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Villas in Catalonia

Mark and David's verdict:

Forget all you've heard about the Costa Brava. The northern, knobbly, genuinely 'Brava' - or wild - stretch of coast is as scenic as anywhere on the Med but without coachloads of Brits. The resorts are tiny, the food superb, the walking and cycling trails well defined and, when you fancy a change, the foothills of the Pyrenees beckon.

Recommended tour operator: Vintage Travel

Vintage Travel says

Catalonia is our heartland. So many of our clients return year after year, enchanted by the unspoilt countryside, the beautiful coastline and the fabulous choice of local restaurants.

  • Culture and cuisine
  • Local experts
  • Private pools

Highlights include the charming medieval village of Pals and its nearby sandy beaches, the pine-fringed bays of Calella and Llafranc, the green hills of the Calonge area and the old town of Begur and its nearby fishing villages. The majestic Pyrenees lie within a two-hour drive of the coast.

Add on a huge range of water sports, beach activities and great shopping from local markets to sophisticated boutiques and you have the very best of Spain.

We offer a wide choice of villas, all with a private pool, sleeping from two up to 16. Choose from coastal locations a few hundred metres from the beach, peaceful rural hideaways and stylish townhouses.

A sandy beach and Tamariu’s charming restaurants are within walking distance of the contemporary Mas Sureda, which sleeps up to 12. Just a short drive away lies Aigua Blava which boasts a fabulous beach.

La Sardana de Llafranc is all about location, location, location – it’s in the heart of Llafranc (perfect if you prefer not to drive) and has a large pool, gorgeous gardens and five bedrooms, sleeping up to ten.

Perfect for large parties, Aldea Repos comprises two adjoining four-bedroom villas which together make up a spectacular converted Catalan ‘masia’. The countryside setting, 400m from the village of Regencós, is glorious and the coast is just a 20 minute drive away.

Looking for something really special? Villa Marta is one of our “wow” properties, a grand Renaissance-style villa with fabulous views, jaw-dropping tiered gardens and a beautiful interior. The pretty harbour of Fornells and Platja Fonda beach are just 400m away.

Our top pick for couples is the charming Nispero Villa in the gorgeous hilltop town of Begur.

Find out more about villas in Catalonia with Vintage Travel and our latest special offers in the region.

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