We arrived at the Safari at approx 8:30am by coach from the UK, and were greeted at reception by 2 very pleasant receptionists, fluent in English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish.
Although room was not available until after 1pm, we were offered storage for our luggage and valuables, which allowed us to wander about until we could check in to our room. In addition, we were given a card entitling us to a 10% discount in the attached restaurant.
The room was typical of a 2-3* studio apartment, with basic cooking facilities and an en suite bathroom plus balcony wwith a view towards the sea (although the sea was about 1.5km away), and was immaculately clean, we considered this to be good value for the rate that we paid.
Free wi-fi high speed internet (although connection dropped frequently) useful for keeping in touch.
It would appear that Calella is the disco capital of the Costa Brava, and that the road outside the Safari seems to be a meeting point for the hoardes of "Club 18-25" revellers from across Europe. At about midnight EVERY NIGHT, then again at about 3AM, and again at 5AM, the crowds of party-goers gathered outside our accomodation, and to say they were loud would be an understatement! It was impossible to sleep with literally hundreds of teenagers shouting, screaming, laughing and singing at the tops of their voices for about an hour at a time whilst making transitions between disco's. Add to this the sound of dozens of cars and small motor scooters revving their engines and hooting their horns, and sleep was not an option.
I have nothing against young folk enjoying themselves, in fact I was also a teenager once, but PLEASE try to think of those who are trying to sleep and keep it down to a dull roar!!!
The staff offered to move us, but this woulkd have been to an apartment overlooking the inner courtyard, and without a balcony, so we opted to stay and suffer in silence.
The accomodation, as I have said, was basic and clean, and represented good value for the price, but I would not recommend it to middle-aged couples or young families. On the other hand, it is ideal for disco-freaks :)
Calella offers a long beach, but the "sand" is in fact sharp gravel, and very unpleasant to walk or lie on, plus there is a very steep slope into the sea, making it unsuitable for non-swimmers or younger children. We walked along the promenade most evenings, and stopped off at one or more of the beach-bar cafes for refreshments, and the commercial centre of the town has everything you would expect in a medium sized town, and is easily reached using the "Thomas" type road train, which did a return trip about every 20 minutes from the Safari to the town centre and railway station for €2.10 return or €1.60 single.
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