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Trip Report Relaxing in Costa Brava

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Part 2 of our trip to Spain was a very relaxing week in Costa Brava (Begur). For Part 1 in Barcelona, see http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/barcelona-with-teens.cfm

Blog w/ photos:
https://freytravel.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/costa-brava-spain-july-2015/

Who: Family of four, DD16 & DS13 + Family of 3

When: July 18th-25th (7 nights):

Why: We have some very good friends we met while living in England. They visited us last year and it was our turn to venture over the Atlantic. We picked the Barcelona/Costa Brava combo. We did Barcelona on our own and then met up for a relaxing week in Costa Brava with our friends.

Lodging: “La Chumbera” from Interhome
http://www.interhome.com/spain/costa-brava/begur/holiday-house-la-chumbera-es9440.707.1/

The Good:
Location, walking distance into town and even to the various beaches around Begur
Size—4 BR/4.5BA
Pool!
Lots of outdoor seating in different places to catch the shade
Equipped kitchen and passable outdoor grill

The Not so Good:
No A/C. We knew that and for the most part it was fine. However they didn’t have enough fans for all the bedrooms.

Spotty Wi-Fi (<50%). Seemed to be a problem with the provider that Interhome tried to work out as best they could (still frustrating).

House was a little tired. Had the rental-I’m-trying-to-sell feel.

All and all, it worked out. We spent a lot of time at the pool and eating in so it must not have been too bad.

Itinerary:

What itinerary? This was all about slowing down and visiting friends. It really was a stark contrast to the hustle/bustle of Barcelona. We showed up at 2pm and the place was shut down. Plenty of personal space and no schedules.

We took a day trip to Figueres and the Dali Museum: http://www.salvador-dali.org/museus/teatre-museu-dali/en_index/

We also spent a day in Girona (walking tour, naturally – this time with the Tourist Info office).

We went for walks on 4 of the mornings and spent the rest of the time chillin’ by the pool.

Food:

Other than the 2 lunches on our day trips, we only ate out once. We had a very good meal at Restaurante Aiguaclara

http://www.hotelaiguaclara.com/en/#_=_

The rest of the time we cooked at the villa. I enjoyed going to the grocery store every day (there’s a decent size one just outside of town). Prices were very reasonable; probably cheaper than home. Cooking may seem like work on vacation, but it actuality it afforded a very leisurely and casual pace.

It was a great and memorable week.

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