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Caldes de Montbui, Spain

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2018
Exchange dates Duration
May 09, 2018 - September 09, 2018

We need to exchange our home for four months, during which we'd like to stay in Edinburgh or surroundings. If you need our home during this period, contact us. The minimal stay should be three weeks, but we're open to talk it over.

4 months

A nice flat in a thermal town near Barcelona

We are Ramon and Maria Dolores (46 and 45 years old). We live in Caldes de Montbui, a very nice town about 30km away from Barcelona. We'd like you to take a look at this link to see some pictures:

https://www.google.es/search?q=caldes+de+montbui&rlz=1C5CHFA_enES721ES721&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi_jrGxwcPYAhWDvhQKHX7wBb4Q_AUICygC&biw=1433&bih=776

We live in a small flat in a very quiet building, in the old town. We are a community of five neighbours. Our flat has 3 bedrooms, one bath, a living room, kitchen and a lovely patio. The flat is cosy and cute, and shows some of the characteristics of traditional Catalan architecture, such as the wooden beams in the living room. Currently two of the three bedrooms are used as studios, but we could easily convert them into single bedrooms, if required.

Caldes is a thermal town with natural hot springs, founded by the Romans 2.000 years ago. The population is around 17.000, neither too small nor too big, and the old town, where we live, is very quiet. We have beautiful Roman baths and three spas with real thermal water. There's also the hottest thermal spring in Spain, with the water coming out at 74 degrees. There are three spas where you can have treatments with thermal waters, massages, etc. Plus, there's a cheaper public bath as well: an hour for 5 euro; this spot is really nice and with great views to a beautiful vegetable garden area.

There are guided tours in English around the old town. One thing we must warn you about: most likely, this next summer there will be renovation works in the old town square, where the Roman baths and the hot spring are; some of the overall charm will be lost, but you'll still enjoy all the elements.

Closely related to the Roman thermal tradition is the Escaldàrium, a festival of pyrotechnics, water and live music which is unique all around Spain: no other event joins these three elements together. That's why more than 6.000 people from all around Catalonia come to the village for the festival. The Escaldàrium takes place on the second saturday of July, so if you decide to come maybe you can experience it by yourselves. The festival was held for the first time 24 years ago and I (Ramon) wrote the music for it and I'm still the musical director; we perform it live every year along with a folk-rock orchestra.

Our village is an excellent location from which visit and experience Barcelona, with which is very well communicated. Buses come and go each 30min almost all day, and at some times even every 15min. If you prefer to drive, the city is 30min away. So you can spend the day in the city and then come back home to the quiet village of Caldes.

Last but not least: Caldes is 45min drive to the Mediterranean. In less than you think you can be taking a bath in our beaches! The famous Costa Brava is an hour drive away, and the farthest area (Cadaqués, Port de la Selva, Cap de Creus), about 1h 45min. And if you fancy a weekend excursion to the amazing Pyrenees, they're about three hour drive away. Plus there are really nice mountain routes just around the village: you can go there walking from the very door of the house. Because of its location, Caldes is a really good spot to know and experience Catalonia.

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 0 Exchanges made

Occupation

Our Home

  • House Type: Flat
  • Environment: In a small town
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeping Capacity: 3

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Central heating
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Other musical instruments

Outdoor

  • Terrace or deck
  • Bicycles: 2

Facilities

  • No smoking

Our Destination Wish List

  • Edinburgh, UK

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Español

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: Barcelona-El Prat - 45km

Occupation

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Children

  • We do not have children.

Pets

  • We do not have pets.

About Our Family

We are a couple without children. Ramon is 46 and is composer and journalist. He works at a regional newspaper. Maria Dolores is 45 and she's singer and works in a council.

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