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Things to do on a rainy day in Majorca!

Although renting a villa in Spain will get you on average around 300 sunny days, there will be that odd time when it rains. If you have a Mallorca holiday rental, you shouldn’t let this get you down, take a break from the beaches for the day and see what else the island has to offer.
• Visit the caves – Mallorca is home to several large caves, the biggest and most well-known of these are the Coves del Drach, which features huge chambers and even an underground lake. Every day the cave is host to a concert of classical music which is performed by musicians on a lit up boat, which proves to be quite a magical experience. Other caves include the Coves de Campaner of Coves de Arta.
• Spa Trips- Although you can get a villa with a private pool in Spain, there is nothing better than indulging yourself at one of the many spas, many of which offer hydropools, jacuzzies, saunas, indoor pools and a range of treatments. Rent a villa in Majorca in Pollensa or Son Brull to get treatments using only natural products.
• Visit Historic Buildings- There a huge range of historic buildings that are scattered across the whole of the island. The many castles, monasteries, palaces and estates reveal Mallorca’s fascinating past.
• Shop until you drop- If you have a Mallorca holiday rental in Palma, then you have a range local and international shops right on your doorstep. Alternatively head to Fan Mallorca, the island’s biggest shopping centre that is located just 5km from the capital.
• The pearl factory- Mallorca is famous for its artificial pearls, and you can find the Majorca Factory Shop located in Manacor. You will be treated to a guided tour which will show you the production process, view the exhibition space and then get taken to the gift shop where you can buy a souvenir to take back to your Mallorca holiday rental.
• Wine tasting- Just because the sun isn’t shining, it doesn’t mean that you can’t taste some of the delicious local wines on offer. Why not enjoy a guided your of Bodega followed by some wine and tapas.


5 Restaurants in Barcelona that Offer Local Cuisine!

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Barcelona is not just a beautiful city with hundreds of things to do. When you’re ready to take a break from your beautiful rental villa, why not check out these five restaurants that offer cuisine local to Barcelona, so you can truly get a taste of what this city has to offer?

1. Cera 23

If you’re looking for a place to find amazing tapas or to go on a special occasion, Cera 23 is the place for you. The restaurant is intimate, elegant, and relaxing, and the staff is friendly and inviting. Though the menu is small, each dish is made with care. Delicious flavors, unique presentation, amazing cocktails, and delicious desserts await you at Cera 23.

2. El Xampanyet

El Xampanyet offers a unique dining experience in Barcelona with a delicious food bar. Just go up to the counter and order what looks good to you! They do, of course, also have a drink bar with nice cold beer and cocktails. The restaurant is a bit tight and cozy, but friendly and vibrant. If you want to be around people, this is the place to be.

3. Tosca Palau

A traditional restaurant with plenty to offer, Tosca Palau’s menu is large enough that you are certain to find something for everyone. If you want tapas and wine, you’ll want to head to this restaurant. With friendly staff, large open windows, and a great atmosphere, Tosca Palau’s makes a great stop before you venture on to your nighttime activities.

4. La Cova Fumada

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Looking for an authentic Spanish dining experience? Look no further than La Cova Fumada. You will be seated with other diners, so you can get to know the local people or other tourists. The cuisine is like eating a family recipe passed down from generation to generation. Each dish is amazing and you’ll want to try more than one. They have plenty to offer, including alcoholic beverages, and you definitely will not be disappointed.

5. La Peninsular

Craving seafood? La Peninsular is certain to satisfy your craving! They offer some of the best and most authentic Spanish seafood dishes in Barcelona. Their restaurant is fun, family-friendly, and casual.
We hope you enjoyed the local cuisine that Barcelona has to offer! Now you can return to your amazing vacation rental, or continue on with your night (or afternoon) in this awesome city!


Travelling with Teens? Give Them a Day to Remember!

If you’ve booked a family villa in Barcelona with the kids, then it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to do during your holiday. There’s plenty to do in the city for younger children, such as visiting the Barcelona Zoo and splashing in the sea, but what about activities for older kids and teens?

The Urban Jungle

The answer? Bosc Urba, which translates to ‘Urban Jungle’. Part amusement park, part treetop adventure, Bosc Urba is one of the most exciting (and scary!) activities that teens can take part in during their holiday in Barcelona. From ziplining to treetop trekking, and from climbing to wire walking, this is a place to really push yourself to the limits, challenge yourself, and see just what you’re capable of doing.

The Courses

There’s 4 separate courses that you can choose at Bosc Urba. Younger children, and those who don’t want to climb too high, are often encouraged to take the Yellow Trail, while the Orange Trail is ideal for children aged around 7 or 8. The Blue Trail is considered to be one of the most challenging, while the Red Trail is only for the very brave! The Blue Trail and Red Trail take you high up into the trees for spectacular views. If you look closely you may be able to spot your Barcelona villa from these great vantage points.

Getting to Bosc Urba

Bosc Urba is located in the Port Forum area, so it is quite a hike from most central Barcelona accommodations. However, the journey takes just 20 minutes by car or taxi, or it’s just a short walk from the El Maresme metro station. Be sure to check out the Diagonal Mar shopping centre while you’re there; this American-style mall is one of the best in the city, with stores like Lacoste and Mango.


What to Pack When Visiting Spain!

You’ve booked your holiday rental for your trip to Spain, you’ve even looked up where to visit, maybe even found some places to eat. But now you’re staring at your open suitcase and wondering what you need to pack. Well, check out the tips below to know what you definitely do (and do not) want to pack!

Important Documents

It may seem like an obvious one, but make sure you have your important documents packed and ready. You’ll need your passport and you may want to consider buying a passport pouch, so you can keep it close to you at all times and won’t lose it.
You also need to remember to sign up for traveler’s insurance in case anything bad happens on your trip. Although we’d love to believe that everything will go exactly as planned, it’s better to have contingencies in place just in case.

Clothing

Although Spain is one of the fashion capitals of the world, most of its people are very religious so you’ll want to be cautious with how you dress if you want to fit in.
First, don’t dress immodestly unless you’re at the beach. It isn’t considered appropriate. In fact, unless your arms are already completely covered, it’s even respectful to wear a shawl when going inside churches and cathedrals.
Second, don’t wear flip-flops anywhere except the beach. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, tennis shoes or flats, something you can do a lot of walking in. Do not wear high heels unless going to a formal event.
Finally, make sure you check the weather before you go and also while you are there. The weather changes depending on different seasons and different locations. Northern Spain tends to be colder and rainier than Southern Spain. Bring layers! Even if you go during the warm months, many of the buildings are air-conditioned and you’ll want a sweater or cover-up of some kind.

Extras

Here are some other things you may want to bring:
• Water bottle with a built-in filter
• Travel toilet paper
• Waterproof phone case
• Power Adapter (for Spain)
• Portable Charger
Remember to leave plenty of room in your suitcases for souvenirs. Pack anything you’d take on a normal trip with a few extras because you won’t be in your home country and other countries have different laws and items available in their stores.
Most importantly, have fun!


Finding that perfect souvenir in Mallorca!

Sometimes it is nice to take a little something home with you when you have a great holiday abroad. Not only will it remind you of what amazing memories you made, you can also find some stunning high-quality goods to fall in love with.

Majorca Pearls

Mallorca is known for its pearls, but not those that you would typically find in the sea. The island features a number of top brand pearl manufacturers, such as Orquídea to Majórica, all of which have factory shops located inland. Some of the shops will even have their factories open, so you can go and see the pearls being made before heading to the shop.

Traditional Sausages

If you are a foodie, you should not leave the island before snapping up some traditional Mallorcan sausages, which are known locally as ‘Sobrasada’. The sausages are made by families across the island, so you shouldn’t have to travel too far from your Mallorca holiday rental to find them. The sausages are cured so should be fine for travel!

Leather Goods

Leather goods are world famous in Mallorca, with many leather outlets scattered across the island. You will be able to find some high quality good such as jackets, belts and hand bags. For some of the best quality products, you should head to Inca, which is located between Alcudia and Palma, and is often dubbed as the ‘city of leather’.

Coloured Pottery

In the Mallorcan region of Marrattxi, which is located around an hour away from Alcudia, you will find an area that has a strong tradition of pottery making. Shopping for this pottery is an experience itself, as spending an afternoon wandering around the area’s quaint markets can be extremely relaxing and interesting. From colourful pots and vases to some more unique items, you are sure to find something you will fall in love with.


Film Locations in Barcelona & Surrounding Areas

You don’t need to travel to Hollywood to see some famous TV and movie locations with your own eyes. Barcelona is actually one of the most filmed destinations in the world thanks to its sunny weather, great lighting, and, of course, it’s fascinating architecture. Filming in Barcelona is also relatively easy, with a range of permits on offer enabling filming at some of the city’s most notable sights, including thoroughfares, municipal markets, cemeteries, and a number of parks, gardens, and beach locations.

Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona showed off some spectacular Spanish properties (which left many viewers wanting to buy a home in Spain!), but it is, perhaps, most well known for the sightseeing scenes at Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila. These are two top film locations in Barcelona, and are very easy to visit during your trip. Sagrada Familia is famous for its unfinished facade, while Casa Mila is well worth visiting for its highly unusual blend of geometric design and asymmetrical twists: another Gaudi masterpiece!

If you’re a lover of older cinema, you may be surprised by how much Catalonia has changed in recent years. The Passenger, a Jack Nicholson film released in 1975, shows a much darker side to Barcelona than we’d see if we were to visit today. Gone is the unkempt, sparse, almost seedy Las Ramblas from the film, replaced with a much brighter, airier, and cosmopolitan street that’s fast become one of the city’s top places for shopping, eating, and drinking. Barcelona has evolved significantly within the past 30 years!

Recently, filming in Barcelona has enjoyed a new surge, and Catalonia has hit the headlines for featuring in what is arguably one of the hottest shows of the century: George R.R. Martin’s Games of Thrones. It comes as no surprise, really, as Catalonia is filled with historic castles, stunning nature, and cobbled medieval villages that look just like the fairytale kingdoms of Westeros. If you fancy laying your eyes on a Game of Thrones filming location, head to Girona, where the cast have been spotted hanging out!


Explore the beauty of Garraf, just 1 hour from Barcelona!

Garraf is one of the 42 regions of Catalonia. It is located in the province of Barcelona, its capital is Villanueva and La Geltrú and it is located just 1 hour from Barcelona.

You can easily reach Garraf by car or train (40km south of Barcelona).

There you can enjoy the Mediterranean Sea combined with the incredible view of the mountain, some farmhouses, houses of Indians and mansions have been transformed into charming accommodations, restaurants and wineries that offer visits and activities that bring us closer to the wine culture.

Book a table to the famous Chiringuito de Garraf and enjoy a good glass of wine accompanied by a plate of fresh seafood.

Explore this small seaside village and make some unforgettable memories.

 

Photographer : Elina Aktipi

Copyright © August 18. All rights received.


48 hours in Barcelona. What to see first?

1. Sagrada Família (Church of the Holy Family).

  • Tips and tricks:

Plan on 15-30 minutes to walk around the basilica, which is free.

Plan to spend 1-2 hours inside – there are long lines all year long, therefore it would be smart to pre-buy skip-the-line tickets.

Best to visit in the morning or afternoon, because of the beautiful natural light shinning through the windows.

Dress accordingly and cover shoulders inside.

  1. Park Güell

Tips and tricks:

The park is on Carmel hill so you will need to walk uphill 900m. Consider your footwear and bottle of water.

  1. Picasso Museum – journey through Picasso’s early years in Barcelona.

  • Picasso (1881–1973) lived in Barcelona from 1895 until 1904;
  • The only one museum created during the artist’s life;
  • Collection includes his first major works, The First Communion and Science and Charity;
  • Established by Picasso’s lifelong friend and secretary, Jaume Sabartés, whom Picasso had gifted many paintings, drawings, and prints since start of a friendship in 1899;
  • At first, Sabartés came with the idea to found the museum in Málaga, Picasso’s birthplace. Picasso himself suggested that Barcelona would be better location.
  1. Sagrat Cor church & Tibidabo amusement park.

  • The park is among the oldest in the world still functioning;
  • At the park is the Museum of Automatons, Walt Disney offered to buy the museum’s entire collection for any price chosen by museum, but it refused;
  • Tibidabo hill can be seen from all over the Barcelona city.
  1. Arc de Triomf & Parc de la Ciutadella

  • There are reliefs on one side symbolising agriculture and industry, and commerce and art on the other.

  1. La Rambla street

  • There you can feel the pulse and atmosphere of the city. There are usually many people, thus taking awalk will best suit those who like to get lost in a crowd;
  • Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said ‘It is the only street in the world which I wish would never end‘.

Tips and tricks:

Be aware of your belongings when you watch street art performances.

If you want to buy souvenirs, you probably can not find better place for it.

7. Barceloneta Beach

Located in the traditional fishing district, this is one of Barcelona’s oldest and best-loved beaches. It is thought to have inspired Miguel de Cervantes as the setting for the fight between Don Quixote and the Knight of the White Moon. It was here that the knight errant was finally defeated and abandoned his quest. These days, Barceloneta beach as become a symbol of Barcelona’s status as a major tourist destination – a cosmopolitan culture capital and sunny beach town. Barceloneta beach is remarkable for being on the doorstep of the city centre, literally just a few hundred meters from famous sites such as La Rambla, mentioned before. This makes getting to the beach incredibly easy and makes for spending a couple of hours at the beach easy to fit into your day.


Experience Girona through the art of photography!

Girona, is a city and Spanish municipality, capital of the homonymous province and the region of Gironés, in the autonomous community of Catalonia.

River Oniar, Girona

River Oniar, Girona

La Devesa Park, Girona

Old town, Girona (Barri Vell)

Old town, Girona (Barri Vell)

Old town, Girona (Barri Vell)

Old town, Girona (Barri Vell)

Photographer : Elina Aktipi

Copyright © July 18. All rights received.


Travel to Palamos through 5 pictures.

Palamós is a town and municipality in the Mediterranean Costa Brava, located in the comarca of Baix Empordà, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain.
Platja Gran.

View of the Port of Palamos.

Palamos, Old Town.

Port of Palamos.

Port of Palamos.

Photographer : Elina Aktipi

Copyright © July 18. All rights received.


4 Restaurants in Costa Brava with Stunning Views

You picked your rental villa in Costa Brava specifically for its stunning views, so why should you expect anything less from your dining experience? These four restaurants all offer amazing views of Costa Brava and/or the ocean that you don’t want to miss!
#1. Talla
With stunning views of the bay on top of a steep hill, Talla offers beauty and delicious dishes! Their menu consists of Mediterranean, Spanish, and European cuisine, each one a work of art. Though the inside seating is cozy, the real reason to visit is the bright and fun outdoor seating where you can enjoy the view and the cool, delicious breezes off the bay. People-watch, watch the boats come in and out of the bay, and relax.

#2. Restaurante Pizzeria Da Giovanni
This Italian and Spanish restaurant not only offers an amazing view of the bay, but a stunning look at the muralla medieval, or medieval wall. Though the restaurant itself is simple, the views and delicious food more than compensate for the mall-style dining area. They offer many traditional Spanish and Italian dishes but are best known for their paellas and tapas.

#3. La Blava
This former fishing house is on the beach, giving you one of the best beach views in Costa Brava! The style of the house is decidedly Mediterranean with a hint of Greece and features an open, yet intimate atmosphere that you are sure to enjoy. They offer simple Mediterranean cuisine with only fresh, local produce. They bring to light the essence of the Mediterranean diet through vegetables, rice, fish, and olive oil mixed in creative and delicious ways.

#4. Tapas del Mar
Traditional Mediterranean cuisine pairs with gorgeous views of the Costa Brava sea and mountains in Tapas del Mar. The food comes from family recipes that the chefs want to share with you so that you will hopefully enjoy them as much as their families always have. The chefs welcome you personally, and the restaurant itself is intimate, modern, and beautiful. They use local produce and try to keep their meals simple yet absolutely delicious. You are certain to enjoy any meal here and you’ll probably want to try them all!

Now that you’ve satisfied your eyes and your stomach, you can return to your gorgeous Costa Brava holiday rental for a quiet, relaxing evening.



Vallromanes

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This small, charming town is ideally situated in the mountains overlooking the Maresme coast. Vallromanes offers excellent restaurants, countryside excursions, beach days, and endless games of golf. It is also within a 1-hour drive of both Barcelona and Girona, meaning big city attractions are never far away.

If you are arriving by plane, Vallromanes is approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Barcelona-El Prat International Airport.

Vallromanes is not far from Catalonia´s colorful attractions including the fabulous Illa Fantasia and the iconic La Roca Village. Don’t miss L’Adoberia Historical Interpretation Center and Granollers Church.

 

 


Vespella de Gaià

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The tiny countryside village is situated just 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of Coasta Dorada. From Barcelona-El Prat International Airport, Vespella de Gaià is approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers ) which makes it a popular vacation spot for visitors.

Sights such as Tarragona Cathedral, the Plaza de la Font, and the Tarragona Roman Wall are choice places to visit while you’re in Vespella de Gaia. Those with a passion for history will enjoy exploring the Porta de Sant Antoni in Tarragona and the Tarraco Roman Theater.

 


Vacarisses

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Beautifully situated at the foot of the Obac Mountains, 75 miles (121 kilometers) southeast of central Catalonia, Vacarisses is a popular destination on the outskirts of Barcelona. It is just 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Barcelona-El Prat International Airport.

Many of central Catalonia’s most interesting sights can be found within a quick drive or train ride from Vacarisses, including Montserrat Monastery and the much-loved L’Enrajolada-Santacana House Museum.

There are plenty of interesting cultural attractions in and around Vacarisses, and if you visit during the summer, try to book tickets to watch the FC Barcelona football team battle at Camp Nou.

 

 


Solsona

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Solsona offers many places of interest for travellers who enjoy unique places full of history. The region is the geographical center of Catalonia and is ideally located within 100km of every popular site in the area: Barcelona, Lleida (Alguaire Ave-Airport), Andorra, and France.

Approximately 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the southeast is Sabadell, a regional transport and shopping hub where you can find the Water Tower, Duran House, and Lluch Office. Principal Theater and San Felix Church and Belltower are other notable places to visit.

Catalonia’s churches and other holy sites are worth a visit to view their architectural mastery. For those who like to collect valuable insights as well as souvenirs on their travels, Solsona has plenty of specialist activities, such as city walking tours, Segway tours, and culinary tours.

 

 


Sentmenat

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Experience the real Catalonia from the town of Sentmenat. This small village is a great base for exploring the local countryside while still being within an hour of the city of Barcelona.

In the past, Sentmenat served as a mainly agricultural region, which is evident in the large number of houses and constructions of this type. Historic buildings such as the Castellet de Guanta or the chapel of Sant Miquel de l’Arn or Can Fruitós display modernist features juxtaposed with the classic countryside setting.

 


Segur de Calafell

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Segur de Calafell is 19 miles (31 kilometers) east of Costa Dorada and 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Barcelona-El Prat International Airport.

Segur de Calafell is a large resort town and port with golden beaches, surrounded by beautiful natural parks and golf courses. It is within easy reach of Tarragona, Port Aventura theme park, and the other larger resorts of Costa Dorada.

Calafell is one of Catalonia’s accredited Family Holiday Destinations. The town even holds a special family weekend, which happens normally during the first weekend of May. Calafell has approximately 5 miles of beaches with plenty of water activities and opportunities for sun bathing.

 

 


Sant Martí Sarroca

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Sant Marti Sarroca is a town situated in the heart of Catalonia’s wine-growing area. This small town is a great location for those who enjoy gastronomy, the countryside, easy access to the beaches of Sitges, and the attractions of nearby Barcelona.

 

 


Santa Cristina d’Aro

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The charming town of Santa Cristina d’Aro is situated in the Aro Valley in Costa Brava in the Catalonian province of Girona. The French border is just 92 kilometers from the town, and Barcelona is 99 kilometers due south.

This delightful village is situated just inland from the larger beach resort of Platja D’Aro, and offers a quiet alternative to the beach resort whilst still being within easy reach from the coast.

There are several interesting archaeological sites and caves in the local region, some dating back to the Neolithic age. Cultural monuments include the ruins of the Solius Castle, Solius Cistercian Monastery, and the Sant Martí de Romanyà Church, which pre-dates the Roman era.

The town is surrounded by mountains, beautiful countryside views, and a stunning coastline.

 


Sispony

Andorra rural: Sispony, La Massana, Vallnord, Andorra, Pyrenees

Sispony is located in Andorra, close to Andorra la Vella, the country’s capital city, and provides easy access to great skiing in winter and glorious mountain hikes in summer.

To really get a feel for Andorra, head to one of its fabulous cultural destinations including Casa Rull in La Massana. Grab your camera and explore the many fascinating attractions Andorra has to offer. Should you feel the need for a little spiritual renewal, pay a visit to the area’s holy places, such as Saint Andrew Church in Andorra la Vella.

 


Riudarenes

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Riudarenes is a small village set amidst rolling hills, close to the historic city of Girona and the fantastic beaches of the Costa Brava. This rural idyll is approximately one hour from Barcelona.

See a map of Riudarenes

 


Porqueres

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Porqueres is located next to the beautiful Estany de Banyoles lake and within easy reach of the gorgeous medieval city of Girona and the beaches of the Costa Brava. The big city attractions of Barcelona approximately one hour away.

Click to see a map of Porqueres

 


Òdena

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Odena is a historic and traditional village located approximately 30 minutes from Barcelona city by car. The town is situated among Catalonia´s cava vineyards and offers a beautiful rural setting for your get-away-from-it-all holiday.

Nearby attractions include Montserrat (Monastery) (16 km) and natural highlights such as lakes, forests, and mountains. The Sierra de Palomas (Mountains) (11 km), Sierra del Clarena (Mountains) (12 km), and Sierra de Puigfred (Ridge) (15 km) are also located a short drive from Odena.

 


Llambilles

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Llambilles is just a short drive from the historic centre of Girona, close to golf courses, the beauty of the Costa Brava, and the glorious hilly countryside.

 


La Pobla de Claramunt

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La Pobla de Claramunt is a small village situated amongst the vineyards of Catalonia´s premier wine making region. The town is ideal for a rural retreat yet still within easy reach of the cities of Igualada and Barcelona.

 

 


Espinavessa

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Espinavessa is a prime location for a holiday getaway. This beautiful village situated in the foothills of the Girona Pyrenees is just 30 km to the beaches of the glorious Costa Brava.

 

 


Garriguella

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Forty miles (64 kilometers) north of Costa Brava is Garriguella, the perfect place to discover more about the region of Catalonia. Many of Costa Brava’s highlights are near Garriguella, including La Vinyeta and the Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery.

For a tour of the nearby historic sights, be sure to visit the Santa Maria de Castello D’Empuries in Castello d’Empuries. The cultural life and retail therapy of Figueres and Girona are an easy drive from the town.

 

 


Creixell

Creixell

Creixell is an attractive Catalan beach resort in Tarragona, approximately 35 mies (56 kilometers) from Barcelona-El Prat International Airport.

Creixell is a great place to base yourself while you are exploring Costa Dorada as many of the city’s main attractions are within an easy driving distance. The spectacular Arc de Bera and the iconic Pau Casals Museum are two attractions that are not to be missed.

Nature lovers will adore the wide open spaces in which to breathe deeply and relax. Grab the family and get some sunshine at nearby L’Arrabassada Beach in Tarragona.

 

 


Caldes d’Estrac

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Caldes d’Estrac is located in front of golden sandy beaches with glorious mountains and golf courses on the opposite side. The resort is well connected by train to Barcelona and the rest of the Maresme resorts and marinas, making this a prime location for those who wish to travel around the coast by public transport.

Many of Costa Brava’s most popular attractions are within easy driving distance of Caldes d’Estrac. Among the most popular sights is the fabulous Palau Foundation and the remarkable thermal baths of Caldes d’Estrac.

There is ample opportunity to keep in shape while on holiday in Caldes d’Estrac. Tennis, riding, windsurfing, and waterskiing are merely a few of the options the town has to offer. You can also go on a historical walk around the town, sink your teeth into a large helping of tapas, or enjoy a long siesta on the beach.

 

 


Calafell

Calafell

Together with Segur de Calafell, Calafell forms a large holiday area popular with Catalan families, allowing you to enjoy the real Catalonia and glorious sandy beaches of the Costa Dorada while still being within easy reach of the attractions of Tarragona and Barcelona.

Located on the top of a hill 1.5 km from the Costa Dorada, the town of Calafell blends the charm of its historic legacy with its seafaring tradition. 


From among Calafell’s monumental heritage it is worth highlighting the medieval castle with its walled enclosure, and the Romanesque church of Santa Creu from the Lombardic age (11th century) with remains of mural paintings in the apse. Most tourist attractions are concentrated in the old fishing neighborhood, named La Platja or Marina de Calafell, which has restaurants, hotels, apartments and housing developments. 

 


Cabra del Camp

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Get away from it all in this tranquil, rural village in the interior of Tarragona province, far from the tourist traps of the coast.

 

 


Castellcir

Castellcir

Castellcir is a small village in the hills of Barcelona, ripe with outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, horseback riding, water sports, golf, and opportunities for unforgettable photography. From the mountains to the beach, enjoy this authentic getaway that offers both city and country amenities.

The small village emerged in the 19th century around Amargura Street and, from that location, the current village of Castellcir developed. This municipality, in which nature and human activity coexist in perfect harmony, has become a haven for artisans and rural tourism enthusiasts.

 


Cabrils

Cabrils

Between the peaks of Cirers, Montcabrer, and Sant Mateu, Cabrils preserves the charm of a rural village of agricultural origins surrounded by abundant pine tree and holm oak forests, a fertile area for mushrooms. The finest example of the forest heritage of this village, now a residential destination, is the Arboretum of Catalonia (Arboreto de Catalunya), with more than 30,000 square metres of Catalonia’s tree species.

Cabrils is a small village in an ideal location surrounded by mountains and overlooking the lovely Marseme coast. Near the larger towns of Mataró and Vilassar, you are only 30 minutes from the centre of Barcelona.

There are plenty of sites and attractions to visit within Cabrils. To get a little closer to Barcelona’s heart and soul, spend some time at the area’s most sacred sites, such as Granollers Church in Granollers.

 


Can Vinyals

CanVinyalsCan Vinyals is a small country village situated near the towns of Castellar, Sabadell and Terrassa and within an hours drive of Barcelona. Enjoy proximity to the big city while staying in a gorgeous rural setting.

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Lloret de Mar

lloret_de_marLloret de Mar is big and brash in summer, quieter in winter. This is one of the classic Costa Brava resorts that offers something for everyone. It is ideally located for trips to the medieval costal town of Tossa de Mar, the historic city of Girona and the glorious countryside of the interior of Girona Province.

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Sant Feliu del Racó

feliuracoOffering spectacular views over the Sant Llorenc national park, Sant Feliu is well situated in mountainous countryside with great trekking and biking, but still only one hour from the city of Barcelona.

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Miami Platja

miamiplatjaMiami Platja is a small, beautifully landscaped resort about 30 kilometres south of the city of Tarragona. This is a great base for families looking for a Catalan beach resort that is more authentic than the big, international resorts further up the coast.

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Corbera de Llobregat

corberaCorbera de Llobregat is situated at the foot of the Ordal mountains close to Barcelona but sufficiently distant to allow for a peaceful and relaxing rural villa holiday. Enjoy walks in the surrounding hills and great Catalan cuisine made from local produce.

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Roda de Barà

rodabaraRoda de Barà is a small, historic and attractive town on the Cost Dorada. Without the hustle and bustle of the larger resorts, Roda de Barà offers a much more traditional Catalan base for your villa holiday while still being within easy reach of the larger resorts and Port Aventura to the north.

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Vilassar de Mar

VilassarVilassar de Mar is a seaside resort on the Maresme coast, well communicated with the city of Barcelona and the Costa Brava. This is a fantastic location for people who want a beach holiday within easy reach of the attractions of Barcelona, great countryside and the beauty of the Costa Brava.

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Sant Cugat del Vallès

Monestir_de_Sant_Cugat_-_Vista_generalSant Cugat del Vallès is ideally located in green rolling hills just 20 minutes by car from the centre of Barcelona. Sant Cugat´s excellent travel connections make it a great base for those wanting to explore Barcelona Province. Within the town there is a wonderful medieval monastery which dates back to the 9th century, beautiful squares, and great restaurants.

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Sant Pere de Ribes

santperederibesSant Pere de Ribes is an attractive market town located just inland from the popular seaside resort of Sitges. Sant Pere boasts the remains of a 12th century castle and is a great base for those looking for a countryside holiday that is within easy reach of the buzz and beaches of Sitges.

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Torrelles de Llobregat

torellesTorrelles de Llobregat is a beautiful village situated among forests approximately 40 minutes from the city of Barcelona. It is a great base for those who want to enjoy a rural haven whilst being within easy reach of the attractions of the big city and the beaches to the south of Barcelona.

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La Roca del Vallès

larocaLa Roca del Vallès is conveniently situated in mountain scenery behind the Maresme coast just 30 minutes north of Barcelona. This is an ideal destination to enjoy a rural retreat that is near the beach, the city of Barcelona, mountain scenery and the retail heaven of La Roca Village Outlet stores.

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Sant Pol de Mar

Sant-Pol-de-Mar-Barcelona-Beaches2Sant Pol de Mar is a small, traditionally Catalan beach town on the Maresme coast. Within easy reach of Barcelona by train or by car, you will enjoy a stay in a lovely traditional town without the crowds and bustle of the bigger resorts.

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Salou

salou-beaches-1Salou, If fun, beach days and nightlife are what you want from a holiday, Salou offers all these in abundance. You have glorious beaches, one of Europe’s best theme parks, and amazing nightlife. Tarragona is within easy reach and Barcelona is only 1 hour 30 minutes away.

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Foixà

castell-de-foixa-girona-costa-bravaFoixà is a beautiful small village situated on the banks of the Ter river in the province of Girona. The village has a beautifully landscaped castle and medieval church. This rural retreat is within easy reach of Girona and the attractions of the Costa Brava.

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El Vendrell

elvendrellcrWedged between glorious beaches and green mountains, El Vendrell is one of the most attractive resorts in Tarragona Province. Ideal for a beach holiday, wine lovers and golfers, and the Roman city of Tarragona is only a short drive for big city shopping.

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Caldes de Montbui

caldescrCaldes de Montbui is a spa resort located on the slopes of the Montseny mountain range to the north of Barcelona. It offers excellent thermal spas, countryside activities, wonderful scenery and the city of Barcelona is less than a one hour drive.

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Sant Fost de Campsentelles

santfost

Sant Fost is an idyllic village located in stunning mountain scenery near the city of Barcelona and the coastal resorts of the Maresme. It is a perfect destination for those who want to combine rural activities with days on the beach and big city attractions.

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La Llacuna

800px-La_LlacunaLa Llacuna is a small municipality of 884 inhabitants in the comarca of Anoia, in the province of Barcelona. Located in a spectacular setting, nearby destinations include Igualada, the Vilafranca del Penedès wine route, and the Monastery of Montserrat.

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Vidreres

vidreresVidreres is a small village situated in lovely countryside between the rugged Costa Brava and the historic city of Girona. Vidreres celebrates well known ‘festes’ or fetes throughout the year. If your visit coincides with one you are sure to enjoy Catalan culture at its most vibrant and traditional.

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Oristà

Orista3-cropOristà is a beautiful village situated in Osona, very near to the historic city of Girona. It is ideal for those looking for a get-away-from-it-all destination for painting, walking in outstanding natural beauty, fishing, and enjoying everything the great outdoors has to offer.

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Viladecavalls

viladecavallsViladecavalls is very near the city of Terrassa with its wide range of free time activities, restaurants and shops, but sufficiently distant to have a rural air of peace and quiet. This small town is known for its Romanesque churches and the ruins of the Toudell castle. Viladecavalls has good links with Barcelona and Terrassa by car or public transport.

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Torredembarra

torredembarra0Torredembara is located on the Costa Dorada, near the historic city of Tarragona and surrounded by beautiful mountain village, where our villas are to be found. Wide beaches, historic cities and resorts such as Port Aventura or Salou are within very easy reach.

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Sitges

sitgesSitges is a beautiful seaside town with its own unique atmosphere. Its amazing beaches, great shopping and fun nightlife make it a fatastic base for your Catalan holiday. Its within easy reach of Barcelona, Tarragona, the Garraf Natural Park, Port Aventura and many other attracions. Sitges Carnaval is famous throughout Europe.

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Sant Llorenç Savall

stllorencsavallA lovely mountain village in the middle of one of Catalonia’s most beautiful areas. It’s the perfect spot for those who love moutains, the outdoors or cycling. Very close to the cities of Sabadell and Terrassa and only 40km from all the facilities of Barcelona.

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Sant Llorenç de les Arenes

golfSant Llorenç de les Arenes, located in the outstanding natural environment of Foixà is ideal to explore the mountains of the area and the nearby Costa Brava.

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Rubí

RubiFrom Rubí, it’s short 3km drive to the AP7 highway and you are within half an hour of both Barcelona and Costa Brava beaches, as well as the stunning Sant Llorenc del Munt National Park. The park offers everything from caves to rock climbing while the immediate area surrounding the villa is home to horseriding excursions, hiking, paint ball, restaurants and the world famous night time hiking trail to the most famous monastery in Spain – Montserrat.

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Rellinars

la roca - prehistoric tourRellinars is located in the middle of the Parque Natural de L’Obac and is the starting point for various trekking and mountain biking routes such as “Las construcciones de piedra seca” and the “Els 3 Monts” routes. Rellinars is known for its Romanesque churches and hermitages and it’s green, rocky countryside.

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Platja d’aro

platjaPlatja d’aro – S’agaró is a wonderful Costa Brava beach location surrounded by natural beauty. It’s the perfect base for exploring the Cap de Creus Natural Park, visiting the medieval city of Girona or the modern treasures of the Dalí Museum in Figueres.

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Matadepera

MatadeperaThe beautiful village of Matadepera is located at the base of the Sant Llorenç del Munt mountain, whose summit, la Mola, reaches an altitude of 1095 m. Matadepera is an ideal base for exploring the hidden treasures and abundant nature of inland Barcelona province.

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Figueres

figuerasjpgIn addition to the world famous Dalí Museum, Figueres enjoys a superb location between the city of Girona, the wonderful Costa Brava and Cap de Creus and the peaks of the Pyrenees mountains, it’s the perfect base for lovers of culture and nature!

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Cunit

CunitCunit, on the amazing Costa Dorada is the ideal place to combine a beach holiday with the history of Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco, and the thrills of Port Aventura. It’s also on the “Xató Trail”, a culinary route through different villages of the Pendés and the Garraf with this famous local dish as the theme. The area is well connected to Tarragona, Barcelona, Sitges and the resorts of Salou and Cambrils.

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Castelldefels

CASTELLDEFELS_BEACHThe entire region of Catalonia is at your fingertips. 10 minutes by car to Barcelona, 2km to the beach, and 2km to AP7 motorway which allows you access to Tarragona, Costa Brava and interior Barcelona province.

This is a great place to sit and enjoy a glass of sangria, a beer, or even try out some tapas with fresh local ingredients. Beyond Las Ramblas, you can also walk the Barri Gotic, Barcelona’s old medieval town, or pay a visit to its shops, bars, museums, and free time activities.

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Castellarnau

castellarnau-cropCastellarnau is a lovely village located next to the city of Sabadell with its wide range of activities, shops and restaurants. From Castellarnau you have easy access to the Vallès Golf Club and areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the St Llorenç and Collserola national parks.

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Castellar del Vallès

castellaresglesiasCastellar del Vallès is a small market town located between the cities of Sabadell and Terrassa approximately 28km from Barcelona. Castellar is surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty and provides an ideal base for exploring the area’s natural parks such as St. Llorenç de Munt i l’Obac. Don’t miss a visit to the church of Sant Esteve or the Clasquerí Castle.

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Cambrils

cambrilsCambrils is an attractive port with more than 9km of beaches of fine sand on which to enjoy the Mediterranean climate! Very near to the attractions of the historic city of Tarragona and the adrenaline of Port Aventura.

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La Bisbal del Penedès

el moianes 4La Bisbal del Penedès is located in the world famous Penedès wine making region making this a haven for wine lovers. You will also be located near the beaches of the Costa Dorada and all the facilities the resorts of this coast offer.

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Barberà del Vallès

barberaSituated near all the public transport links, you are never far from any of Barcelona region’s attractions. In Barberà you can enjoy the real Catalonia from your base in this authentic inland town.

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