Walk down to the unspoilt fishing village of Tamariu
and enjoy an evening meal in one of the fine seafront fish restaurants dotted along the pedestrianised promenade. Evening is a truly Mediterranean experience! As dusk falls local artisans set up stalls, jugglers, a violinist and perhaps a local artist set their pitch. Waiters start serving platters of grilled fish - meanwhile the Mediterranean laps gently on the shoreline.
Visit the Sunday morning Market at Palafrugell
and soak up the atmosphere with a drink in the main square. Later visit the magnificent wine store of Jordi Grau and enjoy a glass of wine with a "tapa"
Take a packed lunch and follow the coastal pathway
that skirts this rugged coastline. On the way to Llafranc stop at Cala Pedrosa, one of the many hidden coves, to swim and snorkel.
Walk amongst all kinds of exotic Mediterranean flora
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.
Take a boat trip with "Paco Boats" in Tamariu
(tel; 607 29 25 78) and visit the famous cave "Cova d'en Gispert". Afterwards, go snorkelling off the rocks on the side of the bay.
Rent a kayak from the beach at Llafranc.
Spend some time on the lovely beach and try snorkelling from the rocks at the side of the bay.
Take a stroll beneath the beamed archways "Voltes"
situated along the front of Port bo beach in Calella. Enjoy an evening drink on the terrace of Tony's Bar and watch the twinkling lights of the fishing boats out at sea.
Learn to windsurf or rent a catamaran at Pals beach.
Take the mini tourist train from Calella,
through Llafranc and up to the 15th century hermitage and lighthouse of Sant Sebastià and enjoy the breathtaking views out across the Mediterranean.
Walk amongst the vineyards belonging to the Celler Can Sais
in Vall Llobrega and visit the "lolivera mil-enària" or millennium olive tree which has a circumference of over 8 mts ! and is said to be over 1000 years old.
Visit the medieval castle of Begur
then have an evening stroll around the old quarter and explore the many stalls selling jewellery and handicrafts.
Visit the beautiful virgin beach of Platja Castell
and visit the Pre-Roman settlement that rises above it on a rocky headland.
Visit the Museum dedicated to fishing at Palamós
then watch the fishing fleet come in at 5pm when the fish auction commences. Why not round off the evening with a night cruise under the stars on a traditional Latin rigged Catalan fishing boat.
Visit the Sobrestany Wildlife Park
and drive through and feed the many different animals that include llamas, deer, goats etc.
Visit the pottery town of La Bisbal
and purchase some handmade ceramics to take back home.Friday is a good day to go and experience the spectacle of the colourful market. On the way back, stop off in Palafrugell and visit the cork museum.
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
Take the children, and a picnic, and spend a day at the Aquadiver water park
in Platja d'Aro. If they have any energy left afterwards, take them to an ice cream parlour along the main street of the town.
Visit the fabulous city of Girona,
taking in the Old Jewish Quarter, the Arab baths, the cathedral and the museums. It is also well worthwhile exploring the many great shops for a little retail therapy!
Visit the spectacular Greek and Roman settlement of Empuries.
Enjoy a lunch of fresh anchovies at L'Escala - they are a local speciality. While you are in the area, if you have any energy climb up to the castle of Montgri, just outside Torroella de Montgri, and admire the amazing views of the Pyrenees in one direction and the sparkling Mediterranean in the other.
Relax at the villa and try your hand at preparing your own "tapas"
by following the local recipes you will find in the "FOOD AND DRINK" section of your house book.
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