Take the path that leads directly from the house...
into the charming town of Maçanet de Cabrenys and wander around the narrow streets. Enjoy an evening aperitif in the square along with the locals and follow this with dinner in one of the well recommended restaurants. Take a torch for the walk home!
Wednesday is market day in Maçanet de Cabrenys.
Stock up on the freshest of fruit and veg and return to Mas del Bosquet and enjoy a BBQ on the pretty terrace. Take in the views of the stunning countryside below you and the wooded hills of the Pyrenees behind you.
No, this is not a typing error!! Try this new activity - a combination of 2 sports. The course is just outside the village, on the road to Tapis. Tel:( 00 34) 972 110 813. You could say that it is football and golf with a difference and everyone can play. This new sport is gaining in popularity and they hold the world championships here in Maçanet de Cabrenys!
Let off steam!
Let the energetic members of the family organise informal tournaments of table tennis, pool and football, followed by a cooling off session in the swimming pool.
Many species have been seen in the area including Hoopoes, African Bee Eaters, Falcons, Sparrow Hawks and Eagles.
Venture into France...
Take the new road via Tapis and you can cross the border into France. It is about a 20 minute drive and the mountain scenery is breath taking!
Take a picnic and drive to the nearby village of Darnius
and visit the reservoir, La Pantalla de Boadella. Here you can enjoy facilities such as water skiing, kayaking and wake boarding from the sports centre. Or just have a swim!
Visit the nearby town of Figueres
and go to the wacky Salvador Dalí mseum. It's a lot of fun and well worth braving the queues! (Tel: 972 67 75 00). Also, why not pay a visit to the lesser known Museu del Joguet de Catalunya (toy museum) also in the town. (Tel: 972 50 45 85).
Catch the train from Figueres and visit Barcelona for the day
It's well worth spending at least one day in this vibrant and exciting city! Take the tourist bus around the city and hop on and off as you wish and take it at your own pace. Try out one of the many and excellent tapas bars and rest those weary feet by sitting at a café on Las Ramblas and enjoying the atmosphere over a cooling drink.
Visit the Empordà marshes Natural Park
in the bay of Roses between Castelló and Sant Pere Pescador where you will see some fascinating species of birds, wildlife and plants. Hide in one of the camouflaged cabins and count the numerous species of birds. These marshes are all that remain of the old lakes which were drained in the 18th and 19th centuries to make way for crops and cattle.
Go and check out the beaches of the lovely bays
of Llança and El Port de la Selva. They both have some superb seafront fish restaurants.
Indulge in the Wine Spa
services at the Hotel Golf Peralada and enjoy the treatments with products derived from vines and wine! Visit the Peralada Castle Museum in the village and see how cava is traditionally made. Sample this or the delicious red or white wines which are equally famous.
Go visit some ruins!
Stroll round the Roman City of Empúries accompanied by your own English speaking guide. Tours organised in July/August only. Pre booking essential, Monday to Friday 08.30-15.00. Tel: 00 34 972 77 59 76
If you are exploring the area,
take your swimming things and take a short drive to the hamlet of Albanyà and walk along some of the unmade tracks that border the river Muga. There are some lovely spots here for swimming and a pic nic.
Drive or catch the train down to the city of Girona
and take in the beautifully restored Jewish Quarter, the Arab Baths, the Cathedral and the fascinating musuems. Shopping is a delight here, too, and do pay a visit to Cacao Sampaka, C/Santa Clara, 45 to indulge in the finest products using chocolate - cakes, drinks, spreads, ice creams to name a few!
For golf enthusiasts,
play a round at the Torre Mirona course, just west of Figueres. Tel: 972 55 37 37. Alternatively, thre is a course at Golf Peralada, (Tel 972 53 82 87)
Visit Salvador Dali's house in Cadaquès.
Tickets must be booked in advance (Tel 972 25 80 63). Afterwards take a cruise on a traditional rigged sailing boat, which leaves from the harbour.
See the famous 12th Century Bridge of Besalú
which must surely be one of the most well known landmarks in Catalunya. There are guided walking tours of the old town which leave regularly from the tourist office taking in the former monastery of Sant Pere, the church of Sant Vicenç, the Jewish Baths and, of course, the Romanesque Bridge. The tourist office is open from 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 7pm. www.ajuntamentbesalu.org
Take the scenic coast road
and cross the border into France at Portbou. The picturesque little town of Colliure is well worth a visit and a drink or ice cream probably needed after those twists and turns as the road winds up and over the Col del Balistres. There are some amazing views to take in!
Horse riding and mountain bike hire
can be arranged through Excentrik Club in nearby Darnius. They offer excursions on horseback and mountain bike tours, or bikes to hire and follow the routes on one of the maps they will provide. Tel: (00 34) 617 430 732 or 619 608 638.
Drive across to the lovely Bay of Roses
Chill out on one of the lovely country beaches such as St Pere Pescador. On the way back, call in at Empuriabrava and watch the boats out on the bay or moored up alongside the canals.
Visit one of the most famous Natural Parks
- Cap de Creus. This unforgiving and rugged coastline is steeped in history and intrigue! While you are in the area, go up to the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes which is in a fantastic location with breathtaking views of both the sea and the mountains.
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