Travel // Our dream Al Fresco Family Holiday
I’ve had enough of the cold. Of the soggy school run. Of the weekly threat of snow.
I’ve had enough of the dark afternoons. Of the central heating being on all day. Of jumpers. And coats. And scarves. And hats…
Oh, I’ve definitely had enough of hats. The daily hat fight: “I don’t want to wear a hat! It’s itchy!”
Give me strength.
I am craving sunshine. Warmth. To see freckles appear on my skin again. The smell of suncream.
I need a holiday. We all need a holiday.
Nick always talks about his holidays in France as a child. So when the folk at Al Fresco asked me to come up with a dream holiday plan at one of their parks, I found myself drifting off into my (very warm) imagination!
The La Sirène site really stood out for me. It’s a five star site based near the seaside resort of Argèles-sur-Mer, and is set amidst lush tropical vegetation, very close to the beach.
I loved the look of all of the water-based activities on this site! Both children love to play in water and swim, and it looks like it has so many fun places to splash… and waterslides for all. (In fact, as I’ve been uploading photos – Busby has said “I want to go there! Look at all the slides!”) I think we’d all be able to spend most of the day exploring the different areas and playing with water – and it would appeal to both children day-after-day.
There seems to be a lot to do in the surrounding area, for those days where you don’t want to stay on-site.
Argèles-sur-Mer is only 2 miles away, and it sounds absolutely beautiful – with sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore. The Old Town sounds gorgeous with its narrow, winding streets and markets selling local produce. I would love to take my camera around the 14th Century parish church of Notre-Dame-Dels-Prats – what a stunning photo essay that would make.
Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know how much I love colour, so a visit to the resort of Collioure would be a must for me. Apparently, the town has recently been the centre of the artistic movement “Fauvism”, known for the painters’ use of vivid colours! The beach is ideal for snorkelling too, so an afternoon spent exploring the bays would be so relaxing.
We would love to visit Château de Castelnou for the day (21 miles away from La Sirène). This medieval fortress sounds absolutely fascinating, but even more enthralling for Nick and I would be the wine tasting at the Domaine Vigneron. Apparently the grounds of the castle are now covered in vineyards!
Not only are there lots of swimming pools and slides on site at La Sirène, but there’s a Kids Club for ages 3-12 years. I think we’d probably book Busby in for a morning or afternoon so she could take part in some of the activities, which include treasure hunts and Olympic Games!
My dream holiday always involves horse riding, and La Sirène offers this on site. Fingers crossed for a ride along the beach, as I’ve always wanted to hack across the sand. And then perhaps a visit to the spa afterwards for a massage?
For H-Bear there’s the outdoor playground – and I can also see him enjoying a game or two of mini golf with Nick!
There are restaurants on site, as well as a supermarket… Oh, and for our ice cream loving Busby, there’s an ice cream parlour. (Nick and I would probably be happiest in the Bakery… buying a selection of french breads, and then perhaps a visit to the supermarket for cheese and wine!)
There seems to be so much to do at La Sirène that I think we’d have to stay for more than a week… I haven’t even gotten round to talking about hopping over to Barcelona for the day!