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Enjoy the amazing beaches and crystalline blue water in Asprovalta, Greece!
Greek beaches are famous for a reason – they are huge so there’s place for everyone! The sea water is amazingly clear with no seaweed. Often the beaches in Asprovalta are partially prepared with sunbeds and umbrellas, although some parts are kept empty.
How to get there
Asprovalta is located on the Aegan sea coast, halfway between Thessaloniki and Kavala. It’s easily accessible by highway A2 (E90) between Kavala and Thessaloniki. If you’re travelling from Europe, you can cross Bulgaria via E79 and transfer to A2 highway close to Thessaloniki. The other option is to follow E79 through Bulgaria to Serres and follow the smaller Greek roads from then until Asprovalta. Using Google Maps is the best solution, also you can follow the road signs, which are relatively straight-forward.
The closest airport to Asprovalta is in Thessaloniki which is around an hour drive away.
Asprovalta is a small resort village and does not have any big hotel chains or complexes. Most of the accomodation the village can offer are guesthouses of various size and family hotels. We chose a guesthouse – Dionysos, which you can view here. If you want to book your stay in Dionysos with a 10% discount, you can follow the link here.
Dionysos is located very close to the beach, just a 3 minute walk. It’s a family-owned guesthouse with a garden which we really enjoyed. The hostess speaks English very well, so we had no trouble communicating our needs. We found the room to be clear and spacy enough, with a small kitchenette, a fridge, private bathroom and a terrace.
Parking is available on site, the city center is also very close so if you need to do a little shopping, you can reach the closest store within 7 minute walk from the guesthouse.
How we spent our time
We were in Asprovalta for only 4 days, so most of the time we enjoyed the beaches. The weather was nice and we managed to sunbathe and swim in the sea. The water is crystal clear and very salty, good for swimming or relaxing. The beach is huge so there’s place for everyone. There are sunbeds and umbrellas on parts of the beach we visited which are owned by the local cafe. If you want to use the facilities, you should order a drink and you can stay as long as you want. However, you’re not obligated to occupy a sunbed as there’s plenty of empty beach to enjoy.
Sunbeds and umbrellas available for everyone
If you don’t want to use the sunbeds or umbrellas, there’s plenty of beach for everyone
Besides spending hours on the beach, we took one afternoon to visit Kavala and Thassos island – you can read all about that here!
In the evenings, we walked around the center of Asprovalta, which is full of different restaurants and bars. We had dinner in a Greek tavern, but there are also pizza and sandwich places to choose from. The prices are very affordable – we had dinner and drinks for 10 EUR per person!
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Hey all. Today, I will share some of my impressions from our trip to Castelldefels, Spain last summer (or should I say by the end of the summer since we went in the late September). It was kind of a short trip with just 5 nights in this beautiful country but it was definitely worth spending some time in Catalonia region.
Here are the things we like most in Castelldefels:
- Enormous sandy beach
- Nice views
- Close to Barcelona
What we didn’t like in Castelldefels
- Parking – parking on the street will cost you in central locations around town
- It is kind of expensive
- Not too much to do – entertainment options are limited
Initially we wanted to visit Barcelona and probably that is the main reason to pick Castelldefels for our stay – it is some 20 km from Barcelona, so it was easy to travel back and forth during the day with our rental car. This small town is famous for its extremely long beach (over 5 km) and also a vacation place for many famous people and some celebrities.
Our 5-night stay was pleasant enough thanks to our kind hosts from SG Marina 54 Apartments. The hotel is comfortably located in the middle of Castelldefels and just 5 minutes walk from the nice sandy beach. SG Marina 54 Apartments offers studios and apartments on good prices but I can’t confirm if it is the same case in the peak season. Our studio was clean and roomy enough so no complaints whatsoever.
Since Barcelona was pretty close, we didn’t miss a chance to visit it. There’s so much to say about this city that I will dedicate a series of posts where I will share detailed info and impressions after our trips in the Catalonia’s capital city. Trips from Castelldefels usually took about 30-40 minutes (sometimes longer due to the heavy traffic) by car. It was a relatively new Fiat Panda which did a good job in carrying us around without any big expenses for fuel/maintenance.