The Bardenas Reales national park, Spain, is one of the most unusual and unexpected landscapes in Spain. This semi-desert natural region, also known as the badlands, would look more at home in Morocco, or Arizona – not Spain! Its barren landscape, unique cave dwellings, and breathtaking sunsets are spectacular and can be enjoyed at any time of the year! This region is not well known to anyone outwith Spain, so it feels extra special when visiting – like you have been let in on a secret!
If you choose to visit Bardenas Reales, Spain, it is important to note that you should not wild camp within the boundaries of the national park as if you are caught you will be fined €1,000.
Below, I have listed 2 spots within a 5-minute drive of each other – both with different facilities, and pros and cons. Both of which are outwith the national park boundaries and therefore you will not be at risk of getting a fine.
High in the hills
This secluded location is a once-in-a-lifetime spot. The real draw to this location is the views. they are undeniably gorgeous, particularly at sunset! This spot overlooks a gorge, and is surrounded by unique, striking rock formations – the perfect backdrop to any photo!
You will truly feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, however, you are only a short drive away from the small town of Arguedas. Due to the spot being off the beaten track, it has no facilities, such as toilets or even bins. Make sure to leave this spot as you found it as it is something to be enjoyed by all. If your vehicle doesn’t have onboard toilet facilities I don’t recommend using this spot.
This spot is reasonably accessible, however, the road up to it is more of a dirt track than anything. The road is covered in potholes, but completely fine to drive on. Our 2wd Citroen Relay managed to get up there with ease. However, if you have a larger vehicle – such as a bus – I wouldn’t attempt reaching this spot as the roads can be a bit tight and winding!
Finally, this spot is completely exposed and therefore is great if you are hoping to boost your solar power!
Rural Arguedas, 31513, Arguedas, Navarra, Spain
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In The Small Town Of Arguedas
Arguedas is the nearest town to the epic Bardenas Reales, Spain. It is the perfect place to base yourself prior to heading into the national park.
This small town is home to a designed car park for motorhomes. It is located directly in front of a rock formation that has cave dwellings that were used as homes up until the 1960s! This spot is completely level and only a short walk from the center of the town which has local shops, a bakery, and even a small bar. If you wish to use the freshwater tap you will have to purchase a token from the local shops to use it – it is €2 for 100L.
We visited in January 2022 and it was already pretty busy, with approximately 6/7 campers. I imagine in summer it may be hard to get a space here. Also, it is possible to park here if you have a very large vehicle, such as a bus or an overlanding vehicle, however, there are fewer spaces that would accommodate them as some spaces have a tighter turning circle, making it difficult to reverse into a spot.
Motorhome Area, C. Val, 65, 31513 Arguedas, Navarra, Spain
€2 for 100L
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If you have any questions regarding where to park near Bardenas Reales… or Spain in general don’t hesitate to comment down below.
Or why not check out all the great overnight parking places we have been to so far here!