Take the kids to an incredible camp in the home of artist Salvador Dalí Girona – The Sun


Although it is not possible to visit it now, my wife and I have taken our three daughters to Camping La Siesta, family run, for over 15 years.

Even if they are all adults (17-23 years old), they still love this trip.

        One of our favorites is La Fosca Beach in Cost Brava

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One of our favorites is La Fosca Beach in Cost Brava

Nestled among the pines, it is a mix of comfortably furnished traditional campsites, caravans and wooden bungalows, and we always opt for the latter.

Each has a kitchen, dining table and barbecue, as well as an outdoor area where we have met family and friends many times, including a memorable celebration of the Queen's wedding anniversary. in 2012, with a fortune "street party".

The on-site bungalows and chalets are fitted with showers and for campers and vans there is a shower with toilet and dishwasher, as well as a laundromat.

It's cheap but clean and welcoming, which is why we keep coming back, often in the less busy months of May and June with a large group of family members between the ages of one and 80.


        Crazy artist Salvador Dalí is from the Girona region of Spain.

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Crazy artist Salvador Dalí is from the Girona region of Spain.Credit: Getty – Contributor

A picturesque corner of unspoiled Spain, Calella de Palafrugell, in Girona, is a part of the Costa Brava that has not erased the landscape with ugly tall buildings.

Palafrugell has a lively Sunday food market when many locals congregate in cafes around the main square.

Rent a bicycle from the main reception to explore the area on beautiful local trails that will take you through farmland and rural forest to the nearest beaches.

How is the beach?

        View of the city of Tossa de Mar  from the castle of Tossa

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View of the city of Tossa de Mar from the castle of TossaCredit: Getty – Contributor

We fell in love with the many sandy beaches and rocky coves within a short drive or by car.
Follow well-marked paths along the cliffs and descend on foot to idyllic beaches, only accessible from there or by boat. Among our favorites, Tamariu, Llafranc and La Fosca.

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There is a supervised swimming pool with slides and a shallow section for young children, as well as plenty of space for sunbathing and plenty of beds and umbrellas.

I don't remember seeing tourists get up early to book beds with towels.

Families, particularly those with young children, could never easily leave the site.


ARRIVE: Airlines that normally fly to Girona or Barcelona include Jet2, easyJet, Ryanair and BA.
STAY HERE: Holidays at Camping La Siesta: Calella de Palafrugell Resort has bungalows with bathroom, two bedrooms and a kitchen. For more information, see campinglasiesta.com/es.


        The wooden bungalow of Calella de Palafrugell in which we stayed

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The wooden bungalow of Calella de Palafrugell in which we stayed

The well-controlled site includes children's play areas, including a large one with a five-a-side football, a tennis court, volleyball, inflatables, swings and table tennis.

During the busy summer months, the entertainment team runs a kids' club, a daily program of activities, and evening shows.

Other facilities include an indoor and outdoor gym, a well-stocked mini-supermarket, a gift shop, and a bakery where you can get fresh bread and pastries daily.

The security team even occasionally comes in golf carts to make sure there are no groups of noisy drinks gathered in front of the chalets in the early morning.


        The Salvador Dalí Museum in the birthplace of the artist from Figueres.

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The Salvador Dalí Museum in the birthplace of the artist from Figueres.Credit: Rex Features

The on-site table service restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, a bar, and a take-out counter.

Over the years we have gotten used to walking to restaurants on the nearby beaches of Calella de Palafrugell or along the coast to Llafranc, a slightly more luxurious town. Or you can drive inland to less touristy restaurants that have better value for money.

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It is a paradise for sea lovers, with fresh produce caught daily.

Tapas are a basic delight, with many options for meat and vegetarian dishes.

In Fiego, on the edge of Puerto Pelegri, tables are set on the sand and shaded during the day, or only at night between June and September.

For a self-service department store, go to Palafrugell.

Fancy a drink

La Siesta campsite is not the perfect place to bring teenagers who want a nightlife to Ibiza.

Site owners like outside noise to end at midnight, which is ideal for families with young children. The biggest nightlife town is Platja D & # 39; Aro, which is around 15 minutes by car / taxi. It has more bars and restaurants. But it does have tall buildings, so I'm always happy to be back in the quieter Calella de Palafrugell.

Or head south to Tossa de Mar to visit the castle ruins and its picturesque old town, where you will find narrow streets lined with bars.


Artist Salvador Dalí hails from the Girona region and cultural vultures can drive an hour to his hometown of Figueres to see his old home or the Dalí Theater and Museum, which showcases much of his work.

Or venture further afield to get a taste of city life. Barcelona is 90 minutes by car and Girona is around 40 minutes.

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