Doorways Ltd - vacations and travel
|from $2,940* per property||15 Days||Year-round|
|Comfort accommodations||5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms|
|Operator: Doorways Ltd||Comfortably sleeps 10|
- Rest & Rejuvenation trips
Villa Ramon is located on the Costa Brava, near Blanes, just 64 kilometers (40 miles) north of Barcelona (just under 1 hour by car). Excellent train service and good roads put all of Spain and southern France within easy reach. This spectacular 5,000 square foot villa was built in 1994. All of its rooms are air-conditioned and heated. The villa is set in a hillside pine grove, in a community of twelve homes with 24-hour security. Residents may use the clubhouse and facilities, including an Olympic-sized pool, tennis courts, and a restaurant on the beach. This beach is one of the more quiet and secluded on the Costa Brava.
All rooms in the villa have sea views, double-glazed windows with screens, and the entire house is tastefully decorated with quality furnishings. Divided into four separate suites, we think Villa Ramon is ideal for groups of family or friends who wish to spend time together and also desire some privacy.
The Costa Brava is a rugged, bold and wild coast north of Barcelona to Spain that captivated Salvador Dali, Picasso and Chagall.. Sports such as biking, scuba diving, cliff climbing, and hiking are available.. The botanical garden, Jardi Botanic Mar I Murtra, is spectacularly located above the cliffs with over 7,000 species of Mediterranean and tropical plants. La Bisbal, a nearby town, is known for its colorful pottery, tiles and antiques. Wonderful restaurants abound. For instance the fish restaurant in Blanes is outstanding. At 5 pm, you can watch the fishermen come in with their catch. The famous Torres vineyards are nearby and well worth a visit.
Ground floor: a garage for two cars and elevator stop. The elevator makes 3 stops - one to the garage, one to the main floor and one to a master bedroom with bathroom en suite, so people with walking problems will have access.
El Marinero (sleeps 2): This studio suite is upstairs from the garage and is decorated with long banquettes, creating the feeling of being on a ship. There is a queen-sized bed, satellite TV and music system, full bath, and a compact kitchen. Two windows overlook the sea.
First floor is the common area for everyone. The pool area on the first floor is backed by a 500 sq. foot living/dining room, kitchenette, fireplace and bathroom. A 15 x 30 foot tiled swimming pool offers unobstructed views of this lovely part of the Mediterranean Sea.
Second floor Monet (sleeps 4): This level has two bedrooms with queen-sized beds. Both bedrooms have full marble bathrooms en suite. The kitchen is ultra modern, with marble countertops and every imaginable appliance and gadget.. The living room, comfortably decorated with Spanish antiques, has a fireplace and satellite TV. A large glass door opens onto a patio where comfortable wooden chairs invite you to sit and enjoy the spectacular view in the sun or shade because of the electrically-operated awining.
Third floor Hortensia (sleeps 2): Up a spiral staircase is a gracious suite with a king-sized bed, fireplace, large satellite TV, and full marble bathroom with sunken Jacuzzi and two sinks. Guests have use of the kitchen cabinet in the common sitting area adjacent to the pool.
Third floor Linda (sleeps 2, 550 sq ft.): This suite has a king bed, fireplace, large bathroom with jacuzzi, separate shower and a full kitchen/dining area and sofa, as well as a full-length balcony with table and chairs and awning. The view is of the sea and coast.
The friendly, helpful owner lives nearby and is fluent in English. He is happy to greet the guests at the airport and can provide airport pickup, tours, tour information and sightseeing in his native Catalunya. He provides start-up supplies such as bottled water, bread, cheese, eggs, and of course, champagne. Guests love him!
La Bisbal , Blanes , Torres vineyards , Barcelona , Jardi Botanic Mar I Murtra, Spain
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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!