Els Pins
Great things to do near Els Pins
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 their stalls and waiters start serving platters of grilled fish. All this adds to a sparkling yet relaxing evening sa the Mediterranean laps gently on the shoreline.

Walk amongst all kinds of exotic Mediterranean flora
at the Botanical Garden of Cap Roig where you get magnificent panoramic views of the coastline that stretches from Calella to the cliffs of Cap Roig.

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.

For motor sports enthusiasts, visit the Circuit de Catalunya,
just off Exit 13 of the AP7. Guided tours are available to include entry to the paddock, the control tower, the podium for example. www.circuitcat.com. Maybe the ladies would prefer some retail therapy at the nearby outlet shopping centre La Roca Village. www.LaRocaVillage.com.

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'.

Rent a kayak from the beach at Llafranc.
Spend a day on this lovely beach and maybe go snorkelling from the rocks at the side of the bay.

Climb up to the medieval castle of Begur
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.

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?

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.

Drive across to the fabulous city of 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 thermal baths and the new golf course at Caldes de Malavella.
The Balneario Vichy Catalan is just outside the town situated in pine groves. www.balneariovichycatalan.com Or play a round of golf at the nearby prestigious PGA 18 hole course, which is easily accessible. Tel: 972 47 25 77.

Take the children and spend a day at the Aquadiver water park
in Platja d'Aro. Afterwards go into the town and enjoy 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. On the way back, stop at the cork museum in Palafrugell.

Take a boat trip with 'Paco Boats' in Tamariu
and visit the famous cave 'Cova d'en Gispert' Tel: 607 29 25 78.

Walk amongst the vineyards belonging to the Celler Can Sais
in Vall Llobrega and visit the 'l'olivera mil-enària' or millennium olive tree which has a circumference of over 8 metres and is said to be over 1000 years old.

Visit the spectacular Greek and Roman settlement of Empuries.
Enjoy a lunch of fresh anchovies in L'Escala - they are a local speciality. On the way back visit the pre-roman settlement at Ullastret and see how life was 2,500 years ago.

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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