Stroll down and 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 dusk falls local artisans set up stalls. Jugglers, a violinist and perhaps a local artist set their pitch. Waiters start serving platters of grilled fish. All this adds to a sparkling yet relaxing evening as the mediterraneus (so named by the Romans) laps gently on the shoreline.
Drive to 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.
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
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.
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
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.
Visit the thermal baths and the new 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.
Learn to windsurf or rent a catamaran at 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.
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.
Horse riding is available at Canapost
- Cavalls de Forallac (tel: 649 43 14 80) and from Hipica Begur (tel 619 23 60 73).
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!
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 Sobrestany Wildlife Park
and drive through and feed the many different animals that include llamas, deer, goats etc.
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!
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.
Catch the train to Barcelona
from either Flaça or Caldes de Malavella and enjoy a day in this vibrant city where there is so much to see and do. The tourist buses are one way of ensuring that you see the major sights - just hop on and off and take it at your own pace. Wander down Las Ramblas and enjoy the atmosphere and the excitement and visit the eye catching colourful displays of fruit and vegetables in La Boqueria market.
Visit the colourful Friday market in La Bisbal
and the many ceramic shops that line the main street. Alternatively, check out the numerous antique shops you will find there. You will surely come away with a purchase or two!
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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