When I attended the BML16 conference on Saturday 25th June, I purposely decided on only attending a couple of sessions – partly because I wanted to spend the rest of the day catching up with friends. Costa Brava tourism was one of my two choices of the sessions that day as I wanted to find out more about why this area is a top destination for families.
The Costa Brava team did a great job of presenting their session in Room 5. I knew that room was fairly snug having been in it in previous years so I was interested to see how many people would choose to go and listen to them – especially when the previous year was really busy.
Because, this year, Costa Brava are celebrating the “Year of Gastronomy 2016” there had plenty of local dishes prepared for us to try. The table was decorated with holiday items and lots of beautiful looking Mediterranean tapas food. On top of that, their Chef prepared some lovely orange and green bellinis for us to try.
Here, I share with you 5 things that Costa Brava has to offer us as a family.
If you are a regular reader of my lifestyle blog then you may have noticed that we are quite a musical family. I write lyrics and poetry, Ross is the lead singer of a band and Grace is learning to play piano. On top of that, we will be covering the Rewind Festival for the fourth year in a row in August. With all this in mind, knowing that the Costa Brava feature many music festivals throughout the year is really appealing to us. Not only are they very family-friendly, but the children also have a chance to get thoroughly involved by playing some of the musical instruments.
Another subject that you will regularly find on my other blog is food. I recently took part in a bakery course at River Cottage, so when Gemma and the rest of the Costa Brava team explained that cookery lessons were on offer I was extremely interested especially in the one which is for children aged 8 to 11. With Grace showing a keen interest in making her own food, I was pleased to see courses such as the one offer by Totsatula in Girona. Called ‘Kids Cook Great!’ it is aimed at ages 8 to 11 years and includes an explanation of the basic tastes and how to combine them. There is also a lesson in cooking techniques and a chance to make a ‘ parmentier ‘ fry and cook chicken with vegetables and bake an apple tart and cookies.
Our holiday wouldn’t be complete without a great waterpark for Ross and Grace. They have been known to spend hours in the pool together. Costa Brava offers a total of 3 great waterparks which feature various rides, such as wave pools, rapid rivers, kamikaze to suit both children and adults alike.
Game of Thrones Locations
Readers of this blog will know that we recently paid a visit to Northern Ireland where many of the Game of Thrones locations were ticked off of our list. A visit to Girona would mean that we could check out – and check off – even more. Much of the last series was filmed in the Old Town of Girona including the stairs that Arya sat on – and fought on – when she was blind, Kings Landing Cloisters, the baths of Bravos, the Outdoor Theatre in Bravos and the steps that lead up to the Great Sept.
Family Friendly Accommodation
One of the places which really appeals to me in the Costa Brava is Blanes. This Family Friendly area has more than 2,000 years of history and the town has over 4km of coastline with wonderful beaches and quiet coves. There is a long seafront featuring children’s playgrounds, gardens, nature areas and woods. Also, during the summer, the resort holds workshops for children as well as entertainment programmes in hotels and on the campsites. It is here that you will see the Fireworks competition at the end of July.
These are just some of the reasons to visit, but there are so many more. We hope to get to experience at least some of these one day.