Best location to visit Barcelona, Catalonia,France

Best location to visit Barcelona, Catalonia,France

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
5 baths

About our home

Luxury house with pool, spa, sauna, lovely garden etc., ideally located to visit the best of Catalonia and SW France.
Easy access to Barcelona, but also to the best seaside and countryside places in Catalonia, as well as to SW France, which is a huge plus, especially in summer, when Barcelona city heat can be unpleasant.

- Barcelona center, 1 h drive, 38 min. by train
- Mediterranean Coast - the most beautiful and prestigious spots only within 20 to 40 min. drive
- Emporda (the Tuscany of Spain) medieval villages - 20-30 min. drive
- Emporda wine and olive oil region - 20 min.
- French seaside villages, Collioure and its medieval castle, Banyuls etc. - 1 h 15 min.
- Carcassonne, the largest medieval fortress in Europe - 2h
- Toulouse - 3 h
- 3 fantastic water and amusement parks for children open in summer only - 20 - 40 min.
- lots of beautiful hiking paths close to the house, from 5 min drive to the surrounding countryside/hills to 20 min drive to the scenic coastal walks
- the picturesque Girona Gothic Quarter is just 10 min. away, with its cobblestone streets, Cathedral, Arab Baths, scenic views from the bridges over the Onyar river and many, many fantastic restaurants, bars and cafes
- the Pyrenees Mountains with the pretty villages of Camprodon (1 h 12 min) Puigcerda (2 h), or even the small country of Andorra (2 h 40 min) are perfect to cool down on a summer day.
- if you like lakes, a walk around the Banyoles lake, 20 min away, is a sheer pleasure, we often go for a walk and dinner by the lake on summer evenings

Our designer house in a prestigious residential area of Girona is 5000 square feet, with open 2 level dining & lounge area, 3 in suite spacious bedrooms, 1 more bedroom with bathroom downstairs, gym, kitchen with professional equipment, panoramic lift, full air conditioning, inside and outside barbecue, nice garden with 16 x 4 m pool (heated and covered in winter), sauna, spa and relaxing water falls. Outdoor amenities for the kids - big trampoline, outdoor ping-pong table, sand pit, swings, bicicles, toys.

Quiet residential area, bordering the prestigious local tennis club, easy access to the Girona airport (15 min. drive) and Barcelona center (1 h). Our housekeeper, Gloria, could come during your stay to help you, she's a great cook, cleaner and child carer! We offer 1 luxury crossover SUV automatic gearbox car and 1 convertible automatic gearbox car as part of the exchange.

Here are some ideas of great activities to do with kids near Girona in summer. The roads here are very good, the traffic is not heavy, except for Friday and Sunday afternoon around Barcelona, many routes around Girona, the coast and the countryside are very pretty.

Girona Old Quarter, 5 min. rom home
Narrow cobblestone streets to enjoy the summer shade and scenic walk on the city medieval walls, pedestrian-friendly, liberally scattered with tiny playgrounds and quiet squares, beautiful views from of the Old Town from a few pedestrian bridges that cross the river; it’s clean, charming, and sedate. And not so crowded as Barcelona Old Town.

Acuatic Parks:
- http://waterworld.es/en/home.html, 30 min. drive from home
- http://aquadiver.com/, 29 min. drive from home
- http://www.marineland.es/cataluna/en/, 34 min. drive from home

Some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain:
- Tossa de Mar http://www.infotossa.com/en/beaches-nature, 37 min. drive from home
- Calella de Palafrugell, Llafranc, Tamariu http://visitpalafrugell.cat/en/, 44 min.
- L Escala & Sant Marti d Empuries http://www.visitlescala.com/en/beaches, 40 min.
- Cadaques http://www.visitcadaques.org/index.php?lang=uk, 1 h 15 min.
- Platja d Aro http://www.costabravalifestyle.com/features/why-platja-daro-has-all-round-appeal-for-beach-holidays/, 30 min.
- Sant Feliu de Guixols, http://www.visitguixols.com/en/, 30 min.

Medieval villages:
- Besalu – 30 min., Emporda (the Tuscany of Spain) - Pals, Peratallada, Ullastret, Palau-Sator etc. - 40 min.

France:
Safari park http://www.reserveafricainesigean.fr/, 1 h 27 min.
Carcassonne castle http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/345, 2 h
French seaside villages, Collioure and its medieval castle, Banyuls etc. - 1 h 15 min.

The Pyrenees
- the Pyrenees Mountains with the pretty villages of Camprodon ( 1 h 12 min) Puigcerda ( 2 h), or even the small country of Andorra ( 2h 40 min) are perfect to cool down on a summer day.

Banyoles lake:
- if you like lakes, a walk around the Banyoles lake, 20 min away, is a sheer pleasure, we often go for a walk and dinner by the lake on summer evenings

And of course Barcelona, 1 h drive, 38 min. by very nice and clean high speed train. With children, you can visit there:
- Aquarium http://www.aquariumbcn.com/
- Cosmocaixa Science Museum http://obrasocial.lacaixa.es/laCaixaFoundation/home_en.html
- Tibidabo Amusement Park

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  1. We are a couple with two sweet boys, 10 and 7 years old

  2. Joan owns an electronics company and I have a food & wine travel agency

  3. We know our region very well and would love to pass our knowledge to you, so you can make the most of your vacation here in Spain.

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Buzzy restaurants
Celler de Can Roca, the best restaurant in the world
Cool bars
One in Girona, Dry Martini, the Mirror in Barcelona
Cozy cafés
Plenty of cozy cafes in Girona Gothic Quarter and Barcelona Gothic Quarter
Retail therapy
Girona, Barcelona, La Roca Outlet Village, France
Bit of culture
Medieval towns in Emporda, Carcassone in France, apart from obviously Barcelona & Girona
Walks in the park
Park Guell in Barcelona
Spot of exercise
Seaside hiking paths nearby, cycling routes in Girona area
Day tripping
France ( Carcassonne, Colliure), Penedes & Priorat wine regions, Pyrenees Mountains

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