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Family Activities in the Costa Brava

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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!

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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!)

family on segway

lining up on segway

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!

Water park
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.

Mini golf
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!

mini golf

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.

shopping centre out of town

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…

scary clown and my son

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.

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Disclosure: We visited the Costa Brava as guests of the Costa Brava Tourist Board. All opinions contained within this post are my own. Visit the Costa Brava website at

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Comments to Family Activities in the Costa Brava

  • I went to Estartit on the Costa Brava in 1994 and I absolutely loved it, such a wonderful place. Looks like you all had a great time x

    angela hamilton 19th November 2015 1:31 pm Reply
    • Ooh – a new place for me to investigate! Thanks Angela!

      Nadine Hill 19th November 2015 3:55 pm Reply
  • OMG that clown scared the living daylights out of me! I think my lads would love the segway. We attempted to go on them a couple of times in the UK, although they were old enough they were both too light!

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 19th November 2015 4:32 pm Reply
    • That clown scared the bejesus out of me too!!

      Nadine Hill 20th November 2015 10:14 am Reply
  • The segways look like amazing fun – what a great family activity x

    Cass@frugalfamily 19th November 2015 4:45 pm Reply
    • It was awesome – I’d definitely do it again! x

      Nadine Hill 20th November 2015 10:13 am Reply
  • I love Segways, we went on them at Go Ape a few years ago and it was so much fun 🙂

    Sonia @ This Mummy Loves 19th November 2015 8:21 pm Reply
  • We saw some segways when we were in Palma and I must admit it did look like it could be fun! Maybe next time we’ll take the plunge! x

    Lori 19th November 2015 8:22 pm Reply
    • Do it! It was brilliant!

      Nadine Hill 20th November 2015 10:13 am Reply
  • That segway tour looks like so much fun, Nadine, and shopping with the locals in one of the local malls is exactly my cup of tea too!xx

    oana79 19th November 2015 9:24 pm Reply
    • The seaways were soon cool and there’s always room for shopping, right? x

      Nadine Hill 20th November 2015 10:12 am Reply
  • The segway tour looks brilliant. I’m dying to try.

    Phoebe @ Lou Messugo 20th November 2015 11:41 am Reply
  • i have always wanted to try a segway they look like great fun…….. not sure about the clowns though

    Kara 20th November 2015 1:02 pm Reply
  • Aah that clown! Otherwise it looks like a great place to have some fun

    Abi - Angel Eden Blog 20th November 2015 6:05 pm Reply
  • Am sure it’s a lovely area, I’d love to visit. Would also love a go on a Segway, bet you had fun!

    Stephs Two Girls @stephc007 20th November 2015 10:39 pm Reply
  • What some amazing sounding things to do – I would love to ride a segway. x

    Sarah Bailey 21st November 2015 9:11 pm Reply
  • Oh my word what fun you had Nadine! Great choice of activities too. I’d absolutely love to have a go on a segway, I can’t believe I’ve never tried it when they have them at our nearest forest. Mind you that’s probably not a good idea bumbling over tree roots! That Halloween video was super scary!!!

    Charly Dove 23rd November 2015 2:21 pm Reply
  • We noticed that water park too – it looks fab. The segway tour looks fun – I’d like to try that. It sound like you had a great week.

    Mums do travel 9th December 2015 10:40 am Reply
    • We had a brilliant week thanks Gretta!

      Nadine Hill 9th December 2015 2:19 pm Reply
  • There really is a lot to do, the segways look especially good fun! #TotsTravel

    Lisa (Travel Loving Family) 16th December 2015 10:37 pm Reply
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