About the home
Las Palmeras is an air-conditioned 2 bedroom apartment 100m from the beach and located in the village of St. Marti D'Empuries which can only be described a one of the most picturesque and privileged villages on the Mediterranean. The apartment is located on the first floor of a restored stone building within the towns medieval defensive wall. Which itself was built on top of the first trading post built by the Greeks and Romans on mainland Spain. The whole area is steeped in history with many cultural sites to visit locally.
The front aspect of the apartment overlooks the Romanic Church and the top of the main village square. The rear aspect has a terrace sitting atop the medieval defensive wall and overlooks pine woods and some lovely beach and sea views.
The pines provide some shade and a lovely cooling breeze in the apartment on the hot summer evenings making the terrace ideal for dining 'Al Fresco'.
The village provides a very safe environment for children, the small cobbled streets are pedestrianised. Most of the other houses or apartments are owned by wealthy Catalans from Barcelona who retreat there at the weekends and for their own summer holidays, many of the families have children themselves and it is always a friendly atmosphere.
There are four good restaurants in the village square catering for most budgets from fine dining to seafood to pizza and steaks as well as a very good reasonably priced English speaking wine merchant in the village.
Whether you are looking for a quiet location for a relaxed beach holiday or an action packed adventure, St. Marti and L´Escala really do offer it all, Kite and wind surfing on the surrounding beaches, horse riding and Scuba Diving, sailing lessons to coastal walks, golf to gastronomy or simply a beautiful sandy beach with a good book!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||St Marti D´Empuries, 100m|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||DVD player, Sea view|
|General:||Air conditioning, TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 3|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace|
Further details indoors:
An entrance hall with good storage leads to the other rooms. The master bedroom contains a double bed with the second bedroom containing 3 single beds in a mezzanine bunk bed arrangement. The kitchen / lounge / diner is located to rear of the apartment and leads onto the terrace.
The kitchen is very well equipped with a ceramic hob, oven, dishwasher plus all the crockery, cutlery and utensils you would expect. The dining table seats 5 comfortably and can easily be moved onto the terrace if required for 'Dining al Fresco' (there is also a small round table and 4 chairs provided solely for exterior use on the terrace).
This room also contains a comfortable 2 seater sofa and a TV / DVD combo and a selection of books. There are also various folding chairs which can be stored away or used in any area of the apartment, for instance maybe reading a good book with a glass of wine, whilst the village visitors pass through the square.
Further details outdoors:
A parking place is provided in the residents carpark located just outside the village wall
Please note Saturday / Sunday arrivals only.
The Costa Brava/Catalonia/Barcelona region
The Catalan coast 'Costa Brava' is well known for its wonderful beaches. Many are pretty little jewels, small and hidden away amongst beautiful rocky coves, while others like the golden sands in the bay of Roses on the north side of L'Escala stretch for mile after golden mile.
The 'Costa Brava' runs along the coast of the Catalan region of Girona. The capital, Girona, is a beautiful lively city of approximately 100,000 inhabitants. The city boasts some lovely architecture and has been called the little Venice of Spain with its pretty bridges and painted terraced town houses overlooking the river Onya. The city boasts a lot of history including Arabic baths and a Jewish quarter. A great panoramic view of the city can be gained by walking the top of the ancient defensive surrounding wall.
Culturally, the works of the artist Salvador Dalí are probably best known, and a visit to the museum of his work in Figueres, his home in Cadaques and his wife's castle in Puból are a must. The region has many other museums, festivals and exhibitions that are also well worth a visit.
Although the beaches may take much of the attention, Girona province possesses incredible diversity, friendly people and great food to offer. There are natural parks in the pre-Pyrenees, 40 minutes' drive from the coast, where you can walk to the top of a volcano in less than 30 minutes, or incredibly well preserved medieval towns which still host 'medieval markets' with the vendors dressed in traditional Catalan costume, selling locally produced artisan goods.
The area surrounding L´Escala the Emporda has been described as being like Tuscany; pretty towns with medieval centres built atop of hillocks looking out over a huge fertile plain covered with orchards, olive trees, lemon groves and vinyards. The Emporda provides a fantastic place for cycling with well marked routes through quiet village where local restaurants and cafes serve 'Cuine Casolana' or real homemade food.
On the subject of restaurants, don't forget that Catalunya was until recently the area with the most Michelin stars in the world, Girona was home to two of the worlds top 5 restaurants El Bulli which was voted best restaurant in the world 3 times before becoming a centre for Gastronomic excellence and El Celler De Can Roca which is now vying for the top spot. Many people come to the Girona region just to take advantage of the gastronomy but whether Michelin stars are in your budget or not there are fabulous restaurants to suit everyone's pocket.
A visit to Catalunya and the Costa Brava really is recommended and remember with temperatures around 25 degrees Celcius; April, May, June, September and October can be much more pleasant than the hot summer. Even the winter months are generally mild. Spring and Autumn are also a great time for golfers to take advantage of lower season green fees, many at a fraction of the equivalent UK courses fees to incredible venues like the Catalan PGA (40mins drive), Emporda (20mins), Pals beach (25mins), etc.
The L'Escala / St. Marti D'Empuries area
L'Escala is a small fishing town (famous for the best anchovies in the Mediterranean) to the north east of Catalunya on the southern edge of the Bay of Rosas, surrounded by sandy beaches. The Greeks and Romans both created their first settlements on the Spanish peninsula here at St. Marti D'Empuries to the north of L´Escala and for that reason the Olympic flame was landed here during the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
Nowadays the area is a place the middle class Catalans would really like to keep as a secret for themselves, but independent holiday makers are starting to discover its charm. St Marti D'Empuries is a truly wonderful place to stay, steeped in history and a protected village located within a medieval defensive wall on the doorstep of some of the Costa Brava's most beautiful family friendly sandy beaches. To the north is a continuous sandy beach stretching for about 20km to the south is L'Escala with beautiful coves and bays to explore and snorkel.
During your stay you will also find there is a huge amount you can do including watersports for all levels (club mistral situated 600m down the beach), golf, cycling both on and off road, horse riding (500m), ballooning etc., or for those wanting to delve into Catalan culture there are lots of museums and places of interest locally including the Greek and Roman 'Ruins D'Empuries' (400 metres away), the museum of Salt, and not forgetting Salvador Dali's 'Teatre-Museu' and his house which is now itself a fabulous museum.
How to get there
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L'Escala is easily accessed from all over Europe by Plane, Train and Car. There are 3 airports within 1hr 45mins drive, the nearest being Girona (45mins drive), which is now a key Ryanair hub serving the whole of Europe.
Perpignan airport (1hr 15mins drive) also being served by Ryanair and Air France, not forgetting Barcelona airport (1hr 45mins) which is served by most of the large airlines including BA, Easyjet, Iberia, Lufthansa, KLM etc.
The nearest Train station is Flaça (25mins drive) which is situated on the main line between Barcelona and Cervere (the French border) making high speed train travel from Paris, London, Brussels etc. simple.
L'Escala is located 20km from the AP7 motorway (the motorway connecting Barcelona to France) and is well signposted making self-drive very straightforward. The driving time to Calais / Brussels is approximately 13-14hrs.
A car is advised for this location. During summer months a tourist road train (carrilet) runs from St. Marti D´Empries to Cala Montgo at the other southern end of L´Escala (6km).
Activities near L'Escala
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
30 Aug 2011
Stayed here this summer, the apartment has everything you need and is perfect for a family with children. Jonathon Orr ( the agent) could not have been more helpful and deserves a 5 star rating all on his own! The apartment is perfectly situated with views across the square from one side and a small wooded area with a partial sea view from the balcony. The village is idyllic and the restaurants fantastic, especially L'esculapi. That's all there is there 4 restaurants on the square, a wine shop and a small gift shop. The beach is fabulous with a selection of beach bars along it. Very shallow water for about 50metres so really safe too. You have to go into L'escala for other provisions but thats not a hardship to be honest. The carrilet runs every hour so not a problem at all.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 5|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|22 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||€ 596||-||-||1 Week|
|6 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||€ 798||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Not included in price: bed linen & towels (supplementary €10 per person).
10% deposit secures booking, balance due 4 week before arrival. A cancellation at least one month early will return 50% deposit (full refund if the slot is subsequently booked).Enquire now
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