Costa Brava – May 2017

We were fortunate enough to join a group travelling out to the Costa Brava with Jet2 Holidays.

We had never flown with Jet2 before and I was very surprised with the whole flight, going out the duration of the flight was 1 hour 30 minutes, the legroom on the Jet2 planes are very spacious, all the cabin crew are friendly and happy. We had inflight meals on the plane and they are well worth having this not only passes a bit of time on the plane they are also delicious, the Sausage and Mash is the best meal!!!

Once we landed at Girona airport we did not have to wait long for our bags, we got on our coach and headed for our hotel.

The hotel we stayed in was the 4* Aparthotel Costa Encantada in Lloret de Mar. We stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment, there was 2 beds in the bedroom, a kitchenette with a 2 ring hob, a microwave a small fridge a small table and chairs and a sitting room area that had a sofabed and TV. The Balconies are spacious. I would defiantly book or request a pool view apartment. The Dining room was very large and both Breakfast and Evening meal was Buffet. The dining room can get very crowded around 7.00pm to 7.30pm as this seems to be peak dining time. There was plenty of choice for food, fish dishes, meat dishes, vegetarian dishes, pasta dishes and many more. The Aparthotel Costa Encantada is located on the outskirts of busy Lloret De Mar and is around 10 minute walk to the beach (which is a pebble beach), it is around about 20 minute walk to the main strip. Lloret De Mar is very lively and very good for Stag and Hen do’s.

We visited many hotels within the Costa Brava, one hotel that would defiantly be recommended was the 4* Alegria Mar Mediterrania in Santa Susanna, this is an adult only hotel located on the beachfront, the rooms are very modern. At this hotel, you can stay on a range of board basis, B&B, Half Board, Full Board or All Inclusive. At this hotel, there is also a lovely spa with a sauna, steam room, whirlpool and Turkish bath, massage treatments are available and are payable locally.

If you are looking for a family friendly hotel then the 3* plus Rosamar Gardens Resort in Lloret De Mar is perfect. This hotel is located around a 5 minute walk to the beach, this hotel has a splash and aqua park for children and adults and 2 outdoor swimming pools. You can stay at this hotel on Room Only, B&B, Half Board and All inclusive. The standard rooms can sleep up to a maximum of 4 people and the one bedroom apartments can sleep up to 5 people. The main dining room is buffet service with plenty of choice of food and there is also a snack bar if you just want a lite bite.

There is a very nice restaurant called Atics La Carpa located in Lloret De Mar. If you are looking for a nice, romantic date night restaurant then this is the place, it is located on a hill overlooking the sea and the main front promenade of Lloret De Mar. The food a mixture of Tapas and A La Carte, it is cooked to perfection.

If you are staying in Lloret de Mar or Tossa De Mar there is a boat which runs between the 2 resorts, the boat ride takes about 40 minutes each way and you can see the lovely coastline along the way. Just a tip, if the sea is rough do not sit on the open top part of the boat as you will more than likely get very wet from the waves coming over the sides!!

Tossa De Mar is a lovely quaint resort, the beach is pebble, there is a castle you can walk around but be aware it is on a hill. Tossa De Mar is a lot quieter than Lloret De Mar with nice little shops and restaurants. So, if you are looking for a relaxing resort with not too much hustle and bustle then this is the resort.

If you are looking for a city break then Girona City is the place, it has lovely little old cobble streets, typical Tapas restaurants, little squares and plenty of history. The best hotel to stay at is the 3* Hotel Peninsular in the centre of Girona. Some of the rooms have been refurbished into a modern boutique style rooms, the other rooms haven’t been refurbished but they are still spacious, clean and appealing. If you want to stay further out the city you could stay at the Doubletree by Hilton Girona, this is a lovely hotel with a rooftop bar and swimming pool but to walk into the centre of Girona would be about 30 minutes.

Kayleigh Allen – Holiday Lounge Burbage 01455 610734