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1st Full day here. Hotel in Calella was in the new development where there are many holiday apartments, hotels and a few cafe/restaurants and mini-marts and even a small Macdonalds
Our hotel was right at the edge of the divide between the old town - on the new town side of a sort of dividing line formed by the road to the sea front of the main …
... I'm quite sure there were no more than maybe 6!
After we'd set up, we went for a wander on the beach, but it was damned cold, and after Treas had whipped up a sensational meal of 2 ...
... we could rent the umbrella and beach chairs on the beach, so all we had to do was bring our towels and sunscreen. There were little cafes on the boardwalk which you can order drinks and food from too, so it was easy to make it an all day event. The water was clean, clear, and refreshing...the only bummer was we were told it was a place for pickpockets so we were never able to be in the water at the same time. So, we never really got to vegg out in the water together (I know what ...
... girly shopping, looking in clothes shops and shoe shops and talking about girly things. It was great!
Then we said goodbye and I went home.
I went to see Cristina in the evening as she hadn't been feeling well and I hadn't seen her for ages. She's a really good friend, it's like we've known each other for ages, and I'd been missing talking to her and laughing with her. So we had a good catch up then I went to Harlem Jazz Club. I got there ...
... I were able to make a list of what exactly we wanted to do and when! It was definitely worth the discounted price of 10 euros!!
We got back to Gloria's extremely exhausted! Luckily, she had made a ballin' dinner! Wonderful homemade cheese lasagna, salad, and pork chops. With our bodies refueled, kara and I got ready to meet a bunch of people at the l'ovella negra (the black sheep). This was definitely the type of beer hall atmosphere ...
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Hotel was great for amenities, close to beach, and very clean. Many positives, including having entertainment laid on both in afternoons and evenings, and I guess for some, the all-inclusive package would be a plus, though I would say the choices, especially for food, would be better and more varied outside in the many bars and restaurants, Its certainly good value and prices not much more if we had chosen to upgrade from half-board.
As regard negatives - half-board! Well just the catering in general, while I am assured it is of a higher standard than many other hotels in Calella, including most in the H Top group, it just was a bit lacklustre. Dont get me wrong, there was variety a-plenty as it was a buffet style, and the breakfasts had everything I would want, but the quality of ingredients and sometimes the cooking process turned some dishes into rather bland affairs, and for goodness sake, for evening dinner why not leave the breakfast juice machine on, at least the water option so that those not on all-inclusive do not have to buy any sort of drink at all to have with the meal (my wife was even told off for bringing back the same large water bottle we bought the previous evening as we hadn't finished it) - the walls are very thin so noise travels easily but I gather that is the norm for hotels in this resort if not other modern ones on the Costa Brava.
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