Mar Bona
Great things to do near Mar Bona
Take one of the paths down to the rocky inlets of Aigua Xelida
and enjoy snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. Take a fishing line and while away some time on the rocks trying to catch the evening's supper!


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.


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'.


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.


Visit the nearby medieval castle of Begur
and then enjoy an evening stroll around the old quarter and explore the many stalls selling jewellery and handicrafts.


Drive a few miles inland
and visit the many ancient stone villages 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.


Go and visit the pottery town of La Bisbal
and purchase some handmade ceramics to take back home. A visit to the Terracotta Museum (tel: 972 64 20 670) is worthwhile. Visit the colourful Friday market or check out the numerous antique shops you will find there. You will surely come away with a purchase or two!


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.


Visit the spectacular Greek and Roman settlement of Empuries.
This is one of the most important Greco-Roman sites in Spain and its elevated position overlooks the Mediterranean. On the way back climb up to the Castle of Montgri at Torroella de Montgri and admire the breathtaking views of both the Pyrenees and the coast.


Go for a day trip to Figueres and visit the Teatre-Museu Dalí in Figueres
and enjoy the wacky experience, which will appeal to all members of the family. It is a lot of fun and well worth braving the queues! Afterwards, pay a visit to the lesser known Museu del Joguet de Catalunya (toy museum), also in Figueres. Tel: 972 504 585


Visit the wine cellar of Mas Oller
(on the outskirts of Torrent) for a wine tasting. Then pop into the village and visit the Jam Museum on the Plaça Major. Tel: 972 30 47 44.


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!


Try a local speciality - a lunch of fresh anchovies from L'Escala.
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!


Learn to windsurf or rent a catamaran at nearby Pals beach.
If you are up for a challenge, have a go at kitesurfing - a new sport where a small kite is attached to a surfboard allowing spectacular pirouettes and high speeds.


Drive down to the unspoilt fishing village of Tamariu
and enjoy an evening meal in one of the fine seafront fish restaurants.


Horse riding is available at Canapost,
(Cavalls de Forallac - tel: 649 43 14 80) and from Hipica Begur (tel 619 23 60 73).


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.


Visit the Museum dedicated to fishing at Palamós,
(museu de la Pesca. Tel: 972 60 12 44) 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?


For the motor sport 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 could indulge in some retail therapy at the same time at the nearby outlet shopping centre La Roca Village. www.LaRocaVillage.com


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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