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.
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.
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.
Visit the fabulous city of Girona for the day
taking in the beautifully restored Jewish Quarter, the Arab Baths, the cathedral, its museums and the many shops. Why not pay a visit to Cacao Sampaka, C/Santa Clara, 45 to indulge in the finest products using chocolate – cakes, drinks, spreads, ice creams to name a few!
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.
the name of this delightful village is derived from ‘pedra tallada’, meaning carved stone. The moat which encircles parts of this fortified medieval settlement provides the stone from which most of the ancient buildings are constructed. As you stroll around, take note of the many properties which have been lovingly restored to their former glory.
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.
Dalí by night – an evening with a difference
Only possible during the month of August, the Teatre-Museu Dalí opens between 10pm and 1am. The entrance fee includes a glass of cava and, weather permitting, an audiovisual show in one of the inner terraces. After your visit enjoy a nightcap at one of the many outdoor bars and soak up the atmosphere of Figueres, which comes alive at night as the locals congregate to exchange news with each other in the warm summer air.
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.
Make the short drive to the well known wine warehouse of Jordi Grau,
where you can browse amongst a mind blowing selection of wines, f130rom 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.
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.
For snorkelling enthusiasts
there are excellent opportunities awaiting in the little coves of Malaret and Port de ses Orats at Aigua Blava. Legend says that Port de ses Orats is the very place from which the coastline was christened with the name The Costa Brava.
Spend some time exploring the Gala Dalí Castle in the nearby village of Púbol,
latterly the home of the painter’s wife. On display inside are the paintings and drawings that Salvador Dalí gave to Gala, along with a collection of her haute couture dresses. The garden is decorated with a series of sculptures and elephants! Open daily, from June to September, from 10.00 to 18.00, but closed on Mondays outside of these dates. Tel: (00 34) 972 488 655.
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
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.
Visit the colourful Friday market in La Bisbal
and afterwards check out the numerous antique shops. La Bisbal is the centre of the ceramics industry in Catalunya and there are numerous shops selling a dazzling array of brighly coloured wares.
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!
Triton Diving Llafranc has been operating since 1979. Contact details: tel: 00 34 972 30 30 20, email: email@example.com; www.tritonllafranc.com, for up to date information on prices, courses available and where and when the next dive takes place.
Explore the nearby medieval village of Pals,
which can be seen perched on the hillside from miles around. Wander around the old town, El Pedró. One of the main features to see is the magnificent circular Romanesque Tower, the Torre de les Hores, which is all that is left of the castle that used to guard the estuary of the river Daró. From the viewpoint you can see the Medes Islands, the Montgrí and Canigó massifs and the Albera mountain ranges.
Play a round of golf!
Try the Golf Playa de Pals, Tel: 972 66 77 39.
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