A summer vacation with your family? Go for Costa Dorada!
Summer is coming… We will have two long months of managing our lovely kids… That’s 8 weeks… Count 60 days…
Aaaah…, as wonderful as it may sound at first, the real question is: how long will it take before we start missing their school…
My kids hate summer camps. They hate waking up early and being rushed in the morning. I don’t call it vacation either! (dixit Dayi).
So it will be mummy’s duty to plan nice and restful vacation for the whole family… Not an easy thing to do. Summer means crowded beaches, crowded hotels,… And I hate that!
A suggestion from an old friend comes … “Why don’t you go to Tahiti. I went there on my honey moon. There are plenty of beautiful beaches and it’s so calm and peaceful! “. Okay… Tahiti… For a starter, four airplane tickets of 1500 euros per person will cost a mini fortune… I think we will pass this time… I am not sure why she would think we can afford such holiday… Maybe she hasn’t seen my car… A Grand C4 Picasso with a huge bumper…
While I was still thinking about how to keep my kids busy for 2 dreadfully long months, Raf proposed to go to Spain. OMG Raf , Spain? Seriously? The country is invaded by tourists in the summer. “No Raf, not Spain in summer! Blablabla…”.
Not sure if he actually heard me, because the next day it was a moment of … Bingo! He went ahead and booked 2 weeks near Salou. ‘Take it or leave it Sam, you can stay here if you want “. Is he serious? He must be kidding? But the look on his face said it all…
Back to my part of work: organizing activities during our family trip to Spain… I looked up:”What to do with 2 kids in Salou”. And to no surprise, I found out that the area is beautiful but… Packed in summer!! Whatever… At this point I am going there for the kids.
Here we are! The car is loaded and we are heading in the direction Bonmont, some hundred kilometers from Barcelona on the Costa Dorada. My bags were full of books as I was planning on reading most of the time.
The first day at the hotel, I saw that the kids club opened from 9 am to 4pm! Yeessss! God bless kids clubs ! I signed up Yas and Dayi right away… For the whole week… And I will read my books… I know that the area is stunning, but again, I can’t stand busy places. So the pool and the deckchair will be my best friends.
But you know what – Costa Dorada proved me wrong! I have to admit, for the first time ever… My expectations were totally wrong! And God do I feel happy about it! I haven’t spent a day at the pool and Yas & Dayi never went to the kids club!
The Costa Dorada is just stunning and so open that there is space for everyone! There were no crowds at the beaches, no traffic going in and out of the city. We just enjoyed the sun, the beach, excellent food and plenty of activities for Dayi and Yas.
We loved the beaches of Miami Platja and the one of Hospitalet Del Infant. The beaches are large and we were able to find everything we need for family: showers, playground for kids, restaurants,…
We enjoyed visiting small towns.
We stopped in Reus for a short visit of the old city center and do some shopping.
We walked at the sunset along the Rambla de Garbi to the city center and discovered the best artisanal ice-creams on the coast! What a delight!
One of my favorite spots was Tarragona! We got lost in the old town, touring inside the Roman walls between Roman ruins and San Maria Cathedral. There are a variety of restaurants, small shops and Victorian buildings to visit and see. We hung out around the city and then took a tour on a little train (an hour to visit most of the city). The kids loved it!
We tried a visit to the Gaudi Park, but unfortunately the wait time to enter the park was too long. Too bad, we were only able to see it from the free part of the park.
The next day, we went swimming on the beach of San Sebastian very lively but very extensive so there was lots of space for children.
The Costa Dorada is an ideal destination for families. We really loved the combination of city walks and farniente moments. Everywhere we went, we were welcomed with children: on the beaches, in restaurants and cafes…
We will sure go back again! Viva Espana!
Platja Del Cristal: Limonero! Delicious dishes, a nice decoration and a pleasant service facing the sea, in a quiet place…
Hospital Del Infante: small hut facing the Vistamar hotel. It does not look like you can get lunch or dinner on the beach for really cheap. For 4 people, count 30 euros.
Cambrils: artisanal ice cream by Heladeria Antonio SirVent