Escape The Cold Wet Summer

IT’S not even April and the summer sun is here already. But don’t get your hopes up for a sun-soaked UK though – the weathermen say, despite the current drought, it’s going to be a damp squib of a summer. Great, eh? So, as you’re dashing out to buy new sun-lotion, deck shoes, summer vests [...]

Weather that doesn’t Costa fortune

Adam Moss pool at Castell Montgri

  A SUCCESSFUL holiday is a gumbo consisting of many varied ingredients but the foundation, certainly for a summer escapade, is universal – the sun. You could break the bank and head to the Caribbean, of course, but even there you’re not guaranteed clear blue skies to provide a luxurious roof to your beach holiday. [...]

A review of Sanguli, Costa Dorada, Spain


Rob Foster was the lucky winner of a family holiday to Sanguli in 2011, here is what he thought… I couldn’t believe my luck when I was announced as the winner of a holiday with  Al Fresco Holidays on Twitter. The PR company were quickly in contact and put me in touch with the fabulous [...]

Catalonia – the capital of great food

spannish meal

THE ONE factor that will determine whether your holiday is a success or not is the cuisine. If the food is just a fast-food version of what you get at home, it is likely you’ll be disappointed. Fortunately, for those traveling to the Costa Brava, and staying at Al Fresco Holiday’s fabulous Castell Montgri site, [...]

Honest, no-holds-barred holiday review from the kids

Adam Moss family on holiday at Estartit with Thomson Al Fresco

WHENEVER my brood gets back from holiday we have an inquest. Not immediately, but usually about six months or so after we return, when the constant rain, the chill-winds of winter and the dark British nights make us hark back fondly to those warm summer evenings on the Costa Brava or the sparkling sunshine of [...]

Family Activities – Star Gazing In Spain

UNDER A LEAFY CANOPY WE SAT AND NAMED THE STARS AL FRESCO NIGHTS THAT STRENGTHENED FAMILY BONDS THE NIGHT my children saw their first shooting star is a memory I’ll treasure forever. We were sitting on the decking outside our Thomson Al Fresco cabin in Estartit. The night was in but it was still barmy [...]

Win October Half Term Holiday on Facebook

We’ve got our second exciting competition now live on Facebook You could win a break at Sanguli or Vilanova this October half term – who wouldn’t want a late bit of sunshine? Sanguli Set in the beautiful Costa Dorada with its’ poolside palm trees and sun kissed playa, Sanguli is a Mediterranean paradise. The Roman [...]

What to do and see in Barcelona

I’m thoroughly depressed. We about to leave the campsite! Boo hoo!! Fortunately we’re having two nights in France staying with one of my oldest friends. Since I last wrote we’ve been to Barcelona… the concrete city! Honestly it has more tower blocks than MANCHESTER! Yes, it’s that bad. No, it’s not the most beautiful city [...]

What to eat and drink on the Costa Brava

I’ve been drinking wine most nights I’ve been in Spain, with time off for San Miguel or Estrella Damm. But on Friday, I visited a local winery. The Costa Brava’s not the first place that comes to mind when you think about Spanish wine, but there are several wineries scattered around the region – look [...]

Family holiday in Barcelona


For anyone in this part of the world, a trip to Barcelona is a must. Jill & I had been in that peaceful, half-remembered time before the arrival of children, and we were looking forward to seeing what the Little Woodses would make of it. So what was the verdict? ‘The Sagrada Familia is so [...]