Motorhome tourism in Spain on its way to a record summer

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In recent years, the popularity of motorhomes in Spain has increased enormously. Where Spaniards previously preferred hotels, apartments or campsites, we are now seeing – following the example of foreign tourists – a clear shift towards these mobile holiday homes on wheels

Since 2015, motorhome sales in Spain have grown exponentially, from 2,491 units to more than 9,000 in 2019. This trend continued during the pandemic, when the need for isolation and safe travel options further increased demand.

Prices through the roof

Despite the popularity, the prices of campers are under pressure. These have risen by almost 30% in recent years, partly due to problems in the supply chain and the war in Ukraine, which made important materials more expensive or simply no longer available. The average price of a motorhome is now between €60,000 and €70,000, with peaks of up to €200,000 for the most luxurious models.

A summer without restrictions

Francisco Jover, CEO of the Spanish branch of Slovenian manufacturer Adria Mobil, confirmed that 2024 will be the first year since the pandemic without sales and registration restrictions. He predicts a record summer, with an expected growth in both the number of landlords and buyers. This optimism is shared by Vicente Bayón of Roadsurfer, a startup specialised in online RV rental. Bayón reports a 30% increase in demand for rental campers. A significant portion of the customers also come from abroad.

Shortage of camper pitches

Despite its rising popularity, Spain is struggling with a shortage of dedicated parking and camping spaces. According to José Manuel Jurado, president of Aseicar, approximately 2,000 additional spaces are needed to meet demand. The lack of facilities is causing friction in some tourist areas, where local residents are increasingly complaining about the nuisance. Campers can safely hide there for weeks alone along the beach, occupying the much-needed parking spaces or camping in nature reserves where this is not actually allowed.

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Don’t provoke ‘furgophobia’

The growing number of campers and motorhomes on Spanish roads and in popular tourist destinations also requires awareness and respect from those who travel with them for the environment. There is already some ‘furgophobia’ (camper or van phobia) at the most visited locations. Residents are annoyed by the non-binding behaviour of some camper owners or renters. They leave waste lying around, park where it is not allowed or cause a nuisance in one way or another. Although the police usually enforce the law well, nuisance cannot always be prevented. Motorhome drivers, like other road users, must adhere to the traffic rules and deal responsibly with parking and camping regulations. This means, among other things, that camping is not allowed in places where this is not permitted, and that waste must always be cleared away properly.

Bright future

Despite the challenges, the future of the motorhome market in Spain remains bright. The sector expects growth of at least 15% this year, which will bring the number of units sold back above 9,300. This record number portends an exciting summer for both manufacturers and holidaymakers who choose this flexible and adventurous way of travelling through Spain.

Busy summer

The sector estimates that around 200,000 campers (and motorhomes) will circulate on Spanish roads this summer. Moreover, about 120,000 will be with foreign license plates. This represents over half a million tourists who travel an average of 18 days and spend an average of €170. It is estimated that around 350,000 campers and motorhomes drive through Spain all year round.

A few more facts about campers in Spain

  • The camper park in Spain has 90,000 camper vehicles. Germany is clearly in the lead in terms of numbers with 720,000 campers. This is followed by France, England and Italy with 575,000, 261,000 and 233,000 vehicles respectively.
  • The fleet of campers intended for rental in Spain amounts to 11,000 vehicles.
  • The average duration of use is 120 days per year
  • The average rental price per day in high season for a camper is €150 to €190.
  • The average rental price per day in the low season for a camper is €90 to €150.
  • There is room for 105,800 campers to spend the night in Spain; 95,000 on campsites and 10,800 on camper pitches
  • In Spain the total number of camper pitches is 1,350. In France, Germany and Italy that number is 6,350, 4,800 and 3,650 respectively.

(source: Aseicar)


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