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Altafulla, Spain

My house is in Altafulla, a small village near Tarragona and Barcelona

My house is in Altafulla, a small village near Tarragona and Barcelona

living room

living room

Table in the kitchen

Table in the kitchen

The kitchen

The kitchen

The studio

The studio

The studio

The studio

small living room

small living room

The garden

The garden

Waterfront promenade

Waterfront promenade

Sailing Club in Altafulla beach

Sailing Club in Altafulla beach

Altafulla beach

Altafulla beach

View of Altafulla

View of Altafulla

View of Altafulla from the sea

View of Altafulla from the sea

Sunset in Altafulla's beach

Sunset in Altafulla's beach

Altafulla's castle

Altafulla's castle

Tamarit castle

Tamarit castle

Altafulla's old village

Altafulla's old village

The beach

The beach

Tamarit castle

Tamarit castle

Tamarit castle (at the end of Altafulla's beach)

Tamarit castle (at the end of Altafulla's beach)

The beach

The beach

Tarragona has lots of Roman ruins, as the roman amfitheater

Tarragona has lots of Roman ruins, as the roman amfitheater

Tarragona, the cathedral and the Castellers

Tarragona, the cathedral and the Castellers

Barcelona, casa Batlló

Barcelona, casa Batlló

Tarragona, view over the sea

Tarragona, view over the sea

The  family

The family

This is me, Anna

This is me, Anna

My house is in Altafulla, a small village near Tarragona and Barcelona living room Table in the kitchen The kitchen The studio The studio small living room The garden Waterfront promenade Sailing Club in Altafulla beach Altafulla beach View of Altafulla View of Altafulla from the sea Sunset in Altafulla's beach Altafulla's castle Tamarit castle Altafulla's old village The beach Tamarit castle Tamarit castle (at the end of Altafulla's beach) The beach Tarragona has lots of Roman ruins, as the roman amfitheater Tarragona, the cathedral and the Castellers Barcelona, casa Batlló Tarragona, view over the sea The  family This is me, Anna
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2017

Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
April 01, 2019 - November 01, 2019 2 weeks

Casa en Altafulla

English:
It's a house in Altafulla, in Costa Dorada. It's a sunny and quiet house, with a small garden around. There are three bedroom upstairs (one king size bed, one double bed and one single bed) and one bathroom. Dowstairs there are the kitchen, the living room, the studio room, a small second living room and a toilet. The house is about 1,3 km to the beach. It's five minutes walking to the shops area in the village center. The train station it's at 10 minutes walking. Barcelona it's at one hour by train (or by car) and Tarragona it's 10 minutes (by train or by car). There are many other tourist destinations whithin a radius of 50 km, as: Montserrat, Sitges, Siurana, Prades, Mussara, Cambrils, Montblanc, Valls, Priorat vineyards and wine cellars (Scala Dei is a very interesting one to visit), as well as many more important wine cellers, as Codorniu, Penedes, Montsant, Terra Alta, etc.
In a bigger radius you could visit Girona, Dali's Museum in Figueres, Costa Brava (driving to the north) or Valencia (driving to the south).
I copy for you the comment about Altafulla and Tarragona that appeared some time ago in A Luxury Travel Blog:
Secrets of Spain: Altafulla – an elegant, UNESCO Golden Coast jewel, by Jackie de Burca http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/2015/10/15/secrets-of-spain-altafulla-an-elegant-unesco-golden-coast-jewel/:
Located on Spainʼs Golden Coast – the Costa Dorada, Altafulla has a lovely golden sandy beach, which is embraced by a gorgeous, authentic promenade. What makes Altafulla different to some of the other seaside towns on the Costa Dorada, is its promenade, known as the Botigues de Mar, its Roman villa, Els Munts, which was declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, plus the Vila Closa, the ancient walled town.
A strange yet wonderful phenomenon is that Altafulla seems to have somehow escaped the kind of mass tourism that some of the other seaside towns of the Costa Dorada enjoy. This charming seaside town, that is drenched in artistic and historic heritage, has plenty of facilities to keep a savvy traveller happy, yet enough peace and tranquility to ensure a relaxing holiday.
Beautiful Botigues de Mar:
The Botigues de Mar line the promenade with an authentic maritime charm, that makes a stroll there a must. Sit for a while in a nearby bar or restaurant, and enjoy these small establishments, which originally date to the 18th century. The Botigues de Mar of Altafulla were designed originally for the fishermen to store their tools and also for traders to keep products which were destined for sale in the colonies. In the early 20th century these small properties were restored and used as summer residences.
The golden, sandy blue flag beach of Altafulla:
The blue flag, golden sandy beach of Altafulla is the perfect place to enjoy the wonderful, Mediterranean climate and views, while listening to the waves lapping up gently against the shore. The beach has decent access for those with reduced mobility, and is a great spot for family holidays, with a lifeguard service during the height of the season.
For those who are into water sports, the Altafulla Sailing Club is located on the beach by the Hort de les Bombes gardens. The club was founded in 1976, and Altafulla has hosted International, Spanish and Catalan sailing championships.
UNESCO World Heritage Site-Els Munts:
Built during the 1st century A.D., Els Munts, the Roman Villa, was one of a number of Roman towns that were built around Tarraco, the great Roman city, that today is known as Tarragona. Els Munts is close to the beach of Altafulla, and was home to the governor of Tarraco, Caius Valerius Avitus and his wife. Els Munts was part of the excavation work carried out in 1967 by the Archaeological Museum of Tarragona. Visits are possible all year around, except for on Mondays.
The medieval, ancient walled part of town-Vila Closa:
Declared to be a Cultural Asset of National Interest, in 1998, by the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Vila Closa is the wonderful medieval walled part of Altafulla. It is of great artistic and historic importance.
Delightful Tamarit Castle:
Overlooking the beach of the same name, is the delightful Tamarit Castle, which dates as far back as the 11th century, according to written records. Tamarit Castle is around a 3.5 km (just over 2 miles) drive from Altafulla town, but it belongs to the municipality. It includes both residential and defensive elements, and is considered to be one of the areaʼs earliest and purest examples of Romanesque style architecture. In the early 20th century, an American collector bought it and restored it. The castle and its superb location make it very special.
Altafulla Church Square:
One of the highlights of the old town of Altafulla is its church square, which comprises of the church of Saint Martin (Martí), the rectory and the castle. If you are visiting during the summer, make sure to check out the schedule of recitals and concerts that take place there, because of its fine acoustics and wonderful surroundings.
Donʼt miss tantalising Tarragona:
The tantalising city of Tarragona is almost on Altafullaʼs doorstep. Tarragona is only 15 km (9 miles) away, and is exploding with sights of artistic, cultural and historic importance. Let me say no more, other to sneakily drop in the Roman amphitheatre by the sea ....you can read more here
Fiestas and cultural events:
For a town with a population of just under 5000, Altafulla has plenty going on throughout the year. From the first swim of the year on New Yearʼs Day, to a great number of music events, its carnival and its Witchesʼ Night, thereʼs plenty of fun and entertainment to be had in this charming, cultural seaside town.

Español:
Se trata de una casa de dos plantas, con jardín. Tiene tres dormitorios en la planta superior y un baño completo. Dos dormitorios tienen cama de matrimonio y la tercera tiene una cama individual con otra cama nido debajo. En la planta baja hay cocina, salón-comedor, un estudio, una pequeña sala de estar, un aseo y el jardín. Tiene capacidad para seis personas. Está a 1,3 km de playa. Se puede ir a Barcelona en tren en una hora y a Tarragona en 10 minutos.
Altafulla es un pueblo de unos 5000 habitantes. Tiene un centro urbano de origen medieval, con restos de las antiguas murallas, con la iglesia y el castillo en lo alto de la colina. Además, hay los restos de una antigua villa romana, de la cual de hacen visitas guiadas y dinamizadas de mucho interés.
Tarragona es una ciudad de unos 150.000 hb. con importantes restos romanos (tiene, circo romano, anfiteatro y teatro, un preciso acueducto y una cantera romana, entre otros monumentos de interés). Tarragona también tiene un barrio viejo de origen medieval muy bien conservado donde se halla la catedral.
Hay otros lugares de interés en un radio de unos 40 km., como Cambrils, Valls, Montblanc, Poblet, Santes Creus y el parque temático de Port Aventura (situado sólo a 20 km y con tren directo).
Barcelona queda a una hora de tren. Es una ciudad con un gran atractivo turístico, con su barrio gótico, sus monumentos modernistas, su frente marítimo, las ramblas, el entramada del ensanche, el barrio de Gràcia, etc.

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 1 Children
  • 2 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Teacher and carpenter

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Environment: In a small town
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 6
  • Living Area: 110 m2
  • Total Area: 200 m2

References

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Television

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Terrace or deck
  • Balcony
  • BBQ
  • Garage
  • Bicycles: 4

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Pet care wanted

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Edinburgh, UK
  • Europe

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français
  • Español

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: Bacelona - 75 km

Secrets of Spain: Altafulla – an elegant, UNESCO Golden Coast jewel
by Jackie de Burca
Located on Spainʼs Golden Coast – the Costa Dorada, Altafulla has a lovely golden sandy beach, which is embraced by a gorgeous, authentic promenade. What makes Altafulla different to some of the other seaside towns on the Costa Dorada, is its promenade, known as the Botigues de Mar, its Roman villa, Els Munts, which was declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, plus the Vila Closa, the ancient walled town.
A strange yet wonderful phenomenon is that Altafulla seems to have somehow escaped the kind of mass tourism that some of the other seaside towns of the Costa Dorada enjoy. This charming seaside town, that is drenched in artistic and historic heritage, has plenty of facilities to keep a savvy traveller happy, yet enough peace and tranquility to ensure a relaxing holiday.

Beautiful Botigues de Mar
The Botigues de Mar line the promenade with an authentic maritime charm, that makes a stroll there a must. Sit for a while in a nearby bar or restaurant, and enjoy these small establishments, which originally date to the 18th century. The Botigues de Mar of Altafulla were designed originally for the fishermen to store their tools and also for traders to keep products which were destined for sale in the colonies. In the early 20th century these small properties were restored and used as summer residences.
The golden, sandy blue flag beach of Altafulla
The blue flag, golden sandy beach of Altafulla is the perfect place to enjoy the wonderful, Mediterranean climate and views, while listening to the waves lapping up gently against the shore. The beach has decent access for those with reduced mobility, and is a great spot for family holidays, with a lifeguard service during the height of the season.
For those who are into water sports, the Altafulla Sailing Club is located on the beach by the Hort de les Bombes gardens. The club was founded in

1976, and Altafulla has hosted International, Spanish and Catalan sailing championships.
UNESCO World Heritage Site-Els Munts
Built during the 1st century A.D., Els Munts, the Roman Villa, was one of a number of Roman towns that were built around Tarraco, the great Roman city, that today is known as Tarragona. Els Munts is close to the beach of Altafulla, and was home to the governor of Tarraco, Caius Valerius Avitus and his wife. Els Munts was part of the excavation work carried out in 1967 by the Archaeological Museum of Tarragona. Visits are possible all year around, except for on Mondays.
The medieval, ancient walled part of town-Vila Closa
Declared to be a Cultural Asset of National Interest, in 1998, by the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Vila Closa is the wonderful medieval walled part of Altafulla. It is of great artistic and historic importance.

Delightful Tamarit Castle
Overlooking the beach of the same name, is the delightful Tamarit Castle, which dates as far back as the 11th century, according to written records. Tamarit Castle is around a 3.5 km (just over 2 miles) drive from Altafulla town, but it belongs to the municipality. It includes both residential and defensive elements, and is considered to be one of the areaʼs earliest and purest examples of Romanesque style architecture. In the early 20th century, an American collector bought it and restored it. The castle and its superb location make it very special.
Altafulla Church Square
One of the highlights of the old town of Altafulla is its church square, which comprises of the church of Saint Martin (Martí), the rectory and the castle. If you are visiting during the summer, make sure to check out the schedule of recitals and concerts that take place there, because of its fine acoustics and wonderful surroundings.
Donʼt miss tantalising Tarragona
The tantalising city of Tarragona is almost on Altafullaʼs doorstep. Tarragona is only 11 km (9 miles) away, and is exploding with sights of artistic, cultural and historic importance. Let me say no more, other to sneakily drop in the Roman amphitheatre by the sea ....you can read more here

Fiestas and cultural events
For a town with a population of just under 5000, Altafulla has plenty going on throughout the year. From the first swim of the year on New Yearʼs Day, to a great number of music events, its carnival and its Witchesʼ Night, thereʼs plenty of fun and entertainment to be had in this charming, cultural seaside town.
Jackie de Burca is Co-owner of Catalonia Valencia.

Occupation

  • Teacher and carpenter

Children

  • Girl - Age: 15

Pets

  • Pets are NOT welcome in our home

About Our Family

We are a Spanish family of three: my husband, my daughter (who is going to be 15 in summer) and myself. My husband is a carpenter and I'm a teacher. We are looking forward to visit the USA next summer. My daughter Marina is going to join a summer camp (Camp Fuller) in Wakefield, RI. So, she is not going to stay with as during the exchange. We prefer to exchange around the east coast, but we are open to any offer. We would like to visit National Parks and Reserves and some nice cities as Portland, Boston, New York, etc... We wish to have nice relaxing holidays somewhere in the States or Canada meanwhile Marina is improving her English at the Camp.

Lifestyle

We like visiting nice places, to walk around and to bike. My husband loves climbing. My daughter loves shopping.
We are interested in visiting Paris or any other interesting European city. We are open to consider any offer.

References

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