Tarragona: educational holidays for children
How do you take the youngsters out of the city without their parents getting bored? The answer is simpler than it might seem. One of the options is called Les Esplanes Nature Class, where not only nature is generous. Here the owners Xavi and Mar deal with offering all kinds of educational activities while entertaining and satisfying the children’s leisure needs without excluding their parents.
Les Esplanes is in Nulles, a town near the Catalan city of Tarragona, and has just about everything. To start with, the families can stay in a small apartment next to the main house or in one of the conditioned caravans. As well as unbeatable value for money and full comfort, visitors can enjoy the carefully and lovingly made community breakfasts.
Whoever comes to Les Esplanes must have two things very clear: this is a place for enjoyment, but also for work and collaboration. The youngsters are encouraged to take part in all of the farm work (looking after the animals, planting and picking seasonal vegetables, setting the table, getting the meal ready…) and they are shown notions of solar energy to learn that there are other ways of making energy that are more environmentally friendly.
But let’s go back to the elders, for although the summer camps are one of the most outstanding activities, many adults come with their children for the weekend. For them there is the Císter route which passes through the Alt Camp, Conca de Barberà, el Urgell regions and their 65 municipalities. They can also enjoy the local cuisine at one of the many saintly festivals held in the villages in the summer, or by visiting the wineries of the area. The routes for trekking or cycling between villages are another of the options, and Xavi and Mar rent out bicycles for whoever might dare to turn the pedals.
But here, the undoubted protagonists are the children and the summer camps. This is a key moment in life, the first time you leave your home and your parents, and maybe Les Esplanes is almost the perfect place for children to begin to fly solo responsibly and having fun.
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