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We spent a wonderful week in this gorgeous Spanish villa - lovingly decorated by Maria and Mateo who were perfect hosts. Villa Eden is huge and spotlessly clean with two superb private terraces overlooking a large pond and a large garden/field plus enclosed area by the pool. There is another smaller cottage next to it but you are not overlooked at all (there was no-one occupying it while we were there). The shared pool looked beautiful but sadly was being cleaned and was empty, which disappointed my son as this was one of the reasons we had chosen the villa. However, it was early in the season and the weather was not great so even if it had been full it would have been far to cold to swim in! However, Maria and Mateo did compensate us for this by treating us to lunch one day which was really kind of them as the weather was beyond their control! They have 4 dogs - two of whom are quite large - but they are all completely soppy and very friendly and kept my son and I entertained with their antics! The birdlife was wonderful here - highlights were the swallows, kingfisher, black kites, night herron and hoopoo - all in the garden. Miravet itself is beautiful - especially the old part along the river. Don't miss the bakers (Forn de pa Vives), the castle, the pottery museum at Ceramiques Ferran (opposite the property) and the pas de barca (ferry). Further afield we explored the mountains, visited the Delta L'Ebre and visited the mountain top village of Siurana where we had a lovely lunch at Restaurant La Serra in Cornudella de Montsant (the village below) - great food, English owner and very friendly, English speaking staff - it is on the edge of the village behind the fire station. They produce their own olive oil and wine which are delicious. We also went to Barcelona for the day by train from Mora La Nova which was very easy - 2h 15 minutes, 12 euros each way - not many trains though! Highly recommend a visit to Barelona - lovely city. All in all a wonderful week exploring Catalonia and we would love to return to this little haven - maybe a bit later in the year when the weather is warmer!
From our warm welcome from David and Angeles we knew we had found a special place. The villa is stunning and the surrounding area is so beautiful. Our thanks to Eloi for his help and attention during our visit. The visit to the Marvellous Caves is exceptional. We were lucky in that we were the only group visiting on the morning we went and it is an incredible experience. Sadly we didn't get the trip on the river as the boat was only running at weekends. The kayaking on the river gave our son a lot of pleasure and trying to photograph the numerous herons and kingfishers gave us a lot of pleasure. We even got to see the hoopoes which we don't have in England. The shops and baker in Benifallet were very good - the bread was delicious. Nearby Tortosa had the bigger supermarkets if you wanted them. Quite simply, in many years of villa holidays in different countries, El Figueral is top of our list. Thank you David and Angeles.