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
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!