Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Car Hire Costa Dorada

Driving overseas is a great way to explore, Salou and the Costa dorada you can hire a car any time. The rules of the road can be very different, so it is important that you obey them.
Hiring a car enables you to visit more towns, villages and attractions within the Costa Dorada area at your own leisure.

The Costa Dorada is famous for its beaches, resorts and theme parks. With its many exciting sites to explore and easy access too many more, this area has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in Spain.

Easily the largest tourist draw to Salou is Port Aventura, a theme park. This theme park is filled with restaurants, shows, games, and of course rides. Featured, and dominating the skyline for miles around, is one of the largest rollercoaster’s in Europe, the terrifying and exciting Dragon Khan.

Salou contains several relics that stand as testament to its rich history. During the 13th century, King Jaume I conquered this city from the Moors and is still revered today. This beach town is awash in activities for holiday makers. Beyond the beautiful beach and its sunbathing and swimming options, Salou offers parasailing, golf, tennis, cycling, horseback riding in addition to its great restaurants, family Bars and clubs. Another option is the Aquopolis Water Park or Caribe Water Park. These parks have waterslides for all the family.

Salou is also well placed as a base for exploring other interesting places. Not far from Salou and easily reached by car is the town of Figueres which features the Salvador Dali Museum. It is also near the famous city of Barcelona just 1 hour by car with its magnificent Gaudi architecture and Montserrat spectacular mountain monastery. A bit closer to Salou you will find Tarragona which has many Roman ruins including the amphitheater.

You can also experience Cambrils a small fishing village just a 15 min drive away from Salou, and watch the fishermen bring home their live catch on an evening. By hiring a car you experience the Delta Ebro, with its fantastic scenery and fishing, just 25 mins down the coast.

Hiring a car gives you the freedom and choice of planning endless activities and sights for your trip to the Costa Dorada. Villa Marina is in the perfect location for you to go and explore the Costa Dorada by car.

3 well known car hire companies here in the Costa Dorada are Hertz, Europcar and Avis, and the average price for a small car for 1 week is from 230 – 300 euros.

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Monday, 17 November 2008

Golf in the Costa Dorada

There are several golf courses in the Costa Dorada for you to enjoy at your leisure and still enjoy a family holiday at the same time.

The newest and nearest one been Port Aventura Golf which is just 10 mins away from the Villa marina Hotel.

The new 45 hole Port Aventura golf complex opened in June 2008 and officialy opened in september by the renowned Australian Golfer Greg Norman and was involved in the design and development of the North and Middle golf course along with Alfonso Vidar and Magi Sarda who designed the south course.

The North Course –
Has 18 holes and is a flat course with wet lands situated in a protected nature area, with fantastic lakes. It is the most technical course of the three and the biggest challenge for players. The course has a Mediterranean style club house.

The middle Course –
Also designed by Greg Norman has 9 holes. This is an easy course and perfect for intermediate players. Been the middle course this course can be compiled with 9 holes from eight the north or south course as well.

The South Course –
As mentioned was designed by Alfonso Vidar and Magi Sarda it has 18 holes with gently sloping grounds. It is made up of pinewood and has fantastic and beautiful sea views. Holes 13, 17 and 18 have been built in to nature quarries that make the scenario for Golf that is unique to this part of Spain. The South course also has a club house, changing rooms and buggy hire is situated on this course.

Reus Aiguesverds Gold Course

This golf course has 18 holes and is a rather flat course set in Olive groves and holm oaks.
This course is made up of placed greens and water hazards, one green been almost entirely surrounded by water.
The course has a beautiful club house which was converted from a Masia and is ideal for people who may have walking difficulties.
This golf course is approx 20 mins away from the Hotel Villa Marina.


Golf Bonmont terres Noves

Wonderful Mediterranean views and a mountainous backdrop have made this into one of the finest courses in Catalonia with 18 holes. Founded in 1990 & designed by Robert Trent Jones, Bonmont Championship Golf Course is a joy to play and a real challenge for any golfer due to the natural landscape, 90 bunkers and some testing water hazards.
This course is located in Mont Roig just 30 mins away from the Hotel Villa Marina.

Costa Dorada Gold Club

This the Costa Dorada golf course offers 18 holes and is a challenge, variety and beauty to any golfer. Founded in 1983 it was the first club in the Tarragona region and is rated as one of the finest in Catalonia. It blends beautifully with the scenic valley of olive trees, pine, willows and palm trees.
This golf course is situated 10 mins away from Tarragona and approx 20-25 mins from the Hotel Villa Marina.
The clubhouse is designed in traditional Catalan style.

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