Germany’s most important camper-caravan club, the Deutsche Camping Club (DCC), has awarded Camping Lo Monte de Pilar de la Horadada (Alicante) -belonging to the network of Confederación de Campings del Mediterráneo (CCM)-, the so-called ‘Nobel Prize of European Camping’ in its 2020 edition.
On this occasion, DCC has given this award to six European establishments: two in Germany and one in Italy, besides Camping Lo Monte.
The awards ceremony took place this weekend in the framework of the camper and outdoor tourism fair “Reise und Camping” held in Essen, the ‘capital’ of the German Ruhr, the most populated and industrialized area in Europe and where most of Germany’s campers come from. The DCC is a federation of campsite users made up of about 3.5 million families. This entity is responsible for selecting the best campsites in Europe on an annual basis according to the criteria of its users.
The award presented at Essen is in addition to the distinctions received by Campings del Mediterráneo in early 2020. The Confederation gained practically all the international awards won by the camper sector of Spain in the framework of the 50th edition of the Vakantiebeurs fair in Utrecht, one of the most important in the world. These awards are also granted annually by the car association of reference in the Netherlands, the ANWB – dedicated to mobility, tourism and leisure since 1883, and with more than four million users.
The ANWB awards its prizes in two different categories: the ANWB Erkende Top Campings of Spain 2020 (the best campsites in Spain 2020) and Camping Van Het Jaar 2020 (Camping of the Year 2020). In this edition, the highest award was given to Playa Montroig Camping Resort, located in Mont-roig del Camp (Tarragona), for the best international family campsite of 2020. Playa Monroig and Camping & Resort Sangulí Salou, also located in Tarragona -both integrated into Campings del Mediterraneo-, had earned the only two nominations of Spain.
As regards the TopCampings of Spain 2020, a total of 18 campsites -16 of which are integrated into the CCM network-, revalidated the support of ANWB voters. In addition to Essen and Utrecht, CCM established itself as a national reference in the sector in Stuttgart. In the case of the Superplatz of the German guide edited by ADAC, they also obtained the highest score of 16 national campsites, 100% of which are located in the MC territory.
With the renewed confidence of DCC, ANWB and ADAC, Campings del Mediterráneo is consolidated as a benchmark of the excellence of the sector in Spain by bringing together almost 100% of the Spanish five-star campsites, which is about 10% of European campsites. The president of Campings del Mediterráneo, Angels Ferré, highlights the prestige of these recognitions for the image of the sector: “We once again demonstrate our capacity for innovation and adaptation to the customer… it’s very satisfying to see that European users give us outstanding marks, with all the distinguished ‘five-stars’ campsites in Spain working together within our Confederation.”
Campings del Mediterráneo has more than 300 campsites (210,000 spots) across six provinces, generates 7,000 direct jobs and hosts 4.3 million tourists every year (25.5 million overnight stays). These figures account for almost 58% of workers in the sector in Spain, 54.5% of tourists and 65% of overnight stays.