Casa Malta

Costa Brava

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hall. Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave, in-built wood burning stove, TV, DVD, WiFi) with patio doors to covered terrace. Shower room. Double bedroom with doors to covered balcony. Twin bedroom. Central heating throughout the house (payable locally).
  • First floor: Two double bedrooms with doors to shared terrace. Bathroom.
  • Outside: Enclosed garden of lawn, covered and open terraces. In-built barbecue. Poolside shower. Garage (washing machine).
  • Private kidney shaped swimming pool (7.5m x 4m at widest point) with Roman steps.

On what is renowned as being one of the most scenic tracts of the Costa Brava coastline, a stunning natural landscape of interlocking slopes, swathed in a blanket of pine trees and Mediterranean plants, looks eastwards towards the glistening ocean and tumbles down into a delightful bay of golden sands and translucent waters at the idyllic cove of Cala Canyelles.

Nestling alongside one of the tree-covered valleys that flow out to sea, on a pretty residential lane just 800m from this cove, Casa Malta offers that most sought after of holiday settings: a beautifully presented home sitting amidst an enclosed lawned garden within easy reach of the beach and its waterfront restaurant.

Inside, the look is contemporary, with a light décor that perfectly complements fashionable furnishings of crisp clean lines; outside, an immaculate lawn is overlooked by a covered dining terrace and steps lead down to the swimming pool which sits within a crazy paved patio on a lower level.

It is a charming home that is ideally placed for discovering the enticing coastal scenes that have made this area of the Mediterranean such a favoured haunt of artists and writers over the years. On the beach itself meals can be enjoyed on the restaurant terrace whilst looking out to sea or across to the colourful boats moored in the harbour. Up above, the picturesque coast road winds its way northwards through a stunning littoral landscape to the pretty seaside town of Tossa de Mar (7km) where all amenities can be found within the charming labyrinth of cobbled streets of its 12th Century castellated old town.

The internet connection is delivered by MiFi, which is via a mobile network device.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa Malta

Take a trip to the Montserrat monastery

where the famous statue of the Black Madonna is housed. It is just north-west of Barcelona. You can reach it by road or by taking the cable car. If you are lucky you might hear the boys' choir singing.

See the famous bridge of Besalú

which must surely be one of the most famous landmarks in Catalunya. There are guided walking tours which leave regularly from the tourist office taking in the Monastery of Sant Pere, The church of Sant Vicenç, the Jewish Baths and, of course, the bridge. The tourist office is open from 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 7pm. www.ajuntamentbesalu.org.

Take a walk around the City walls of Girona.

Start at the end near the Church of Sant Feliu. You can stop at various points if you wish to descend. There are some spectacular views of the city of Girona and to the Pyrenees beyond. Also, visit The Jewish Quarter (El Call), which is one of the best preserved Jewish ghettos in Europe. The Jews lived here for over 600 years before they were forced out in the 15th Century by the Spanish Monarchy. You get a real feeling of its colourful history as you stroll around the narrow alleys.

There are many coastal walks to be enjoyed, all well signposted

For something challenging, try the 9.4 kms from Canyelles to Sta Cristina, which combines both the coastal path and ventures slightly inland. There is no need to retrace your steps, though, as there is a boat from Sta Cristina, via Lloret and then to Canyelles.

Go ride a horse!

The nearest stables are the Club Hipic Lloret, Antoni Tapies s/n. Tel: ( 00 34) 972 368 615. www.clubhipiclloret.com

Diving!

The bay of Canyelles is a favourite amongst divers. The Oceanos Diving Centre is situated in Rda de Europa, 16-18. Tel: (00 34) 972 090 798. www.oceanosdivingcenter.es. Email: info@oceanosdivingcenter.es. Also in the village is Canyelles Diving Centre. Tel: (0034) 972 36 88 18. Email: club@cncanyelles.com

What a view!

Take in the magnificent view as you enjoy a leisurely lunch at the restaurant above the marina and decide which yacht you are going to buy when you win the lottery!

Water sports

There are several water sports available from Cala Canyelles beach, including parasailing, waterskiing and kayaks to hire. It is also an ideal spot for snorkelling in the crystal clear waters around the cove.

Go to the market!

Thursday is market day in nearby Tossa de Mar and is well worth a visit, followed by a wander around the Vila Vella with its warren of winding alleyways. The climb inside the old fortifications will be rewarded with spectacular views of the coast for as far as the eye can see.

Go out in a boat

See this spectacular part of the coast from the best vantage point by taking a boat trip from the beach at Cala Canyelles and heading towards Tossa de Mar. You will pass hidden coves and dramatic pine covered rocks seemingly tumbling into the crystal clear waters.

Catch the train and visit Barcelona for the day.

Take advantage of the frequent train service from Blanes into the centre of this vibrant city. An ideal way to see as much as possible in one day is to take the open top buses and hop on and off as you wish.

Visit the Marimurtra Botanical Garden in Blanes

Created by Carlos Faust around 1920, this stunning botanical garden has the coast and sea as its backdrop. Mostly dedicated to Mediterranean and sub-tropical flora there are also collections of cacti and other unusual plants from arid regions of Central America and southern Africa, in addition to species from closer to home.

Anyone for tennis?

There are courts at the Club de Tennis de Canyelles, Avda Canyelles, 25. Tel: (00 34) 972 36 56 78

Not for the faint hearted…

The drive along the corniche from Tossa de Mar to Sant Feliu along the GI682. This stretch of road is 22 kms long and has 365 bends. The scenery is breathtaking, with the road passing through pine and cork woods. Hidden coves lie below and it is worth stopping in some of the designated parking places to get out and admire the view. Alternatively, you can walk the rough tracks down to the water’s edge and enjoy some fantastic snorkelling in the crystal clear waters.

Visit the fabulous city of Girona for the day,

taking in the beautifully restored Jewish Quarter, the Arab Baths, the cathedral, its museums and the many shops. Why not 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!

An unusual museum to visit….. the factory of Trias Biscuits.

Since 1908 the family of Joaquim Trias has been making high quality biscuits inspired by his enthusiasm, determination and expertise. You can visit the museum, which is housed in the same building as the factory, watch a video explaining how production of this famous brand developed over the years, and you get a good view of the current production line. It is situated in Santa Coloma de Farners, just south west of Girona. www.triasbiscuits.com.

For the motor sport enthusiasts visit the Circuit de Catalunya, just off Exit 13 of the AP7

Guided tours are available to include entry to the paddock, the control tower, the podium, for example. www.circuitcat.com. Maybe the ladies could indulge in some retail therapy at the same time at the nearby outlet shopping centre La Roca Village. www.LaRocaVillage.com

The experience of the so called ‘Dalinian Triangle’ for lovers of art and culture is a ‘must’.

The three parts to visit are his home in Cadaqués (pre-booking necessary), the Teatre-Museu in Figueres and the Gala-Dalí Castle in Pubol. This will be a long day excursion but very informative and entertaining!www.salvador-dali.org

Visit the thermal baths and golf course at Caldes de Malavella.

The Balneario Vichy Catalan is just outside the town situated in pine grove. www.balneariovichycatalan.com. Or play a round of golf at the nearby prestigious PGA 18 hole course, which is easily accessible. Tel: 972 472 577.

Visit the spectacular Greek and Roman settlement of Empuries.

Enjoy a lunch of fresh anchovies from L’Escala – a local speciality. On the way back, visit the pre-roman Iberian settlement of Ullastret and see how life was 2,500 years ago compared to today’s world!

Nearby

Towns

Girona 35 mins
Barcelona 80 mins

Beaches

Tossa de Mar 14 mins
Cala Canyelles 15 mins

Airports

Girona 35 mins
Barcelona 80 mins
Times are approximate

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