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.
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.
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.
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.
A great place to stay in. Castelldefels. Ben is a super host and went out of his way to ensure we settled in well and knew where everything was. Great location to get to Barcelona and Castelldefels is a cool place to hang out. We would definitely visit again.
We were 5 friends coming from Ireland for the kitesurfing event. We spent an amazing stay in this apartment. We received a warm welcome from Ben who left us some wine and food for our first night. Plaze is amazing, really comfortable and great vive with the guitars hang to the walls!! We recommend the place for any visitors from family/friends/couple etc! Thanks again from the (website hidden) crew!! ;-)
We spent in the apartment Behrend than 9 days and were very pleased with our holiday !
The apartment is large , comfortable, located in a beautiful area - close to the sea and not far from the city center. On the next street is a bus stop 95, which goes to Barcelona or to the center of Castelldefels , also to Barcelona by bus 94 , which stops too close to home
The apartment has everything you need for a comfortable life - a full kitchen with utensils , washing machine, TV and internet, comfortable beds . The apartment has two balconies, large balcony, a dining table and barbecue - we loved having breakfast there in the sunshine and have a candlelit dinner :)
The apartment is located on a quiet street in the shade of pine trees , so there will not be very hot . Outside there is a great pool , comfortable for both adults and children
But the most important thing that we liked about this house - its atmosphere . At Behrend beautiful collection of music (it turned out that our tastes much the same :)) and books , it is very nice to look at and read them
It seemed to us that Berend - a great guy, he greeted us with a bottle of good wine :) showed us the apartment , left a large folder with a detailed story about the house and the city , has left us some food and household products , called a taxi for us . It was a pleasure to chat with him :)
Without a doubt, we very much want to come back to settle in Castelldefels and apartments Behrend :) And of course we will recommend it to all your friends
Julia , Vadim and little Alice :)
Appartement très agréable tout confort. Nous avons passé un moment très sympathique dans cette résidence familiale mais calme. Nous avons apprécié le côté vivant de l'appartement avec des guitares et nombreux livres en guise de déco. Je recommande cette location pour des vacances entre amis.
I stayed at Berend's apartment for ten days in July/August 2013 with my two teenage children and we were absolutely happy and content with everything! Berend was very helpful, before and while we were there, and patiently answered all our questions.
As others have already said, the long, sandy beach is only a short footwalk away, the connection to the airport as well as to Barcelona via car, bus or train is excellent - and Castelldefels is a nice little town with a nice little town center (20 min. by foot or 10 by bus) with shops, bars, restaurants,... and not overrun by our kind, the tourists ;-). There is the natural park of Garraf nearby but unfortunately when we were there it was too hot to go hiking. A thing to do the next time we'll be there...
When we arrived Berend was very friendly & met us and provided loads of info on the local area.
The flat is exactly as described and very spacious and bright. We were 2 couples sharing and had loads of space. The BBQ is brilliant and the pool is fantastic for the hot afternoons (and the beach is only 200m away!)
It's a great spot as a base for visiting Barcelona too - there is a bus which you get from 50m away that takes you straight to the centre of Barcelona in 40mins, and costs less than 1 Euro with the T-10 ticket.
Our family (of 4 members) spent a week on July -13 in Berend´s apartment. The apartment was spacy, floor plan was functional and the terrace was really nice. The kids (3&5) loved the pool (which was just underneath of terrace). The building was ok and nicely bordered by high and beautiful pine trees which didn´t only make nice sight/feeling but also made the flat cool enough for Scandinavian to survive the heat. The beach was just couple of blocks away. The owner, Berend was really easy going bloke who was very helpful and reliable. I really can recommend this apt in Castelldefels!