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Benalmadena for a fun family summer holiday

June 17, 2013 1:02 pm
posted by Elodie

Nathalie Arnay from On Holiday Group has visited our self-catering apartments in Benalmadena in Spain, and is sharing now her experience.

“As a young child in the eighties, I have many memories of sunny family holidays in Spain. My parents worked hard so that they could take myself and my sister away at least once a year for some sunshine and R&R. One of the most memorable places that we visited on a number of occasions was Benalmadena which is on the southern coast of Spain, situated between Torremolinos and Fuengirola and 12 kilometres west of the city of Malaga. It is a popular resort, particularly with the British and is always lively, particularly in the hot summer months.

Benalmadena Principe

Benalmadena Principe

The town of Benalmadena is split into three areas: Benalmadena Pueblo (The old village), Arroyo De La Miel and Benalmadena Costa, which is the main coastal area and is home to lots of hotels, apartments, the award winning Marina, beaches, nightclubs and the aquarium. The Benalmadena Principe holiday apartments are self catering and are both modern and air conditioned. There is an outdoor swimming pool open from April onwards and includes a shallow area for children. The apartments themselves are 1 bedroom and suitable for 3-4 people. There is also a spa in the residence with on demand treatments, perfect for winding down.

Spa in Benalmadena Principe

Spa in Benalmadena Principe

Benalmadena is a great destination for all tastes and budgets, which is part of its charm. For those who enjoy a buzzing nightlife, Benalmadena is one of the best places on the Costa del Sol to go as there are lots of different types of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Whether you enjoy sipping wine and sophisticated jazz in a piano bar, salsa dancing, or dancing until dawn to the latest clubland sounds, the Marina Port has so much to enjoy.

One of the most exciting things for me as a child was taking a visit to Tivoli World, the local theme park. Located in the centre of Arroyo de la Miel, it is a visit well worth making. There are over 300 rides and attractions in this family friendly park set within a beautiful area with beautiful plazas, fountains, tropical gardens and much more. There is also a fabulous theatre which can seat up to 3000 people where there are shows, live music and much more. If you wish to see flamenco dancing at its best, Tivoli is a great place to see it.

Beach near Benalmadena

Beach near Benalmadena

The Jardin de Las Aguilas is a birds of prey centre which has beautiful birds and some great shows to see. Another great attraction for the whole family to enjoy is Selwo Marina which features sea lions, penguins, dolphins and much more. In nearby Torremolinos there is the Crocodile Park where if you and your family are brave enough you can even have the chance to hold a crocodile! In Fuengirola there is a zoo which is the perfect size for a day out and has some great shows throughout the day.

If views are more your thing, make sure that you take a trip on the cable car which will take you to the peak of Calamorro. There you can see Spanish horse riding diplays, do some rambling, take a donkey ride and then have a coffee in the cafe which has amazing views over the Malaga coastline.

For those who want a quieter place to visit, Benalmadena Pueblo is ideal and full of beautiful streets, restaurants, all offering delicious cuisine and super fresh seafood cooked to perfection. Many of the pretty white houses in the village have colourful flowers and in the centre of the village, in the Plaza de España, there is a statue of a little girl which is simply charming. A great plan for the day would be a visit to the butterfly farm and then a walk (approximately 20 minutes) to the village itself, making sure that you see peaceful Buddhist temple and visit the church at the top of the hill which has great sea views.”

Station of Benalmadena

Station of Benalmadena

If you’re looking for a place that offers something for everyone then Benalmadena is a perfect destination.

Pierre et Vacances Holidays have some great holiday deals. The Benalmadena Principe apartments are an ideal place to stay both location and facilities wise so make sure that you book in advance so that you don’t miss out on some great family summer holiday deals.


Still unsure where you want to go for your ski holiday? Read on for recommendations on the best resorts for Family ski holidays, local charm, ski in ski out apartments, cheap ski holidays and ski resorts suitable for large groups.


Best ski accommodation for families

We would recommend L’Amara in Avoriaz – which itself recently won best Family ski resort in the World Snow awards.

L'Amara: New Family friendly apartments in Avoriaz

L’Amara: new family friendly apartments in Avoriaz

The residence has lots of 2 bedroom apartments, many with 2 bathrooms and spacious and comfortable living areas. BBC TV is available (including CBeebies). In Avoriaz there is a great children’s club and baby sitting can be arranged.

If you need to rest after a long day on the piste, have a break in the spa area complete with treatment rooms, swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and relaxation room.

Relax in the swimming pool area at L'Amara

Relax in the swimming pool area at L’Amara


Best for ski-in ski-out

Avoriaz ticks this box as well, but we would recommend Arc 1950 le Village at the top of the vast Paradiski area.

You can usually manage to ski right back to the actual door of your ski locker as well as access all Arc 1950 bars, restaurants and shops by skiing through the village itself.

Arc 1950 is composed of 8 buildings, each having their own reception and access to the  indoor car park. The large self-catering apartments are stylishly decorated in modern Alpine style. There are a wide range of facilities available in the village including supermarket, a pharmacy, cash point and plenty of restaurants to suit all tastes. There is also the possibility to relax in style in the brand new luxury spa.

Arc 1950 Le Village

Views of Le Village, Arc 1950

Best ski accommodation for large groups

Les Ecrin des Neiges Tignes

Les Ecrin des Neiges Tignes

The definition of large could be interpreted as large apartments or good places to go with a group, so we have gone for a mix! Les Ecrins de Neiges in Tignes has a lot of apartments which sleep 8 or more. Plus the geographical/high altitude nature of the resorts suits groups.  Also the ski area works for groups of mixed abilities and the après ski is varied enough to suit most people.

However a good runner up in this category, which also has a plethora of larger apartment sizes is Les Menuires Alpages de Reberty.

Poolside views at Alpages de Reberty

Poolside views at Alpages de Reberty

The residence sits in the area above Les Menuires and benefits from doorstep skiing. There is also a large selection of mountain sports and activities available: Quad biking, sledging, ice skating, snowscooters, snowshoes and more…

Best for traditional charm

Les Carroz d’Arraches is located in the heart of the Grand massif ski area. Our rustic Fermes de Soleil residence is built around the ice rink which gives you a very ‘ski resorty’ feeling and the village itself is charming and has the added bonus of being one of the closest ski resorts to Geneva with a transfer of only 45 minutes.

Best ski resort for people on a budget 

At Residence la Marelle et le Rami  in  Les Coches prices now start from only £311 for a studio cabine for 4 (week commencing January 2017) – only around £80 per person if you fill it with 4 people.  Add to that, resort prices down in Les Coches are markedly less than in its higher neighbours and there are some great happy hour offers. If you do decide to splash out on a Paradiski pass you actually have a chance to use it effectively as the Vanoise Express is only 1 lift and a short ski away.


We hope that’s given you some options to suit the type of ski holiday you want. Feel free to browse more ski apartments on the Pierre et Vacances website. We’re in pretty much every France ski resort.  Whatever you choose – have a great time!



Sun & City breaks in our Barcelona holiday apartments

February 22, 2013 12:30 pm
posted by Elodie

Easter will be soon here, and summer is approaching quickly so…. about a break in our Barcelona holiday apartments.

Our new apartments in Barcelona

Our new apartments in Barcelona

Situated in the Catalonia Capital, our Pierre et Vacances Barcelona Sants residence is perfect for a city break in such a beautiful city as Barcelona.

The residence offers 49 comfortable and spacious self-catering apartments with air-conditioning, from studios for up to 3 people to 1 bedroom apartments sleeping up to 5, spread over 8 floors with 2 lifts. Most of them have their own terrace and some can even be prepared for “business stays” with a desk (pay on arrival). Prices for apartments start from £ 390 per week.

The centre is easily and rapidly accessible by underground, the closest station ” Sants Estacio” is only 2km from the accommodation and 20 minutes away from the centre of Barcelona and the well known avenue “Las Ramblas”.

Football and culture fans will love the residence as in the same neighbourhood, you will find Montjouic Park and the famous Camp Nou FC Barcelona stadium.

FC Barcelona stadium

Camp Nou FC Barcelona Stadium

Book your Barcelona break at the Pierre & Vacances Barcelona Sants residence now.

Have a nice holiday!



How to make a crepe – the French way

February 5, 2013 10:00 am
posted by Elodie


After a tough day on the piste, there is nothing more satisfying than a good old French crepe! Sure, you can pick one up in most French ski resorts, but with our recipe you can try and make your own in your ski apartment!

Firstly a little history lesson.

Crepes are very old, originating in Brittany, France around 7000 years BC. At that time they were more like big pancakes than our current thin crepes.  Apparently the old tradition required you to flip the first Crepe from the right hand and keep a Louis d’Or coin on the left hand to ensure prosperity in life. Only for experts maybe!

How to make a crepe - the French way

Cooking the crepes

So how to make your own crepe…..

Ingredients  to make 20 crepes :

  • 250g of flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 50g of sugar
  • 1/2 litre of milk
  • 50g of butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 sachet of vanilla sugar
  • Little bit of Rum or beer

Put the flour, the sugar, the vanilla sugar and the salt in a large salad bowl. Add the eggs one by one and mix quickly. Include the milk little by little to avoid creating lumps by using a whisk or a wooded spatula. Melt the butter and add. Mix all until you obtain a nice liquid pastry.

Leave the mixture to rest for one hour at least and then you are ready to cook!

Being French, we like to add a bit of rum, but experiment with your own flavours. Popular extras include lemon, orange  or even beer! You can serve it with fruits, chocolate or whipped cream.

Even better, comment below and share your favourites with us!

Crepes made easy

You may not know that in many of our self-catering apartments and holiday villages you can purchase all your Crepe ingredients and get them delivered to your door!

French Crepes

Your blogger Elodie with her crepes

Bon Appétit!


Child Friendly Holidays In Europe

January 21, 2013 3:13 pm
posted by Simon

Looking to get your family holiday booked in early this year? You’re not on your own, more and more of us will be heading online this year to snap up the early rooms for this summer’s great big getaway. Finding the right holiday for you and your family can be tough; it’s hard to keep everyone happy. Your other half might prefer the poolside whilst the kids are crazy about the beach, you want to be somewhere rural, with a bit of a history but also close to town, the beach and it all needs to be within walking distance.

Luckily for you, Pierre et Vacances have family focused Holiday Villages that make great child friendly holiday destinations in Europe for your annual summer break in 2013. With a range of holiday destinations in Spain and France you’ll have plenty to choose from. Getting your booking in early will save you hassle and money, yes there are great deals to be had when booking late but why not book early this year and get what you really want out of your summer break.

First things first, where do you want to go? Location is everything when choosing your summer holiday. Both Spain and France offer fantastic resorts on and off the beach and each one with respectable average temperatures from the mid to high twenties. Finding the sun won’t be hard this summer but where to enjoy might be a bit of a head scratcher.

Child friendly holidays destinations in Europe

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday village for your family in France then the Port du Crouesty Holiday Village in Southern Brittany might be the place for you. Located on the coast where the Gulf of Morbihan meets the Bay of Quiberon, Port du Crouesty this resort offers everything a family could need for a week or two lounging around the beach.

Child friendly holidays destinations in EuropeThe Resort sits on the cusp of the beach with the majority of the apartments providing luxurious views out towards the sea. Each apartment is well within walking distance to both the pool and the beach and with plenty of activities on site there’ll be plenty to keep the kids occupied; beach volleyball, tennis, mini golf and archery are all on offer on site as well as a kids club for younger children and the “Le SpOt” for teenagers. For the adults there is the rural boutique village of Bretagne square with shops and cafes, or you can relax in the onsite spa.

For more on child friendly holidays in Europe take a look at our guide about what’s hot in summer 2013.