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Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is known in Spain as the richest region for scenery as well as wealth. Lying just south of the Pyrenees in northern Spain it is a privileged land, full of fascinating and varied scenery and stretches from Figueres in the north down to Barcelona in the south. The heart of the region is the gorgeous historic city of Girona, which has some wonderful pedestrianised areas, especially the old Jewish district which is mostly winding cobbled streets which lead up to the old Cathedral.

The region is made up of rolling hills and mountains most of which are capped by pine forests and it is a very green region, the coastal areas are the nicest in Spain, the most idyllic beaches both large and small. There are beautiful sandy cove beaches in all areas, from the small beaches such as Aigua Blava Bay, to the large resorts of Roses, Tossa de Mar and Pals. Most of the coast is protected by cliffs, which give spectacular views of the coastline and a really rugged and spectacular appearance and back drop to the beaches.

 

The Climate and the Culinary Delights of Costa Brava

Costa Brava has a superb climate benefitting from a natural protection from the mountain ranges, it is very temperate year round, one can enjoy 20 degrees in February and 35 degrees in June to September, there is little wind here especially in the Girona region. The cuisine is something special, the culinary qualities of the Spanish and the French blend into a melting pot of taste and textures, wonderful to behold. Indeed the Catalan cuisine is world renowned and there are more Michelin star dining venues than anywhere in the world per capita.

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Flights and Transfers

In 2016 there has been a big growth in flight options, with a number of great flights now on sale to Girona and principally with Jet2.com. The flight time rom the UK is only 2 to 3 hours from Gatwick and Scotland. Look out for Jet2.coms special offers with £1 golf club carriage charges applicable for selected dates and sales periods.

Jet2.com services rum from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Belfast and Newcastle. Mostly operating on Mondays and Fridays, so short breaks can be organised with 3 4 7 10 and 11 night variables possible.
Girona is so much better as a point of access when compared to Barcelona as the airport lies just just 7 minutes away from the amazing PGA Catalunya Golf Resort and 15 minutes from the heart of the City. If you prefer scheduled flight options then you can fly British Airways from London Gatwick to Barcelona and this is about 70 minutes to the PGA Catalunya Resort and just about 2 hours up to Peralada, driving south to north.
PGA Catalunya continue to offer complimentary transfers from Barcelona and Girona to the Camiral Hotel if you are a minimum of 8 persons and stay a minimum of 3 nights.
We can recommend car hire or private transfers, it really depends on your personal preference, no question that car hire is the cheaper option if you are less than 8 persons and the driving is very easy in this part of Spain.

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The Golf Courses

This part of Spain has had a good array of Championship courses for over 25 years now, in the 90s the European Tour Q School was held every Autumn at Pals and Emporda Golf, with the La Costa Golf Hotel being the hotel venue. After the opening of the PGA Catalunya Golf Resort in the late 90s the venue took over as the Q School annual test for Pros trying to get back on the European Tour. The Stadium Course is now recognised as Spain's number 1 venue and likely to host a Ryder Cup. It has already hosted the Spanish Open more than once. The sister course known as the Tour is also carved through hills, valleys and pine forests with lovely mountain views and some water features. The Stadium Course is not just long, but tight, with tough raised greens and run offs with heavy bunkering on the fairways but mostly around the greens.

Residents of the Camiral can enjoy special privileges on the PGA Catalunya courses including big green fee discounts.

The Peralada course is located 1 hour north of PGA Catalunya and has now matured into a terrific layout adjacent to the boutique luxury hotel which is a fine 5 star venue. The course is a classic parkland with plenty of hills and elevated tees, stunning vistas across the countryside down to the coastline and in to the mountains to the interior of the Costa Brava. The fairways are flanked by olive trees and umbrella pines on some holes giving a wonderful frame to the course.

The Costa Brava also offers great courses at Masnou on top of a mountain, which overlooks the Mediterranean and the Girona course which is close to the City and incredibly hilly and spectacular. If you are seeking more golf then Empordas 36 holes are awesome and very contrasting links v forestland whilst Pals is the tightest tree lined course in Spain through big umbrella pines.

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The Camiral PGA Catalunya Golf Resort

The Camiral Hotel reopened in July 2016 after closing in the Autumn of 2015, formerly called the Melia PGA Catalunya, the property has been upgraded to 5 star status and is so different to its previous guise. Instead of being dark and moody as it was before it is now bright, with oodles of natural light, cool, sophisticated, contemporary and stylish with great ambience in all aspects. The public areas are simply stunning and very unique and interesting in terms of furniture and architecture. While the staff who are all new from the reopening and are smart, young, professional, polite and extremely courteous. The hotel just has a new air of dynamism and the bar and restaurants have been changed beyond recognition. Indeed the new terraced area, which is open air on the pool side has a clever roof to give shelter and is simply superb, with a cool air of sophistication. The terracing offers great ambience and lovely views across the pool and gardens beyond. The cuisine of the 1477 restaurant is exceptional now and unrivalled in hotels of the region,with the exception of Peralada which gets close in the quality stakes. The menu is varied and unique, offering a superb blend of fish, seafood and game or meat, the tastes and textures and presentation are all notable, topped off by wonderful friendly service.
The bar terrace and inside area is also so much improved and really cool with a super array of gins, whiskies, local wines and cocktails, served by elegant and polite staff. Poolside there is bar service throughout the day and with the new landscaping of the gardens the pool area is now well sheltered and a real haven of peace and tranquillity.

Hotel guests can also enjoy the public areas and lounges, which are equally stylish or the newly equipped gymnasium with its outside area for yoga and aerobic classes adding a new dimension. Furthermore there is a new spa area with a jet pool and sauna and ice sauna which is available for a small entry fee.

Bedrooms are bright with super art and contemporary furniture, good size balconies which mostly overlook the pool behind the hotels.

Residents can enjoy a courtesy shuttle to the Clubhouse, which is about 10 minutes walk beyond the outstanding practice ground and the short game pitching and bunker areas. The Tour course is right next to the hotel gardens such as the 10th fairway whilst the Stadium course is the other side of the Clubhouse.

If you are booking as a party of 8 or more for 3 nights to the Camiral we can offer complimentary airport transfers from Barcelona and Girona airports which is a major benefit and at times we may be able to organise complimentary Taylor Made rental sets. If you are staying at the resort we highly recommend dining on resort but also we can recommend some sumptuous dining venues some of them Michelin star in close proximity to the hotel, also the city of Girona is only a 25 euro taxi fare for a night out to remember in one of Spain's classic old cities.

The piece de resistance of the Camiral Hotel and PGA Catalunya Resort is the outstanding golf and practice facilities, the Stadium is simply Spain's best golf course and yet it is exceptional value for money.

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Prices

Sample Short Break Package
3 nights from £349pp based on 2 sharing double or twin with breakfast, with 1 round on The Stadium and the Tour courses Parties of 8 or more from £319pp including airport transfers.

7 nights from £899pp based in 2 sharing double or twin with breakfast, with 2 rounds on the Tour and 3 on the Stadium courses

Parties of 8 or more from £799pp including airport transfers.

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Hotel Peralada Wine, Spa and Golf

The Hotel Peralada has benefited from a fine renovation during 2015 and is back to its very best again. Situated in the north of the Costa Brava near Figueres, just 1 hour north of Girona and about half way back up towards the French border. The hotel is boutique and well known for its excellent Spa, with its treatments often using wine in the massage. Indeed the Spa is equally as impressive as the exceptional parkland golf course,which wraps its way around the hotel, close to the gorgeous vineyards of Peralada, well renowned across Spain for its fine wines, whites, roses and reds and its excellent Cava.
The hotel has a fine restaurant with gastronomic cuisine and excellent ambience and service levels with a fine wine list and a cool bar adjacent. The paintings and furniture in the restaurant are exceptional and the staff impressive. The golf clubhouse lies attached to the Hotel so it is a real golfers retreat and the practice ground is also very close, perfect for the golf fanatic.

Residents can enjoy a sheltered pool which lies adjacent to the Spa with an internal door connecting to an indoor pool and wet areas with spa, jacuzzi, sauna etc. the Spa itself is first class and offers a wide array of special massages and wine based treatments. There are also some fine relaxation areas for post massage.

Peralada'a hotel lies just 3 minutes transfer down to the wonderful wine town of Peralada and its ancient streets and walls, in fact it is only a 15-20 minute walk. The hotel owners also own the amazing Castillo de Peralada which is a renowned Casino, residents can enjoy free entry and a glass of Peralada Champagne on arrival, together with a complimentary shuttle to and from the hotel. What is highly recommended is a final night at the Castillo in their fine dining restaurant, it is both inside and outside on the terrace. The 8 course menus with paired wines is a fitting way to end your stay here and the gambling option is there if you do enjoy a flutter on the roulette or poker tables in the ancient building, a 12th century Castillo.

The Piece de Resistance of Peralada though is the golf course, once a venue for the European Tour Q School, it has matured into a very fine parkland design and very picturesque and a fair test of golf kept in exceptional condition year round. It is the perfect foil to the courses at PGA Catalunya, less than one hour south!

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Prices

Sample Short Break
Gourmet Golf Package
4 nights from £849pp
Based on 2 sharing premium double with balcony over weekend stay, bed & breakfast, 1 Golfers massage, 1 guided tour of the Castillo Museum, 2 dinners at the hotel, 1 gourmet dinner with paired wines at hotel, 1 special dinner and transfer at the Castillo with wine, 3 rounds on The Peralada course and car rental with airport pick up for duration.

Week Stay Gourmet
7 nights from £1,199pp
Based on 2 sharing premium double with balcony, bed & breakfast, 1 Golfers massage, 1 guided tour of the Castillo Museum, 5 dinners at the hotel, 1 gourmet dinner with paired wines at hotel, 1 special dinner and transfer at the Castillo with wine, 3 rounds on The Peralada course and car rental with airport pick up for duration.

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Twin Centre Combination
Peralada Gotel Du Golf, Wine & Spa and Hotel Camiral PGA Catalunya Golf Resort

Why not take advantage of both high quality golf resorts in the region and stay a few nights at both, whether it be a 3 night, 4 night combination, or even more ideal a 10 night split 5/5 stay,giving you the chance to enjoy both resorts in equal measure. They do compliment each other very well, as they are so different. Enjoy the best of their culinary delights and their outstanding golf courses, enjoy he city of Girona and perhaps a Michelin star restaurant, but climaxing in the ancient wine village of Peralada with a gastronomic gourmet menu on the terrace of the Castillo de Peralada overlooking the lake and gardens of this Castle and Casino. We can end your holiday with this memorable finale, including a courtesy shuttle from the Hotel Du Golf Peralada just 5 minutes drive down to the medieval Castle surrounded by its vineyards, wine shops and cobbled old streets of the old town. We can include paired wines with your final dinner to enjoy the majesty of the Peralada wines, including Cava, Rose, White and Red.

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Twin Centre Hotel Peralada with Hotel Camiral PGA Catalunya

Total Price from £1,289pp
Group of 8 Price from £1,199pp

4 nights at Hotel Peralada based on 2 sharing premium double with balcony over weekend stay, bed & breakfast, 1 Golfers massage, 1 guided tour of the Castillo Museum, 2 dinners at the hotel, 1 gourmet dinner with paired wines at hotel, 1 special dinner and transfer at the Castillo with wine, 3 rounds on The Peralada course and car rental with airport pick up for duration.

3 nights at Hotel Camiral based on 2 sharing double or twin with breakfast, with 1 round on The Stadium and the Tour courses, car hire for the rest of your stay

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The Ancient Village of Peralada

Peralada is an ancient wine town close to the famous old town of Figueres, once the home of famous artist Salvador Dali. It is a picturesque walled ancient town with a maze of cobbled streets, a beautiful small cathedral and at its very heart the gorgeous and handsome Castillo de Peralada, which is beautifully restored and also has become established as a very famous Casino frequented by the rich and famous. The Castillo has picturesque gardens and a lake behind, with a plethora of wildlife. The town has at its heart the main wine cellars and bottling section, with a fine array of wine shops, outlets, chic cafes and wine bars and restaurants. One can chill out and sample the best wines Peralada has to offer, catching the scenery and sunshine on a street wine bar, marvellous.

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