Credit crunch in the UK, but Catalonia is still affordable for a holiday

mventrance2.jpgMany readers are under the impression that Spain has become expensive…it’s still affordable…you just need to know where to look and to look beyond the rental door. Catalonia and the Baix Ebre and Ribera dÉbre are still offering good self-catering and Bed and Breakfast holidays.

I recently received an apology email from an enquirer who was searching for a holidaycenhlcot-2.jpg in Europe : “…of course I’ve eliminated Europe from my list,” she writes, “since everyone knows it’s become too expensive. I had my sights on a holiday this year that offered both historic & exploring options, coupled with sporting activities in Europe within reach of beaches and mountains. But from what I hear, I don’t think I can afford it anymore.”fincalennie1.jpg

This is a misconception. For affordable living, Catalonia in Spain is still a great choice…but you’ve got to look below the surface. We can still offer you choices for summer holidays for June, July and August.trosets-rentalbed2.jpg

The options are all within accessible reach to all the tourist routes for: the wonderful giant father of all rivers, The Ebro, to reel in the mighty Wells Catfish and giant golden Carp; the Natural parks of the Els Ports Mountains and The Ebro Delta ( alive with hundreds of species of birds; cycling and GR walking routes; country drive outs to provincial dining; bars and decent restaurants in the towns; quaint seaside ports and villages nearby; beaches and hidden coves and friendly Catalonian people; historical sites and closecenrasqueravillagehse1.jpg to Terra Alta wine cellars and so much more. Golf is becoming a prominent sport attraction out here and we have a new one between L’Ampola and Carmales just off the N340. ( A separate golf spot follows this one.)

There is a hidden beautiful region in Catalonia just waiting for you. A part of Spain that’s already well-known to birdwatchers, cyclists, hikers and those searching for the Giant Wells Catfish and huge Carp, but virtually unknown to potential expats or foreignfjbb.JPG property buyers who have only frequented the “Hotspots” of the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, Costa Bravo and even (accessible to us) Costa Daurado (Dorado).

But above all us, it is a wonderful area to holiday in. You need not be an adrenalin fueled or athletic enthusiast orangevilla1.JPGto enjoy a holiday here again and again. Catalonia is steeped in history and many Roman ruins to visit and of course the many different sites of the Civil War. Many Castles to photograph, paint or stroll around. Each of them with many stories of tehir own .Each different from the other.

A good and safe area to relocate to or to have a second home. Ideal for short breaks or long stays, maybe you want to escape the cold and wet months in your country. The Lower Ebro Valley isfnacasa1.jpg an amazing spot to over-winter. Yes we may get come cold spells and some winter rains, but where else is this in the UK coupled with sunny days in winter. Last year we were still wearing T-shirts in October and it was December before the cold arrived. The apr08fincaavellana2.jpgrains normally received in March were late this year.But we have welcomed them with relief to stay off the drought conditions threatening Catalonia, and more so Barcelona to the North of uspauls_8.jpeg


Come and write that novel or bring your paints and bring your camera or just bring yourself.

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