El Convent - Abbey Travel, Ireland

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    • 0-23 mnth

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Welcome to El Convent

El Convent Constructed in 1730, the hotel comprises a total of 25 rooms, of which one is a single and two are suites. Amongst the air-conditioned business hotel's facilities count a foyer with 24-hour reception, a bar, a café, restaurant, conference facilities, and a TV lounge. Further offerings include the public Internet connection, a W-LAN access point, and both room and laundry services. Bicycle hire is also available, and there is parking for those arriving by car. Today, the natural terraces around the convent are the perfect place to enjoy its tranquillity: somewhere to read a good book in the shade of a cypress or take a refreshing swim in the pool. The original structure of the building has been maintained, together with the special ambience that evolved there. The chapel has been converted into a library with information about the region and its inhabitants. There is also an area for students of nature conservation. ## Location This hotel is located in a spectacular setting, a unique place where comfort and quality are in harmony with the natural environment. The story of this convent begins in the 15th century, when a huge storm forced an Italian boat onto the shores of Sa Riera. Sailors who survived the incident celebrated their good fortune by founding a chapel near a medicinal spring in the nearby forest. It is a location rich in history, with tales of mysterious hermits, pirates and religious orders. The open sea and the Cala Sa Riera beach are both about 500 m from the hotel, guests will reach the nearest shops, links to the public transport network, and the centre of Begur with its restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in approximately 800 m. Further shopping venues can be found in Girona, about 50 kilometres away. ## Rooms The rooms are distributed across two storeys, and each has its own characteristic blend of quality materials and fine workmanship. All accommodation in this hotel come with an en suite bathroom with hairdryer, a king-size bed, a direct dial telephone, satellite/ cable TV, an Internet connection, a minibar, and either a balcony or terrace. The heating and air conditioning are individually adjustable. ## Sport With a whole range of possibilities to choose from, guests may enjoy discovering the Mediterranean and an exquisite place to relax. Regardless of the desired activity, be it walking, sailing, horse?riding, a cycling tour, or even a trip in a hot-air balloon, professionals are on hand to help organise and assist guests. Within the hotel grounds there is a swimming pool with a poolside snack bar and both sun loungers and parasols laid out ready for use. Further leisure facilities include a sauna and a Jacuzzi. Guests may also take advantage of the opportunity to explore the coast and marine life here with a wide range of water sporting activities, including water skiing, jet skiing, motor boating diving, surfing, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, sailing, canoeing and pedal boating. It is also possible to visit the natural marine reserve of Ses Negres with its bays and beaches not usually otherwise accessible. A further experience to be treasured is the possibility of observing whale species and the red coral reefs. Also on offer is tennis, basketball, volleyball, golf, and miniature golf. Guests may further take advantage of an organised tour through flora and fauna, experiencing aromatic plants, the Mediterranean fauna, ancient trees, the indigenous birds, and the history of the pirates. ## Meals Guests may serve themselves at the breakfast buffet. At lunchtime and in the evenings, guests may select dishes from an à la carte menu. Bed and breakfast is bookable. In Begur guests will find dishes typical for the region, consisting of fresh vegetables, sea food, and a wide range of meat and regional sausages. A good meal should always be accompanied by a good wine, and the region is proud of its own \\Denominación de Origen Empordà-Costa Brava\\ with its excellent wines and champagnes. Dishes range from the traditional \\Suquet\\ of rock fish, black rice, and \\garoinada\\ (pasta with sea urchins), to the \\Mar y Montaña\\ (Sea and Mountain: chicken with shrimps). Cuisine featuring mushrooms and snails is also popular. The gastronomic calendar is adapted according to the season. ## Payment American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and VISA are all accepted in the hotel. ## Notes Spain - Catalonia - Girona - Costa Brava - Baix Empordà - Begur. On reaching Begur, follow signs to Sa Riera beach. Once on the road to Sa Riera, guests will see a stop sign in the middle of a sharp right curve after about 100 metres. Take the road to the left (direction Playa del Racó and Pals) to find the convent on the right hand side after 500 m. By car: Motorway A7 Barcelona/France, exit 6 (Girona Nord), in the direction of Palamós/La Bisbal, exit 9 (Platja d'Aro/Lloret) in the direction of Platja d'Arao/Palafrugell. By plane: Aeropuerto del Prat - Barcelona (BCN) about 135 km away, Aeropuerto Girona Costa Brava around 45 km. By train: Estación (station) de Flaça some 35 km away. By bus: Bus company SARFA from Barcelona estación del nord (Arc de Triomf). From Girona: by bus transfer. By boat: Puerto/Port de Palamós Puerto/Port de l'Estartit.

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