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Luxury Villas in Catalonia

Catalonia offers travellers an eclectic mix between French and Spanish culture, seducing visitors with its magical coastline, deep blue sea and rocky coves of the Costa Dorada. Further inland a rich history and magnificent architecture in the cities of Barcelona and Girona wait to be explored.



See Our full range of luxury Catalonia villas below

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Mas Mateu
Girona | Bedrooms: 15 | Sleeps: 18 + 14

Special Offer: Daily massage service included for all Low Season bookings. Voted the 'Best Residence in Europe' at the International Property Awards in 2010, Mas Mateu has since been hosting the most elite and discerning clients from all over the world and is steadily growing with each successful season. Situated within an expansive 18th century Spanish estate, the villa is the perfect example of classic combining with contemporary to produce a match made in heaven. Steeped in Catalan history, the house is set amongst the undulating Gavarran Mountains with uninterrupted views of the Pyrenees in the far distance, yet still only 15 km from the rugged delights of the Costa Brava. Lovingly restored to its former exquisite grandeur, Mas Mateu offers family and friends the opportunity and excuse to escape to the heart of Catalonia. The various staff members, including two chefs, a sommelier, butler and concierge, will make sure every one of your needs and wishes is catered for.
Rates: from £34,238 per week



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Masia con Torre
St Pere d. Ribes | Bedrooms: 9 | Sleeps: 18 + 2

Built more than 250 years ago, Masia con Torre is a historic Catalan manor house steeped in tradition and drenched with antiquity. Once a wine producing property, the magnificent charm of this house consists in the perfect alliance of antique original elements with high-tech comforts. A winning combination that ensures friends and family a haven of tranquillity and comfort all within a 5-minute drive to the hustle and bustle of Sitges.
Rates: from £5,348 per week



Luxury villa rental in Catalonia, Ca L'Amiral
Ca l'Amiral
St Pere d. Ribes | Bedrooms: 9 | Sleeps: 16 + 12

This 16th century finca is set in a private estate with outstanding views - ideally suited for a special celebration or family holiday, with a solar heated 18m x 6m pool, separate children's pool and Jacuzzi, home cinema, snooker and billiards table and relaxing walks within the 14km of private grounds near Barcelona.
Rates: from £6,640 per week



Introduction

You can expect beautiful sunsets, fascinating days out and excellent regional cuisine in Catalonia. Our rental villas in Catalonia are in the unspoiled areas of this region, away from the crowds that can descend on the Costa Dorada.

Luxury Villas in Catalonia, Spain - A&K Villas

Lying between Barcelona and the French frontier, Catalonia enjoys some of the best of French and Spanish culture and gastronomy. The true essence is pure Catalan including the language which is now almost universally spoken here (although Spanish is understood and spoken). Many visitors come to the Costa Dorada due to its reputation as a paradise for water sports enthusiasts with sailing, water skiing and scuba diving at one of the coastal resorts.  Whilst the coast enchants sun and sea worshippers, inland lie peaceful rural backwaters with interesting towns and villages, easily reached thanks to the coastal and north-south motorways leading into and out of France.

For lovers of history there are numerous fascinating sights, from the Greco Roman ruins of Empuries to the medieval Jewish quarter and magnificent Cathedral of Girona; tiny medieval villages such as Pals or Cruilles, or magical Besalu protected by its fortified Gothic bridge. 

For wine lovers the local vintages are beginning to command increasing respect among the experts. When it comes to gastronomy you are quite simply in one of the most exciting regions of Spain, if not the whole of Europe, with notable chefs presiding over their restaurants. 

When it comes to art then this is the land of eccentric Salvador Dali; the extraordinary museum, his home in the Castle of Pubol, and the still enchanting fishing village of Cadaqués are all fascinating visits. Cadaqués is an arty, small coastal village which is popular for hiking and fishing. 

A littler further afield but well within the reach of a full day’s excursion lie the foothills of the Pyrenees and villages such as Garrotxa and the valleys and churches of the Ripolles. During summer there are many musical performances in the region, culminating in the prestigious Pedralbes festival.


Events


January
  • Sa Pobla ( Barcelona)
  • Fiesta de San Antonio Abad (all over Spain)


February
  • Barcelona Carnival


March
  • Latin American film festival (Lleida)


April
  • Palm Sunday Celebrations (Barcelona)
  • Ceramics Festival (Celrà)


May
  • Corpus Christi Floral Art (Sitges)
  • The Wool & Country Wedding Festival (Ripoll)
  • Tarraco Viva (Tarragona)


JUNE
  • Grec Barcelona Festival (Barcelona)


July
  • Harvest Festival (Avià)


August
  • International Ceramics Fair (Argentona)
  • Sant Magí Festival (Tarragona)


September
  • Alella Food and Wine Festival (Alella)
  • Catalan Wine and Cava Show (Barcelona)
  • Santa Tecla Festival (Tarragona)


October
  • Cava Week (Sant Sadurní d'Anoia)
  • Record Collector's Fair (Barcelona)
  • Festa de Sant Martirià (Banyoles)


November
  • L'Alternativa Barcelona Independent Film Festival (Barcelona)


December
  • Noche Buena (all over Spain)

Activities


Suggested General Activities in Catalonia

Wine Tasting – discover the Tarragona wine region
Costa Dorada – the “Golden Coast” in the south of Catalonia provides terrific beaches, charming villages and intriguing history and culture
Wellness – enjoy a relaxing day in the Arab Baths in Girona
Montserrat – take the railway up the mountain of Montserrat, which is known as the holiest place in the region of Catalonia. Montserrat also offers climbing possibilities
Swimming – find beautiful beaches around Tarragona and Barcelona
Golf - five award-winning golf courses - golf in Catalonia is considered to be exceptional
Windsurfing/ Kitesurfing – there are many beaches around Barcelona, Tarragona and other provinces of Catalonia
Climbing – the best place to go climbing is Montserrat
Sailing – Playa de la Bogatell is the best beach in Barcelona to practice aquatic sports
Hiking – Barcelona, Girona and Tarragona all have pleasant places to go hiking
Scuba diving – schools can be found around Barcelona, Sitges and Tarragona
Kayaking – schools can be found around Barcelona
Horse Riding - Can Jou (near Girona) offers beautiful scenery to ride through
Barcelona, Park Güell
Barcelona, National Museum of Art of Catalonia – open all year round
Barcelona, The Fundació Joan Miró – open all year round
Barcelona, Picasso Museum – open all year round
Barcelona, Zoo – open all year round
Barcelona, Wax Museum (Museu de Cera) – open all year round
Tarragona, Amphitheatre
Tarragona, The Archaeological Museum (Museo Nacional Arqueologic)
Tarragona, Museu Necr
Tarragona, Parque de Camp de Mart Tarragona, Cathedral Girona, Sant Pere de Galligants Archeological Museum – open all year round
Girona, Museo de Arte – open all year round
Girona, Museo del Cine – open all year round
Girona, Parque Natural de la Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa

Suggested Sporting Activities in Catalonia

Swimming – find beautiful beaches around Tarragona and Barcelona
Golf - five award-winning golf courses - golf in Catalonia is considered to be exceptional
Windsurfing/ Kitesurfing – there are many beaches around Barcelona, Tarragona and other provinces of Catalonia
Climbing – the best place to go climbing is Montserrat
Sailing – Playa de la Bogatell is the best beach in Barcelona to practice aquatic sports
Hiking – Barcelona, Girona and Tarragona all have pleasant places to go hiking
Scuba diving – schools can be found around Barcelona, Sitges and Tarragona
Kayaking – schools can be found around Barcelona
Horse Riding - Can Jou (near Girona) offers beautiful scenery to ride through

Suggested Local Attractions in Catalonia

Barcelona, Park Güell
Barcelona, National Museum of Art of Catalonia – open all year round
Barcelona, The Fundació Joan Miró – open all year round
Barcelona, Picasso Museum – open all year round
Barcelona, Zoo – open all year round
Barcelona, Wax Museum (Museu de Cera) – open all year round
Tarragona, Amphitheatre
Tarragona, The Archaeological Museum (Museo Nacional Arqueologic)
Tarragona, Museu Necr
Tarragona, Parque de Camp de Mart
Tarragona, Cathedral
Girona, Sant Pere de Galligants Archeological Museum – open all year round
Girona, Museo de Arte – open all year round
Girona, Museo del Cine – open all year round
Girona, Parque Natural de la Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa

Practical Info


Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

Catalan & Spanish 

Currency Information

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Spain. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping Suggestions

The Spaniards are fairly relaxed about tipping etiquette. However service is not usually included in restaurants and it is common practice to leave the spare change, or up to 10% of the total in a smarter restaurant. Taxi drivers and bartenders may be tipped less. Many petrol stations are not self service, however it is not usual to tip the station attendant.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
Weather

The climate of Catalonia is typically Mediterranean. Therefore you will find many hours of sunshine, mild winters and warm summers. The Pyrenees and the neighbouring areas have a high-altitude climate, with minimum temperatures below 0ºC, annual rainfall above 1000 mm and abundant snow during the winter. Along the coast, the climate is very mild with temperatures increasing from north to south, while the rain behaves the opposite way. The area far from the sea has a continental Mediterranean climate, with cold winters and very hot days in summer.

Health

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity

Electrical service in Spain is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz – a converter/adaptor may be required.

Driving/Parking Info
  • No right-hand turn on a red light
  • Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way
  • Passport or national ID as well as driver's license/insurance papers/ownership papers must be carried all the time
  • National speed limit is 50km (31mph) in towns, 90km (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways (carretera secundaria), 100km (62mph) on dual carriageways (carretera/autovia), 120km (75mph) on motorways (autopista).; Speeding fines: 30 – 300 Euros.
  • Minimum driving age is 18.
  • For use of the highways (autopista) it is often necessary to pay a toll before access. Prices vary and are calculated by the distance of the journey. 
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0,05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police. 
  • An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.