One of the few places I always seem to be going back to ski is Botaski Seseña Waterski Complex. This place is probably known to a lot of competition skiers because of the many times they hosted European and World Championships but this is also a great place to stay for a week to do some slalom training. Although they also coach tricks, jump and wakeboard, but you will find mainly slalom skiers at this waterski school.
The best way to get there by plane is to fly to Spain’s capital Madrid and then it is only a half an hour drive to the Waterski site. The school is run by the Botas family. Ricardo Botas is driving the boat (a brand new 2019 Ski Nautique), his wife Cristina and both their daughters Nadine and Sandra are also driving and coaching. And they do this very well, they have that special touch that builds up your confidence (which I lack sometimes) and make you perform better. Together with son-in-law Ivan and their lovely dogs, they always make you feel very welcome. I feel like coming home every time I visit.
The waterski school is based in Seseña, only a few kilometers from the city Aranjuez. This city is well known for its Royal Palace and Gardens. It is a charming little city where you can have a walk in the Palace garden with its statues and fountains or in one of the many parks in the city. Especially in the mornings, when it is not that hot yet, I like to go for a run or walk in the park. A perfect way to start my day!
I always book a hotel in the city center, so I can just walk into the city center at night to after a long day of skiing. During the day the city is visited by many tourist busses but when they leave at the end of the day, it is nice and quiet with only the locals left. It is so nice to leave my hotel on foot, find a nice restaurant, and enjoy a nice glass of wine and some typical Spanish cuisine and taste the local athmosphere.
Check out my other post about my three favorite restaurants in Aranjuez.
You can read all about visiting the palace and the gardens in this post.
For more information you can visit the ski school’s website www.botaski.com. They are also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Botaski-Sesena-Waterski-Complex-151467017922/ and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/botaskicomplex/?hl=en