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Bungaloing Turismar
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“Great location but the welcome fell short.”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

We woke up on the first morning and pulled back the curtains and the stress of our arrival was swept away by the fantastic setting.

Turismar bungalow village is in a great location on a woodland hillside, rich in wildlife and wonderfully peaceful, about a mile from the lively tourist town of Tossa de Mar, with its beautiful old town and beaches. This was its saving grace, as our arrival had been less than perfect.

Having requested a late check in, we arrived as expected around midnight. The reception was closed but there was a sign in the window which indicated the numbers of our bungalows. There was no telephone number provided in case of any problem and no sign of security.
We headed off up the steep hill with our cases and found the first bungalow (number 52) with ease. It was our second bungalow which proved more challenging to locate (no 58) as there appeared to be only 56 bungalows.

Eventually, as we were just about to give up, (and it really did take some time with me on crutches) we explored the three remaining steep sandy paths at the top of the site, which were completely unlit and appeared to just go off into the forest, and found two further bungalows. A simple sign indicating ‘57/58 this way’ would have saved a lot of trouble when we were tired from the journey.

The site itself is wonderful, if you like peace and quiet or are a wildlife enthusiast, as we saw many interesting birds and bugs, including nightingales and mammoth wasps. The downside is that you will share your room with ants. The view in all directions is of woodland mountains and there are some great walks and cycle routes to explore into the Massis de les Cadiretes.
We travelled as a party of nine (4 adults and 5 children). The site is both pet and family friendly, and facilities include a large swimming pool, volleyball net, mini badminton, table tennis, swings and slides. The pool was never really busy, even in August, but still there was a shortage of sun beds.

The self-catering bungalows are nice and clean, but basic with no kettle, oven or toaster in the one I stayed in. Sheets are provided, but you have to make your own bed on arrival. Towels, tea towel, washing up liquid and toilet roll are not provided.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

We wanted to explore the Massis de les Cadiretes, yet still be able to visit the beach, so this was ideally placed. Tossa de mar was roughly a miles walk away, which for 2 20-somethings wasn't too bad at all. The location meant wonderfully quiet mornings, days on the beach, and a short walk home after a few drinks in the evening. Everything we wanted really. It would be very easy to get to and from the site via taxis or rented cars/scooters/bikes, with it just off the main road into Tossa de mar.

The site itself was beautiful and quiet. We had the pool to ourselves most days and really enjoyed being away from the bustle of central Tossa de mar. The scenery was gorgeous, with wooded mountains as far as the eye could see. It was a great place to retreat to after a day on the busy beach.

Being interested in wildlife, the site held some really gems for us, including golden oriole and hoopoes (give them a Google if your the slighest bit interested in wildlife). The added bonus of a red squirrel seen from our porch was too amazing for words. We were so happy we decided to stay here rather than in town.

The bungalow was nice, clean and pleasant. Only slight fault was the kitchenette didn't include an oven or toaster, but this wasn't a major issue (cereal and pasta/rice fixed that). Some might call the bungalows basic (lacking a tv and interent), but if all you're after is peace, quiet and somewhere to relax and sleep, it is a really good option. Internet is available around the reception area via wi-fi though if you do need to get online.

The staff were really friendly, spoke good english and accomadated us arriving late (due to delays) and leaving really early in the morning to catch our return flight. We really cant speak highly enough of them.

The short walk into Tossa de mar is best done by following the river through Park sa de Riera. The shade of the trees is very welcome, as is the diversity of butterflies and birdsong (including nightingales). The walks into Massis de les Cadiretes are also recommended.

We would highly recommend staying here and if it wasn't for our love of exploring new places, we would certainly return time and again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bungaloing Turismar

Property: Bungaloing Turismar
Address: Ctra. Llagostera, Km 1,5, 17320 Tossa de Mar, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Girona > Costa Brava > Tossa de Mar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Tossa de Mar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Bungaloing Turismar 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BUNGALOWS TURISMAR VILLAGE, at a distance of 1 km to TOSSA DE MAR, offers 2 different options of accomodation within the same complex, and includes facilities like Reception, Snack Bar with terrace, TV and games, Basic minimarket , Big Size Swimming Pool 33 X 16 meters, Barbecue, playgrounds for children, basket and Volley Ball, Ping-Pong, badminton and petanca .On one side there is the MINI VILLAGE consisting of traditional wooden bungalows of simple comfort with Shower/WC, fully equipped Kitchenette and outdoor furniture. Parking area close. On the other side, the BUNGALOWS TURISMAR VILLAGE occupies a large area of 40.000 Sq. Meters, with New Generation Bungalows, situated in a forest of Pine, Corch and Eucalyptus trees and fully equipped with Shower, Kitchenette and Terrace furniture.One of the most beautiful landscapes of the COSTA BRAVA, integrated in a natural and quiet environment, it is a guarantee for your holidays. ... more   less 
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