Holiday cottage for rent in Cala Rovellada. Colera - Costa Brava (Spain)
History of the house
My grandparents were in Cala Rovellada for the first time in 1939. My mother was very small, she was about 6 years old. There was no house built. The first was built very close to the beach. It was a little fisherman's house. It has been restored several times and still stands.The landscape was very beautiful, full of majestic oaks and pines that were at least over 70 and 80 years old. Little by little they have been disappearing. Today there are about 4 Encinas left and the owners of several properties have planted more trees again. The water was like a blue glass where you could see different kinds of marine life without using your goggles to dive.Surprisingly, after a long time, my parents decided to buy a plot of land in La Robellada in 1970, for 11 pests per m2 and they built their house for the first time. Back then there was no water, no electricity, and much less sewers. We had to build septic tanks in the garden to be able to enjoy a bath.If I remember correctly, there were a maximum of 30 houses in 1970. We had dirt roads, without streets and highways, there was no light in the streets.
Much later we began to enjoy electricity. At night we lit for a couple of hours one or two lights at the entrance of each house and it looked like a Christmas village from the top of the mountain. How beautiful it was!The houses were simple. Thank God there is still some left. Nothing fancy, luxurious and much less OTT (over the top)
Many of us build them little by little and enjoying every minute without rushing. We are working-class people and as the Catalans say: 'En mica en mica s'emplena la tina'.We were a small community. We all knew each other. The children played quietly in the mountains and on the beach. We ran without concern. We would go by bicycle to San Miguel de Colera, to buy bread and milk, and incidentally we would sit in the town square and have a soft drink. How good it was!
Everything has changed a lot, especially since La Cala has been declared as "Urbanization" as of 2010, more or less. We have sewers and street lamps, which are lit every night. New owners building large, luxurious homes. Architectural competence. Roads where cars drive faster than they should. Alarms installed to prevent theft. I don't even know most of the new owners anymore. People walking down the streets and they don't greet each other ...I miss the Rovellada from before. I miss simplicity.
My grandchildren will live different times and I hope for their sake that they enjoy their way as much as I do.
Joana 2021A lot has happened since my grandparents were first in Cala Robellada. (1939)
Right now I'm already a grandmother, so I've been referring for many years.
There was no house when my mother was little. The first one that was built is still very close to the beach. It was a fisherman's house. It is still at its point today and has been restored several times.
The landscape was very beautiful, full of holm oaks and majestic pines that at least were over 70 years old. Gradually they have disappeared.
When my parents decided to buy a piece of land on the Robellada for 11pesetas per m2. There was no water, electricity, let alone 'clavagueres'. We had to build septic graves in the garden in order to enjoy