Villa Marta
Great things to do near Villa Marta
Take a leisurely stroll
from the bottom of the garden, down the lane and via steps which lead to the beach of Platja Fonda which remains largely undiscovered, apart from those in the know.


Swimming enthusiasts will delight in the 15 metre pool
which beckons invitingly and is ideal for working up an appetite for an al fresco breakfast on the terrace whilst watching the sailing boats and power cruisers heading out to sea from their moorings in the bay below.


Position your sun bed under the pretty bougainvillea-clad pergola,
a glass of chilled Castell Perelada white wine to hand and gaze out over the sparkling Mediterranean at the views down the coast as far as the eye can see. The ever changing seacape will hold your fascination for many a long hour.


The golden sandy beach at 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.


For snorkelling enthusiasts
there are excellent opportunities awaiting in the little coves of Malaret and Port de ses Orats which are just downhill from the house. Legend says that Port de ses Orats is the very place from which the coastline was christened with the name The Costa Brava.


For that special dinner
to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, try the famous Grill Room at the Hotel Aiguablava. Tel; (00 34) 972 62 45 62.


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.


The early birds might enjoy
opening the shutters and sitting in bed and watching the sun rise slowly and majestically over the sea at the start of another hot day. As the sun rises in the sky the Mediterranean starts to sparkle as the shades of blue deepen as the day unfolds.


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.


Vist the pottery town of La Bisbal
and purchase some handmade ceramics to take back home. Friday is a good day to visit as there is a colourful market - or perhaps explore some of the numerous antique shops.


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 Begur in the evening...
Enjoy dinner in one of the many fine restaurants in the old quarter and stroll around the many stalls selling jewellery and handicrafts. Sit amongst the locals with a digestif and enjoy the atmosphere.


Diving courses and excursions
can be booked from Gym Sub Aigua Blava, on the road leading down towards the beach. Tel: (0034) 972 62 26 59.


Go karting!
There is an excellent track at nearby Regenços, (Tel: 670 27 41 05). Adults might enjoy a Quad bike experience at The Quad Track, Calonge. (Tel: 626 20 27 28)


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!


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.


Drive across to the majestic bay of Llafranc
and then spend the day relaxing on this gorgeous beach. Perhaps rent a kayak or try snorkelling off the rocks at the side of the bay. Before returning home enjoy a cooling drink on the promenade and do some 'people watching.'


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.


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


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


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