Doorways Ltd - vacations and travel
Castell De La Reina Juana
|from $10,554* per property||15 Days||Year-round|
|Luxury accommodations||10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms|
|Operator: Doorways Ltd||Comfortably sleeps 20|
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The castle is conveniently located in a small village halfway between Figueres, home of the Dali Museum, and Girona, a small, charming walled city with many interesting museums and restaurants. From here, the beaches and port towns of Roses, Cadaques, L'Escala, and Empuries are within daytrip distance. Hiking, biking, and hang gliding are available in the foothills of the Pyrenees, within easy driving distance. Nearby are many small, unspoiled villages where you can enjoy wonderful meals and typical Catalan lifestyle.
The world-renowned I Bulli restaurant is a fifteen-minute drive (expect to pay top prices and reserve up to a year in advance). A superb Romanesque church dating back to the 10th century is just a short distance away, and a lovely little church on the village plaza is a wonderful setting for weddings and celebrations. There is a bar in the village, and a butcher where you can buy good meats and basic supplies.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the castle offers views to the mountains and beyond. As you enter through the magnificent portals, you will be struck immediately by a sense of peace and tranquility as you embark on the adventure of living in your very own castle. A large terrace is built on several levels, with inviting chaises and a table with an umbrella for enjoying a meal al fresco after a wonderful day exploring the Spanish countryside. Inside, a summer kitchen has all the amenities you will need to prepare simple meals.
On the ground floor, a magnificent banquet hall is a spectacular setting for grand celebrations. Enjoy a game of backgammon or cards in the games room. The owners have taken great care in renovating the windows so that each room of the castle is filled with light. The enormous salon, dominated by a large fireplace, is filled with comfortable furniture and outstanding antiques. A stunningly decorated queen-sized bedroom, sitting room, and en suite bath is set into the arches.
On the second floor, there are two dining rooms - one with a round table seating twelve, and one in a less formal setting, with a rectangular table seating eight. The fully equipped kitchen features many modern conveniences. Also on this floor are three large en suite bedrooms. One is a stunning suite with a fireplace, twin beds and bath with Jacuzzi. The other two are comfortable twin-bedded rooms, each with its own bathroom with shower.
On the third floor, there are four bedrooms, one with a queen sized bed and the others with twin beds, which can also be made up as kings. Two of the rooms have bathrooms in the hall; the other two are en suite. There is a washing machine, dryer, iron, and ironing board on this floor.
On the fourth floor there is another large living room, as well as two bedrooms (all twins) and two baths, one with tub and one with shower.
The house offers every convenience of modern life, including hair dryers, two telephone lines, central heating, satellite TV in each room, high speed internet access, and a fax machine. All of the rooms on the third and fourth floor have ceiling fans.
Figueres , Girona , Roses , Cadaques , L'Escala , Empuries , Pyrenees, Spain, Europe
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TWO WEEKS IN CATALONIA
Day 1: Saturday
Welcome to your Spanish home! Unpack, unwind and get settled. Explore your local village to find grocery shops, restaurants and the nearest coffee shop.
Day 2: Sunday
Visit the Sunday morning Market at Palafrugell. Enjoy the atmosphere with a glass of wine and fish lunch. Continue to Bisbal d’Emporda to shop for pottery. Relax on the exclusive and sandy beach at nearby St Marti d’Empuries.
Day 3: Monday
Dali Triangle: Figueres, Portlligat-Cadaques, and Pubol. Start in the fishing village of Cadaques and see the beautiful Church of Santa Maria, then continue to Portlligat to visit the Dali Museum- House. This must be arranged beforehand. In Figueres, don’t miss Teatre-Museu Dali, Spain’s second most visited museum. If you have children, visit the Museu del Joguet with its collection of antique toys. Head south to Pubol to see the castle Dali bought and restored for his wife.
Day 4: Tuesday
Visit Girona …wind through the narrow medieval streets. The Cathedral has a rare 11th century tapestry of the Creation. Explore the Cloisters. Spend time in the museum. Visit the Arab baths. Explore the Jewish Quarter and Museum.
Day 5: Wednesday
Rent bikes in Banyoles, site of 1992 Olympic crew championships. Stop for lunch at Gil’s 972 57 28 52. Must book ahead of time.
Day 6: Thursday
St Pere de Rodes Monastery, spectacular views out to the sea. Founded in 8th century by Benedictines. Example of Romanesque art. Lunch La GuaGua in Platja de Canyelles (just past Roses).
Day 7: Friday
Visit vineyards: Miguel Torres, Codorniu, Freixenet or Jean Leon . Eat in a tapas bar.
Day 8 Saturday
Drive to France for lunch. Hunt for treasures in the market at Ceret. Spend afternoon in Collioure, where Matisse and other artists painted.
Day 9 Sunday
Visit the Botanical Gardens at Cap Roig. Walk amongst all kinds of exotic Mediterranean flora at where you get magnificent panoramic views of the coastline that stretches from Calella to the cliffs of Cap Roig.Have dinner and watch the famous Sardana dance down at the beachfront Sunday evening.
Day 10 Monday
In direction of Olot take an early morning balloon ride. Visit the Valley of St Aniol d’Aguja. This has spectacular gorges and waterfalls. Olot is a know as the “city of volcanoes” Have lunch at Mas Les Cols. Spend afternoon in Garrotxa Volcanic Nature Reserve.
Day 11 Tuesday
Explore the ruins of Pla de Palol, south of Palamos.. Relax on the beach in La Fosca, a fine sand beach. Walk along the coast starting in S’Agaro. On the way home stop for tapas in Corsa.
Day 12 Wednesday
Take a boat trip with Paco Boats in Tamariu. Visit the cave “Cova d’en Gispert”
Tapas on the beach.
Day 13 Thursday
Empuries has spectacular Greek and Roman ruins. Try the fresh anchovies at L’Escala, a local specialty. Climb up to the Castle of Mongri at Torroella de Mongri. Breathtaking views. Stop for tapas in old quarter of Begur- evening visit to the castle.
Or consider going to France to Ceret and Cllioure, towns where Matisse and other artists painted.
Day 14 Friday
Take a tour of Besalu, filled with Jewish history. The fortified bridge dates to 11th century. Serinya has pre-historic caves which are in amazing condition.
Reflect on all you have done!