We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights beginning of October. We had been staying with family in the south of France and decided to visit Spain. We called at the Taurus and there was rooms available which we got for a great price. £230ish for 2 adults and 1 child with full board which we were impressed with. Even got a pool view with a bit of a sea view. The pools were great and my son really enjoyed himself. Rooms were average, we had 2 single beds in one room and a double bed in the other. Biggest let down was that there was no sofa or mini fridge so we couldn't really sit anywhere comfortably when the little one went to bed. The weather was gorgeous on a night though so we could sit on the balcony. Food was nice but again nothing outstanding. The breakfasts were nice though and we were happy they did crepes as that is what all that my son would eat! He is extremely fussy when it comes to food and there was nothing in the buffet that he would eat. That is not a reflection on the hotel as there was plenty of variety just he lives on yorkshire puddings and chicken! The management were kind enough to get him some plain chicken cooked every night which was nice of them.
Sadly the beach in the resort was rubbish, the sand was like grit so no sandcastle making on this holiday and the sea was just a drop so no wading out for my son. I realise that this is because it is just a man made beach but I think most beaches in the costa brava are like this.
Pineda itself was a bit tired at parts, there is a nice fountain and a road train. Shops have the usual tacky items and seemed a bit pricey. We took the train (the train line is right next to the beach which is quite bizarre) to Barcelona for the day which was hard work with a young child in a buggy. He was bored, but well behaved, bless him. We went on the open top buses and drove around looking at the sights, we enjoy the cathedral but couldn't get in because of the massive queues.
We also had a trip to Figueres which was beautiful, highly recommended. We had a hire car and only problem with Figueres is most of the hotels don't really have parking (we had a night there before we flew home) We visited the Salvador Dali museum, I was happy as last time I was there was 20 years ago and Dali is my fave artist. My son really enjoyed that which I was quite surprised about.
The good thing I like about Spain is that under 14's travel free on public transport (unlike under 5's in the UK) then when they reach 14 they pay adult fare which I think is really good. Also the museum was free to under 14's too, again really good and I think a lot of places like that are the same.
We also went to the Medieval Knights which was a total let down. We were told it was a 20 minute drive away on the coach but weren't told that the coach would be doing a round trip picking up other passengers and would take 2 hours to get there. By the time we got there we were all fed up, my son was shattered. To make it worse, we had to wait outside to get our tickets and the lady who was bringing us out gave our tickets to someone else and by the time we got in half an hour later the show had already started and we had a very poor view after watching coach loads of people go in ahead of us despite the fact we had arrived before them. Very expensive night (£150 altogether) as we ended up taking a taxi back to the hotel after the first show as my son was way too tired after the long coach ride. We only saw an hour of the show for our money. We wish we had been told the coach was going to take 2 hours as we would have taken the hire car and might have even enjoyed the night. So if anyone is going, don't go on the coach, either take your own car or go in a taxi. 20 euros each way from the Taurus.
Not the best holiday but wasn't all bad I have been on but we really enjoyed travelling around in a hire car and got to see a lot more then you normally see on a package holiday.
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