leave your RV, talk to the owner and get their permission. They might ask for a little fee.
Is it allowed to wild camp in Spain?
In Spain, it is forbidden to camp in the wild. But we must understand the distinction between parking and camping. Since that would already be considered camping, it is forbidden to park in any untamed area that is not designated for camping, remove the awning, table, and chairs, or even open the windows (as long as they are not sliding).
Can you sleep on the beach in Spain?
In many places, camping or sleeping on the beach throughout the night is strictly prohibited, and in places like Valencia, it carries a penalty of up to €1,500. Health and safety concerns, security concerns, and environmental concerns are just a few of the justifications for prohibiting camping or sleeping on the beach.
Can I live in a caravan in Spain?
In Spain, you can live in a caravan, but only temporarily. In addition, you must park there because it is against the law to camp outside in Spain. There is no standard law; hence the rules for registering at a campsite will vary depending on each Autonomous Community.
How long can I stay in my caravan in Spain?
You are only permitted to stay in Spain for a total of 90 days every 180 days without a Residencia or TIE card.
Can you park a motorhome anywhere in Spain?
As long as the parking space is adequate and there are no signs prohibiting the parking of large vehicles, it is legal to park a motorhome anyplace. It is acceptable to eat, drink, and even cook inside a parked motorhome; however, it is not acceptable to turn a parking area into a motorhome pitch.