If you’re looking for a fun escape with the kids this half-term, the thriving and exciting city of Barcelona is a fantastic family holiday destination.
La Bisbal d’Empordà – aka La Bisbal – is a characterful town in Catalonia, approximately 30km to the south-east of Girona. This bustling town that lies between the market towns of Palafrugell and Palamos on the Costa Brava, is world-renowned for its pottery making heritage.
The medieval hilltop town of Pals in Catalonia is justifiably known as one of the most charming villages on the Costa Brava.
Barcelona is a city that never goes to sleep. This pulsating, coastal, metropolitan city on the shores of the sparkling Mediterranean is thriving with life and vivacity all year round. If you’re looking for an exciting city escape this winter, then look no further than the Catalan capital of Barcelona.
Barcelona, Catalonia’s magical, capital city, is brimming with art, culture and majestic buildings steeped in history. This truly unique city is not afraid to embrace both its past and the influence of its artists and craftsmen through the centuries. Each area has a distinct atmosphere and no more so than La Rambla.
Barcelona is a bustling, exciting and exotic city to visit all year round, but with twinkling lights hung on the trees and cosy festive chalets and stalls lining the streets, there is something about December and the run-up to Christmas that makes the city that extra bit special! If you’re thinking about visiting Barcelona this December, then you won’t be disappointed – check out the following reasons why the year’s final month is a great time to visit the Catalan capital.
If you’re looking for spacious accommodation for a large party of holidaymakers that’s close to the beach on the stunning Costa Brava, then look no further than Casa Susana. This recent addition to our Catalan programme of properties boasts six bedrooms and three bathrooms, sleeping up to eight guests in the main house and a further four in a joining annexe.
With its own language, tumultuous history and unforgettable capital city, Catalonia is a truly distinct region of Spain and is almost a country in its own right. With historical monuments and sites of interest around every corner, those seeking a culturally-inspiring holiday flock to Barcelona and its vicinity.
Nostra Pau is a charming traditional rustic finca located in one of the most expensive and sought-after parts of coastal Spain. Two kilometres of private driveway lead to this secluded country house.
Being amidst pine woods and rolling hills yet a mere 20 minute drive from the Costa Brava with all of its rugged scenery, bustling towns and classy resorts, Nostra Pau provides something for everyone.
This three bedroom stone house is temptingly isolated giving the holidaymaker true peace and tranquillity. The old walls probably have a story or two to tell and the whole of the property has been unpretentiously renovated – the materials used probably as they would have been over a hundred years ago.
Take the floor within the house for example. The tiles are similar to English quarry tiles but with an oblong shape. These tiles are old and antique and it is heartening that the owners have kept them in the house. The beamed ceilings are distinctively authentic, making a refreshing change to the temptation to use the concrete “vigas”. Concrete vegas make roofing much easier and as a consequence are used in most modern Spanish building. They don’t however have the same character as wooden beams.
With the furniture built into the walls and is then upholstered, Nostra Pau’s sitting room is quirky and distinct. The platforms besides the open fire are made from brick and then rendered and painted, another typically Spanish design trait. The kitchen too has units made from brick which are rendered white, all of which adds to the quaintness and appeal of this rustic Costa Bravan abode.
The upper floor of the property is galleried, which always escalates deliberate idiosyncrasy of a house. To be able to look down onto the living room below adds another dimension to the interior vista. There are two bedrooms upstairs, a double and a twin, which has access to an upper outside covered terrace. With views of the pool, framed by lush emerald countryside, the terrace is a spellbinding spot to drink in the views as you sip your morning coffee or evening vino blanco
Meandering in Nostra Pau’s exterior is as mesmerising as musing its interior. With private parking, a barbecue area and a 8m x 4 m swimming pool, all is surrounded by woods of pine, cork and eucalyptus trees, you can smell the fragrance air as you park, swim or wine and dine.
For wining and dining away from this classy Spanish finca, the nearby picturesque village of Romanya is plentiful of restaurants and bars. The livelier town of Colongne is a little further away in the direction of the fishing town of Palamos. There are a many great restaurants in and around Palamos. El Mirador lies above the steps over the road from the large car park on the sea front. The Menu del Dia in El Mirador is great value for money, giving you three courses of quality food with wine for little more than £10 per head. Even cheaper is La Vostra, which lies in a small square just behind the huge seafront apartment blocks, which line Palamos’ promenade.
As mentioned above, a stay at Nostra Pau will provide you with a little of everything – peace and tranquillity in the most stunning of Catalan countryside, great value food, classy fishing villages and plenty of Costa Bravan action if you seek it. For more information on Nostra Pau, click HERE.
With its pine-clad, stone-path walks that twist and turn around an interesting coastline, legendary cities, autonomous culture and favourable year-round climate, it’s not difficult to understand why Catalonia remains a top tourist destination.