Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL -

FTER three years of trav­el­ling var­i­ous parts of Brit­tany and South­ern France, I de­cided it was time for a change and headed for the Span­ish sun­shine for my an­nual Euro­pean va­ca­tion.

We de­cided that the Costa Do­rada area and in par­tic­u­lar Salou would be a great place for a change of pace and after sev­eral pre­vi­ous suc­cesses with stays at Euro­camp des­ti­na­tions, we based our­selves at one of their coastal hol­i­day parks.

Our jour­ney started and in­deed ended at Birm­ing­ham Air­port where di­rect flights run to Reus Air­port on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

We booked valet park­ing with Hol­i­day Ex­tras to en­sure a quick and smooth ar­rival for our very early flight. An ex­tra ex­pense for trav­ellers but I can highly rec­om­mend this for a stress-free start to the hol­i­day.

Our des­ti­na­tion in Spain was just 11km from Reus Air­port, where we picked up our hire car from Europ­car.

Sit­ting just 200 me­tres from the sandy beaches of Salou is one of Euro­camp’s top fam­ily des­ti­na­tions, San­guli Camp­site.

With four pools, end­less sports fa­cil­i­ties, kids ac­tiv­i­ties and an en­ter­tain­ment am­phithe­atre on site, it’s fair to say that there is plenty to do for all ages.

My first im­pres­sions of the parc cen­tred around its sheer size, it’s a sprawl­ing, well-spaced out and well main­tained site with a mix­ture of camp­ing and static ar­eas.

At the bot­tom end of the site it is a thriv­ing hive of ac­tiv­ity where Euro­pean fam­i­lies set up their mo­torhomes and tents in a big com­mu­nity en­vi­ron­ment

Every year I mar­vel at the scale of their hol­i­day plans, the fridge comes with them, arm­chairs, and of course their pets. This was the year I would wit­ness two caged bud­gies and a ta­ble with a gold­fish in a bowl on – talk about home from home.

The site is di­vided into dif­fer­ent ar­eas, we stayed in the new African vil­lage area in a swish Ma­sai Lodge. Chalets are com­pact but well equipped with a cooker, shower, veranda seat­ing area and that all-im­por­tant air con­di­tion­ing. They are de­signed in a style in keep­ing with the African theme, with gi­ant lion pic­tures on the bed­room walls.

The restau­rant in the African vil­lage de­serves a men­tion, we went here for our wed­ding an­niver­sary and the food was gen­er­ous, ex­tremely tasty and rea­son­ably priced. Again, the Af­i­can theme in ev­i­dence, with ap­pro­pri­ate veg­e­ta­tion and a great view out over the ro­man­ti­cally lit pool.

If the won­der­ful ac­com­mo­da­tion, fa­cil­i­ties and clean­li­ness are not enough for you, you will cer­tainly be im­pressed with the lo­ca­tion.

●●Pool ar­eas and din­ing op­tions main­tain the Ma­sai theme

●●Euro­camp’s chalets are well equipped

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