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Mas Talaia

Barcelona
,  Girona
,  Figueres
,  Costa Brava, Spain, Europe

from $8,752* per property 15 Days Year-round
Luxury accommodations 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
Operator: Doorways Ltd Comfortably sleeps 15
  • Catalonia
  • Rest & Rejuvenation trips

Located in the heart of the beautiful Catalonian hills north of Barcelona, this lovely farmhouse is perched on a ridge with breathtaking views of the Pyrenees and rolling farmland.  Here the air is clear and guests can relax informally in the countryside of rural Spain, explore famous art cities (Barcelona, Girona, Figueres) or swim and sun on the famous sandy beaches of the chic Costa Brava, less than 30 minutes away. The house has easy access to the highway, which is just 5 minutes from the farmhouse. You can cross the border into France in less than an hour making it easily possible to dine in Perpignon.

The surrounding countryside, dotted with medieval hill towns, woods and green fields, is reminiscent of Tuscany.  Lance Armstrong lived in Girona and trained in the hills and Pyrenees Mountains, because the area is excellent for bicycling and walking with many trails.  Guests can explore village markets, craft and pottery shops and marvelous restaurants.  Catalan cuisine is absolutely delicious, with fresh produce and ultra-fresh fish; several world-class restaurants are within reach.  But guests are also delighted by the small country restaurants that can be found in the nearby perched villages.

This beautiful stone "masia" (farmhouse) has a red-tiled roof, ancient well and stone walls with climbing bougainvillea.  It dates from 1806 and is a comfortable accommodation for up to 15 people with 7,600 sq feet indoors and a large covered terrace with fireplace and BBQ area outside.  It has been thoughtfully renovated to keep the original flavor with exposed-stone walls, vaulted ceilings, huge exposed beams, terra cotta-tiled floors, and color-washed walls.  All six bedrooms have individually controlled installed air conditioners.

Ground floor (sleeps 2+2) Enter into a large elegant entrance with original terra cotta barrel vault ceiling and terra cotta tile floors. Also on the floor is a large livng room with satellite-TV, pool table, card tables, sofas and large library with books in English, Catalan and Spanish. The heart of the home is a spacious eat-in country kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, fireplace and sitting area. One bedroom with queen bed and bathroom with shower over tub. There is also a library/office with a computer and twin beds to provide sleeping space for two additional guests, as well as a pantry and laundry room with washer and dryer. The kitchen door leads right out to the marvelous covered terrace with dining table for 14, fireplace and buffet.

Second floor (sleeps 10+1) Upstairs are 5 double bedrooms (3 queen-bedded rooms and 2 twin-bedded rooms) with 5 bathrooms, and a large center room with hand hewn beams, antique furniture, table and chairs. All bedrooms have window screens in all of the windows and all bedrooms are air- conditioned.

Outside are a garden with sunny and shaded areas, pergola, BBQ, swimming pool (5 x 10 m or 17 x 32 ft), Ping-Pong, bocce (petanque), basketball, and soccer field with goalie posts and a bicycle shed. All sport equipment is supplied. This is lovely country for biking to several nearby villages on quiet country roads to visit a coffee bar. Bicycles are available on request. Daily maid service is included. 

Amenities include pool table, computer with Internet access and printer, satellite TV, DVD player and stereo.

Mas Talaia is a marvelous place for a family or friends to enjoy a relaxing vacation in a fascinating and beautiful location.

Locations visited/nearby

Barcelona , Girona , Figueres , Costa Brava, Spain, Europe

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this accommodation is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this accommodation. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.

Itinerary

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.

Day 15

Reflect on all you have done!

 

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