Quiet area of the Costa Brava
can be crowded with tourists in High season.
worth a visit!
We did learn some more about the name giver of the viewpoint, we read:*The Catalan writer Josep Pla said that, when passing by Pals, he felt that the village was served to him on a tray.*And he said because this small historic village located at top of a small hill, the Puig Aspre, appears from a distance like a promontory in the middle of the...more
Being at the Josep Pla makes you realize that you’re actually at a mountain. Like I said before, the medieval village of Pals is built up against a mountain, but walking the streets doesn’t give you that idea, besides the fact that it is strenuous at sometimes. But once at the viewpoint you can see and witness it for sure. The view towers over the...more
When we first drove past the little village of Pals we already could see it from the road, build up against a mountain. What a beautiful sight! Especially the medieval Romanesque tower, known as the Torre de les Hores (Tower of the Hours) was very prominent in our view. At that time we already knew that we were going to visit the place and we were...more
Once were inside we had a good look at the interior. It’s not a particular rich church, but still gives away some beautiful ‘secrets’. Of course the beautiful stained glasses are worth a closer look. We noticed that the church has a single nave with some interesting vaults. The apse is semicircular on the outside while the inside remains of...more
Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Esglesia de Sant Pere in Pals we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists. Either the bus / coach was still on his way or everybody was having a breakfast in their hotel. Whenever we visit a church the kids always...more
The history of the entire area of Pals is quite interesting. In advance we read on the internet that in earlier times an extended swampy area surrounded Pals. For a long time the area has been dry, but the name persists from its original condition from the Latin (palus = sump). The oldest surviving documents indicate that Pals was established in...more
The 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, an ice-cream parlour and a handy take-away and pizzeria for those times you...more
There's nothing more synonymous with Spanish cuisine than tapas, the tradition of eating small dishes as an appetizer, snack or in combination to form a main meal of the day. The latter has become a growing trend worldwide in recent decades, and that should come as no surprise to food-lovers: after all what could be better than mixing and matching...more
Making your own food at the campsite is simply a great way to spend time with friends and family, to entertain and to simply enjoy your background. Having a so called “meal at home” is becoming increasingly popular and the eating out is decreasing, probably a budget thing. But anyway, it brings your cooking outside – so you don’t have to miss out...more
It was a nice experience. Every thing its clean, the foods are fresh and the cook is superb.The staff its very friendly and helpful, there is a special and cheap menu for kids. Excellent value for money, the wine list its good and not expensive. Many people say its the best restaurant of area. My favorite dish was the Samarina salade with honey...more
Nice clean place, we ate Al fresco and this wasn't to exciting as there was a road just off the pavement.The staff where friendly and helpful, fetching high chairs and extra seat's to put a carry cot onto. Local Ham and Melon /Home made Gazpacho soup for starters then Steak cooked as requested with Potatoes and Veg, Catalan cream for dessert.more
If the amazing Hilltop village of Pals wasn't enough to entice you, there is one location that just cannot be overlooked. The restaurant is situated near the top of the Old Town, where window boxes of all descriptions overhang the meandering cobbled and arched pathway leading you towards the exquisitely quaint 'Bar El Pedro'. My family and I booked...more
Wondering what to pack for your next vacation? Yes, we always have some stress related to this issue. As an experienced traveler I always combine some days to relax with some days to explore the surroundings, beautiful historical cities or hiking the amazing National Parks. So I can easily say that whenever I am on vacation, I often want to relax, escape and unwind. There is nothing quite like a good book to accomplish these things.
Being away for many days on a vacation break will of course give you a great chance of getting your head into a good book or two, but which books should you choose to take with you? I do take along some ‘beach books’: a good beach book is engaging and a quick enough read that you can finish most of it on the beach before my sunscreen wears off. A beach book isn't necessarily literature, but a beach book that will entertain. With these beach books in my hand, all I need to remember is my towel and sunscreen.
But some literature is also coming along, because having a vacation, whatever the time of year, usually makes me turn my thoughts to which good book should we take with me? Sitting in my comfortable chair after a beautiful day with long walk, reading a good book in the evening makes it complete.
Dress Code: Doesn't matter ... wear whatever you want.
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new...more
You really need car in this part of Spain. You can either pick one up at the airport or do as we did and take your own.We drove down through France from the port of Zeebrugge stopping off overnight in the Auvergne. We made one big mistake and that was to drive round Paris OMG never again, remember the Peripherique can get very busy.It was a good...more
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The four bars on the 'senyera', the Catalan flag, are said to represent the four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. The Senyera is a vexillological symbol that consists of four red stripes on a golden background. It historically represented the king of Crown of Aragon; today is the flag of the Spanish Autonomous Community of...more
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...more
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Spain is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Spain with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There are three main types...more
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?
The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.
This still doesn't explian why a woman turns the map all around when a man is asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!
Before we decided where we wanted to go during the summer of 2012, of course we did some research on Google about Pals and the entire area. One of the things that intrigued me immediately was the fact that there was a Gothic Quarter in the city centre of this old medieval village. The restoration of the medieval town centre, after the enormous...more
Without a doubt is the Plaça Major the busy centre of the town and a true tourist trap. But is this a good reason to avoid it and not visit it? No, not at all. You can also put this main square in the tip section "Must see"! And I can also tell you why :)All around this square you will see magnificent medieval buildings. For example the Casa de...more
Pals is a medieval village which was once neglected but a local doctor set too in leading the restoration and it is now very attractive. This section is Gothic in origin as can be deduced from the pointy arches of some of the windows and doorways. The main road into the village winds upwards towards the large tower which remains of the castle that...more
* Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of SD Cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.more
We traveled by car, and because the boot is on the small side, we packed our clothes in vacuum seal able bag's. Taking the air out of the bags give you more room, suit cases can be bulky and they take up a lot of room. Take plenty of suntan lotion and insect repelant, moscito plug ins's are a good idea.more
The only downside to visiting the beaches is it gets busy at sometimes. But just arrive in time and you will find a parking place for the car and a good spot on the sandy beach anyway. We enjoyed ourselves very much by swimming, writing messages in the sand, have a homemade picnic, threw some frisbee, building sand castles, read some book, did some...more
Because we stayed at Pals for the summer we were able to visit more than just one beach. In our second week we ended up at the beach at Platja de Pals, which is without doubt one of the most attractive beaches I have visited. From some locals we heard that this particular beach has been regularly voted one of the best places to visit in the Costa...more
If you like to stay near stunning coastlines on your camping holidays, Spain is an excellent choice of destination. The country has 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more