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Member Name: katyc
Camping Castell de Montgri / Costa Brava (Spain)
Advantages: child friendly
We decided that we would opt for this particular type of holiday again this year but we would head for Spain which hopefully would guarantee sunshine!
On the recommendation of my Brother-in-law we booked to go to Castille Montgri after careful research I booked with a company called Lifestyle Holidays as they seemed to be a big operator on this site but their prices were 50% cheaper than Eurocamp.
Castille Montgri is located on the Costa Brava you can fly with the closest airport at Girona about an 1 hour away however we drove (or rather he drove and I helped!) the Camp site once you are in the local town is easily signposted and our holiday company had sent Satellite co-ordinates getting there was only eventful due to the fact the youngest was ill!
This was very painless and incredibly efficient the reception had English speaking staff and required you to complete paper work and provide details of your car. They then notified your rep of your arrival and advised you on site rules and facilities all of which took about 10 minutes:
The site has barrier entry which is manned by a security officer upon reaching the barrier it reads your registration and lets you in with a personal greeting on the display! Although my children are too young to be left alone it was nice to know they would not make it out of the site.
Where do I start this site has so much that we didn't utilise everything that was on offer!
Disco and karaoke bar this was for Adults only and so we didn't visit as we have small children.
There is the L' Ombra area which contains a large pool with slides and a smaller pool attached ideal for little ones there is a restaurant alongside the pool and also this is the cinema area various films are shown at 8pm each evening. Next door is the gift shop selling inflatables and postcards amongst toys and shoes the inflatable's we purchased were very reasonable and possibly cheaper than most stores at home.
Launderette is also within this complex and here you can get a wash done at a very reasonable price I believe it was 8 Euros which isn't bad to drop and go and it was washed very well.
There is also a hire shop we didn't use this but you can hire a pushchair for 5 Euros a day my advice would be to bring your own and if your child sometimes still uses one bring it along you are also able to hire bikes.
Finally is the Supermarket which is very well stocked with everything you can possibly require and an incredibly large wine section! The prices are very comparable to the bigger local one and they can deliver free of charge for you. Very useful as the site is very steep!
This area has the most amazing pool with 365 degree views and is truly magnificent the pool opens from 9 am and closes at midnight in the evening it is all lit and has a lovely fountain.
Every morning there is activities for the children which vary in age suitability there is also entertainment at 6pm for the children and three times a week is the children's disco starting at 8pm then at 10pm there is entertainment which varies from flamenco dancing to circus acts all very good.
Restaurants are fairly priced but it isn't gourmet the menu is burgers, chicken, pizza but on the occasions we tried it was very good.
Situated just outside to the back of the site this is a long trek on foot so we drove and left the car at the bottom yet it is still a long climb but so worth it the pool was very quiet as it is such a trek and very cold water plus not a lot of entertainment to be had here just pure relaxation and the most spectacular views this rapidly became our favourite and we would be first at midday when it opened and often had this pool to ourselves perfect!
Service and Cleanliness:
I was very impressed by the site it was incredibly well maintained and very beautiful the outside areas where typically Spanish in design with lots of planting. The toilet blocks were very clean as were all the tables on the terraces.
The pool was just glorious and all the staff were friendly and polite and when we needed to take our daughter to see the Doctor the security officer drew a map for my husband all achieved without a common language! He then came to check she was ok the next day.
There are a variety of sized mobile homes operated by different companies such as Eurocamp, key camp (same company except Key camp tend to be more expensive) Thompson and lifestyle to name a few we went with lifestyle and they were very good and the mobile home met all our needs.
You can also bring your own caravan or tent or indeed hire a tent for hire of a tent canvass holidays.
We didn't take many trips as the girls were most happy swimming we visited the beach one day and also the market and cathedral at Girona and of course the local town L'estartit which is very lovely indeed one evening there were fireworks along the seafront. We also took a trip in a glass bottomed boat brilliant fun and something we would do again. Although I would advise to shop around.
I have just paid to go again next year and my daughters are practising to take part in the Castile montgri talent show! I am only sad that it is still 360days away as this was a brilliantly relaxing holiday because the children had so much fun they were very content which of course allowed us to relax as well. I have to say the mobile home was very compact but equally it had a large deck area and air-conditioning and the amount of time we spent in it was literally to sleep so why pay more for a larger van with an oven?! www.lifestyleholidays.co.uk
I also can confirm the weather was a perfect 30 degrees all day every day and the wine was 4 Euros for a good rioja!!
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