Take the steps down from the house
to the unspoilt fishing village of Tamariu and enjoy an evening meal in one of the fine seafront fish restaurants. Evening is a truly Mediterranean experience! As dusk falls local artisans set up stalls and jugglers, a violinist or perhaps a local artist set up their pitch. Waiters start serving platters of grilled fish, while the Mediterranean laps gently on the shoreline.
Take a boat trip with "Paco Boats" in Tamariu
and visit the famous cave "Cova d'en Gispert". Aferwards go snorkelling off the rocks along the side of the beach. (Tel: 607 29 25 78)
Visit the medieval castle of Begur
then have an evening stroll around the old quarte and explore the many stalls selling jewellery and handicrafts.
Drive up through the pine trees
to the 15th century hermitage and lighthouse of Sant Sebastià which sits above the delightful bay of Llafranc, and enjoy the breathtaking views out across the Mediterranean. The restaurant here, 'El Far' has an excellent reputation for serving fine, local cuisine.
Take a stroll beneath the beamed archways "Voltes"
situated along the front of Port bo beach in Calella. Have an evening drink on the terrace of Tony's bar and enjoy the twinkling lights of the fishing boats out at sea.
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".
Learn to windsurf or rent a catamaran at Pals beach.
Catavent: Tel 972 61 22 48. If you are up for a challenge, have a go at kitesurfing - a new sport where a small kite is attached to a surfboard allowing spectacular pirouettes and high speeds.
Learn to Scuba Dive
Learn to Scuba Dive at Stolli Diving in Tamariu where helpful staff make it a very enjoyable course. [Guy Jotcham 17/5/08]
Take a packed lunch and follow one of the coastal pathways
that skirt the rugged coastline between Calella and Sa Tuna, stopping every now and then at 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.
Visit the beautiful virgin beach of Platja Castell
and visit the Pre-Roman settlement that rises above it on a rocky headland.
Rent a kayak from the beach at Llafranc.
Relax on the lovel beach and then try snorkelling from the rocks at the side of the bay.
Walk amongst the vineyards belonging to the Celler Can Sais
in Vall Llobrega andvisit the "l'olivera 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 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?
Take the children and spend a day at the Aquadiver water park in Platja d'Aro.
Afterwards go into the town and have an ice cream at one of the Italian ice cream parlours.
Visit the Sobrestany Wildlife Park
and drive through and feed the many different animals that include llamas, deer, goats etc.
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
Visit the pottery town of La Bisbal
and purchase some handmade ceramics to take back home. A good day to go is Friday as it is when the weekly colourful market is held.
Drive across to Girona and visit
the Old Jewish quarter, the Arab baths, the cathedral and the museums. Afterwards, indulge in some retail therapy in the many great shops in the city.
Visit the spectacular Greek and Roman settlement of Empuries.
Enjoy a lunch of fresh anchovies in L'Escala, as they are a local speciality. On the way back climb up to the Castle of Montgri (Torroella de Montgri) and take in the spectacular views of both the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean.
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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