Casa Alsina
Great things to do near Casa Alsina
The golden sandy beach of Aigua Blava
is a just a short drive away on the back road which winds its way up and over the hill. 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.


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.


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.


Explore the nearby hidden coves of Aigua Xelida
famous for their crystal clear waters and wonderful opportunities for snorkelling. Take a picnic and make a day of it, perhaps trying your hand at fishing for your supper!


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.


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!


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


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.


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


Dalí by night - an evening with a difference
Only possible during the month of August, the Teatre-Museu Dalí opens between 10pm and 1am. The entrance fee includes a glass of cava and, weather permitting, an audiovisual show in one of the inner terraces. After your visit enjoy a nightcap at one of the many outdoor bars and soak up the atmosphere of Figueres, which comes alive at night as the locals congregate to exchange news with each other in the warm summer air.


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.


Visit 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.


Learn to windsurf to 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.


Take a boat 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 colourful 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".


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.


Take the children and spend a day at Aquadiver in Platja d'Aro.
Afterwards go into the town and enjoy an ice cream at one of the Italian ice cream parlours.


Enjoy an evening meal
in one of the fine seafront fish restaurants in the unspoilt fishing village of Tamariu. Evening is a truly Mediterranean experience! As dusk falls local artisans set up stalls, jugglers or violinists set their pitch, waiters serve platters of grilled fish - and the Mediterranean laps gently on the shoreline close by.


Walk amongst all the different exotic Mediterranean flora and fauna
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 itself.


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.


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