My favourite campsite: Nautic Almata, Costa Brava
Canvas Holidays’ sales consultant Nicki Ferguson has enjoyed seeing most of the world throughout her career in travel. For pleasure, however, it’s Nautic Almata in Rosas, Spain, she loves returning to. Here, she shares why this beach-based campsite holds such an enduring appeal for all her family.
- What is it about Nautic Almata that appeals to you?
The campsite is laid back and very relaxed with direct access to a fabulous long sandy beach that runs for miles around the Bay of Roses. The location of the site is fantastic for exploring the Catalan region – from Figueres and down to Barcelona.
There are lots of water sports available and a full animation and entertainment programme. We normally prefer smaller campsites but Nautic Almata has such a relaxed atmosphere, plus many of the people who stay there are repeat customers. We’ve visited the site four times.
- Who do you travel with?
I travel with my husband Andy and two teenage children who are aged 14 and 17 years. However, I think this may be the last year my 17-year-old wants to come with us as she’s off on a gap year to Borneo followed by university in Glasgow.
- What do your family think of the campsite?
The family love the site as it’s so laid back. My husband and daughter love to run on the beach all the way to Empuriabrava, while my son and I enjoy relaxing on the beach or by the pool, or playing tennis and archery. My daughter loves that the campsite is so close to archaeology sites in Roses and Empúries. She is going to study archaeology at university so this is a huge bonus for her.
- What are the highlights of the region?
The Catalan area of Spain is stunning. There are so many different highlights because it’s so diverse. For art and history lovers, there is plenty to enjoy – highlights for me are the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres and his house in Port Lligat, which is a lovely village.
Archaeology sites in Roses and Empúries are well worth a visit. Girona is close by which is great for shopping and Barcelona is just two hours away. Taking to the water is another great way to see the area. There are water sports galore, from sea-kayaking around the coast to kite surfing on the beach. There are also water parks nearby, which are great for a family day out.
- Did you try any of the campsite’s sports activities?
We played tennis occasionally and table tennis. We went kayaking a few years ago on the river that runs nearby, though you can now kayak on the sea. We also went windsurfing a couple of times which was great fun as it’s quite a windy area. You’re never short of opportunities to do water sports at this site!
- What sort of holidaymaker would most enjoy this campsite?
All age groups will enjoy Nautic Almata. Families with young children can make the most of the full animation programme. Teenagers will enjoy discos in the evenings and sporting activities during the day. But there’s plenty for older families too: the nearby nature reserve is great for walking, and, of course, you can relax in the restaurants too. Lots of couples of all ages book this site too – manly out of season when it’s a bit quieter.
- What was your accommodation like?
We stayed in a Maxi Tent [this is the only accommodation type available at Nautic Almata] because we love the freedom and space of the tent. The new style tents are at the site. These feature bigger fridge/freezers and you can open up the tent completely to give you lots of fresh air and space.
- How would you rate the pool and the local beach?
The campsite has a lovely pool complex with trees for shade and free sunbeds and lots of grassy surroundings to sit on. The sandy beach next to the site runs for miles and is very safe. There’s also a nudist section a bit further up for those who like that.
- What time of year do you visit and what was the weather like?
We have always visited at the end of June/start of July – it’s generally hot but can be occasionally windy.