Hello fellow travelers,
My husband and I are heading to Spain and France with tween girls (12, 13) in July 2014. We'll start in Barcelona and then drive to Paris, with some stops along the way (we want to see the cave art in the Dordogne, for instance). Our first stop out of Barcelona will be the beach for a few days. Our priorities: not too touristy, beach good for swimming, good simple local food, some sightseeing good but we're really looking for relaxation in a safe place that we can walk around or bike around. We would love to rent a little villa or something rather than a hotel. I am having trouble deciding between a few places and wondered if you have input.
Tossa de Mar: Love the look of the old town, nice sandy beach, and snorkeling. Con: looks like it would be really crowded in July.
Llafranc/Calella de Palafrugell: Nice that there are a few towns within walking distance, looks lovely. Is it really crowded in July?
Collioure sur mer: French Catalan expérience, lovely small town, maybe a better stopping point on the drive north in terms of putting some distance between us and Barcelona on our way. Con: pebble beaches.
I am sorry if this is too broad of a question, but any guidance would be appreciated. We will be renting a car in Barcelona and driving it to Paris.