|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
A fabulous roomy 3 bedroom apartment in exclusive Aigua Blava Bay, Catalunya. A 5 minute walk from the Mediterranean and a salt water swimming pool carved in the rocks (private to the apartments and continuously refilled). Sunbathing platform with steps into the sea. The ground floor apartment is set in a beautiful landscaped garden full of olive, lemon and pine trees. It sleeps 6 people comfortably (up to 8 with bunkbeds for children) and has 2 bathrooms, a cool spacious sitting and dining room with wifi and an extremely well equipped kitchen. Aigua Blava bay is about 1 hours drive from the French border. Known as 'Catalunya Verda', this region of the Costa Brava has an attractive pine forested rocky shoreline with many small bays and beaches.
We live in England but we spend the bulk of our holidays in Spain at the apartment with a third generation now enjoying its uniquely lovely setting.
We are a brother and two sisters whose parents bought the apartment in the 1960s when they fell in love with the place after numerous stays at the nearby Aigua Blava Hotel.
Aigua Blava is an unspoilt village which in spite of the Spanish building boom has stayed pretty much the same as it was when our parents first came. It is a million miles away from the popular concept of a built-up, touristy Costa Brava.
Robert Paulley purchased this apartment in 1960
The mostly rocky coastline is crammed with tiny fir tree-edged beaches, the local food markets are extraordinarily good (hence the very well-equipped kitchen) and the garden and saltwater pool are a haven for anyone looking for a brief escape from a busy urban life.
Although there are numerous golf courses in the area and some very attractive cliff-top walks, as a family we spend long hours sitting on the terrace just watching the sea, re-reading favourite books from our shelves, sipping cool drinks and indulging in our favourite pastime of calling less fortunate relatives back home to remind them how beautiful it is. It's known as The Balcony Call. Of course they get their revenge when it's their turn ...
The apartment is only an hour's drive from Girona airport and a short drive from nearby towns.
The flat is minutes from the pool and the Mediterranean. We provide everything you need to travel light, the kitchen and bathrooms are bang up to date, plus there is wi-fi for anyone who wants to check emails or make a Skype call home. And if you are visiting out of season, there’s a wood-burning stove to keep things cosy on cooler nights.
Aigua Blava has a charm and magnetism which keeps people coming back year after year. And because the apartment is genuinely a family flat as opposed to a commercial property, it is better equipped than most holiday rentals and feels like a real home from home.
"We had a terrific time - beautiful location, not too many people at that time of year (June), lovely grounds, a fully equipped kitchen - how rare and welcome.....I'm sure we'll be back for more."
"We had a wonderful week. My family loved the new experience of somewhere so special, and for me it was a bit of a trip down memory lane, all very nostalgic! How lucky you all are, and how generous of you to share your apartment and all its homely comforts; it was just like coming home!"
Platje Fonda is a deep beach with access by a long flight of steps and has good swimming (5 minutes walk). Platje Aigua Blava is a sheltered sandy, shallow beach, ideal for children, with a bar and 2 beach restaurants (5 minutes drive or 20 minutes walk by coastal path). There is a swimming/sunbathing platform by the Es Cau pool and another near the Aigua Blava Hotel.
By air, to Gerona airport (1 hour), to Barcelona airport
(2 hours), or Perpignon airport (1.5 hours).
By road, take the motorway from La Jonquera on the Franco-Spanish border and C252 (about 1 hour from border).
By rail, Motorail to Narbonne or RENFE to Gerona station and taxi to flat (about £10).
By coach, SARFA from Barcelona (2 hours) or Gerona city centre (1 hour) to Begur, and taxi to Aigua Blava.
Car hire not essential but recommended.
Sports facilities: excellent swimming and snorkelling, windsurfing, waterskiing, sailing and scuba-diving, plus an extensive network of well marked local footpaths for walkers. The Pyrenees (1.5 hours drive) offer hill walking, climbing, pony-trekking, hang-gliding and skiing in season. Printed brochure or e-brochure available on request. Culture: Catalunya has an unbroken history reaching back to the Phoenician, Greek and Roman empires. Worth visiting are the archaeological sites of Ampuries and Ullastret, the medieval hill towns of Peratallada and Pals, the Salvador Dali museum and house at Figueres and Cadaques, the Gothic/Romanesque regional capital of Gerona, and of course Barcelona, one of the great cities of Europe. And don't miss La Bisbal - an entire town dedicated to the creation and sale of ceramics. Local services: there is a small but well-stocked supermarket in the village, as well as several bars and restaurants. Begur (2.5 miles), a small fashionable hill town, has bars, galleries, fancy shops and some excellent restaurants. Palafrugell (5 miles), a lively market town, has a wide selection of shops and services, including the emergency clinic, police station, banks and a central square with cafes and local festivities. The highlight is the superb daily food market from 8.00am - 1.00pm (except Mondays). Normal shopping hours are 8.00am - 1.00pm and 4.00pm - 8.00pm.
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Sep 4 2016 - Dec 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Our changeover day is Saturday. Arrival time 3pm. Departure time 10am.
A 25% deposit is required on confirmation of booking. The balance is to be paid in Sterling in the UK (or euros into our Spanish account) 6 weeks before arrival. No bookings for the coming year will be taken before 1 January.