Stroll down to Llafranc seafront
and meander along the promenade to the marina to gaze at the boats. On the way back, stop and enjoy a leisurely drink whilst engaging in a spot of people watching.
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 the ‘Cami de Ronda’ footpath that leads from Llafranc
along the coast and over the headland to neighbouring Calella de Palafrugell. It is well signed and will even give you an idea of how long it takes to walk it! If you don’t want to walk back, catch the little tourist train which will take you up to the lighthouse from where you will enjoy breath taking views down the coast.
The seafront in Llafranc comes alive in the evenings
when artisans set up their stalls to sell their hand made wares. All generations of families, mainly regular visitors to this delightful village, meet up to chat and catch up with their news, and enjoy an ice cream or a digestif.
Don’t want to cook?
Order a freshly cooked paella to take home and enjoy on the terrace of your villa. Available, to order, from the ever popular nearby Restaurant Leon (Tel: 972 30 14 19), it is something of a tradition in Llafranc. Spend a relaxing evening by the pool and return the pan the next day – you won’t be the only people doing this!
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
A night time visit to the lighhouse
will reward you with the vista of the pretty lights of Llafranc and Calella below and the twinkling starry skies above. It is a delightful spot to enjoy dinner at the restaurant here.
Neighbouring Calella de Palafrugell
is a comfortable stroll away and has some charming boutiques along the sea front. Stop for dinner at one of the beachside restaurants and gaze at the twinkling lights of the fishing boats out at sea and the brightly lit cruise ships gliding silently by on the horizon.
Go ride a bike!
Hire bikes and cycle along the flat path the 3 kms to Palafrugell. The town square has some lovely cafes to enjoy refreshments before the trip back and a cooling dip in the pool! The cycle hire shop in Palafrugell will deliver to the villa: www.ciclesjk.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”.
If you are really fit,
walk up the winding road to the lighthouse and marvel at the spectacular open views down the coast. Stop for a drink or a meal in the restaurant and spoil yourself by taking the tourist train down to the village centre.
Enjoy an early morning dip in the sea
– you won’t be the only one! – and a leisurely breakfast on the terrace of one of the seafront restaurants. Watch how the beach will slowly fill up – so time to head back to your own pool and maybe return to the beach late in the afternoon when it becomes quieter.
Visit the Museu de la Pesca in Palamos,
the only one of its kind in the Mediterranean with a permanent exhibition linked to the seafaring tradition of the Costa Brava depicting the past, present and future of fishing. www.museudelapesca.org.
Walk amongst all the different exotic Mediterranean flora and fauna
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.
Enjoy a guided walking tour around some of the sights of the Baix Empordà.
Among those on offer are tours of the La Bisbal d’Emporda, to include a visit to the Ceramics Museum, tour of the Romanesque monasteries, Besalú or Figueres to include the Dalí Museum. www.nikduserm.com or Nik@nikduserm.com.
Triton Diving Llafranc has been operating since 1979. Contact details: tel: 00 34 972 30 30 20, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.tritonllafranc.com, for up to date information on prices, courses available and where and when the next dive takes place.
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.
Explore the nearby Cala del Ruso,
close to Calella de Palafrugell, named after the Russian Colonel Woevowsky, who lived there with his aristocratic English wife, Dorothy Webster. Together they built the Botanical Gardens and small Castle at Cap Roig and used to swim daily at the cala.
Drive to the centre of 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.
Visit the thermal baths and golf course at Caldes de Malavella.
The Balneario Vichy Catalan is just outside the town situated in pine grove. www.balneariovichycatalan.com. Or play a round of golf at the nearby prestigious PGA 18 hole course, which is easily accessible. Tel: 972 472 577.
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