Take a 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 with the sound of the Mediterranean lapping gently on the shoreline.
Pack a picnic and your swimming things
and take the coastal path that starts from Tamariu beach. Stop at the tiny Cala Pedrosa to swim and snorkel en route. Then follow the path upwards, cross the road and return to Tamariu via the pine woods.
The protected Marine Reserve of Ses Negres is 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 some of the many ancient stone villages
that make up 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 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.
Visit the colourful Sunday morning market in Palafrugell
and soak up the atmosphere with a drink in the main square. Take your purchases home and enjoy a leisurely lunch in the wonderful gardens at the villa, followed by a well earned siesta in the shade under the trees.
Take a trip with 'Paco Boats' in Tamariu
and visit the famous cave 'Cova d'en Gispert'. Tel: 607 29 25 78.
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.
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.
Go for a day trip to Figueres
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 spectacular Greek and Roman settlement of Empuries.
Enjoy a lunch of fresh anchovies from L'Escala - a local speciality. 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!
Visit the pre-Roman Iberian settlement
on the headland to the left of the El Castell beach. Walk among ancient stone walls and enjoy the spectacular views out to the Isles Formigues, where bottle nosed dolphins have often been spotted feeding. '
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!
Take a stroll beneath the arched 'Voltes'
situated along the front of Port bo beach in Calella. 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 silenty across the horizon.
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.
An unusual museum to visit....the factory of Trias Biscuits.
Since 1908 the family of Joaquim Trias has been making high quality biscuits inspired by his enthusiasm, determination and expertise. You can visit the museum, which is housed in the same building as the factory, watch a video explaining how production of this famous brand developed over the years, and you get a good view of the current production line. It is situated in Santa Coloma de Farners, just south west of Girona. www.triasbiscuits.com.
Drive to the centre of 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.
Play a round of golf!
Go Quad biking in the village of Gualta or maybe enjoy a round of golf instead. Tel: (00 34) 972 76 04 50. www.empordagolf.es.
Pack a picnic 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.
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