Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tarragona from the Festival Village

There could not be an easier way to get from the Festival Village Apartments in Salou to Tarragona it is right on your doorstep with a fantastic transport link outside these Salou apartments. Take full advantage and visit this city whilst here in the Costa Dorada.

Tarragona has two sides. Both are very different. On first seeing Tarragona you will be aware of the modern city sights on arrival, example’s of the industry going on around the area. The other face of Tarragona is more hidden, but once found it is a beautiful area of culture and history. Tarragona is the capital of this province and is an area of great Roman historical and architectural importance. The area is now protected historical by the World Heritage.

Tarragona is inhabited by 115.000 residents and is a short 10 km trip from Salou. There are various sites that allow you to experience the history of this area.

Going down to the harbour, next to the river Francoli, you can see the Necropolis, which was discovered by the Tobacco industries, in 1923 when they were looking for a suitable site for their factories.

The harbour and the commercial centre join to create an area that is used both socially and is where you can experience Tarragona by the sea.

During your visit you can see the Roman amphitheatre, the praetorium, the roman walls, the roman circus, the aqueduct known as the “Devil’s Bridge”, in addition to interesting museums. Tarragona´s Cathedral is beautiful and is in one of the most interesting zones of the city which includes the university vice-chancellorship, the town hall and some of the most outstanding stately homes of the medieval period: Casa Castellarnau and Casa Montoliu.

As well as history and culture Tarragona has an indoor shopping mall known as Parc Central, where you can experience some of Spain’s more famous shops like Zara and Mango.

The Festival Village Apartments in Salou is the perfect base to discover Tarragona and the Costa Daurada. This Salou apartments combine the freedom of large one and two bedrooms apartments with all the facilities of an all inclusive hotel, the Festival Village offers the best of both worlds.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Barcelona from the Festival Village Apartments in Salou

Barcelona is just about 111 kilometres from the Festival Village Apartments in Salou, an energetic, vibrant and cosmopolitan city that lives looking out over the sea, where culture, art and design dazzles visitors and form part of the daily life of the city’s inhabitants. Visit some of the amazing sites of Barcelona during your stay.

Visit Nou Camp Stadium which is home to the worlds famous Barcelona Football Club. You can go into the stadium and view the pitch from the top of the 105.000 seater stadium, which is the second largest in the world. If you are a huge football fan then visit the 3 store shop and pick up an authentic Barcelona souvenir. You can also visit the famous trophy room and football memorabilia museum. If that is not enough sport for you, you can visit the Olympic Stadium. Spain held the Olympics here in 1992 and claimed 13 gold medals.

Heading into the centre of the city is where you will find some of the best architecture in the whole of Europe. The Sagrada Familia or church of the holy family, an inspired work by the architect Antonio Gaudi, is one of the many amazing sights to experience.

Walk down Las Ramblas, and marvel at the street entertainers and human statues or sit back and relax in one of the many street side cafes. At the top of Las Ramblas you will find Plaza Cataluña surrounded by shops for all those who love to shop till the drop. One of the most famous stores is the Corte Ingles, Spain’s answer to Harrods. It is has nine floors which is a shopper’s paradise. Also around Plaza Cataluña you will find Barcelona’s very own Hard Rock Café and Famous Iron Fountain. Legend has it that once you drink from the fountain you will never leave the city and once you’ve been there you probably won’t want to.

Heading down to the harbour is where you will find the Maremagnum shopping centre, the Barcelona Aquarium and the Barcelona Zoo. Going up the highest point in Barcelona to Montjuic is where you can experience the beautiful panoramic views across the city. At night time don’t forget to visit the Palace of Barcelona and experience the famous magical luminous fountain displays.

Barcelona has something to offer everyone, and is well worth a visit with easy transport links from right outside the Festival Village Apartments the ideal family base for a fantastic all inclusive holiday in Salou. Combining the freedom of large one and two bedrooms apartments with all the facilities of an all inclusive hotel, the Festival Village in Salou offers the best of both worlds.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Getting around Festival Village

These Salou apartments are in the ideal location if you are wanting to get around and explore the Costa Dorada, the Festival Village is located on a fantastic public bus route with easy access to all cities and towns. However sometimes the best way to experience a country is to take to the roads and do your own exploring. You make your own timetable and visit all these places in the Costa Dorada and Catalunya area, which you couldn’t normally reach.

If you want a taste of adventure, but don’t want to spend too much time looking for the right car and the best places to go, then in reception you can be given advise on the best sizes of car for you party or for the type of journey you are planning. The hotel staff in the Festival Village has a fountain of information so you can also use their knowledge of the area to advice on the best places to visit.

To hire a car in Spain you need to be 21 years old or above and hold a current European licence or a British licence.
Driving tips and information: Drive on the right, overtake on the left. Yield right of way to all traffic coming from the right. Spanish drivers tend to use their horn during daytime or lights at night when passing other vehicles.
Note: On the motorways in Catalonia the word for exit is Sortida, while in the rest of Spain is Salida.
The maximum speed limit is 120 km/h (75 mph) on motorways, 100 km/h (62 mph) or 90 km/h (56 mph) on other roads and 50 km/h in towns and built up areas.

The best part of been all inclusive is that you do not have to worry about those extra pennies for food and drink as we have all that for you, so you can spend you extra cash on making the most of your holiday here in the Costa Dorada.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Costa Dorada

Costa Dorada is a paradise for sun-loving family people. The amount of golden sandy beaches is why this area is called the Costa Dorada which means Golden Coast. The protection of the surrounding mountain range ensures a stable climate. The beaches here shelve gently into the sea making it popular for all ages.

The Costa Dorada is the most southern part of Catalunya. The Costa Dorada covers a coast line of 216 km and it goes from Cunit in the north to the end of the Delta del Ebro river in the south. The resorts along the coast have mainly been built up around fishing villages. Between the sea and the backdrop of mountains there is a wide area of farmland, small towns and villages in which you can find olive groves and vineyards.

This area now caters for an average of 3.500.000 visitors a year. The main resorts in the Costa Dorada are:

Salou – Home to Port Aventura and just minutes away from the Festival Village apartments.
Cap Salou – Just located on the edge of Salou and is home to Festival Village.
La Pineda – Home of the Aquopolis Water Park and also minutes away from Cap Salou and the Festival Village.
Cambrils – Traditional fishing village.

Also in the Costa Dorada if you prefer city life and atmosphere you are very close to Reus and Tarragona only 20 minutes on public transport from Cap Salou. You have even got Barcelona which is only an hour away.

The Costa Dorada has lots to offer families as does the Festival Village, with the uniqueness of been the only apartments in Salou to offer all inclusive and a very friendly family atmosphere, with the whole of the Costa Dorada at your finger tips this is the perfect holiday location.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Festival Village on Facebook

The Festival Village is one of the first Salou apartments to now be on Facebook. Join the Festival Village on this fantastic social networking page to find out new and exciting things which are coming to these spacious all inclusive apartments in summer 2010.

Share your experience and photos if you have been to the Festival Village or ask questions and find out all the information you need to know about this all inclusive family property in Cap Salou prior to your holiday.

The Festival Village would love, to receive your participation and feedback on Facebook to ensure we are offering you a value for money family holiday. The Festival Village are the first Salou apartments to offer all inclusive holidays.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Salou parks

Aquopolis water park:

La Pineda is a leisurely 20 – 30 minute walk or just 5 minutes on the public bus from Cap Salou which stops right outside the Festival Village Salou.

This water park offers something for everyone to enjoy, from small children’s slides to thrilling and exciting large water slides. If you do not fancy anything too energetic then you can watch the free Dolphin and sea lion show or just sit back and relax on the sun bathing terraces. A Great day out for all the family.

For thrills, spills and excitement for all the family Port aventura is a must, just 15 minutes away from the Festival Village and Cap Salou, you will be sure to have a fantastic day out. The whole family can enjoy, roller coasters, water rides, simulators, and much more.

Port Aventura offers some of the best shows ever seen in the Costa Dorada, experience the atmosphere of 5 different worlds, Mediterranea, Far West, Polynesia, China and Mexico all offering something different and unique for everyone to enjoy.

Go all inclusive and spend your extra money and one the pleasures above to ensure you have a fantastic family holiday.

Situated at the Theme Park of Port Aventura in Salou you will find another fantastic family water park.

Designed to give you the feel of been in the Caribbean, you can sit back on a deck chair and listen to the reggae music or participate in the exciting water rides. Costa Caribe also has a small indoor section for the cooler days, with rides for all the family.
These 3 main attractions of Salou are a must, by choosing the Festival Village all inclusive apartments you are in a perfect family location to ensure you are able to experience these fun family days out.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cap Salou

Just outside the main area of Salou a short 5-10 minutes drive west you will find the cove which is known as Cap Salou, which is home to the Festival Village.

The area of Cap Salou has 3 little coves which do have life guard facilities and are situated in a very picturesque area with a back drop of mountains full with pine trees making this the ideal location to relax and enjoy your all inclusive holiday.

Cap Salou is a quieter area away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of Salou, but still within easy reach with a great public transport to all facilities and attractions within the Costa Dorada. Just 10 Minutes to the centre of Salou, 15 minutes to Port aventura and 5 minutes from La Pineda home to the fantastic water park Aquopolis.

The Festival Village and Cap Salou offer you the perfect destination for a fun friendly family atmosphere whilst on your all inclusive holiday.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

All inclusive apartments - Festival Village

New for summer 2010 the Festival Village will be offering large apartments on all inclusive with fun family atmosphere and entertainment.

Festival Village gives you the best of both world, a large family apartment, can sleep up to six people, and all the services of an all inclusive hotel in the relaxing area of Cap Salou. There's good transport links if you want to take the kids to Port Aventura theme park or some of the other nearby parks or visit Cambrils or Tarragona.

You can book direct with the hotel ( or through your travel agency or main online travel agencies and coming very shortly it will be available with Thomas Cook in Direct Holidays brochure or calling to 0844 800 7576.

No other hotel offers the same.

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