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Family-Friendly Rural Tourism in Catalunya

Rural Tourism (turisme rural) is extremely popular in Catalunya due to the region´s varied and exciting terrain. Those looking for on-tap services look away now. Otherwise we have listed exciting rustic accommodation suitable for all the family

  • Can Lluís, Alt Empordà

    Recommended by Kayte Locke

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    Can Lluís is a 7 hectare finca in the region of the Alt Emorda, north of Barcelona, near Figueres (Salvador Dali), Girona(Ryan Air) and the beaches of the Costa Brava. At the moment the finca has 2 comfortable apartments (both 4 to 5 persons) and a gipsy caravan replica.
    Can Lluís Afores s/n 127741 Cistella (Girona) +34 676349028

    "We had a great holiday in an old Finca up in Northern Spain. It was a fabulous place and a lovely environment for families. It is run by a lovely Dutch couple called Rinus & Carien. We really really recommend it as it was such a lovely place, away from it all in the hills, very beautiful and calm but great for visiting the Pyrenees and also the Costa Brava. Great for the kids and great for us!" (KL Nov 2010)

  • Cosy, rustic house in Cérvoles

    Recommended by Shani

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     This beautiful home, dating from the 16th century and set in the Catalan mountains, is ideal for the outdoorsy type looking to get away from it all. Lying at the end of the Vall Fosca, within 45 minutes drive of the peaks of the Pyrenees, which it looks over, it is found in a remote village at the end of a track, with only a few houses occupied. Provides a welcome change from the city, with all sorts of outdoors activities within easy reach: hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, horse-riding, skiing/snowboarding, and more. Or, for those less-athetically inclined, there are a number of lakes and rivers you can lounge alongside and take the occasional dip in, paths to stroll gently along, meadows to picnic in... not to mention mountain villages to visit, rustic restaurants to visit, bar terraces to sip you aperitivo on, and more.

    Set on three floors, consisting of open-plan ground floor living/dining room and kitchen, two double bedrooms, bathroom and large open central area on the first floor, double bedroom, office/media room and cloakroom on the second floor. There is a small garden at the back, and the entire village is surrounded by unused fields and woods where you can sit, sunbathe and generally lounge about.

    Despite its away-from-it-all setting, it features all mod cons: there is a washing machine, dishwasher, wood-burning stove and electric central heating, wifi and mobile cover.

    The house is located at the start of the village: please note that, given the setting, a car is required, and that the last section of the road to the village is unpaved.

    Week price:

    * 2 people: 450
    * 4 people: 550
    * 6 people : 650
    * 8 people: 700

    Weekend price:

    *2 people: 250
    *4 people: 350
    *6 people: 425
    *8 people: 500

    For the cleaning of the house, towels and sheets: 50 euro extra. For more information & photos contact Katrien

    "Its a beautiful spot, with breathtaking views on all sides. High above the world, nothing much seems to matter and all your cares slip away as you breathe in the fresh clear mountain air. Ive been there in the snow and in the hot sun, and it seems to be invigorating at all times. So peaceful and other-worldly. The village itself has its own charm, too, and there are lots of walks from the house in several directions.The house itself is both cosy and spacious; its warm in winter tucked up around the wood burning stove, and cool in summer when you need shelter from the sunshine. I have many happy memories of meals cooked together and shared, either inside around the big dining table in candlelight, or outside on the warm terrace, with the clucking of the hens as the only sound to break the wonderful silence.For anyone who is looking for a rustic country getaway, its a real haven. Youll come back rejuvenated and glowing" (Shani April 2011)


  • Caseta Libelula

    Recommended by Sonya Dowsett

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    Caseta Libelula is a cottage in Tivenys, Nr. LAmpolla in the Costa Dorada.
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    "If you like your holidays eco-friendly with a handmade feel, if you like to be absolutely on your own in the country-side with no neighbours but without sacrificing comfort and cleanliness, I whole-heartedly recommend this holiday rental in southern Catalunya. A 6 hour drive from Madrid but well worth it, its a really special place. We are a family of five and it was great for kids, from touches like toys left in the living room to a baby room annexe to the parents room. Wild flowers in jam jars, waking to bird song, reading on the hammock under the stars after the kids are in bed ... lovely. Highly recommended"  (SD, April 2011)

  • Mas ca la Coixa, La Garrotxa

    Recommended by Monika Kruger

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    Mas ca la Coixa is a traditional 17th century masia with four comfortable holiday apartments each sleeping 4-6 people. Ideal for family getaways in an idyllic rural setting near the historic towns of Besalú, Santa Pau, Banyoles and Olot.
    Each cottage has access to an area of garden with a barbeque and garden furniture. Children are welcome to visit the masia’s little vegetable garden and chickens. There’s plenty to do nearby including exploring local villages, ancient bridges and castles, and walks along rivers, amongst extinct volcanoes and through beautiful woodland of the Parc Nacional de la Zona Volcànica de La Garrotxa.
    Visit the website or call Francesc tel 630 027 184 (Spanish or Catalan) or you can email him in English to make further enquiries.


    "We stayed here this summer and have since been back a couple of times. Our kids have enjoyed it even more each time, they settle quickly and happily into the freedom and tranquility and we can really unwind. The owner, Francesc, lives in the main masia and will ensure you are well looked after. As well as being a carpenter, (he has carefully restored the buildings and crafted much of the furniture) he is a first rate cook and makes a magnificent paella and fideos to order. The local village has a fantastic Carnicería perfect for barbeques year-round!" (MK, Sep 2011)

  • Can Pei, Alta Garrotxa

    Recommended by Kirsten Campbell

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    Excellent rural hideaway which is ideal for kids
    Masia Can Pei 17855 Oix (Alta Garrotxa)
    972 19 55 00

    "Can Pei, about an hour and half from Barcelona, just past Girona, great place to go with kids! There are horses (to ride or feed:) pony to ride for little ones, baby animals they can hold and feed...beautiful countryside, clean simple home, nice accommodations. Good food:) Extremely helpful, nice, relaxed family owns it...they understand kids!:0 and the needs we all have as parents. We stayed 2 nights last week, it rained and Matilda had a fever...but I still think it was one of our best trips!" (KC,

  • Can Maholà - Beuda

    Recommended by Angela Schweizer

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    Can Maholá consists of 3 sfamily houses, all located in a 12th century traditional Catalan Cottage, which can accommodate up to 12 people. The house is divided in 3 apartments, each with two levels, a roof parking spot and a separate entry.
    Cal Ferrer:  can accommodate up to 8 people with 4 bedrooms (1 double 3 twins), 2 fully-equipped bathrooms, a hall, kitchen with all the essential household goods, dining room, a lounge with TV and games, private garden with barbeque area and table & chairs. The house has central heating, bedding, towels and washing machine.
    Cal Cisteller & Cal Fuster:  These two apartments have the same layout and are situated on the second and third floor of the cottage - both can accommodate 4 people. On the ground floor is the kitchen, a dining room with TV & games and a separate loo. The two bedrooms (1 double 1 twin) and bathroom are on the top floor. There is a large courtyard with barbeque area shared with the other duplex apartment. The apartments have central heating, a washing machine, linen and towels.
    Can Maholà de LLigordà   17850 Beuda ( 34) 972590162

    "There is a very large garden with a children´s play area and also a covered swimming pool. Long walks (more than 50km) are signposted in red and white, medium walks (from 10 – 50 km) in white and yellow and local walks (under 10km) in white and green."

  • Hotel del Prado

    Recommended by Rachael West

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    This rustic hotel on the french border is within reach of all the main ski resorts (La Masella, La Molina, Font Romeu and Les Angles in France), mountain villages and stunning countryside of La Cerdanya. It is family-run and its restaurant is well known within the area. Puigcerda is the capital of Cerdanya, and is a lovely mountain town with cobbled streets and a choice of decent shops. 
    Carretera de Llivía, s/n 17520 Puigcerda Tel (+34) 972880400

    "Activities available for children include tennis, swimming, football, basketball and rollerblading. There is also a toddler play-area."

  • My Favourite Things

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    A range of fantastic rural retreats for the family close to the Pyrenees. Those seeking satellite TV and nightime entertainment are encouraged not to come. Those who want medieval villages, hills, rivers, woods, rivers, vistas, peace, comfortable, tasteful and reasonably priced accommodation are! The rustic houses have all been personally checked out by the team in this innovative company. They offer a choice of 3 country houses and all of them have excellent children´s facilities. 

    "The properties are based in Huesca, the Pallars and Priorat. All of the properties have ameneties suitable for children including large gardens, swings and sandpits, My favourite Things also offer workshop holidays for all the family with activities including pottery, painting, writing, cooking, climbing and dance."

  • Casa Pete y Lou

    Recommended by Zoe Koumbouzi

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    Beautiful rural B&B in Lleida around two and half hours out of Barcelona. Situated on the South East corner of the Tremp Valley: 6 km from the village of San Salvador de Toló, and25 km from the nearest market town of Tremp.
    This is an agricultural area, with ifields of wheat, corn and sunflowers, old almond and olive groves as well as vineyards..
    San Salvador de Tolo, 25638 Tremp, Lleida  (+34) 973252309

    There are lots of activities for children including horseriding, swimming in lakes, canoeing and white water rafting. There are no pram-friendly roads so its all about a backpack/car. The rooms are cosy and clean.

  • Hotel Cal Batlle

    Recommended by The Independent Newspaper

    Around half an hours drive north east of Barcelona, you will find Hotel Cal Batlle, a converted 14th Century stately home near Sant Celoni, on the edge of the beautiful Montseny Nature Park. You are also about a 20 minute drive from the long sandy beaches of the Costa Maresme.
    Carretera de Sant Martí de Montnegre s/n 08470 Sant Celoni (Barcelona)  Tel (+34) 938484731

    There are a wide range of activities close to the hotel suitable for children including tennis, paintballing, hot air balloon rides, swimming, horseriding and pitch & putt. For keen shoppers La Roca, the (huge) outlet shopping centre is also close by.

  • Mas Carboner - El Pla de lEstany

    Recommended by Angela Schweizer

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    Mas Carboner is an independent townhouse with garden in a beautiful setting. The house  was only recently renovated and can accommodate up to 7 people. The owners, a young couple, live across the road on a farm and can provide home-made products and an introduction to real farm life.
    s/n-Puigpalter de Dalt - 17820 Banyoles - El Pla de lEstany ( 34) 972571667

    There are lots of local attractions for children such as a Noddy train, an Eco boat trip and a small amusement park on the lake Banyoles (approx. 4km from the house). The lake, with a surface of one square km and 8 km perimeter, is unique in the world in that it is fed by two subterranean rivers, where 600 litres of water are pumped in per second. Despite some Olympic-related lakeside development, with new hotels and restaurants much in evidence, Banyoles is an attractive place to visit, with a well-kept old town and shaded footpaths around the lake. There are plenty of beaches to choose from within forty minutes.

  • Can Mas d’Albanyà - Albanyà

    Recommended by Angela Schweizer

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    Can Mas d’Albanyà is a renovated country estate dating from the 13th century. It is situated in a peaceful and quiet area in the Alt Empordà and is the ideal place to go for walks or bike rides. You can also play golf, and go horse riding nearby.
    Despoblado s/n 17733 Albanyà Alt Emporda ( 34) 972542023

    This farmhouse offers 3 types of accommodation -  B&B, apartments or private house. There is a large garden, swimming pool and lounge and with real fire. In July and August the hotel only offers accomodation for 7 nights (Saturday to Saturday basis). Cots are available on request.

  • Hostal Mas Rabiol - Sant Climent de Peralta

    Recommended by Angela Schweizer

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    Mas Rabiol is a very well maintained and totally renovated Masia (farmhouse) from the 16th century. There are 3 standard rooms, 3 superior rooms and a junior suite (with mini bar) all of which have a fully-equipped bathroom and TV.
    Afores s/n – 17110 Sant Climent de Peralta ( 34) 619782105


    There is a swimming pool in the garden as well as garden furniture, a swing for children and a barbeque area

  • Galena Mas Comangau - Begur

    Recommended by Angela Schweizer

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    Dating back to the beginning of the last century, this farmhouse has been recently refurbished and offers 7 rooms. It is located in the beautiful medeival village of Begur in the heart of the Baix Empordà. It has simple décor and original architecture.
    Calle Ramón Llull,1, 17255 Begur ( 34) 972623210

    There is one room at this hotel that can accommodate 4 and so is great for families. Children under 4 stay free when using existing bedding. Cots and highchairs are available and the restaurant welcomes children.

  • Mas Ros - Vilademuls

    Recommended by Angela Schweizer

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    This beautiful stone house is situated in Olives, a tranquil village of just 20 inhabitants. Very close to all the amenities of Girona (15 minutes away), and Figuères (20 minutes). It is a restored former tenant-farmers house with 5 double rooms, each equipped with fully-equipped bathroom, heating, TV and 2 “Family” rooms which are interconnected.
    Barri de los olives  - 17468 Vilademuls (Playa de l’Estany) ( 34) 972561044


    There is a very big garden with a children´s play area and swimming pool. Breakfast is included in the price and everything is made with local produce and served under a covered porch during the summer months. Cots and highchairs are available.

  • El Cau de Palau - Alt Emporda

    Recommended by Angela Schweizer

    El Cau de Palau is a charming B&B guest house situated in the small village of Palau-Saverdera, in the province Girona, only 5km away from the sea. The village is surrounded by two beautiful national parks and close to cultural places of interest (Cadaquès, Figueres, Cap de Creus, Pals). The house has 5 beautifully decorated rooms and can accommodate up to 16 people.
    Calle La Costa 1917495 Palau Saverdera ( 34) 902885385

    They offer a babysitting service and cots are available. The following activities can be arranged through the guest house: horse-riding, walking tours, swimming, hunting, climbing, fishing and bird watching in the national parks and guided walks. The owner does all the cooking and will prepare dishes for children.

  • Mas Planella

    Recommended by Hannah Cromarty

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    Mas Planella is situated in the beautiful Garrotxa region close to the Costa Brava in northern Spain. On the edge of the unique Volcanic Zone Natural Park, the masia is within a short walk of the picturesque village of Mieres.
    Nearby there are many well preserved medieval villages and historic towns, including Santa Pau (9km), Banyoles (15km), Olot (19km) and Besalu (27km).
    Also within easy reach of the masia are the beautiful beaches and coves of the Costa Brava, the stunning city of Girona, Figueres and the famous Dali museum, and the Pyrenees with opportunities for walking and skiing in the mountains.
    Mas Planella, 17830 Mieres, Girona. Tel: +34 650 066 007

    "I can highly recommend this property for families. The house (masia) has been beautifully restored, is very well equipped and has masses of space - including two separate living rooms. The location is stunning, with panoramic views and there is lots of outdoor space for children to run around or for barbecues and relaxing in the sun. The owners also have a few sheep and a pig on the land, which were a big hit with our children! The owners are very friendly and helpful and met all our needs - e.g. providing a cot, high chair and childrens toys . The house is situated on the edge of the Garrotxa Volcanic National Park in Catalonia, a really beautiful area to explore and only 90 minutes from Barcelona. We cant wait to go back!!" (HC)