This beautiful villa has been fully refurbished for the 2008 letting season and offers top-class accommodation for eight persons in four double bedrooms, two of which are en-suite. There is an additional shared bathroom plus an extra cloakroom with WC & shower. The modern layout offers open-plan living downstairs with large fully equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge with outside balcony & barbecue and steps down to pool, & sun bathing decking. At the end of the garden there is a private mooring (11m) for residents use and the canal leads out to the main marina and into the beautiful Bay of Roses. Boats may be hired by the hour for trips round the canal, and a number of renters bring their own boats and can then enjoy trips to the many little bays on the Cadaques peninsula. The fishing port of Roses is nearby, as is Figueres and the amazing Dali gallery. Some of the best golf in the Costa Brava is nearby, and in walking distance is the world centre for sky diving & kite surfing.
Costa Brava: The northern Costa Brava - 'the wild coast', is one of the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean. It is known for its pretty fishing villages, evergreen pine and cork oak forests, and proud Catalan culture and cuisine. Girona and Barcelona are both worth visiting for the exquisite architecture and fascinating history. Figueres is where Salvador Dali was born and is buried - a visit to his 'theatre' gallery is a must. To the east is Cadaques, one of the most unspoilt areas on the coast and a beautiful white painted town reached by a single road, or by sea. This is where Dali worked and lived. To the north is the French border and the magnificent Pyrenees mountains that today separate France & Spain. The Catalans are a proud, friendly and hard-working people, and see themselves as distinctly non-Spanish. Do not confuse this part of Spain with the high-rise hotels & package tour destinations of southern Costa Brava - it is not and long may it remain so.
Emporiabrava is situated in the beautiful Bay of Roses, in northern Catalonia. This resort is the largest residential marina in Europe and is a boaters paradise. The villa is in walking distance of beach, shops, restaurants, bars & clubs. There is something for all ages here. The resort is flat, and ideal for cycling. Surrounded by the Aiguamolls natural park, and near to the Greek / Roman ruins of Castello d'Empuries, Figueres and the wonderful Dali theatre, and the studio home of Salvador Dali on the Cadaques peninsula. It is only two hours drive to the snow & ski resorts of the Pyrennees, and there are six of the best golf courses in the Costa Brava within 40 minutes drive. You are also close to two of the best 10 beaches in the world (Sunday Times). Fly into Perpignan or Girona (both served by budget airlines), both are about a 40 minute drive away, or even Barcelona airport (two hour drive). The France-Spanish motorway is about 15 minutes away....a great holiday venue for all!
Other Activities: Skydiving, kitesurfing, diving, art - Salvador Dali, history - Roman/Greek ruins
Golf: The Costa Brava was recently voted top emerging golf destination in the world by IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators). Within a 40 minute drive of the villa are some of the best golf courses not just in Catalonia, but the whole of Spain. There are seven courses within a 40 minute drive, two of which are used by the European tour events - PGA de Catalunya, and Pals. The courses at Peralada, Torremirona, Emporda (forest & links courses), & Girona are each magnificent and superbly maintained, and golf here is considerably cheaper per round than playing in Costa del Sol, and importantly, less busy and without the impossible high temepreratures that you find in southern Spain. Multiple round passes can be purchased that provide discounted golf on the above courses, and are worth considering. Each club is complimented by superb facilities, and all club officials speak English so booking is no problem. Within an hours drive you then have two further top-class clubs - Golf d'Aro & Club Golf Costa Brava, the latter played through mature woodland at sea-level, and the former on the hill top above Platja d'Aro with superb views across to the Mediterranean sea below. This region truly is a golfers delight. However, should you have a non-golfing memeber or two of your party, then the nearest golf club to Emporiabrava is that of Peralada, which happens also to be a world-renown Spa where clients can be treated and pampered in style whilst you are out playing golf.
Ski: Five resorts, four alpine and one for cross-country, make up the range of winter sport options in the region. La Molina, Masella, Vall de Nuria & Vallter 2000 have become favourite destinations and the Catalonian government have invested heavily recently in improving and promoting these resorts. All are around a two hour drive from the villa in Emporiabrava.