Villa Francastella is available in the Spring and Summer for private self-catering rental.
This enchanting, well-equipped & spacious four-bedroom detached house, with its own garden, is quietly situated yet only a short walk from sandy beach, shops, restaurants and bars of the resort of Playa de Pals in the most beautiful part of the Costa Brava. With several beaches, pool, fantastic snorkeling, golf and local medieval towns nearby, there is something for everyone.
The villa is built in the Catalan style, and is equipped throughout to a high standard. It sleeps 8 comfortably and has space to relax, within the house, on the large covered terrace, or on the lawn in its garden. It has a pleasant view and overlooks the gardens and pool of the Sa Punta restaurant, rated one of the finest in the region. The house is surrounded by scented pines and the immediate vicinity comprises an abundance of green in which there are other detached houses set off quiet roads with little traffic.
The area: Playa de Pals is a small resort set in the most beautiful part of the Costa Brava between Barcelona and the French border. It is mainly composed of villas set around a village centre, in which can be found the typical facilities of a beach resort. The beach is sandy and extends for a considerable distance. Within easy reach of the house, there are several small fishing villages with sheltered coves and, in a week, one can easily swim at a different beach every day. There are two magnificent golf courses, and all sorts of water sports are available.
3km offshore are the Islas Medas where there is an underwater nature reserve, well worth a visit (there are organised trips in glass-bottomed boats, scuba-diving expeditions, or you can hire your own craft and go snorkeling).
Wining and dining: Playa de Pals and the surrounding area have a great variety of restaurants offering Catalan, Spanish and French cooking. These range from cheap family restaurants to the exquisite Sa Punta, and are mostly really worth a visit (or two). We leave our own guide to these in the house, the result of many years of serious scientific research!
Pool: The Sa Punta restaurant opposite the villa has a full-sized pool as well as a kiddies pool. If seen appropriately to patronise the restaurant (eg a meal or pool-side drinks), guests can normally use the pool at leisure. Lunch can be taken beside the pool, so adults can enjoy this in the style to which the Spanish have grown accustomed (ie, as slowly as you like) while keeping a benevolent eye on the children swimming.