This is NOT an HOTEL! I don't understand why it is listed as an hotel - this should be changed. It is a naturist campsite and resort.
We used to go each year to a new place for a week and the rest of our vacation at the best of what we had been to before, then we discovered el Templo del Sol and stopped searching because it is the best.
There are some irritating features: you have to wear the "minimum" in the shop, restaurant or office; you cannot pre-book your preferred pitch; the pool does not open until 11 am; the railway line is noisy at the low end of the site, (rows O to Z). But there are some wonderful features which more than make up for these irritations: the swimming pool is the best I have ever seen; the gardens and vegetation are lovely; and the naturist beach is simply the best - a gentle curve facing south-east with 1.7 km of soft sand with warm Med to swim in. When the sea is calm, the water is clear and it is great fun to dive amongst the rocks at the top end of the beach and watch shoals of little fish scuttle away and hide as you approach. At the further end of the beach, beyond the campsite, the sand is backed by natural woodland with banks of jonquillas, (Pancratium maritimum or sea daffodils) at the edge of the sand. Walking au natural in the woods is a delight.
The first time we came was to a pre-pitched tent whilst the site was still under construction and there was not much shade because the trees had not yet grown. Now the site is full of mature trees giving plenty of shade. We have stayed in pre-pitched tents, in our own tents and more recently in the mobile homes (called "cottages") on the site. Most nights we eat at the restaurant - the 10 euro menu is good value and always tasty, filling and interesting.
It does not happen often, but we have twice experienced a violent thunderstorm here. When this happens, the skies open and massive quantities of water fall in a very short time accompanied by powerful gusts of wind. All the pre-pitched tents are strapped down with 5cm wide straps anchored to huge ground-spikes, and those who know the area do the same to their own tents and caravan awnings - suitable straps and spikes are sold in the shop. One guy that didn't know about this had his caravan awning shredded and was not well pleased. So much water fell that some roadways were washed out and couple of people were delayed leaving until the site maintenance crew had filled in the resulting massive gullies with hardcore. They were very quick and efficient in repairing the damage. The storm is soon done and the sun comes out and dries everything and a few hours later it is as if nothing had happened.
We have experienced some problems: we arrived to a very dirty mobile home one time - we asked for it to be cleaned but the cleaning crew were not there at that time of day and the maintenance guy did not do a very good job. A couple of times we had problems with the hot water heater in the mobile home, one time this took a couple of days to fix.
Occasionally we take a holiday somewhere else that we have seen good reports of, but so far we always come back, we have not found anywhere better.
- Also Known As:
- El Templo Del Sol Costa Dorada, Spain