Pals Sports & Outdoors

  • Beautiful facades in the Gothic Quarter.
    Beautiful facades in the Gothic Quarter.
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  • How about this street scene :) ?
    How about this street scene :) ?
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  • Just me in the streets of Pals.
    Just me in the streets of Pals.
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    Swimming pool - Quite an aquatic complex.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 1, 2012

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    Overview of the swimming pool of Mas Patoxas.
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    If you like to stay near stunning coastlines on your camping holidays, Spain is an excellent choice of destination. The country has numerous coastal regions to choose from - there are three seaboards to choose from: the Mediterranean, the Cantabrian and the Atlantic, all with an exceptional climate and a coastline which offers a whole world of possibilities. And particularly if you're one of those people who believe that the beach is not just for lying around. In addition to the great beaches and excellent campsites at these destinations, there are many attractive coastal towns to choose from for your camping holidays in Spain. These are ideal places to visit on day trips, and whether you want to enjoy chic sophistication or historical elegance there is sure to be a town that suits your needs. If you look for peace and quiet on your camping holidays to the Costa Brava, Mas Patoxas is an excellent place to visit.

    One of the huge advantages of Camping Mas Patoxas is the huge swimming pool, especially when you have kids travelling along. It’s great fun for the kids and a relaxing environment for the parents. The swimming pool is open from 15-05 to 15-09. Enjoy!

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    Swimming pool - Make room for slides, water games!

    by Jerelis Written Oct 1, 2012

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    Sam is going down the water slide!
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    Gone are simple boring pools! Make room for slides, water games and relaxation. Water parks in the new millennium are made of several pools equipped with slides, currents or bubble pathways. Some campsites go above and beyond and have wave pools, lagoons bordered with sand or indoor spaces reserved for babies and for young mothers. I guess this is the new standard whenever you're visiting a campsite in Spain. Camping Mas Patoxas is not different.

    Just 7 kilometers from the sea and a superb beach, the Camping Mas Patoxas offers sites for tents, caravans and motor homes. Just like the brochure we immediately saw the large pools, a kids’ pool, the huge slides and the beautiful sunbathing area. These offer fun for young and old , but mostly for our kids, who could spent hours here, for them it was a terrific fun to slide down the water chutes and slides. Nothing could be more invigorating than swimming, playing, sliding and having fun in the pools and on the water chutes and slides. After such stimulating activities, the very clean sunbathing area and our own deckchairs invited us to read a good book, relax and rest – what holidays is also about!

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    Swimming pool - No free deckchairs.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 1, 2012

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    The view from the swimming pool at the hinterland.
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    The amazing Camping Mas Patoxas has all the necessary services available. The friendly reception and its 'I' point provide all the useful information of the camping itself, the region and its places of interest you could wish for. There is also a large bar-restaurant, with terraces, and a handy take-away and pizzeria for those times you don’t want to cook. But top of the bill is the swimming pool for sure.

    At the Camping Mas Patoxas, the large water park boasts numerous attractions. It has a children's pool and several water slides. Lucky enough there were no deckchairs present. We have very bad experiences with these beds for free. These leads to people who already put their bath tower on a bed early in the morning and go off again. A few hours later they appear again and claim their bed with towel on it. I think this is insane! Here at Mas Patoxas there are no deckchairs and these rather weird things are not happening! We took along our inflatable deckchair and more than enough room to have a good spot and enjoy the beautiful weather and the kids having fun.

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    Hiking – The medieval town.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 27, 2012

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    On our way to the Gothic Quarter of Pals.
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    Pals is a city a lot of history indeed. The medieval town had its golden age between the 11th and 16th century. The compact town of Pals is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Pals is Spain, and yet it is a culture unto itself. It was an small city of the ancient Roman Empire and its legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. Historical buildings to stroll around include the Casa de Vile, we read that this particular building was first designed in the 12th century and was intended to create a safe place of comfort for the residents of Pals, even whilst under attack. Besides that do visit the Gothic Quarter, Placa Major, Josep Pla Viewpoint and the defensive walls behind the village reveal delights at every turn. Time to explore it!

    We can honestly state that the best way to explore Pals is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 30 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. Pals is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.

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    Hiking – Take time to meander.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 27, 2012

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    Hiking our way in the narrow alleys.
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    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Pals’ old town's principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won't do justice to the entire city of Pals whenever you won't visit other parts than just the main sights. So ... do meander, because the cluster of sights around the main street / square Placa Major are truly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing.

    There are truly more than enough vibrant cultural scenes to see, like the off the beaten path Passeig Arcqueológic way back near the Josep Pla Viewpoint and for example the Esglesia de Sant Pere at the back of the Placa de l’Esglesia. Via the pavement along the church, with its beautiful tower, we ended up at the deserted viewpoint, which is probably the most important point of Pals. It lead to a great spot, right from here we could make out the fields of Empordà and the Medes Islands. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Pals might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs will help you in getting around. Enjoy!

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    Hiking – Game plan strategy.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 28, 2012

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    Just me in the streets of Pals.
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    Most people try to rush Pals on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Pals properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Pals we saw on a city map that the small town of Pals is divided into two areas - the historical old town and the more residential area in the new part of the town. We visited the city twice, and hiked our way through both areas.

    Our hikes were in the old town (Gothic Quarter) where the city is one huge ancient site in which we could walk for several time. It was quite strenuous sometimes, but definitely worth while! For example we started at Carrer del Cami Fondo where we parked the car, made our way to Carrer Abeurador and finally hiked way into the Gothic Quarter and it ended at the Placa de l’Esglesia at the other side of the city centre. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley's, this part of Pals is the place to get hopelessly lost for a few hours. We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up at El Pedro, Carrer de la Torre, mazes of hilly backstreets and deserted gardens. The real Pals?

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - No prior technical skill

    by Jerelis Written Sep 4, 2012

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    Reading the hand-out of the ROC Aqua rafting company learned that a raft is an inflatable boat and that you need to manoeuvre it down the river with paddles. It's the best way to get a touch of white water sports without any prior technical skills. Of course with the help and support of a river guide onboard. How hard can it be, so for us (I did it with two friends Sjoerd and Patrick) it was just time to get acquiped and enter the raft, which can accomodate a crew of 8 people maximum.

    For us rafting is a rather challenging recreational outdoor activity. In our case it was done on some different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite us as much as possible! We knew that it is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous. But of course we wanted to seek a thrill and entered the raft. Before we were getting started we learned some of the rules to secure each other safety. The guide told us for example that one of the most simple ways to avoid injury while out of a raft, was to swim to an Eddy (a calm spot behind a rock in the water which the current disperses around) to avoid being taken downstream.

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - What an amazing ride!

    by Jerelis Written Sep 4, 2012

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    Almost hitting the walls.
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    We were descending the powerful rapids of the Aude river in this rubber dinghy, using peddles to steer away from the rocks and move along other obstacles. We found out that boat used (zodiac type) was very safe and had a great resistance to the blows. We sat in the raft with eight people and the instructor at the back. We all sat on the edges of the boat and holded on for life, as we braved the rapids. The instructor at the back looked out for obstacles and guided us in the right direction. His job is to plot the course with the oar and to give the necessary instructions to the rest of the group to advance the boat down river down. So every now and then we had a rock splats, a nose dunk and did a pirouette to avoid some rocks.

    At first it might seem like a dangerous sport, but it’s not really. Falling into the water won’t do you much harm. We were well equipped with a helmet, life jacket, full wet suit and neoprone boots. We experienced this because at some point of the course the instructure cap sized the boat on purpose and we all fell into the cold river and had to swim our way to the side of the river to reorganise the team. But anyway, it was an amazing ride!

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - Own level of difficulty.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 4, 2012

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    Rock splats technique.
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    The ROC Aqua Rafting Company has 3 trips to undertake.

    The beginners trip (2 trips available):
    The St George gorge: beautiful itinerary (level 3), of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the morning.
    The Pierre-Lyse gorge: aprogressive itinerary (level 4) of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the afternoon.

    The sportive trip (1 itinerary only):
    A wonderful trip (level 5) along the river Aude of about 14 kilometres. This is one we took.

    We took this thrilling ride down the river Aude right in the beautiful and fascinating mountain range of the Pyrenees. It is definately an heavily adrenalin fuelled sport. The river Aude in Spain is considered a mecca for European rafters and we learned why.

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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