Camping Joans is situated on the beach front next to the Spanish town of Cambrils. It has direct access to a beautiful sandy beach which has a row of sea breakers making it ideal for children to play safely in the sea.
This is a very nice clean site with very good size pitches. We could easily get our van, tent and pullout awning setup. Water and toilet facilities are within easy walking distance from the pitches. The toilets and showers are regularly cleaned and they also provide soap for washing your hands. We were staying here for 9 nights during peak time with all pitches full and we never had to wait to use the showers or toilets.
As you enter the site there is a restaurant to the right and the pool is to the left. The pool is small and does not have any big slides only a small toddler’s one and it can get extremely busy to the point you cannot move without getting a foot or hand in the face. There is a bar by the pool and most entertainment during the day and evening is done by the pool. The restaurant opposite the pool was very popular and the staff are very friendly. We did not eat in this restaurant as there are so many places to eat in Cambrils. Near the entrance you will also find a very good and well equipped gym, there are also lots games like pool, table tennis and slot machines for the kids to be entertained.
Along the beach front you have a very good shop which sells bread and a good variety of food products. It also has small selections of beach items. Next to this shop is a sea front restaurant which is again extremely busy and you are best to book to get a table. We did eat here but was very disappointed so cannot recommend it. It is a busy place the experience we had may be a one of.
On the beach they hire out sun umbrellas and sun beds, they also have pedalos and canoes for hire. During the peak times there is a life guard on the beach all day. The beach bar serves cold drinks and ice creams, during lunch hours they serve paellas which again is very popular so you do need to book if you want to eat lunch on the beach. In the evening when the sun goes down and a cool breeze blows this becomes a very romantic place to take a stroll along the beach.
The site provides good entertainment during the peak months, day time aqua aerobics and dance classes in the pool. In the evening there was a selection of entertainment shows, we saw a great African acrobatics and a very good illusionist. There was a rock singer one night but sadly this was in the front restaurant so you could only see this if you were eating in the restaurant, most singing entertainment was in the restaurant so you could not go to it.
Outside the front gate you can get a tour bus into Cambrils, or if you have brought your bike there is an excellent bike track which takes about 10 min to cycle to Cambrils. You follow the beach front along with spectacular sea views and all in the safety of an off road track.
Cambrils is a very popular Spanish harbour. Lots of really expensive yacht lined up along the harbour. If you fancy a boat trip then you will be happy to know there is a lot to choose from here. You can hire a catamaran, fishing boat, speed boat trips, jet skis, banana boat, paragliding and more than I can remember. We took the boat ferry to Salou one day which was a great way to travel rather than by bus
Cambrils is well known for its restaurant cuisines. There is so much here to choose from that most families will easily find a place they like. Along the harbour front there are lot of sea view restaurants with outdoor dining serving manly freshly caught fish dishes. In the town there are a lot of bars and eating out places with a good selection of price ranges from the cheap cheesy chips to the Michelin star fine dining. You will also find a very good selection of shops from gifts for the family to children’s games and electronics.
Most of our holiday was spent at the beach. It was very hot and so lovely to jump into the sea to cool down, some days the waves where very big which made it more fun for the kids on their rubber rings. We had a lovely time at Camping Joans and cannot fault it for a campsite. One piece of advice the pitch we had was to the right by the front car park along the boundary of the site. This joins onto an apartment block which is not controlled by the campsite. Most evenings this can be very noisy till two in the morning with people partying and bogs howling. So I would move in site more next time. The beach is also cleaned by a tractor at 3 O’clock in the morning which you can hear from the front pitches.
When you arrive they only give you one beach pass to get through the beach gate per family. When you have two adults and two teenagers this becomes very in convenient. If we went to the beach in the evening without the kids, then the kids could not join us later. We found out after leaving that you could request more passes but this was not brought to our attention on arrival.
Apart from these minor things this is still the best site we have been to in Spain and I would highly recommend it to anyone coming to this area.