Stroll the few hundred metres to the church and square
in the delightful hamlet of Regencós which retains the old world charm of a traditional Catalan village where local farmers still work the land and make their living tending their vines, olives etc.
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.
Make the short drive to the well known wine warehouse of Jordi Grau,
where you can browse amongst a mind blowing selection of wines, from the very simplest local wine through to the rarest vintages. There is something here to suit all tastes and pockets. Refresh yourself with a drink and a 'tapa' in the bar at the back of the store.
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.
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.
Drive to the delightful cove of Sa Tuna
famous for its crystal clear waters and wonderful opportunities for snorkelling. Take a picnic and make a day of it or be lazy and enjoy a long, leisurely lunch at one of the beachfront restaurants.
Play a round of golf!
There are 2 well known courses very close by in Pals, one being Golf Playa de Pals, Tel: 972 66 77 39 and the other Golf Serres de Pals, Tel: 972 63 73 75.
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
Take a stroll beneath the arched 'Voltes'
situated along the front of Port bo beach in Calella de Palafrugell. 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.
Explore the nearby medieval village of Pals,
which can be seen perched on the hillside from miles around. Wander around the old town, El Pedró. One of the main features to see is the magnificent circular Romanesque Tower, the Tower of Hours, which is all that is left of the castle that used to guard the estuary of the river Daro. From the viewpoint you can see the Medes Islands, the Montgrí and Canigó massifs and the Albera mountain ranges.
Visit the wine cellars of Mas Oller, on the outskirts of Torrent,
for a wine tasting. Afterwards, pop into the fascinating jam museum in the Placa Major of the same village. Tel: 972 30 47 44
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!
Pack a picnic and visit Banyoles,
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.
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
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 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. 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 Museu de la Pesca in Palamos,
the only one of its kind in the Mediterranean with a permanent exhibition linked to the seafaring tradition of the Costa Brava depicting the past, present and future of fishing. www.museudelapesca.org.
Shop at the Sunday morning market in Palafrugell
and buy the ingredients for lunch from the mouth watering choice of fruit and vegetables on display. Spend a lazy afternoon relaxing in the garden, enjoying a good book and cooling off now and again with a dip in the pool.
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.
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