Very nice 1st floor apartment, both light and shady, in between the pine trees, 2 minutes from the beach! It has everything you need! The big and clean beach of Castelldefels has a blue flag and it's excellent for al types of sport! With a very nice swimming pool!
There are 3 bedrooms, one large master bedroom and two small bedrooms. There are two double (queen size) beds and one single.
We have two balconies, one on the front and one on the back and all the bedrooms have access to them.
The bathroom is relatively spacious and it has a bidet. The shower has good pressure and does not run out of hot water.
You´ll get the whole apartment. You may use everything including the pool.
The kitchen is well supplied with good stuff. Big fridge and freezer! A big microwave / oven combo. I'll leave you some supplies for cooking. There is no dishwasher though. The washing machine, the vacuum cleaner and these type of things have their own little space outside, next to the kitchen. There is a little bar in the kitchen for a fast snack or breakfast and it doubles as extra workspace for cooking large meals.
I will take care of clean sheets and leave you some towels at your disposal.
Recently I have been updated with super fast 100mbit/s internet connectivity, one of the first in Castelldefels. Wifi in all rooms. Good for (website hidden) or doing some work while away from home.
Interaction with Guests
I will welcome you, and give you my phone number for questions and issues. I am well connected in town, and can advise you were to go for things.
Castelldefels is European sports city of 2013! People are running, biking, roller skating, skateboarding, surfing, kitesurfing, yoga-ing, canoeing, etc! Sometimes it feels like California here: some people jokingly say Castelldefornia! The Olympic wakeboard cable park just opened is is right around the corner.
The best thing is the beach, which actually is a lot nicer and natural more towards Gavà Mar (North). We are close to that part of the beach. The goalie of Barca, Victor Valdez has his house there! Plus we are very close to Garraf natural park, great for hiking and serious mountain-biking! And of course all the chiringuitos (beach bars!) for carajillos (coffee +1) and chipirones. Many of them have live music in summer. The coastal road to Sitges is also amazing, winding over cliffs and bays with some interesting stops on the way.
I can seriously advice you to try out beach-tennis, it's very addictive.
Transport is great. It's 90 cents to go to downtown Barcelona with the bus or train. (30 - 45 mins and a T-10 ticket). The bus stops literally around the corner. For Sitges it's the same (15 mins) With a car you're right onto the C31, which eventually becomes the main road (Gran Via) of Barcelona, very direct and efficient. There are night busses from Barcelona back as well, although they are a bit slow.
Other Things to Note
There is a (very) big flatscreen cable TV with English and Spanish (movie) channels (even if the list says there is not, it's still there). There is an iPod/iPad/Mp3 connector for films and music and a Blue-ray dvd/cd player. The master bedroom has an extra little amp connector for music.
Smoking on the balcony please. Our neighbours are very tolerant and friendly and we would like to keep it that way! So please respect their rest. Some of them have young kids. No pets.
A nice place close to the beach. We travelled with two small children and had the whole apartment to ourselves (on adult and one child in each double bed). The place was quite shady and not too hot in the beginning of September (no air condition). The front balcony had a dining table where it was nice to sit, overlooking the pool and the many trees across the road. The only thing I missed was a neigbourhood supermarket, as the closest were almost 2 km away. Berend left us a bike for shopping, which was nice, but with two little ones it would have been more convenient to shop closer. The beach cafeteria we visited had remarkable nice food though, and that was close. In addition to the nice beach there were some ok playgrounds around. The host Berend was very helpful and nice, more then one could expect! We walked quite a lot during our stay, the bus to central Barcelona would maybe be better, but for our few trips we went by train as the places we visited were closer to railway stations. It was ok to walk to the railway station, but a little far. Overall a nice experience.
Logement à 300 m d'une belle et très grande plage. Accueil chaleureux de Berend qui prend des nouvelles en début de séjour. Appartement logeable pour une famille de 5 personnes avec un balcon qui permet de manger dehors. Avantage de pouvoir garer la voiture. Casteldefells est une ville intéressante car à 20 km au sud de Barcelone et à égale distance au nord de la charmante ville de Sitgès.
we felt like home ! very nice appartment, very great location. the kids loved the pool, we loved the beach bars !
Berend was really nice, very helpful and accomodating.
Our holidays were perfect, we definitely recommend this place.
Berend, unser Gastgeber, war sehr freundlich und zur Schlüsselübergabe pünktlich bei der Wohnung. Er zeigte uns alles und hat uns sogar ein Fahrrad zur Verfügung gestellt, was für Castelldefels sehr hilfreich war. Er hatte alle Betten frisch bezogen und uns ausreichend Handtücher zur Verfügung gestellt! Alles in der Wohnung könnten wir nutzen inclusive Musikanlage, CDs, DVDplayer usw.
We, a Danish family, spend a week i July in this appartment. And enjoyed everything there: perfect location, nice pool, nice beach - and the appartment had everything we needed!
We just came back from spending 10 days in Berends flat. We had a baby and our 5 year old with us.
Berend was very helpful. He went out of his way to organize the remote control so we could park our car on the property. He left us a bottle of champagne and a folder with shopping tips, restaurant recommendations, and ideas for things to do. He has a fully equipped kitchen, there were spices and oils, and basics we could use. Traveling with kids, we were glad to have a washing machine. The balcony is nice with a bbq grill. I'm sure the pool is wonderful, when its a bit warmer, we were there in May, 16 C is tooooo cold for our taste. There is a great music collection, and I too was pleased to find some very readable books in his bookshelf.
Castelldefels beach is wonderful, very long and chirrigitos/beach bars/restaurants approx every 500 m, and playgrounds every 1 km. If you can brig rollerblades or a bike.
We highly recommend to have a car, to go on trips to Barcelona (20mins) or Sitges, which is beautiful (20 mins) or to go shopping (supermarkets are not in walking distance). And yes sometimes you hear the planes from nearby Barcelona airport, but Berend said its the exception and he was right.
The neighbours are very friendly. The kids include our daughter, despite the language barrier, to bad spanish kids go to school all day.
The rented apartment met with our expectations. We were 5 adults (2 couples, 1 single) and mostly needed a place to sleep and have breakfast. It was nicely situated, close to the sea side and transportation means (buses or train). The place was friendly and enjoyable. Although we did not meet the renter, Ben Venema, as we had a relative leaving in Barcelona arranging the check-in for us, I had many email contacts with him. Ben was always very helpful and let us a very welcoming notice in the flat. I can only warmly recommend this flat to others.
Hi, I am originally from The Netherlands and am living in Barcelona (actually Castelldefels) for a few years now. I love traveling (don't we all), outdoors and water sports, music & books, food. I once went to a shrink and he told me I'm crazy. I said that I wanted a second opinion. He said: ok, you're ugly too.