Two self-catering, fully independent apartments in the Catalan village of Rabós, tastefully converted with cottage-style bedrooms, comfortable beds, modern bathrooms and fully equipped kitchenettes (gas cooking). Linen and towels provided, but not beach towels.
The ground floor has a secluded private patio; the first floor apartment has a spacious terrace with views; both have charcoal barbecues.
We, the owners will be here to meet you and be of assistence.
The village is still rural, unspoilt, romantic. The church clock tolls the hour. There is no through traffic: for one thing, the streets are far too narrow; for another, vineyards and terraced olive groves begin on the outskirts and peaceful walks (ambles to rambles) lead towards the mountains. Yet the beaches - and there are plenty of them - are only 20 minutes away by car and range from long stretches of sand, with safe bathing and full amenities, to isolated rocky coves and perfect seclusion. The climate is dry, sunny. March to November.
Beaches: Our region has little in common with the congested, package holiday resorts further south. Our beaches are legion and not so crowded. Twenty minutes from our village, the small fishing port-yacht marina of Llançá is flanked by small sandy beaches with safe bathing and all the usual amenities: parking, showers, cafés, tapas bars and shops. Further north, more secluded, more romantic beaches can be found - even a nudist beach.
In the nearby town of Roses (20 mins) there are extensive sandy beaches with shallow water and safe bathing for children. Further south, three kms from the quiet town of San Pere de Pescador there are two or three kilometers of sandy beaches, so extenisive that even in August they are not crowded. In the Cap de Creus peninsular (30 to 40 mins by car), there are many secluded rocky coves, for many of which access is on foot. At the far end of the white-washed waterfront of El Port de la Selva there is rock bathing with parking and stairways down to the coves.
.Activities - enlarged on : Walking, cycling and mountain biking are available on our doorstep. The surrounding countryside, with cork oaks, umbrella pines, shrubs and wild flowers, is charming. At Llançá and Roses, both 20 mins by car, wind surfing, boat hire, snorkelling fishing trips, coastal boat excurions, kayaking and diving are available.
Every town has its weekly street market with an abundant display of local produce, fresh from the farms and orchards: local wines, locally made olive oil, honey, cheese, olives, dried fruit, herbs, spices, cured ham and sausages are on dislay at modest prices. Good places to stock up.
Ten minutes away, the fortified town of Perelada has a summer music festival, is famous for cava (sparkling white wine - the twin of champagne), has a five-star 18 hole golf course and and in the grounds of the castle a thriving casino - don't all casinos thrive?
Barcelona is two hours away by car - a full day excusion.
For children - a turtle conservation farm (2 kms) with turtles big and small.
Salvador Dali: Teatre-Museu Dalí is situated in Figueres, just off the Ramblas and is immediately recognisable by the ramparts of the famous eggs on the roof and, by contrast, the sylph-like statuettes in gold.
Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres in 1904, was a child prodigy and held his first public exhibition when he was 14. He later studied in Madrid and returned to Figueres in 1923, but subsequently split from his family and moved to the United States, from where he returned in 1948, not only famous but affluent.
His work is complex and not easy to understand. It has been described as a reflection of his spiritual torments and obsessions.
In 1960, he offered to set up a museum of his work and private collection of objects, to be funded by the state and donated to the town hall of Figueres. The theatre at that time was a burnt-out ruin. Dali worked tirelessly on the project for over a decade. He created a Dalinian world - which has endured and bought prosperity to the region.
He died on 23 Januay 1989
We really liked the area, great places to visit and beautiful scenery. The village is quaint and pretty although we didn't find the majority of the people to be particularly friendly.. eventually we stopped saying hello as several people totally ignored us when we spoke to them. This was a total contrast to other rural villages we have stayed at and was quite disappointing. However, Jack and Liella we very nice and told us to knock their door if we needed anything.
The building itself was pretty and picturesque..we stayed in the ground floor accommodation which was a converted wine cellar. It was nice but very dark and needed the lights on all day..it also has the smell of a wine cellar about it still and needs airing. It was well equipped and what needed was there. From choice we would have preferred the 1st floor apartment as it appeared lighter and brighter with a terrace with views. We were the only people there for the 1st week and it was very quiet and peaceful..for the last 3 days (when people rented the upstairs apartment) it was quite noisy and not secluded really. We found it uncomfortable to have to go outside to use the bathroom when the open doors to the upstairs apartment are in full view.
To be fair we were out and about most of the time we were there and only spent the mornings in the apartment...we did have a great holiday but felt it a little over-priced.
Jack and Lella are wonderful hosts! They are knowledgeable about the area and of the world. We had scheduled 10 days for hiking in the area, as it is located at the base of the Pyrenees and just 15 minutes from the northern coastline. It is also 15 minutes away from the French border. A beautiful setting that is very quiet and relaxing. I was very ill when I arrived and Jack and Lella were beyond helpful and reassuring. They contacted a pharmacist from a nearby village and provided us with everything that we could possibly need. The small store was steps away and proved most convenient. We stayed on the upper level that had a patio that overlooked the village and the surrounding hills and valley. I could sit in the sun and heal. The apartment was well equipped and very comfortable. Though we enjoyed the coast, it was always lovely to come home to this special place. It took months to recover, but I know that I couldn't have done it without this haven and these lovely people. When we left, Jack guided us through the less traveled back roads through vineyards and across the Pyrenees into France. That drive alone will be a memory that we will cherish forever. Thank you Jack and Lella for everything! (Sorry it took so long to review--it really took a long time to recover and get the wind back in my sails!) Linda and Joel Depper
Having delivered my wife to the airport in Barcelona (she had to go home early), my two adult sons (age 21 and 27) and I set off for our 4 night stay in the village of Rabos. After traveling all around Spain and walking, walking, walking, mostly in cities, we relished out stay in this small town (population approx. 70 people) The apartment was very comfortable, open and fully stocked. We barbequed two of our four nights there and it was wonderful. We got fish right off the boat in Llanca, which is a nearby seaport, and grilled it on our patio. Fantastic! The owners, Jack and Lella, live above this apartment but you'd never know it. They have learned the art of being helpful and knowing when they're needed. A very nice couple with some great stories. Jack, I never did find out how you two ended up in Rabos, though. You told me it was a long story. I had such a great time with my sons and Rabos and this apartment in particular was a great find! We took a day trip over the border into France which was also great. The beaches were very good. Thank you Jack and Lella! I hope to return with my wife someday. Your apartment was just right.
I had a wonderful stay in Jack and Lella's lovely first floor apartment at the end of a little quiet no-through lane in this rural mountain village. The decor of rustic fabrics and exposed stone walls and tiled floors are combined perfectly with stylish bathrooms and modern comforts. A large terrace overlooking the valley and distant hills provided a perfect spot to spend the cooling late afternoon into early evening, as we sipped a beer and watched the light give way to night.
The village itself is a lovely place for an amble - through alleyways, down steep stone steps, small cobbled squares and out onto country roads. I was there in spring and there were wisterias in bloom and wild fig trees coming into leaf. There are walking paths signposted from the edge of the village, and as we lingered on the bridge to look down at the basking turtles on the rocky banks of the river below, lycra clad cyclists also stopped for a break - so plenty on the doorstep for the more energetic.
This is an unpretentious, tranquil spot, where home owners and visitors from many countries live comfortably alongside locals in a rural working Spanish village. After many years living elsewhere in Spain, followed by life afloat for almost as long, Jack and Lella have settled here and take a lively interest in their village and its surrounding area, with its easy access to mountains, sea, France and the cities of Girona and Barcelona. They are attentive and charming hosts, but sensitive to the desire of their guests for peace and privacy.
Thanks for a great and memorable stay - I shall be back!
We have many wonderful memories of our Spanish Holiday mostly because of the beautiful home we rented in Rabos a little town of friendly people,. It was the perfect spot that was close to all the best sight seeing, beaches and markets. Jack and Lella home had everything we'd ever need and they had the most interesting stories of thier sailing adventures. I'd go back in a heartbeat...thank you !!!
I really enjoyed this holiday and really miss the homely place! I enjoyed the culture and John and Lella and especily the shop keeper next door. has she moved away to Africa (is that where she wanted to go)? It was my first christmas away and i loved it, just me, my brother and sister and mum and dad! i would recomend this to any body!!!! P.S it wouldn't let me put the date i came so ill give you it in this comment
Date i came: 19/12/06 (ruffly)
The village is located between the high peaks of the Pyrenees and the broad fertile plain of Empordá, which borders the extensive, thinly-populated sandy beaches of the Gulf of Roses (20 mins by car).
It is a region that is less developed than the coast further south and still offers endless possibilities for exploration, ranging from the Teatre-Museu Dalí in nearby Figueres, with its comprehenisve exhibition of the surrealist painter's work (1904-1989), to the historic city of Girona with its cafés, bars, restaurants and fashionable shops in ancient, arcaded streets; to the art-centre, fishing village of Cadaques (where Picsso painted) and to the Cap de Creus National Park with its rocky coves, wild scenery and acres of wild flowers. Short excursions lead to castles, monastries, outstanding Greek and Roman remains, art galleries, village fiestas, wine cooperatives, museums, delicatessen and the wetlands bird sanctuary at Aiguamolls - to mention only a few!
The spring is sunny and peaceful - the summer crowds have not arrived, the beaches are uncrowded and the queues for the Salvador Dali museum are shorter or non-existent. Villages have cheese festivals, olive oil festivals and wine festivals.
Other Activities: Main activity here is relaxing!