Thursday, 11 April 2019

Spain & Portugal Winter Sun. Villa Nova Park. Part 6.

Our last stop on this years Winter Sun Tour. Villa Nova Park on the Costa Dorada about an hour from Barcelona. Having escaped from La Manga we were thrilled with our first view of Villanova Park it looked clean and civilised.

We were met by the very friendly rally stewards and chose a pitch on the top terrace under the trees. We were soon happily settled in. The campsite was huge with loads of statics and lodges from an assortment of companies. The rally area was on terraced pitches and we were invited to take our pick. Pitches were large and under the trees so plenty of room for the sun to shine through. Organised rally events were posted by the rally tent not too much going on but enough to keep people occupied.There was a huge swimming pool complex and bar restaurant on site as well as a well stocked supermarket.
The sanitary facilities were very modern and clean with indoor washing up and hot water.

The restaurant and bar.

Just one of the outdoor pools. There was also an indoor pool and gym and another huge outdoor pool complex. You could probably spend a week here without leaving the site.

Not by the sea but the the town of Villanova was about 3 miles away and the bus went from the camp. A book of 10 tickets was 10 euros and the bus went straight into the town and stopped by the beach. 

The marina and beach at Villanova.

A huge promenade meant there was loads to watch!

The Rambla. Plenty of shops and bars to while away the hours.

 We took advantage of the transport and spent two full days at Villanova town and beach. Very Spanish but not touristy most of the visitors were locals. 

There was also a daily coach to Barcelona again from the campsite, it took about an hour and went via Sitges ( possibly another day out) Sadly we only had time for a one day visit. We bought tourist passes online and did Barcelona by The Hop on Hop Off Bus. Hopefully we could do this trip again and the next time we would be primed as the best places to go. Here is a taste of our visit.

Barcelona is massive and we would certainly recommend the bus trip for a good starter.

All too soon our 6 nights were up and it was time to make for the tunnel. We had allowed 3 days which was fine for a pretty uneventful journey back up through France.

Tucked up for the night near Abbeyville. We pretty much did the downwards journey in reverse except we found a new campsite near Abbeyville, Chateau des Tilleuls. Well worth an overnighter. Good clean heated facilities though the restaurant was closed. Good campsite shop though. 

A little stop on the way. Time to say goodbye. A serene place to rest.

Our last night we spent back in Cite Europ quiet and uneventful. We had heard that we may be delayed at customs but it was very quick and we were waved through.

Would we over winter again? Yes but probably not book so much and we would not be going back to La Manga!