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Beachy Jun 10th, 2002 04:32 PM

Costa Barva
 
Has anyone stayed at Hotel Columbus- Playa D'Aro on the Costa Brava? What is the town like? How are the beaches??<BR>Thanks!!!

Alec Jun 10th, 2002 04:52 PM

Probably the least interesting resort in that part of Costa Brava: concrete, tacky and overdeveloped. Beaches are fine: gently shelving coarse sand. Lots of families and day trippers. Haven't stayed at that hotel. If you can afford it, s'Agaro a few miles south is smart and pleasant, as is Sant Feliu de Guixols, a working port with an old monastery church and plenty of Spanish atmosphere. Or go further north around Calella de Palafrugell: lovely coves among tamarind trees, and quieter.

beachy Jun 11th, 2002 08:16 AM

Thanks Alec,<BR>Is it really that bad? I'm booked there for two nights in early September. All I really care about is a nice beach, though a little atmosphere wouldn't hurt...<BR>Any other suggestions?<BR>Thnx

Alec Jun 11th, 2002 02:47 PM

For a couple of nights you will survive, and if travelling by car, any number of wonderful places are close by. The drive north from San Feliu to Tossa is absolutely spectacular (choose nice weather) and has some lovely secluded beaches.

Beachy Jun 12th, 2002 11:11 AM

Thanks again Alec,<BR>We won't have a car. We were planning on taking the bus or train... How crowded do you think it will be the second week of September?<BR><BR>B

Alec Jun 12th, 2002 03:17 PM

I was in the area last August, and it was very busy (not impossibly so...). By second week of September it should have quietened down quite a bit, while the weather is still warm enough for a swim. Obviously a car would be a help, but local bus companies (mainly Pujol and Sarfa) run reasonable service between resorts, and taxis aren't too expensive.

beachy Jun 17th, 2002 10:00 AM

Thanks again, Alec.<BR>Anyone else ever stayed at Hotel Colombus?


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