Drive into Begur
and climb up to the castle from where there are far reaching views. The most noteworthy are those towards the Medes Islands, long ago a refuge for pirates and smugglers, although today they are famous as a marine nature reserve.
Catch the train and visit Barcelona for the day.
There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city. Take the open topped tour bus and hop on and off at the different sights. After a lunch of delicious tapas save some energy for shopping in the elegant shops.
Drive across to the majestic bay of Llafranc
and then spend the day relaxing on this gorgeous beach. Perhaps rent a kayak or try snorkelling off the rocks at the side of the bay. Before returning home enjoy a cooling drink on the promenade and do some ‘people watching.’
As you wander around Begur
take special note of the houses of the 'Indianos', the design of which has been influenced by the young people of Begur who emigrated to the Americas, mainly in search of riches. Those who returned left their stamp on the architecture of the town - one such example overlooks the small car park area near the church.
Explore the nearby medieval village of Pals,
which can be seen perched on the hillside from miles around. Wander around the old town, El Pedró. One of the main features to see is the magnificent circular Romanesque Tower, the Tower of Hours, which is all that is left of the castle that used to guard the estuary of the river Daro. From the viewpoint you can see the Medes Islands, the Montgrí and Canigó massifs and the Albera mountain ranges.
Go ride a horse!
Hipica Begur (tel 619 23 60 73) also offer night excursions, carriage rides and for those who do not wish to take to horseback, Kart Cross excursions can be taken from here.
Visit the Peralada Castle Museum
and see how cava is traditionally made. Sample this or the delicious red or white wines which are equally famous. As a treat, try the Wine Spa at the Hotel Golf Perelada. Tel: (00 34) 972 53 88 30
Drive a few miles inland
and visit the many ancient stone villages that make up what is known as the “Golden Triangle”. Stop for lunch at the Restaurant L’Arc Vell in Peratallada and enjoy a meal in the confines of its peaceful walled courtyard. After lunch visit the fascinating farm museum in the tiny village of Palau Sator
Fun for all of the family in this forestry adventure park. There are 50 different activities ranging from jungle jumps, nets, bridges, zip wires, tree-hiking and more than 300 m of aerial runways. Situated in Camí del Bernegar, Masos de Pals. Tel: (00 34) 972 113 443. www.costabravaparcaventura.com. Open all year round and in July and August it is open on Wednesday nights from 10pm until 1am.
Pesca Fenix can offer courses, guided fishing trips, or fishing tackle for rent. C/Ample 14, 17200 Palafrugell. Tel : (00 34) 972 30 13 23. Infopescafenix@gmail.com.
The golden sandy beach of Aigua Blava
is a very short drive away. Justifiably awarded a coveted Blue Flag, this beach boasts the finest and softest sand in the immediate area. Relax in the restaurant overlooking the bay and enjoy the freshest of grilled fish, accompanied by a glass of chilled white wine.
For keen walkers
take the GR92, the Cami Vell de Sa Tuna which will take you the 2.3 kms to this small cove. Take your swimming things and enjoy a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean, a good lunch and head back to Begur. Or in the other direction, walk 7 kms of the GR92 from Begur to the inland medieval village of Pals, which has delightful views up and down the coast. There are some great restaurants in which to enjoy some sustenance before the walk back!
For snorkelling enthusiasts
there are excellent opportunities awaiting in the little coves of Malaret and Port de ses Orats at Aigua Blava. Legend says that Port de ses Orats is the very place from which the coastline was christened with the name The Costa Brava.
Spend some time exploring the Gala Dalí Castle in the village of Púbol
latterly the home of the painter’s wife. On display inside are the paintings and drawings that Salvador Dalí gave to Gala, along with a collection of her haute couture dresses. The garden is decorated with a series of sculptures and elephants! Open daily, from June to September, from 10.00 to 18.00, but closed on Mondays outside of these dates. Tel: (00 34) 972 488 655.
Make the short drive to the well known wine warehouse of Jordi Grau,
where you can browse amongst a mind blowing selection of wines, from the very simplest local wine through to the rarest vintages. There is something here to suit all tastes and pockets. Refresh yourself with a drink and a ‘tapa’ in the bar at the back of the store.
Visit the fabulous city of Girona for the day,
Visit the fabulous city of Girona for the day, Quarter, the Arab Baths, the cathedral, its museums and the many shops. Why not pay a visit to Cacao Sampaka, C/Santa Clara, 45 to indulge in the finest products using chocolate – cakes, drinks, spreads, ice creams to name a few!
Walk amongst all the different exotic Mediterranean flora and fauna
at the Botanical Gardens of Cap Roig where you get magnificent panoramic views of the coastline that stretches from Calella to the cliffs of Cap Roig.
The protected Marine Reserve of Ses Negres is very close by,
between the bays of Aigua Freda and Sa Riera. From the coastal path there are some ideal spots for fantastic snorkelling.
There is an excellent track at nearby Regenços, (Tel: 670 27 41 05). Adults might enjoy a Quad bike experience at The Quad Track, Calonge. (Tel: 626 20 27 28)
Drive up through the pine trees to the 15th century hermitage and lighthouse of Sant Sebastià
which sits above the delightful, majestic bay of Llafranc and enjoy the breathtaking views out across the Mediterranean.
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