- 5 bedrooms
- 5 bathrooms
- Sleeps 10
Description from the owner
A traditional rustic Catalan farmhouse, set in the picturesque village of Creixell, in northern Spain a tranquil retreat to be found in this corner of Catalonia. This charming 17th Century farmhouse offers great accommodation with large living and entertaining areas, a natural garden and a river running along its boundary. The Farmhouse does not have a private swimming pool, however, the Restaurant in the village - C'al Alsina has a swimming pool and welcomes all guests from Can Raverder. There is a small charge for anyone using the pool. The Pool is open from Late June until September each year.
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Rustic XV11 Catalan Farmhouse near Figueres.
Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Additional Location Information
Situated in the province of Girona in Catalonia, the village of Creixell dates back from medieval times and has always had strong farming connections. Nowadays the medieval architecture still exists but with modern day stylish catalan interiors.
The village lies between a river and open expanse of cultivated farmland. In the centre of the village is 'El Moli' the old mill house which had provided electricity for the whole region. Essential to the mill house was its pond which today is home to a family of ducks and carp. The land adjoining with its carefully planted plane trees comes alive in May and September, May for the International 'Allioli' making competition and September for the 'Sardana' (national Catalan dance) festival. All this a stones throw from the house.
The church which dates from the 1700's celebrates mass only on special holidays and is very interesting to visit with its benches inscribed with the names of the families that gifted them to the church more than 300 years ago.
On the hillside overlooking the village and farmlands is the restaurant 'Cal Alsina' which serves typical Catalan cuisine including 'Botifara'- catalan sausages. It is especially popular for midday lunch and serves dinner from 8.00p.m. The swimming pool is open from the beginning of June until October and is a short walk from the house. There is a small charge for anyone using the pool. There is also WiFi internet connection.
The village of Creixell does not have any shops but only 0.5km nearby is Borrassa, the main town. Here you will find 2 supermarkets which offer fresh local produce and friendly owners to welcome you to the area. There is also a well stocked chemist and an excellent butchers.
In the centre of town there is a beautiful building dating from the 11th/12th Century. This magnificent building is the local church.
WALKING ROUTES - CREIXELL:
Catalonia has a network of approximately 9,000 km of waymarked paths. These consist of long distance, short distance and local paths. This is a wonderful way to discover the history and marvel at the natural beauty of the region.
These paths were originally used by shepherds, traders and armies and more importantly by pilgrims. At the entrance to Creixell from the Nacional N11 you will see a signpost. To the left is the path - Cami de Sant Jaume per Montserrat via Girona. The way of St. James is the route taken by pilgrims to arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
To the right and running through the village of Creixell is the way to Sant Pere de Rodes, where there is a monument of a Benedictine Monastery with origins dating back to the 9th Century and is located in the Natural Park of Cap de Creus. These paths can be enjoyed by all ages either for a stroll or for long hiking/cycling trips.
The village of Creixell (Borrassa) is situated in Catalonia (Catalunya). Catalonia is an autonomous region in Spain situated in the northeast along the Mediterranean coastline. It borders France to the North across the Pyrenees.
The Catalonian coastline differs immensely having both high cliffs and deep coves to be found in the north and vast areas of white sandy beaches to the south. Interesting natural landscapes to visit are Cap Creus, Gulf of Roses and Cadaques. This area is also known to holidaymakers as the Costa Brava.
Figueres is the closest main town to the village and offers a good selection of restaurants serving typical 'catalan' cuisine. The lunch time menus are excellently priced and usually consists of a 3 course meal. Culturally, Figueres is the birthplace of Salvador Dali and the town has an impressive museum to honour his Surrealist works of art approximately 4,000 pieces. This region has many other interesting museums and hosts many art exhibitions.
The city of Girona which lies either side of the river Onyar is well known for its cafe culture and interesting narrow medieval streets and squares. It has a population of approx. 100,000 inhabitants. A walk through the walled city once home to the largest Jewish Medieval Community is a must as well as visiting the Arabic baths. Girona's antique shops and expensively fitted boutiques exudes wealth and the standard of living in this area is known to be high with property prices equally so.
A 30 minute drive from Creixell you find the old Roman baths of Banyoles as well as the large fresh water lake where the Barcelona Olympic rowing events took place. A short drive away are the picturesque towns of Besalu and Olot. In Besalu, the most photographed spots being of the Portcullis on the bridge leading into the walled town as well as the Romanesque carvings on Besalu's Sant Pere church.
On the nature trail there are numerous parks (Parque Natural) to explore including Parque Natural de la Montana de Montserrat and closer Parque Natural de Aiguamolls de L'Emporda.
Further north close to the french border is Valle de Nuria which during the winter months offers good skiing at a reasonable price. Located above the town of Ribes de Freser, Valle de Nuria has spectacular scenery with a gorge and huge natural lake. Good for walkers too!
This region has everything to offer and has proper seasons unlike the arid south. It is generally a comfortable 18-22 degrees from late February and for those seeking really hot, you will find 30-35 in mid summer.
ATTRACTIONS, PLACES OF INTEREST:
Can Raverder is ideally situated in the village of Creixell which is in Alt Empordà and is in an ideal location close to towns, beaches, mountains and a good selection of attractions and places of interest. This area is served by the motorway, railway, AVE (high speed train) and Girona Airport making it easy to reach. In addition, the geographical location of Empordà gives it a warm climate, so this region can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Can Raverder is situated on the hiking trails network and is very close to many touristic spots.
Additionally there are many attractions and beautiful places to visit within a 30 minute drive:
- 10 minutes Figueres and Dali Museum.
- 10 minutes to the medieval towns of Bascara, Garrigas and Borrassa.
- 20 minutes to Sant Père Pescador beaches (with long sandy beaches ideal for kite surfing or windsurfing)
- 5 minutes to Torre Mirona Golf (Navata).
- 25 minutes to Empurias Greek Ruins and the promenade along the seaside
- 30 minutes to Natural Parc of Emporda
- 25 minutes to l’Escala beach
- 20 minutes to the medieval town of Besalu
- 35 minutes to Girona City
- 35km to St Père de Roda Monastry
- 40km to Cadaqués
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Mountain nearby, Rural retreats
Tennis courts nearby, Golf course on-site or within 15 minute walk, Horse riding nearby, Fishing nearby, Water sports nearby
Nearest shops, 0.5 miles
Nearest beach: Roses & Empuriabrava, 10 miles
Nearest train station: Figueres & Vilafant (AVE Fast train), 2 miles
Nearest airport: Girona Airport
Car is essential
Last updated on September 03, 2014
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- Fees for additional guests may apply.
- Local Guides/Maps
- Housekeeping Optional
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Towels Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Central heating
- Hair dryer
- Corporate bookings allowed
- House swap allowed
- Short breaks allowed (1-4 days)
Pool / Spa
- Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
- Mountain Views
- Ocean or water views
- Secure parking space
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- DVD Player
- Stereo or CD player
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Balcony or terrace
- 10 Dining chairs
- 10 Lounge chairs
- Pet friendly - ask
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 4500 square feet