The most beautiful towns in Costa Brava

La Costa Brava has this name for a reason, simply meaning ‘Wild Coast’ it holds and record number of blue flag beaches, a stunning coastline and plenty of beautiful towns and villages. Many people to choose to get a vacation rental in Costa Brava in this area to explore what the region has to offer and enjoy the sun, sea, atmosphere and food.

Many of the coastal towns remain largely undiscovered, away from the changes that tourism can bring.

Tamariu
This used to be a small fishing village, and despite its size, it is perfect for families,  only an hour from Girona. The life in the town revolves around the white, sandy beach, where you will find locals also enjoying the cooling waters and natural environment. The town is full of local restaurants inviting you to enjoy their Mediterranean atmosphere and the fresh catch cooked to perfection.

Llafranc
This is considered one of the most idyllic towns of the Costa Brava region. Although the old fishing village only has 300 inhabitants, it offers lots of activities for its visitors including tours of its heritage, a whole host of summer sports in the marina and multiple Mediterranean beaches.

Cadaqués
This is arguably the most famous fishing village in the Costa Brava region. Its natural beauty has attracted artists over the century, including Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. It is most well-known however, for being the hometown of Dali’s family, and even has a House museum of the artist, which is one of the town’s main tourist attractions.

Begur
Although only located an hour away from Costa Brava, Begur is considered a little off the beaten track, and is the perfect place to get a villa in Costa Brava if you just want to get away from it all. The town dates back to prehistoric times, which makes it an attraction in itself.

Calella de Palafrugell
This is a beautiful White town is a favourite for families. The village is surrounded by no less than 8 beaches, and many people chose to rent a villa in Costa Brava for that reason alone. It is a very friendly place where everyone seems to know each other, and it is hard not to get caught up in this cheerful vibe.


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Sweet treats – Mallorca

What really makes Mallorca stand out on the cooking scene is their range of sweet treats which can be found in most bakeries. Don’t be surprised if you step out of your Mallorca holiday rental to find the air full of the sweet smell of baking.

Bunyols

These Spanish treats are a favourite on the island. They are shaped like a doughnut but made using potato dough, cooked in hot oil and then finished with a sprinkling of sugar. It is not unusual for the small villages in the ‘Les Verges’ weekend to be filled with the smell of these cakes cooking. They are available to purchase from most bakeries around this time.

Ensaimada

This is without a doubt the most famous pastry that comes from Mallorca, with origins that can be traced back to the 17th century. It is spiral in shape, and made with flour, eggs, water, mother dough and saim. Today you can find a range of different varieties, with the pastries stuffed with anything from chocolate to pumpkin.

Rubiols

It is tradition for friends and family to gather during Easter week with their families to prepare Rubiols, which each family working from their own recipes. They can however, be found throughout the year. They are a crescent shaped pastry that traditionally are filled with cottage cheese, but today is common to find them filled with jams, pumpkin and chocolate.

Coca de Cuarto

This delicious cake is extremely light and fluffy, and is usually either eaten for breakfast or for afternoon tea, accompanied by almond ice cream or hot chocolate. Although a very traditional and simple recipe, many places have started to adapt the recipe to include additional flavours like orange chocolate.

Served in most local cafes or bakeries, it is worth venturing out of your Mallorca villa rental to sit outside a café in the sunshine to enjoy a baked delight and a cup of coffee.


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SPRING 2019 FREE STAYS IN SPANISH VILLAS WITH POOLS

Catalunya Casas (catalunyacasas.com), specialists in villa rentals in Catalonia, North-eastern Spain, are offering free 2 night stays in April, May, and June for selected villas. All villas come with pools and gardens and are located within an hour of Barcelona or Girona.

We Specialise in Memory-Making!

Charming Villa La Juncosa for 8 guests only 20km from the beach!

Enjoy a spacious patio, a cozy home and the wonders of Tarragona in this 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa in the Costa Dorada hills. Costa Dorada has a total of 216 kilometers of golden sands with crystal clear aquamarine waters. These lowlands between the coast and the mountains enjoy an extensive natural landscape with villages and quiet farms surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, almonds and orchards.

Joyful Villa with stunning views of the Monserrat National Park!

Enjoy peace, tranquility and stunning views of the Monserrat National park in this 4-bedroom villa for 8 guests. Take advantage of the warm Mediterranean sunshine in your delightful garden with private pool and views of the luscious forests and majestic mountains of Montserrat. Guests of villa Castellbell can take full advantage of the many hiking trails and mountain climbing activities that the region has to offer, yet easy access to the heart of Barcelona.

Villa Gloriosa de Santa Coloma for 8 guests, 30 km from Costa Brava beaches!

Hidden in the forests of Girona, this three-bedroom villa welcomes six guests for a truly relaxing and rejuvenating vacation. Enjoy moments of peace on the porch of your villa while the children play on the playground in the front yard or participate in a game of foosball on the porch. Indoors, treat your family with a home-cooked meal in a fully-equipped kitchen, where you will have access to the same appliances as your own home.

Villa Mas Borras, nestled in the hills of Costa Dorada, only 3km from the beach!

After exploring the nearby beaches of Costa Dorada, take a dip in your own private pool and enjoy home-cooked meals prepared on the outdoor barbecue as you sip rioja under the setting sun. Two bedrooms welcome 5 guests in one double bed and three single beds.

Casa Cunit for 8 guests, just 5 minutes from the glimmering Mediterranean Sea

Enjoy this fantastic getaway in the heart of picturesque Costa Dorada, just a few minutes walk to the beach! Relax with a glass of rioja on the terrace before a late afternoon dip in your private pool and dinner on the barbecue.

*Rules to qualify for a free stay in any one of the above properties:

1) Pick your dates based on the availability – 2 nights between April and June 15 2019 (see property occupancy calendars in the above links).

2) Agree to pay only the cleaning costs (variable dependant on the villa and listed in the above links), taxes (0,90 per night per adult), and any extra services required (see our guest services page)

3) Email this information to our reservations department at myperfectvilla@catalunyacasas.com along with your name, address, and total number of guests.

4) Confirm that if you and your guests enjoy your stay you will leave us a positive testimonial.

5) Enjoy your free stay!

For further inforamtion on any of these villas, contact the team at Catalunya Casas on +34 674 396 872 or visit www.catalunyacasas.com

Catalunya Casas press contact:

Dawn Buckler

Tel: +34 610 476 501

Email: dawn@catalunyacasas.com

About Catalunya Casas:

Catalunya Casas specialises in hand-picked, exclusively managed family villa rentals (with pool and garden!) that are close enough to Barcelona to enjoy all the benefits the city has to offer, yet far enough ‘off the beaten track’ where guests have the opportunity to enjoy and experience the real Catalonia/Spain. Catalunya Casas prides themselves on personalised and unbiased vacation recommendations, unique (gastronomical, adventure, cultural) activities and exceptional service.

About Catalonia:

Catalonia is a region of north-eastern Spain, stretching all the way from the sandy Mediterranean beaches of Costa Dorada in the south, to the historic coastal villages of Costa Brava in the north. Catalonia is also home to regional capital and world-class city, Barcelona.

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What is the ‘Magic Fountain’?

Situated in the Montjuïc, one of the most beautiful locations in Barcelona, the Magic Fountain, or Font màgica de Montjuïc, is a beautiful fountain designed by Carles Buïgas. Built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, the fountains really became a major tourist attraction in the 1980’s, when musical and lights were added so that the fountains could provide a spectacular entertainment show.

 

Seeing the Fountains

If you’re staying in Barcelona accommodation right in the centre of the city, you can easily travel to Montjuïc on the Metro using the L3 green line or the L1 red line to the Plaça d’Espanya stop. Show times vary depending on the season; the fountains usually erupt between 21:00 and 22:30 during the summer months, and a little earlier during spring and autumn, usually starting around 19:00. It’s always best to check with the Barcelona tourist office to make sure you don’t miss out on this amazing local event.

 

Surrounding Area

The Magic Fountain boasts a great location in Barcelona, and there’s plenty of other sights and attractions nearby to enjoy. Just north of the fountains you’ll find Plaça d’Espanya which is famous for its looming Venetian towers and, of course, for another of the city’s fountains, which was designed by  Josep Maria Jujol. Jujol previously worked with Gaudí, and definite Gaudí influences shine through.

 

To the south you’ll find the sprawling Parc de Montjuïc, which is not only a great area for kids to play, but also for us to learn, too. There’s many museums located throughout the park, including the Museu d’Arqueologia, the Museu Etnològic and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). Although the neighbourhood is a little away from the heart of Barcelona, many people do choose to book a Barcelona holiday rental here thanks to the many different things to see and do, the amazing views of Montjuïc, and the slightly wider, airier streets than those in historic Barcelona which are easier for families.

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