Just let the children enjoy the water
An early start ensures you pick your spot on the safe and sandy beach, then lunch in the shade as the day heats up, followed by an afternoon in your own pool, finishing with a barbecue in the garden. On most days that's all the children want to do, and its not a bad way for the adults to relax too!
Walk down to the nearby beach at Llafranc
and then spend the day relaxing in this gorgeous bay and perhaps rent a kayak or try snorkelling off the rocks at the side of the bay.
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".
Wander down in the evening
and enjoy a leisurely dinner in one of the seafront restaurants. Soak up the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere as local artisans set up their stalls selling jewellery and handicrafts with the backdrop of the Mediterranean gently lapping on the shoreline behind them.
Visit the medieval castle of Begur
then have an evening stroll around the old quarter and explore the many stalls selling jewellery and handicrafts.
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 mts ! and is said to be over 1000 years old.
Visit the beautiful virgin beach of Platja Castell
and visit the Pre-Roman settlement that rises above it on a rocky headland.
Take a boat trip with "Paco Boats" in Tamariu
(tel: 607 29 25 78) and visit the famous cave " Cova d'en Gispert". Aferwards go snorkelling off the rocks along the side of the beach.
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.
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. The restaurant here, 'El Far' has an excellent reputation for serving fine, local cuisine.
Catch a train from Caldes de Malavella or Flaça
to Barcelona and enjoy this vibrant and exciting city! The open topped bus is an excellent way to see all the sights. There is so much to see and do that you might well want to return!
Take the cliff-top path to next door Calella
and stroll beneath the beamed archways "Voltes" situated along the front of Port bo beach. Enjoy an evening drink in Tony's Bar and watch the twinkling lights of the fishing boats out at sea.
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 enjoy an ice cream from one of the Italian ice cream parlours.
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 fabulous city of Girona,
taking in the Arab baths, the Old Jewish Quarter and the cathedral. After a leisurely lunch, indulge in some retail therapy in the many great shops.
Pay a visit to the spectacular Greek and Roman settlement of Empuries.
Enjoy a lunch of fresh anchovies at L'Escala - a local speciality. On the way back climb up to the Castle of Montgri at Torroella de Montgri and admire the breathtaking views of the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean.
Visit the Sobrestany Wildlife Park
and drive through and feed the many different animals that include llamas, deer, goats etc.
Go for a day trip to Figueres
and visit the Teatre-Museu Dalí (Tel: 972 67 75 00)This wacky experience will appeal to all members of the family and is well worth braving the queues! Afterwards, pay a visit to the lesser known Museu del Joguet de Catalunya (Toy museum), also in the town. Tel: 972 50 45 85)
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.
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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