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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Viva Espana!

I can't believe we've been back from our holiday for nearly a week now! Talk about coming back down to earth with a bump; it feels as if we haven't been away!

We had such a good time though; it was bloody brilliant to have a proper holiday (our first in two years!) - and bloody brilliant to get some sun too. I even wore a bikini while we were out there ... and the sun has done wonders for my stretchmarks I tell you! 

There's not masses to report as we spent the majority of our break doing some quality relaxing by the pool (I managed to read an entire book! The first one since madam was born - "Life" by Keith Richards which was brilliant---- read it!) but I wanted to share some photos with you and also tell you about the travel company we used. This is not a sponsored post - the company don't even know that I'm writing it - I just thought they were brilliant and really wanted to share their details with other parents looking for viable, affordable holiday options for their family.

We stayed in a villa in a little fishing village in Northern Spain called Tamariu and booked it through a company called Vintage Travel who have properties throughout France, Spain, Italy and Croatia.

Staying in a self catered villa was ace; and travelling with friends was a great idea too. We got to spend time with the kids during the day, then we put them to bed at pretty much the normal time and sat out eating, drinking and generally being merry all evening. Both couples even managed a date night each while the others babysat! Genius.

The villa was perfect. Four bedrooms (we holidayed with our friends and our Godson - so both kids had their own room), two bathrooms, a lovely open plan living area, pool, games area (table tennis, basketball), a patio area and a BBQ area.

They provided high chairs, travel cots, baby plates and cutlery and a 'welcome' parcel made up of bread, butter, cold meats, pasta, sauces, cheese, orange juice, bottled water and wine in case we were too tired after our journey to head out to the shops.

Our rep was at the end of the phone 24/7 - she was English but fluent in Spanish and a godsend when it came to arranging for the removal of a wasps nest we found in the garden and speaking with the airport when our luggage was lost. (Have I mentioned that before? Bloody British Airways left an entire container of luggage in London; we had to wait two days before we got our suitcases!).

The villa was immaculate; it had all mod cons and even had all the British TV channels (including CBeebies - which I must confess came in useful on occasions).

The location was marvellous. An easy hour and twenty minute drive from Barcelona Airport. The harbour was about a kilometre walk away from the villa and there were lots of gorgeous sea-front restaurants to choose from for lunch and dinner. There was a Carre Four supermarket a five minute drive away. There were plenty of other beaches within driving and walking distance, all of which were still very 'Spanish' and not touristy at all. Really beautiful and unspoilt. We visited Llafranc and San Sebastien and I would recommend them both.

Even the information pack we were sent by Vintage Travel before travelling and the house book at the villa are worth mentioning - they were so useful and contained everything you could possibly need to know - from detailed driving directions to and from the airport, to restaurant recommendations and child friendly activities to take part in, in the local area.

I just loved the whole trip. Seriously.

If you are interested in booking a holiday with Vintage Travel their details are as follows:

Tel: 01954 261 431     

Here are a few snaps from while we were away.

You may have read my A-Z of Holidaying with Children post from a couple of weeks ago. I now have one things I would like to add to it! ---- If the place you are staying at has a washing machine (like La Pineda did) then wash all your clothes before you leave. It was brilliant to get home and only have half a load to do! I know I'm easily pleased but it seriously made my day being able to unpack our suitcases and put everything straight away without my house resembling a Chinese laundry for a week! I can only imagine that this would be even more of a life saver for larger families where there is even more washing to do!

Happy holidays to those of you jetting off soon xox

1 comment

  1. that looks amazing. I have been looking for an affordable villa option for some time and one big enough to family share as you have done.
    The company seems great - thank you for sharing!


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