A warm welcome awaits you at CasaNickel, which is under the personal
supervision of the resident proprietors, Joan and Trevor Holt.
CasaNickel is on the Costa Brava and is perfectly located for the
beaches, golf courses, marinas and Girona Airport, which is 30 minutes
For UK residents, daily flights are available into Girona from
Birmingham, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Glasgow, Liverpool and Stanstead
The villa is located on a pine-clad hillside with wonderful views
overlooking Palamos Bay and the surrounding countryside. A personal
vehicle is highly recommended, for which there is ample parking space.
There is a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi to relax in. Guest
numbers are limited to six so the house and facilities are always
We guarantee that during your stay at CasaNickel you will receive
friendly service, quality and be able to enjoy all the benefits of a
luxury villa holiday at affordable bed and breakfast prices.
For your added comfort, we operate a no smoking policy throughout
Guest Rooms are superbly appointed with Satellite TV showing BBC,
ITV, Channel 4 etc; use of a computer with Broadband Internet access; an
Internet telephone which is billed at a low rate for UK calls;
hairdryers, and toiletries.
The villa is light and airy and the bedroom accommodation comprises:
Aiqua Blava Room:
The Aiqua Blava is a deluxe double room with en suite facilities.
It has its own external entrance. Patio doors leading to the Jacuzzi
terrace where there are teak sun beds, table and chairs.
The Tamariu is a double room that overlooks the mountains and the
sea and shares a bathroom with the Llafranc Room.
The Llafranc room is a double/twin room, which overlooks the bay of
Palamos. It has shared bathroom facilities with the Tamariu room.
However additional toilet facilities are located on the ground floor.
Additional facilities include:
- Outdoor heated Jacuzzi
Poolside table and chairs
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Heated outdoor swimming pool
- Poolside sun shade and sun beds
- Chilled water dispenser 24 hours
- Poolside honesty bar containing wines & beers
- Breakfast served in the dining room or on the terrace
An excellent choice of continental or full English breakfast is
available as shown in the menu below.
- A wide range of bread, rolls, croissants, cooked meats cheeses and
preservatives are available on a self-service basis.
- Cereals, fruit juice and coffee/tea followed by traditional
British breakfast, choice of:
- Baked Beans
- Fried/Scrambled or Boiled Eggs
Welcome To Catalonia:
The Costa Brava starts at the border with France and stretches down
to Blanes, 60 kilometers north of Barcelona.
The rugged coastline is renowned for small creeks and spectacular
scenery and it is a popular destination throughout the year for walking
and other leisure activities.
The warm Mediterranean climate of Catalunya, along with its historic
towns, gastronomic delights and rich cultural heritage makes Catalonia a
perfect choice for your holiday in Spain.
Places to visit include:
A historic local town with a few bars, shops and restaurants
offering good value menu del dias (3 course meals with wine). The
castle of Calonge, originally built in 1019 has recently been
This fishing port at the eastern end of Palamos bay was founded in
1277 and soon became an important naval base. In the 19th century
Palamos was the chief export harbour for Catalonia's cork industry and
despite the growth of tourism the town retains a significant
commercial base today. The fishing fleet still sails each day from
Palamos and its arrival each afternoon is followed by a lively fish
auction by the harbour. To the north of Palamos are two good sandy
beaches, Platja de la Fosca and Platja de Castell.
Over the last 50 years Platja d'Aro has grown into the Costa
Brava's second largest resort, with a population that rises from 3,000
in winter to more than 100,000 in summer. The beach is 3 kilometers of
golden sand; the nightlife is legendary and there are numerous
activities for children. From discos to water sports, whatever you
want in Platja d'Aro is probably there.
St. Pol is the sandy bay fronting the exclusive villa development
of S'Agaro. Built in clasical noucentisa style, the resort is an
attractive mix of Italianate villas, landscaped gardens and delightful
coastal promenade around a succession of rocky coves. Film stars and
politicians have long flocked to S'Agaros famous hotel, Hostal de la
Gavina, designed by Maso as a Gothic villa and given a more austere
classical style by Folguera.
St Feliu De Guixols:
This used to be the Costa Brava's busiest resort. It's an
unexpectedly handsome and dignified town, where most of the building
took place before the 1960s high-rise boom. Fishing and boat building
are important industries and during the 19th century the town grew
rich on the export trade in cork.
The main beach is a wide arc of sand with a fishing harbour at its
north end. From the beachfront promenade, Rambla vidal leads into the
old town of narrow streets and squares. The market square contains an
unusual 1929 market hall, with art deco touches and bright stained
glass. From the southern end of the beach, a road climbs 2 kilometers
to the chapel of Sant Elm. A tourist train runs up here regularly in
La Bisbal is best knows as the centre of the Catalan ceramics
industry. Its most abiding image and the only one that many visitors
see, is the dozens of pottery shops lining Carrer de l'Aigueta on the
Girona road. There are good bargains to be had if you shop around,
from simple glazed terracotta pots to innovative local designs.
A picturesque fishing village, popular with discerning British
since the 1960's, yet still retaining its charm. Pine trees shade a
beachfront promenade and yachts flutter in the small marina beside a
perfect bay, where tamarisks grow out of the rocks around an arc of
fine sand. A coastal path leads to Calella de Palafrugell or you can
walk or drive up to the lighthouse at Cap de Sant Sebastian for views
back down over Llafranc.
Calella de Palafrugell:
This pleasant resort consists of a series of coarse, sandy beaches
strung out beneath an old fishing village. The village now includes a
few whitewashed holiday villas, but it has lost none of its original
charm. You can still see working fishermen here, and fishing boats on
the sand add a splash of colour to the scene. The people of
Palagrugell and beyond head to Calella at weekends to eat at the
waterfront seafood restaurants, especially during the late winter,
when sea urchins are on the menu.
A cliff path from Calella leads around to the next bay at Llafranc.
At the other end of the village, high above the bay, is the Jardi
Botanic de Cap Roig, a beautiful garden that has hundreds of
Mediterranean plants, tall cedars and pine trees.
The stunning bay of Aiqua Blava houses a small sandy beach and a
few beachside restaurants, a haven for yachts. The bay at Aiguablava
is overlooked by the Parador hotel, built on the cliffs to take
advantage of the views. Across the bay is the chic resort of Fornells,
little more than a marina, a smart hotel and a pair of tiny beaches.
North of here are more small coves - Sa Riera, with views over the
Medes islands and Aiguafreda and Sa Tuna, linked by a footpath cut
into the rock.
A growing community of British expatriates has been attracted to
this busy market town on the edge of the Lower Emporda plain. They are
drawn to its down-to-earth Catalan atmosphere and to the excellent
nearby beaches. It was once an important centre of cork production and
the Museu del Suro (cork museum) has some interesting displays on the
history of the cork industry, as well as a selection of artifacts made
from cork. The best time to visit Palagrugell is on Sunday, when the
streets fill with stalls for one of the region's liveliest markets.
The ancient city of Girona is 30 minutes by car and has many
museums, shops (including El Corte Ingles) and restaurants.
The city is bisected by the river Onyar, which separates the modern
city, from the narrow cobbled streets and steep stairways of the old
town. Built right on the banks of the Onyar are ochre coloured houses,
forming a colourful parade. The river is spanned by several bridges,
including one by Gustav Eiffel, responsible for the Eiffel Tower in
Paris and the design of New York's Statue of Liberty.
A fascinating city, the capital of Catalunya. See the Olympic
village, the Ramblas, the fountains, the Cathedral then visit Port
Vell or Port Olympic for a choice of over 100 seafront restaurants.
Don't forget to visit Gaudi's Segrada Familia, the unfinished
church and his many other architectural wonders throughout the city.
At 50 kilometers from Barcelona to the northwest is the massif of
Serra del Montserrat. This mountain is also called "La muntanya
dels cent cims" (The 100 Peak Mountain).
Nestled between the peaks for centuries the famous "Monestir
de Montserrat" (Monastery of Montserrat) is the centre of the
Catalan faith. It contains and protects the "La Moroneta",
the Black Madonna and a great collection of famous paintings.
This site is one of the most visited tourist places of Catalonia
and the problem of the accessibility of the pilgrims and the tourists
was solved by the construction, in 1892, of a cog wheel train from
Monistrol de Montserrat to the Monastery and later a faster way was
built with an aerial cable car (gondolas) from a new train station
down in the valley.
Sunday: Palafrugell L'Escala, St. Feliu de Guixols.
Monday: Torroella de Montgri, Cadaques.
Tuesday: Palamos, Pals, Girona.
Wednesday: Begur. St. Antonio de Calonge, Banyoles.
Thursday: L'Estartit, Figueres, Calonge.
Friday: La Bisbal, Platja d'Aro.
Saturday: Girona, Mont-ras.
We have our own 6 metre Janneau boat, equipped for sea fishing and
scuba diving. Both activities can be arranged locally or if you prefer
just snorkelling/swimming trips.
The Costa Brava has 9 major courses, 14 pitch and put courses.
There's an 18 hole par 72 within 15 minutes of the villa.
Casa Nickel has its own outdoor table tennis table - bats and balls
provided. All challenges are welcome.
Facilities are available for you to create your own unique ceramic
holiday gifts or momentums. All items are painted and glazed on the
While you are away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life, why
not book computer training classes, which are available at the villa.
Weekly poolside barbeque hosted by Joan and Trevor can be provided at