Drive to nearby 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.
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.
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.
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)
Visit the Sunday morning Market at Palafrugell
and soak up the atmosphere with a drink in the main square, an ideal location for a spot of people watching. People come from all around the area to shop and relax.
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.
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.
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!
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. www.pesca-fenix.com
Take a stroll beneath the arched ‘Voltes’
situated along the front of Port bo beach in Calella de Palafrugell. Enjoy a drink or evening meal at one of the seafront restaurants and watch the twinkling lights of the fishing boats out in the bay and the spectacle of the brightly lit cruise ships gliding silently across the horizon.
Pack a pic-nic and visit nearby Banyoles,
which has the largest natural lake in Catalunya. Here you can swim, fish or go on a boat trip around the lake itself. You can hire rowing boats or book tickets for a boat trip from Bar Aquàrium, Pg Darder s/n, Banyoles. Tel: 972 58 09 23.
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.
Explore the nearby hidden coves of Aigua Xelida
famous for their crystal clear waters and wonderful opportunities for snorkelling. Take a picnic and make a day of it, perhaps trying your hand at fishing for your supper!
Spend the evening in Tamariu, a favourite with local fishermen,
whose colourful artisan boats provide the perfect backdrop for the handful of excellent restaurants that adorn the picturesque seafront promenade. Evening is a truly Mediterranean experience as waiters serve platters of grilled fish as the sea laps gently on the shoreline just below.
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.’
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.
Take a day out and visit Besalú
which is the provincial capital of the Garrotxa and has some beautifully restored buildings as well as the famous Romanesque bridge, which was built in the 12th Century but restored in 1965.
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.
The experience of the so called ‘Dalinian Triangle’ for lovers of art and culture is a ‘must’.
The three parts to visit are his home in Cadaqués (pre-booking necessary), the Teatre-Museu in Figueres and the Gala-Dalí Castle in Pubol. This will be a long day excursion but very informative and entertaining! www.salvador-dali.org
Visit the spectacular Greek and Roman settlement of Empuries.
Enjoy a lunch of fresh anchovies from L’Escala – a local speciality. On the way back, visit the pre-roman Iberian settlement of Ullastret and see how life was 2,500 years ago compared to today’s world!
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