Camping outdoors, enjoying nature and the road aboard a camper vehicle or motorhome is an activity that more and more people enjoy. However, the world of the caravan is more complex than it seems at first glance, and there are rules and laws that regulate its correct performance.
Knowing how to legally camp with your campervan is one of the most important things to keep in mind if you want to prevent a fine from ruining your weekend getaway. It is vital to know the difference between camping and parking with your motorhome or camper vehicle, since the General Directorate of Traffic is very clear on this aspect.

Camping or parking, what is the difference

According to the DGT , through instruction 08/V-74, an official document that regulates some aspects related to motorhomes in Spain, there are a series of basic concepts that allow to differentiate a camping vehicle of one parked.
A camper vehicle is parked when:
The van does not occupy more space than that delimited by its perimeter. It is not allowed to open casement windows, unfold awnings or any other element that alters the width and/or length of the camper vehicle.
The motorhome or camper vehicle must be in contact with the ground through the wheels.
On the contrary, when you campWith your camper van or motorhome, you can:
Unfold awnings, accessories and open casement windows . The use of the pop-up roof and skylights is allowed in both cases, but there is some controversy in this regard, since, depending on local or municipal regulations, it can lead to a fine if it is parked.
Use tables, chairs and utensils outside the vehicle. In the case of eating, cooking or sleeping, as a private space, it is allowed even when the van is parked.

Where to camp legally

Taking into account the rules mentioned above, you can legally camp with a camper or motorhomein different zones. It is allowed to sleep or eat inside the van once parked on public roads, as long as you do it in an area allowed for parking , respecting the limitations and that the activity carried out inside does not have an impact on the outside (it would be considered camping, something that is prohibited).
However, it is recommended to check with the local council of the place where you park, so that there are no incidents or fines.
A well-known option is that of a traditional campsite, where spaces have been delimited for tents, caravans, motorhomes or vans. In these spaces you will find many amenities, such as toilets, showers, sinks, electricity supply, water intakes and drains to pour clean, gray or black water.
Overnight areas, or motorhome areas , are an option, but they are limited in services and time. You will not find as many comforts as in a campsite and the maximum stay time is limited to 48 hours. It is ideal for small rest stops or to spend a night before continuing the trip.
The so-called gampingit is a private property, whether farms or gardens, that its owners rent for camping. If these options do not appeal to you, you can camp in the wild. You can do this in areas enabled for it, since free camping is not allowed in Spain. Remember to respect the environment and the fauna of the place, and it is important to contact the authorities of the area to determine which is the place where camping is legal and thus be able to avoid possible sanctions.
Finally, the beaches are not authorized areasfor camping, either outdoors or with a camper vehicle. It is about health, sustainability and respect for the environment. If you camp on a beach you can be fined and condition the tasks of cleaning and maintenance of the environment.

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