Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Mirador is the bottom of a duplex, situated close to the resort of La Pineda but in a quiet residential area. Despite it being in "Mirador de Salou" it is not in Salou at all, but on the hillside behind the smaller resort of La Pineda. The villa is an older, more traditional property rather than a modern villa. Villa Mirador is situated on a hillside and is not overlooked at all, with views over wooded areas to the front and side and a view down to the seaside resort of La Pineda. The property has an open living / seating area, with high ceilings and seating for 6 adults. A dining room and 2 bedrooms are situated on a mezzanine floor. The bathroom contains a bath with overbath shower. Another bedroom, with kingsize bed is situated off the living area in the basement area and is accessed through a very low doorway. This bedroom has the benefit of a shower room.
The outside space includes a small private pool, a couple of fruit trees and terrace areas for sunbathing. The barbecue and outside table and chairs mean it's great for eating outside on hot summer evenings.
If you are family looking to visit the beach and PortAventura (but not stay right in the centre of the resort) or you want a golfing holiday Villa Mirador is ideal. It's also a great base for those wishing to get out an explore and see some of the historic and traditional sites in the area.
Although in a quiet residential area, shops, restaurants and bars and the beach are all within walking distance (20 - 25 minutes). A car is not necessary, though most people prefer to have one to avoid the walk up the hill, particularly when it is hot or there is a lot of shopping to carry. There are good public transport links from the sea front to PortAventura, Salou, Cambrils and Tarragona and Barcelona.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Pineda 1.5 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Reus 12 km, Nearest railway: Port Aventura or Salou 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
Air conditioning available. Basic Sky TV channels.
Bath towels, bed linen and beach towels provided.
There is a fully equipped kitchen with 2 ring hob, oven / grill, George Foreman Grill, microwave, toaster, cofee maker and kettle, dishwasher, fridge freezer and washing machine.
In 2007 Villa Mirador was upgraded with a new kitchen, the installation of mains gas and central heating, and an additional bathroom en-suite to the bedroom downstairs. In 2008, new furniture was purchased for the bedroom downstairs. The bed can either be made up as one kingsize bed or as two singles.
Unfortunately, Villa Mirador is not suitable for people who cannot manage stairs.
|Further details outdoors||
There is parking on the quiet road outside the property. As the property is built into the hillside, there is a sun terrace at road level with steps leading down to the barbecue area and the pool. There are stairs in the garden area so please be careful. Sun loungers and beach towels are provided.
There are three terraces for sun bathing, to the front and the side of the house. There is also a seating area and a large barbecue and sink.
If you like fresh lemons for your drinks they regularly fall off the tree in the garden.
The swimming pool is available all year round but it is generally only warm enough to swim between May and September.
Villa Mirador is the bottom half of a duplex. This means that there is another property on top. Despite this, the garden and pool are very private and not overlooked.
The Costa Dorada/Tarragona region
La Pineda is a great place to use as a base for exploring the Costa Dorada. The Costa Dorada is in the autonomous region of Catalunya in the North East of Spain. The official languages are Catalan and Spanish. A lot of sign posts, menus, information, place names etc. will appear in both languages. English is not widely spoken but the tourist areas of Salou and La Pineda are geared towards English and other tourists.....and of course the PortAventura themepark is practically on the doorstep.
The region is beautiful. Costa Dorada (or Costa Daurada in Catalan) literally translates as "golden coast" and when you look at the beaches it is easy to see why.
As well as the coastal areas, the city of Tarragona, about 5 minutes away, is a world heritage site and contains a number of well preserved Roman ruins as well as an interesting old town, imposing cathedral and lots of shops, bars and retaurants. If you head inland, there are many typically spanish towns and villages to wander around. Reus is also worth a trip.
The most famous place in Catalunya is its capital, Barcelona, which is just 1 hour away by train. Here there are loads of places of interest including museums, art galleries, tourist buses, shops, the famous "Las Ramblas", Gaudi architecture, football stadiums, a port complex and IMAX cinema and much, much more.
In the other direction, around 2 hours away, is the city of Valencia. There is a fantastic Science and Arts centre there. In 2007 Valencia is hosting the Americas Cup sailing and every March is the famous fiesta of Las Fallas.
Peñíscola, close to Valencia is a gorgeous seaside town with a fortified castle and wonderful narrow streets filled with restaurants, bars and shops. It is well worth a visit and is about 1 to 1 1/2 hours away.
Also in the region are the coastal wetlands of the Sequia Major.
The coast is much greener than southern areas of Spain. The downside is that it sometimes rains! This is not somewhere to visit for "winter sun" but the weather, particularly in summer is hotter than the UK. Generally during the winter the climate is warmer than the UK but can be cold at night. The Spring and Autumn usually have some lovely warm weather and the summer is, as you would expect, mostly hot.
The region advertsises itself as having 360 days of sunshine each year.
La Pineda Vila-Seca
La Pineda is primarily a modern tourist resort but is much quieter and much more family oriented than its neighbour, Salou. The resort itself is modern with a number of apartment blocks, but it is part of the municipality of Vila-Seca, which has some lovely old buildings and squares. Villa Mirador is situated on a residential street behind La Pineda, up a hill known as Mirador de Salou (literally viewpoint of Salou). It is surrounded by green areas.
La Pineda is a quiet resort with a long, golden beach and caters to both english and spanish tourists. Although much quieter and smaller than Salou, it does get busy in July and August. The resort is an easy 20 - 25 minute walk from the house, although there is a bit of a hill on the way back. The road is well lit. There are no buses that stop near Villa Mirador but in summer you will find taxis at the ranks in La Pineda and you can phone one at any time.
There are no shops or bars in the immediate vicinity of the house, but there are supermarkets and gift shops along the sea front together with a number of bars and restaurants, which are all within walking distance. Most of the shops are open all through winter, some on Sundays but a lot of the waterfront bars are closed. One that is open though is the excellent Pantastic which features a cafe and breadshop on one side of the road and tapas and drinks on the other. There are also cash machines on the sea front.
There is a water park, Aquopolis, on the sea front that has a very good reputation. It is open between May and October.
You will find other bars and restaurants down many of the side streets too. Some are English, some more likely to be frequented by locals, but all likely to give you a warm welcome, particularly outside of the summer months. Near Aquoplolis there are a number of noisier bars which do a roaring trade in summer, probably due to their proximity to Pacha, the famous nightclub. In winter they are closed. But elsewhere the atmosphere is a lot more relaxed and family friendly.
Carnival takes place in La Pineda towards the end of February.
If you want more late nights and lots of English bars and food then Salou is just 10 minutes way by bus or taxi. If you want to experience a more typically spanish holiday resort then head to the fishing village of Cambrils.
There are 4 golf courses within an easy drive. In addition, PortAventura have recently completed work on 3 golf courses which opened in June 2008. 2 of these are in the area immediately around the house and the club house is within walking distance - as well as being able to arrange a game of golf, you should be able to use the club house for a drink or a meal. Greg Norman has been involved in the design of 2 of the PortAventura golf courses.
The north golf course will be a par 70, 18 hole course and green fees are expected to be around 80 euros in high season and 60 euros in low season.
The centre golf course will be a 9 hole course with green fees of 42 euros in high season and 30 euros in low season.
The south golf course will be a par 72, 18 hole golf course with prices of around 75 and 55 euros.
The theme park, Port Aventura, is just 5 minutes away by car and at the bottom of the hill in La Pineda is Aquopolis Water Park and Dolphinarium. During the summer there are plenty of entertainments and activities on the beach and at the sea front. There are good bars and restaurants, a mixture of those frequented by locals and people wanting a more authentic experience and those catering specifically for tourists. In both Salou and La Pineda many of the tourist bars and restaurants are closed during the winter - but you will always find somewhere to eat and drink.
Heading South along the coast you first come to the resort of Salou which is geared very much towards tourists with plenty of activities, a beautiful beach and late night bars and entertainment.
The next place down the coast is the fishing town of Cambrils where you can still watch the catch of the day being brought in. Cambrils is a beautiful coastal town with a working harbour and is famous for its seafood restaurants. It is a wonderful place to sit and drink or to walk around the maze of shopping streets.
Heading north up the coast you reach the city of Tarragona. It is less than 10 minutes away by car or bus and has 2 main parts. The modern city is home to great shopping, businesses, hotels and offices and also contains the wide Rambla Nova which is the ideal place for a stroll or a drink or tapa in one of the street cafes. The old part of town is full of yellow stone buildings, an imposing cathedral, the remains of the city walls, narrow winding streets and interesting shops and bars. This is also where you will find most of the Roman ruins, including the ampitheatre, though they are dotted all over the city.
Further north still is Barcelona, and in between you will find lovely beaches, coves and typically spanish towns and villages.