2 weeks left in August in Villa Sa Riera – up to 30% Discount

We are having a wonderful holiday in Villa Sa Riera, the sun is shining, the outdoor Tappenyaki hot plate is getting lots of action and all the kids are having a great time. 

We still have two weeks free in the Summer holidays from the 19th August to the 2nd September and we are going to give a 20% discount for one of the weeks or a 30% if you take them both. The usual price is €4,900 per week so the new discounted price is €3920 for one of the them or €3430 per week if you take both. Don't forget the villa has 6 bedrooms and 5  bathrooms and sleeps 13 so is perfect for two or even three families.

For more info on Villa Sa Riera please take a look at our website www.villasariera.com


Peter and Claudia


Catering from Montse during your visit

Montse is a great friend of the Blandfords and one of the best cooks we know, she specialises in delicious Spanish and Catalan food.

Montse has run a very popular pop up restaurant in Farnham for several years and has built up a huge local following with the pop up events selling out often within hours of being announced. Montse's mother, Fina, ran a very popular restaurant in Playa de Pals for 3 decades and her passion for only using the best local ingredients to produce wonderful wholesome food has fed through to Montse.

We are very fortunate that Montse spends most of the Summer in Begur and will be available for catering for our guests if they require it. If you are interested in having a fantastic lunch or supper cooked while you are in Begur, we can assure you that you will not be disappointed. Montse will know exactly where to find the best and freshest ingredients and will cook them to perfection.

Try the paella, pork cheeks, local lamb, whole local roasted fish, sea food platters, even a wholesome children's menu, they will all be amazing, and all in the comfort of your home for the week.



Typical menu from Montse

PDF of Menu

This is just a taster of what Montse can provide, the best thing to do is give her a call (+44 7821 910502) or send her an email and she will discuss your requirements. Montse will be staying next door to Villa Sa Riera so she can pop over and discuss meal plans with you if you prefer. 

Montse and Christian

Montse's Facebook Page is here

Villa Begur – 1 Summer week left – 20% discount

Villa Begur has completely sold out of availability for July and August this year apart from one week from the 15th to the 22nd July. This week is usually €4900 but we can now offer it with a 20% discount at €3920. The villa has 6 bedrooms, 3 doubles and 3 twins, so will sleep two or even three families. We have put together a youtube video to give a feel of what a vacation in Villa Begur is like Villa Sa Riera still has some availability in late Summer from the 19th July onward. We are very excited to be going there ourselves in a mid July and can't wait to get the wood fire teppanyaki barbecue lit! We have also done a youtube video for Villa Sa Riera  

Villa Sa Riera refurbishment is finished and it looks amazing!

We are delighted to say that the refurbishment of Villa Sa Riera has been completed after 8 months of hard work. We have just returned from spending half term there and it is even better than we could have hoped for. The new downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms are spacious and comfortable, the new terrace is beautiful and the new furniture inside and out give it a contemporary yet comfortable feel. The brand new kitchen and bathrooms lift the quality of the property to another level. Peter is particularly excited about the new,massive outdoor wood fired teppanyaki hotplate and barbecue. We have put together this youtube video which we hope gives a good feel of how lovely Villa Sa Riera is. There is still a small amount of availability this Summer. Click here for more details about Villa Sa Riera.    

Begur Villas – Latest News

The redevelopment of Villa Sa Riera is nearly at an end and we are visiting in May to make sure everything is perfect for our Summer guests.

The villa will have:

  • A brand new beautiful state of the art kitchen, similar to the one in Villa Begur
  • Porcelanosa wood effect ceramic tiles throughout  
  • All new bathrooms and shower rooms
  • Wonderful new furniture inside and out
  • Two new en-suite bedrooms, enabling the villa to sleep a maximum of 13 in 6 bedrooms
  • A newly laid terrace with brand new tiles but still the same incredible views
  • A very cool outdoor wood fired teppanyaki hot plate and barbecue, perfect for gambas de Palamos!

After May we will have some photographs which will show the villa off, until then our prices are discounted by 10% of the usual price. There is availability from the 5th August until the 2nd September. Sorry July has all gone!

We have also taken the opportunity to buy some new furniture for the next door property, Villa Begur, with a stunning 10 seater dining room table and chairs and new sofas and arm chairs in the living room. This villa still has some availability for the Summer. The weeks starting the 15th July  and 29th July are both available. These weeks are perfect times to visit with free summer festivals around the area in July with live music and open markets.

Villa Begur also has some last minute availability from 3rd June to 17th June and we are happy to offer a 10% discount on these weeks.  If you are not restricted to Summer holidays,  June is a lovely month to visit as the weather is great, everything is open and you can relax on the beautiful beaches when they are nearly empty.

You can check prices and availability for both villas here

New Website and Special 2017 Offer

We have been hard at work re-designing our websites so that www.begurvillas.com www.villabegur.com and www.villasariera.com are all on one site with the various URL's directing you to different pages. Please take a look and let us know if you spot any mistakes!  

The building work is going very well at Villa Sa Riera, we are well on target to finish by Spring and have left plenty of margin before we take any guests.

We have chosen the kitchen, bathrooms, and floor tiles and are looking at what new furniture we need, inside and out. 

We are considering this garden furniture which will look fantastic on the brand new patio.

Because we have not yet got any photos of the villa finished, we are offering a 10% discount off the usual rate for this year. The villa will have 6 bedrooms, 3 doubles, 2 twins and one triple, and sleep up to 13 comfortably from €1,575 to €4,410 per week. Please contact us if you are interested.

Redevelopment of Villa Sa Riera

We have some very exciting plans for Villa Sa Riera. We are starting the building work in September and this will turn it from a 4 bedroom to a 6 bedroom as well as making it more comfortable and luxurious. We have not decided on the pricing structure for the new villa but it is likely to be very close to the current price of Villa Begur. If anybody wants to get an early bargain for next year we can offer a 15% discount to this year's Villa Begur rates if you book before the end of August 2016.

Last minute Summer Bargains in Begur Villas

We have some fantastic last minute deals for the 6 bedroom Villa Begur and the 4 bedroom Villa Sa Riera including some during school holidays this Summer. Villa Sa Riera
18th June for 1 week - 50% off from €1975 to €987
9th July for 1 week - 30% off from €3675 to €2572
27th August for 2 weeks - 20% off from €3675 to €2940 per week
Villa Begur 9th July for 2 weeks - 25% off from €4900 to €3675 per week


  • Sleeps 9 in 2 double (both en suite) 1 triple and 1 twin bed rooms.
    The Pool

    The Pool

  • Own Pool
  • All bedrooms air conditioned
  • All linen, bath and pool towels included
  • TV/ DVD player
  • Cots and high chairs for babies included free
  • Outside lunch table under Beautiful olive tree perfect for long lunches!
  • Welcome pack included with essentials (including wine!) for your arrival
  • Mid week clean included in price
  • Amazing views
  • fast internet wifi
  • All rooms on one floor
  • Electric car charger - three phase 32A Commando, suitable for Tesla Model S with Tesla UMC or juice booster.


  • Sleeps 12 in 3 double (all en suite) and 3 twin bed rooms.Villa Begur
  • Own Pool
  • All bedrooms air conditioned
  • Beautiful new kitchen
  • All linen, bath and pool towels included
  • Lovely Porcelanosa Bathrooms
  • Sky TV / DVD player
  • Mid week clean included in price
  • Cots and high chairs for babies included free
  • Welcome pack included with essentials (including wine!) for your arrival
  • fast internet wifi
  • Electric car charger - three phase 32A Commando, suitable for Tesla Model S with Tesla UMC or juice booster.

Food and Restaurants in Begur

We’ve had Villa Begur for 12 years now and there are some things we do and some places we visit every year, I guess we know what we like and we like what we know.

We like good food, our meals are often spent discussing the next one. Our holidays involve lots of wonderful food, some at the villa and some in restaurants. The restaurants in town do change hands quite frequently but there are some that have been here for years and the reason they have survived is a testament to the quality of the food they serve and the service they provide.

Pizzetta - It took me several years before I ventured inside this place. Why would I go to a pizza restaurant in Spain? I want cochinillo, cordero or paella! This place kept getting mentioned by our guests in the guest book so one year we gave it a go. We have been several times a year since. The setting is fantastic, with a lovely garden, well designed so every table feels like you’re under an olive tree. The indoor area feels seamless with the outdoor area and the lighting is fantastic. We tend to go relatively early evening with the kids and in the Summer as the sun sets the whole place is filled with beautiful warm light.

The food is great, the pizzas are cooked to perfection in a wood fired oven. Try the gambas al ajillo pizza for a great twist on Spain meets Italy. I almost always have the same, the salmon and tuna sashimi followed by fillet steak with foie gras washed down with a bottle of Pesquera, a fantastic red from Ribera del Duero. Where else in the world can you enjoy a meal like that  in a beautiful setting while the kids enjoy their pizzas?

Hotel Aigua Clara - This hotel is on the way into town from the Villas. It has been owned by the same people since we bought Villa Begur, a delightful couple called Joan and Clara. They used to rent out the restaurant but for the last few years they have been running it themselves and doing a really good job of it. Out favourite night is the vinyl DJ night, tourists and locals of every age group go and enjoy the great 60s-80s music in the beautiful garden of the Cuban style colonial house and garden The food is great and reasonably priced, the gin and tonics are HUGE and delicious.

It never takes long for everybody to leave their seat and strut their stuff on the dance floor. It is always a memorable evening.

Sa Riera Beach - Es Bas - This is our favourite place for lunch. Es Bas is a small hotel that also runs the main restaurant on the beach. It is the typical, but good quality, Spanish sea side food. We tend to get a couple of tables, adults on one, kids on the other and order a variety of tapas maybe followed by a paella to share. 
Our favourite tapas there are the calamares (squid), chipirones (tiny squid), sardinas (sardines), gambas de palamos (local prawns, more about these later), pan con tomate (bread with tomato), a couple of salads lubricated with a bottle of the Torres de Casta, a delicious and cheap rose. The wonderful waiter, Santi, usually brings us some delicious local digestifs after the meal which makes the walk around to the side beach slightly wobbly!

As our lunches are late and somewhat long we tend to get to the (not so) secret side beach as others are leaving, just in time for the best time of day there when the sun is not so hot, the shadows are long and the water is still refreshing. The restaurant is also a lovely place to visit in the evening, go for the jazz night when you can enjoy delicious whole monkfish with the sound of waves and jazz tingling in your ears.


Tamariu beach - Es Dofi -This is the last restaurant along the promenade in Tamariu and in our view the best. The food is similar to Sa Riera and, if anything, a little bit better with a bigger selection of dishes. Their almejas (clams) and pulpo (octopus) are particularly good. They do not take bookings so we tend to arrive before lunch, tell them we would like a table and play on the beach for a bit until it’s ready.



Other restaurants that we regularly enjoy include Can Nasi, on the way out of town towards Sa Tuna and Tapas Begur, a delicious but tiny tapas bar on the edge of the square where you help yourself to a variety of imaginative small tapas and at the end of the meal the owner counts up the surprisingly large number of cocktail sticks to calculate the bill.  We also love having a  drink and a nibble at sun down in Can Marc which has incredible views, a huge G&T menu and lovely tapas

The best thing about the local food is the quality of ingredients, vegetables are weird shapes and sizes and actually taste of something, unlike the plastic wrapped perfectly shaped but tasteless rubbish we get in the UK. Green peppers, slowly fried in olive oil with salt, are amazing and incredibly easy to prepare.dsc0527

For meat we tend to go to one of the excellent butchers in town or to the one at the back of the Jodofi Supermarket in the outskirts of town (by Camping Begur on the way to Tamariu). Spanish lamb and pork are both excellent whereas I prefer British beef so I tend to not buy it in Spain. For the barbecue try costillas the cordero (tiny lamb chops) or secreto iberico (the iberico secret, a cut I have not been able to find in the UK, it looks horrible and fatty but when barbecued it all melts away to leave a tender and delicious pork steak). 

The fish monger in town opens twice a day, once in the evening and once at 7.30pm. I usually volunteer to go up in the evening and buy the fish for supper while maybe grabbing a quick beer with a mate. The gambas de palamos (local prawns) are amazing. I have no idea if they are a different species or if it something in the local water that makes them so delicious but they are completely different to other prawns, sweeter and softer and they release a rich and aromatic dip for fresh bread. Yes they are expensive but it is worth pointing out that the small ones taste just as good as the big ones and they are a lot cheaper. We tend to go for the medium ones that are about €25-€30 a kilo and worth every penny. The fish monger outside Jodofi (the supermarket next to Camping Begur) is also very good and the parking is easier. 
Our favourite barbecue starter is done on the large paella pan on the barbecue, gambas de palamos (local prawns), mejillones de roca (rock mussels) and almejas (clams). Leave each of the three ingredients in their third of the paella pan and simply cook wth some olive oil on the barbecue, like James Bond’s martini this dish is best shaken, not stirred. They need nothing but a bit of salt for the most delicious starter, from the sea to the roof terrace in a few hours, amazing.

There are, of course, many amazing restaurants in Begur and I have barely touched the surface of the local food available, but I hope I have done enough to give you a taste of what a trip to either Villa Begur or Villa Sa Riera will bring for the taste buds. 


Sevenoaks to Begur using only electricity

Last Summer (August 15) we decided to go to Villa Begur in an all electric Tesla Model S. Six people were travelling in total and, spacious though the car is, it would not have been possible with all of us in it. We decided that Claudia would fly with our 4 year old, Jessica, and that left all the boys with the luggage in the Tesla, Pete, his mate Neil and the two lads Henry and Christian.

We loaded up the Tesla Model S, and set off. We left Kent late afternoon on Friday and had a crossing booked at around 7.00pm.

Tesla loaded

The idea was to use only Superchargers and charge at the following places, the number of miles shows the distance from the previous stop.

Calais60 miles
Senlis152 miles
Auxerre129 miles
Macon152 miles
Orange170 miles
Nimes64 miles
Narbonne87 miles

iPads loaded

iPads loaded

Thanks to Matt Boyes for this chart which gives the optimum level to charge to and speed to drive at under ideal scenarios:

Distance To DestinationLevel to Charge ToSpeed to Drive At
300 miles97%59mph
275 miles96%64mph
250 miles95%69mph
225 miles93%74mph
200 miles83%74mph
175 miles79%79mph
150 miles74%84mph
125 miles62%84mph
100 miles49%84mph
75 miles41%89mph
50 miles34%99mph



One of the things to bear in mind for long journeys in a Tesla is that going faster does not necessarily get you to your destination quicker. The car charges much quicker when empty than when nearly full, so it is best to arrive empty and charge just enough to get to the next Supercharger. Charging from 0% to 50% from empty takes just 27 minutes, which is as long as it takes to go from 85% to 100%.

Chart Courtesy of Matt Boyes


Each time we stopped we added enough electrons to take us to the next Supercharger with a small amount of buffer. The smart routing in the car is not as smart as I would have liked so I switched it off. The trip section of the energy chart, however, was very useful for telling us how much energy we would have when we got to our destination but it gave us a few false signals particularly at the start of a section.

In fact, I found the easiest way of estimating how much charge I needed was to half the miles needed to get the percentage charge and add a bit! For example, leaving Auxerre and going to Macon I  charged the car to about 80% because I needed to go 152 miles. (152/2 + a bit =80)

This allowed me to blast along at 80mph on the French motorways and adjust my speed up and down as I approached my destination. It is pretty scary at first arriving with 1 or 2 % left in the battery but we soon go used to it. I was VERY careful not to miss an exit when leaving the motorways to the charging station though!

Villa Begur!

We did  the whole journey without stopping and were very unlucky to get a violent rain storm in during the night when we should have been putting the miles in with less traffic. We arrived late Saturday afternoon. I think the journey was about 4 hours longer than it would have been in a petrol or diesel car but much more relaxing, enjoyable and considerably cheaper.


The journey home seemed much easier. We left Begur at around 10.00am on the Saturday and followed the same route. We had an excellent meal in Macon at a restaurant just by the Supercharger and recharged ourselves as well as the car. We then drove up through Paris and all the way to Senlis which we reached at around 1.00am. We stayed the night at the very reasonable and comfortable Ibis hotel by the Senlis Supercharger and were only a couple of hours from Calais when we woke up.

We're doing the same journey this year, and the only thing we will change is to leave earlier on the Friday for the journey down. I imagine we will not stop the night on the way down again, the pool awaiting at the end is too tempting to waste time sleeping! I am looking forward to using the self steering as well as the traffic aware cruise control on the French motorways, I just hope it doesn't send me to sleep!

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