Sunday, 19 August 2012

Time Away

Its official. I am smitten with Catalonia and the little bays and enormous hills around Tamariu especially. Our week in Spain was everything we hoped for; relaxing, peaceful, restful and lots of fun.
Everyday the turquoise sea glittered, all sorts of boats bobbed about in the bay and we swam and snorkeled in the clearest waters I've ever seen. In the mornings we bought freshly baked croissants and warm baguettes to eat with thin mild cheese, smokey ham and fragrant tomatoes for breakfast.
When the heat of the day faded and night began to fall, we ate in super family run restaurants and feasted on baked squid, grilled sardines and astounding paella. Tamariu was such a bustling but relaxing place to be, full of Spanish families on their holidays, all ages together enjoying company, good food and wine.
If my numbers ever come up on the lottery I'm going to make the owner of this beautiful villa an offer they can't refuse. There's even a pool overlooking the bay.
We stayed somewhere much more modest but perfect and right on the sea front where we watched the word go by, read books, admired the view and played a lot.
We explored the twisty turny coastline and discovered bays and coves perfect for relaxing that made you wish you could sail.
Mostly though we ate ice lollies, lolled around in the shade and dipped into the sea when it all got rather hot. Thankfully there's the most lovely sea breeze that stopped us all from frying.
We definitely re-discovered a little slice of heaven...think we'll be returning very soon.

22 comments:

moleymakes said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time away. You definitely found your slice of heaven.

Ruby x

Sue said...

Looks almost as beautiful as Cornwall.

Jay said...

It looks idylic, glad you had a restful break.

Gina ♥ said...

It looks beautiful and I'm glad you all had a great time. How wonderful it would be to live in a place like that! If your numbers come up and you buy your dream villa, please rent it out!

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Looks absolutely glorious!
Victoria xx

dancingonabladeofgrass said...

It's a gorgeous place - had several holidays there when my children were your age (and since)

dancingonabladeofgrass said...

I meant when my children were the age of yours!

Mac n' Janet said...

How pretty, don't recognize it all and I thought I knew Spain pretty well. We're off to Toledo later this year, our first trip to Spain in a while.

silverpebble said...

Oh Steph, it looks like utter bliss. The colour of the sea! So glad you had such a wonderful time.

Madelief said...

Beautiful photo's of the Spanish seaside! It brought back lots of good memories. I have been to Tamariu once as a child. It was one of the best holidays!

Madelief x

Sandra (Cherry Heart) said...

Beautiful! Slice of heaven sounds right, it looks gorgeous and your photos really transported me there. I'll add it to my 'places to visit' wish list I think!

Sandra x

Catherine said...

Wow! It looks beautiful! Glad you had such a lovely time. Cx

Karen said...

Looks beautiful and I can almost feel the heat - something I have really missed this year x

rusty duck said...

Oh, your photos are fantastic. What a beautiful place. And the sun...!!! Beats grey old England any day.

LandGirl1980 said...

Looks glorious!

Pipany said...

Ok, I'm officially jealous! Ever since I said how lovely it was the weather has been dire! Ah well xx

bellaboo said...

It all looks absolutely perfect!
That little bay has a Port Isaac feel to it,me thinks! :0)

Anonymous said...

My country is wonderful, I hope that your family return because You have a lot of wonderful places to visit, good food and a lot of sun hours jejeje, kisses. Ava

wherethejourneytakesme said...

Nothing can beat long lazy summer days spent in a beautiful place. Your photos are wonderful - you have captured the place and the mood perfectly. I always think the light abroad is so different to here everything feels really vibrant - I especially love the little red house with the balcony.

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LinenandRoses said...

Looks really beautiful. Glad you had a lovely time. Fiona x

Bibi said...

Such an amazing post! The photos are absolutely amazing! So nice :)


Lots of love,
Sabina
xxx

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