Camping La Siesta

by Guest

Catalonia is an autonomous province in the north east of Spain and enjoys some of the most beautiful coastline in the country as well as the Pyrenees Mountains to the north. The beautiful landscape of sandy beaches, towering mountains, year round sunshine and hospitable Catalonian culture make it one of the best places to holiday. In the heart of the province is the Girona , an elegant city that sits on the confluence of the Galligants, Guell, and Ter, and is characterized by memorizing architecture, cathedrals, narrow cobbled streets, landscaped gardens, and excellent Catalonian cuisine. Nearby is the Costa Brava, one of the most visited parts of the country. Brits have been travelling to the sun soaked shores of Costa Blanca, the White Coast, for decades. It receives a staggering 300 years of sunshine every year, and enjoys a mild climate, spectacular rocky cliffs, golden beaches, and the lapping waves of the Mediterranean Sea. It has somewhat of a reputation for its wild nightlife and overdevelopment, but camping away from these hordes of crowds makes for a wonderful holiday for groups or families with children.

One of the best places to stay is the La Siesta Holiday Parc , located right on the Costa Brava around a half hour from the city of Girona. It enjoys an idyllic location overlooking the sandy beaches and rocky coves of the region, surrounded by sweet smelling pine forests. Nearby are the pretty little villages of Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc, made up of white washing Spanish houses dotted around a lovely bay with shallow azure waters. They don't attract the same wild crowds that the larger towns and cities do along the coast, but still have plenty on offer including traditional little restaurants serving up fine seafood and Catalonian cuisine, as well as small bars and taverns.

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The campsite is large and has hundreds of marked pitches for tents, most of which enjoy the shade from the pine trees, important in the midday heat. They don't have a power supply, but there are shared bathrooms with toilets and hot shower facilities. The pitches are pick enough to bring your car should you wish to park up, and they are located away from the motorhomes and caravans. It's a wonderful experience to wake up and be down on the beach and swimming in the sea in just moments. Prices provide very good value with accommodation for adults starting at US $10 per night and children around US $5 per night. Unfortunately, you are not permitted to bring your pets with you.

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Camping La Siesta in Catalonia. Photo by Xavi

One area of the campsite is dedicated to motorhomes and caravans, some of which have electricity hook ups. They are spacious sites with plenty of room for you to open up the awning and picnic out under the shady pines. They take up a little more room, so are more expensive than camping, but are also a more comfortable option. Again, they are close to the sea, so you can easily be swimming in the sea moments are waking up if you wish. The campsite is generally fairly quiet at night, making it a peaceful place to holiday.

If you don't want to camp, and don't have a motorhome or caravan, the site provides around a dozen very comfortable bungalows and cabins. Each one is different and individually named. Some are proper white washed Spanish bungalows which are semi detached, spacious, private bathroom with hot showers, air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter, have one or two bedrooms with double or twin beds, a kitchenette to cook up meals, and a private terrace with outdoor furniture. The site also has several spacious 30 square metre wooden chalet style cabins which are big enough for a group or family of 6 to 8 people. These include rooms with double, twin, or triple beds, as well as a living space with a sofa bed. They also have air conditioning, a private bathroom with hot showers, and a private outdoor covered veranda with tables and chairs.

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On site, there is plenty to do and keep the kids occupied for hours. There are 2 large outdoor swimming pools surrounded by sunbathing areas with sun loungers. There is also a children's pool with exciting slides, and a shallow warm toddler's pool. Children can also use the excellent playground, join in at the Kids Club, or the family can hire bikes to go riding along the coastal trails.

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Camping in Catalonia. Photo by Ilya

One the site you can get some exercise, go fishing, use the tennis courts, play football on the pitches, have a family game of volleyball, play table tennis, shoot billiards, or use the shady boules court. That's enough to keep the whole family busy for the holiday. Down on the beach, you can lay out on the fine sand and work on your tan, go snorkeling or swimming in the sea, learn to surf, take part in water sports like kitesurfing or waterskiing, or just find a shady spot to catch up on some reading. The campsite also offers free guided walks and mountain bike rides should you need a little direction.

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If you don't want to drag yourself down to the restaurants in Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc, there are several different restaurants and takeaways on the campsite selling everything from Catalonia classics and seafood to pizzas, hamburgers, and roasted chicken. There are also a number of bars, one of which wraps around the edge of one of the pools. During the summer months the campsite puts on live shows and music to entertain guests.

Other facilities include a snack bar, a grocery store which sells on the provisions you might need, a bakery stocked with freshly baked bread throughout the day, laundry facilities with dryers, a medical room, cash points, and internet access which is available throughout.

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