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.
Take a trip with Paco Boats, in Tamariu,
(tel 607 29 25 78) and visit the famous cave 'Cova d'en Gispert'. Afterwards go snorkelling off the rocks along the side of the beach.
Visit the Sunday morning market in 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".
Take a packed lunch and follow the coastal path
from the beach at Tamariu and heads towards Llafranc. Stop at the hidden cove of La Pedrosa for a swim and a picnic.
The protected Marine Reserve of Ses Negres
is very close by, between the bays of Aigua Freda and Sa Riera. From the coastal path there are some ideal spots for fantastic snorkelling.
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 for a day trip to Figueres
and visit the Teatre-Museu Dalí 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
For the motor sports 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
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!
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.
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.
Drive up through the pine trees to the 15th Century hermitage
and lighthouse of Sant Sebastià which sits above the delightful, majestic bay of Llafranc and enjoy the breathtaking views out across the Mediterranean.
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.
Visit the thermal baths and 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.
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. There are guided walking tours of the old town which leave regularly from the tourist office. The office is open from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm. www.ajuntamentbesalu.org.
Pack a pic-nic and visit 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.
Drive over to the pottery town of La Bisbal
and purchase some handmade ceramics to take back home, or have a wander around the many antique shops and seek out a bargain. Friday is a good day to go as this is when the weekly colourful market is held.
Stroll round the Roman City
of Empúries accompanied by your own English speaking guide. Tours organised in July/August only. Pre booking essential, Monday to Friday 08.30-15.00.. Tel: 00 34 972 77 59 76
Go ride a horse!
Horse riding is available at Canapost Cavalls de Forallac (tel: 649 43 14 80). 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.
Sit on the terrace by the pool
listening to the birds singing and watch the sun setting behind the pine covered hills. Make sure you have a glass of chilled cava to hand as you enjoy this spectacle.
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