If you buy the full 4-day festival ticket then camping is included in the price. On arrival you’ll have a choice of two main campsites as per the map below:
The green patch in the top left of the map is CampFIB, whereas the green patch in the top right of the map is Benicamp, the blue patch to the left is the main festival arena (where all the stages and tents are located). You can download a full PDF map of Benicassim from the 2009 festival (note things are subject to change for 2010).
This is right on top of the main festival site. It’s a huge sprawling mass of tents and includes ample car parking space. As you’d expect this site is noisy to say the least, however you’re at a festival so noise is included as standard! There’s usually a couple of large beer marquees dotted around the campsite so you can get cold water, a limited selection of food (mainly pizza and waffles) and more importantly beer!
Positives for CampFIB:
- It’s right next to the festival, so at the end of a hard night’s partying there’s not far to stumble back to your tent
- It’s very sociable
- Beer tents are always handy
- Car parking is not a problem and it’s not too much of a walk from your car to pitch your tent
- You can park straight up and go to the main festival tent to get your wrist band when you first arrive (as with any festival, no wrist band then no camping or festival)
Negatives for CampFIB:
- If you’re right next to the train line that separates the camp site from the main festival site then noise is a real issue for some people – however, chances are that you’ll be zonked by the time you hit your tent so the majority won’t have too much of an issue getting to sleep
- It’s a 2 mile walk to the beach – this isn’t too big a deal as it helps you burn off some of the calories from all the junk food you’ve consumed – just make sure you pack some comfy shoes as blisters can become a real issue if you’re plodding there and back in flip flops
We heard many pro-BeniCamp people musing about the fact that THIS was the place to stay if you were camping. However in 2009 by the time we arrived at around 4pm on the Tuesday afternoon Benicamp was full leaving us with no option by to pitch up at CampFIB. Here are some of the whispers we’ve heard about BeniCamp – please feel free to leave a comment on this post if you think we’ve missed something and we’ll get it added ASAP.
Positives for BeniCamp:
- It’s located just over 2 miles from the main festival site at the other side of the town (see map above) – this means noise from the main festival site is minimised (as for noise from other campers we didn’t stay here so can’t comment – anybody??)
- It’s closer to the Benicassim’s beautiful sandy beaches, with a straight 0.5mile walk down to the coast (as opposed to 2miles from CampFIB)
- There’s a bus to the main festival site so you don’t have to walk there and back
Negatives for BeniCamp:
- It’s just over 2 miles away from the main festival site, which is completely doable when sober, however when you’re plodding back at 6am we think that this may become a chore (however there are special festival buses that ferry you backwards and forwards – you need to pay per journey or you can buy a discounted weeks pass)
- BeniCamp is quite a lot smaller than CampFIB so some may argue you lose out on some potential socialising – however I’m sure people who’ve actually stayed at BeniCamp might say differently?