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Santa Susanna - Youth Spanish Resort This place in Catalonia is very popular among Russian tourists. It is believed that it is more suitable for young people. Santa Susanna has…

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Santa Susanna – Youth Spanish Resort
This place in Catalonia is very popular among Russian tourists. It is believed that it is more suitable for young people. Santa Susanna has no five-star hotels at all and not many four-star hotels. The bulk of the hotels are democratic three stars. But do you know what three stars are in Europe? Very decent full-service hotels.

However, Santa Susanna is perfect for older tourists. You just need to choose hotels either to the south, those that are closer to Barcelona, ​​or away from the main tourist street of the town. On summer evenings, during the high season, Santa Susanna is seething, singing, dancing. The streets are full of people. All restaurants and bars are open. And the longed-for silence becomes a treat, which we must still look for …

By our standards, Santa Susanna is a large village. A little more than 3 thousand people live here permanently. But in the season it turns into a real city, local hotels are becoming a temporary home for tens of thousands of tourists from around the world. And a special feature – in Santa Susanna is full of Spaniards. People from the local middle class and simpler people come here from Barcelona and other cities of Catalonia to spend two vacation weeks. For example, we sunbathed on the beach with the Catalan peasants, people of very simple customs and treatment. They agreed instantly, although they did not know a word in English, we – in Catalan and in Spanish.

In general, someone who has visited and lived at least once in this town, located 65 km from Barca to the north, on the Costa Brava, in the Maresme region, falls in love with these lovely places for life. The town itself is located away from the hotels – half a kilometer from the sea. In the lowland, everything is like in a “real” European city – the city hall, city square, residential quarters, built up with two-story houses with microscopic gardens attached to them. In the afternoon, in the heat, the window shutters are closed. And it seems that the town is not residential. In fact, most of the population of Santa Susanna works in hotels, in the tourist services sector, and in transport. In the afternoon, people at work and home return dark.

Not far from the city center, a little north, towering picturesque hills, built up with wonderful houses. Between them winds a serpentine road, rising to the very top. On this serpentine travel tourist “trains” – little cars with open passenger cars. These “micro-trains” go around Santa Susanna, turn to the sea, cross vegetable plantations, and then climb the mountain. And such views open up from here … Upstairs, where the road finally aligns, the “trains” stop. And good-natured smiling uncle-drivers offer tourists to stretch their legs and enjoy the sea – from here, from the mountain.

Resorts of Spain. Santa Susanna – Youth Spanish Resort

Do you know what thought comes when you pass by these houses built on a mountain and lined with pine trees? Artists live here. Or poets. Or both. The beauty of Santa Susanna cannot be expressed in words. Amazing place …

The entire coast of the Costa Brava is a chain of such towns that cross each other. You can head down Santa Susanna’s main street and walk to the neighboring village. And there will be about the same. The same girls sitting behind motorcyclists. The same concentrated saleswomen in souvenir shops. The same smiling drivers of tourist buses and such “trains”. They always respond to greetings with greetings, to a smile with a smile. And not rich people. The working class, clearly not millionaires. And they smile as if they feel happy … Maybe they are, in fact, happy? Why don’t we smile? No, smile. In Santa Susanna, we smile, because in these two vacation weeks we are also happy …

In the morning, after breakfast, you need to go to the beach. In Spain, the beaches are not very good. They are state, that is, “draws”. Therefore, they clean up so-so, and there is no special comfort, as, say, in Turkey, here. But nothing clean and comfortable. Only sunbeds and umbrellas are expensive. But this is like in most resorts – you want to relax, pay.

The beaches are full of illegal immigrants. These are dark-skinned Moroccans who trade in fake watches and sunglasses. Girls from Southeast Asia (by appearance – Khmer). They timidly pace among the sunbathers and plaintively pull: “Massa-a-a-ge …” At the same time, they make an outstanding massage – right here, on the beach.

But we most remember the tall, unshaven, and black-tanned Catalan from tanning forty-five years. He carried along the beach a huge basket of fruit – watermelons, melons and coconuts. And hoarsely shouted: “Melo! Coco! ”And he laughed at how he got these guttural cries. The most charming man. How can one not buy a watermelon from this? And we once bought. He pulled a machete from his trouser belt (a hefty kitchen cleaver) and expertly ran a watermelon so that he had two halves in his hands…

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