David Owen from The People recently stayed at Vilanova Park in Spain and agreed to share with us his experience of the site and some handy hints for the area. Check out his main review in the paper early next year, but here’s a sneak preview to give you a taster:

MOVE over Phantom Flan Flinger – you’ve got nothing on the meringue missiles of Vilanova i La Geltru.

Visit the Spanish town in February and you’re guaranteed to get egg on your face and still be left smiling during the merengada (meringue wars) part of carnival week.

Hundreds of residents race around town caking its streets with goo. Just keep that umbrella handy!

Two miles out of town lies the Thomson Al Fresco site at Vilanova Park where things are quieter but never dull. Staying in a luxury mobile home, we enjoyed all the elements of a relaxing family holiday while sampling everything the resort has to offer. Our home slept six in three bedrooms and still had room for a kitchen, spacious living and dining area and huge balcony. What’s more it’s just two minutes’ walk from the heart of the Park – an old Catalonian farmhouse converted into a bar and restaurant. Meals are very reasonably priced (we paid £30 for a family of three) and there is a takeaway service and supermarket on site.

Then there are the amenities – two huge outdoor pools, a cosy indoor one with Jacuzzi, gym and spa, football and basketball courts, tennis, table tennis, mini arcade, kids’ club, teens’ disco, bike hire, kids’ play-areas and mini zoo. Our two-year-old daughter loved all of it and she wasn’t alone judging by the number of smiling faces we saw during our week. Among them were the ever-cheerful Thomson reps, Linda and Mickey who live on site and were always around for help and advice.

Venture out of the park and you’re spoilt for choice. Vilanova boasts a beautiful rambla (main street) running down to the beach. The shops here stay open late so browse away before stopping for a mid-evening coffee or beer with the locals.


Then there’s Barcelona. Hop on a train and you’re there in 40 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to soak up the sights of La Sagrada Familia, Old Town, the aquarium and the awesome Nou Camp football stadium.

Lionel Messi or messy meringues, either way a stay at Vilanova Park scores everytime.

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