There are a wealth of family activities in the Costa Brava and on our recent holiday, we enjoyed a few! My favourite new experience had to be the segway tours – I’d never stepped foot on a segway before but as you will see from my video below, it didn’t take long to get the hang of it!
Ocitania is located in the small village of Gualta and they are a family entertainment company offering outdoorsy activities from the exciting segway tours and miniquads to laser combat games, electric bike rural tours, zipwires and archery. It is the sort of place that you could go as a large group and have a blast but I really enjoyed our personal tour on the segways from Victor who assisted us all on the day (and took the photographs!)
You operate a segway with your body, so as soon as you step on it you are in control. To turn left or right simply lean that way with your hips. To go forward, push your hips forward and to reverse you simply lean back slightly. The segway are very responsive so even a small movement will trigger a response, making it very easy to drive once you get the feel for it. Here is a video I shot on the day which shows a route we did through the quiet streets of a nearby village where we really got the speed up!
The Aqua Diver waterpark in Platja D’Aro looked amazing but unfortunately it has just closed for the winter when we got to Spain! (We went in October half term – the end of October). But we would make sure that this was on our list had it been open, we all enjoy a waterpark!
As the park was closed this was the closest I could get to take a photo but at least you can see the kind of slides they have. I picked up a flyer and there are plunge thrill slides, gentle family slides, slides where you use a mat, ones where you sit in a rubber ring, a kids area and plenty of splashes.
My son really wanted a game of golf with his dad so we all headed off to the local crazy golf area! Lobs Minigolf in Platja D’Aro was a short walk from our hotel and we went for an hour one morning before heading off on a day out. It is situated behind a cafe, but we didn’t eat or drink there – just played golf! After collecting our club and ball each and a scorecard, we went off to see who would win!
My husband actually plays golf properly at home so we all knew who would win. I came last of course – I lose interest when the ball doesn’t go in the hole and it was crazy golf where the holes are supposed to be difficult with humps on the course and zig zag pathways for the ball to go. However the kids had a great time trying to play each hole.
If like me, you love a spot of retail therapy when on holiday, you must visit the Espai Girones a mall with 122 top brands and a food court. It was easy enough to find with our sat nav – just off Exit 7 of the AP7 motorway.
It has 2500 free parking spaces and is near to Girona airport. We went to Pull & Bear, Mango, H&M and Springfield to get our fashion fix and I even picked up a Christmas jumper for this year’s festive season!
Llevant is a restaurant in Platja D’Aro and I have given it a special mention as we had a couple of great family meals there including one on Halloween! We were excited about going on 31st October because of this video that we’d seen there at the start of the holiday!
It scared the wits out of me but my kids wanted to go! Here is my son on Halloween with the scary ass clown…
It was a fantastic family vacation and when I got back I had to tell my blogger friend Mari about it. Have a look at our #MumsLikeUs video – a travel special!
I would love to take my family to the Costa Brava again in the future. We haven’t even scratched the surface of what there is to see and do in the area, but you can click here to read all my Costa Brava posts and see what we made of our week long holiday.