Mas Mascaró
Great things to do near Mas Mascaró
Enjoy a guided walking tour around some of the sights of the Baix Empordà
Among those on offer are tours of La Bisbal d'Emporda, to include a visit to the Ceramics Museum, tour of the Romanesque monasteries, Besalú or Figueres to include the Dalí Museum. www.nikduserm.com or Nik@nikduserm.com.


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.


Spend some time exploring the Gala Dalí Castle in the nearby village of Púbol
latterly the home of the painter's wife. On display inside are the paintings and drawings that Salvador Dalí gave to Gala, along with a collection of her haute couture dresses. The garden is decorated with a series of sculptures and elephants! Open daily, from June to September, from 10.00 to 18.00, but closed on Mondays outside of these dates. Tel: (00 34) 972 488 655.


Visit the colourful Friday market in La Bisbal
and afterwards check out the numerous antique shops. La Bisbal is the centre of the ceramics industry in Catalunya and there are numerous shops selling a dazzling array of brighly coloured wares.


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!


Go horse riding
in the nearby village of Canapost, Cavalls de Forallac - tel: 649 43 14 80, or excursions on horseback from Excursions Torrents: Tel: 626 00 27 26.


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 archways 'Voltes'
along the main high street in La Bisbal. Pop into the renowned cake shop 'Sans' and buy one of its famous delicious 'Bisbalenc' cakes.


Visit the Castle and Museum of Perelada
and see how the famous Catalan sparkling wine cava is traditionally made. Sample this or the delicious red or white wines which are equally famous.


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.


Take a drive around 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.


Explore the various country beaches along the Bay of Roses,
ranging from small coves, which are ideal for snorkelling, to long stretches of fine sand. Sailing and windsurfing are very popular on the Bay. In fact, the World Windsurfing championships have been held 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!


Catch the train from nearby Flaça 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.


Climb up to the medieval castle of Montgri
(just outside Torroella de Montgri) and enjoy the spectacular views that stretch from the Mediterranean to the Pyrénées.


Visit the Botanical Gardens at Cap Roig
(Calella de Palafrugell) and walk amongst all kinds of exotic Mediterranean flora at where you get magnificent panoramic views of the coastline that stretches from Calella to the cliffs of Cap Roig.


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 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.


Take one of the cycle tours around the countryside of La Bisbal
especially along the banks of the river Daro. Bikes can be hired from the Tourist office in La Bisbal: C/L'Aigueta, 17. Tel: 972 645 500. They also have information on the local cycle tracks.


Visit the Anchovy and Salt Museum at L'Escala
The town is famous for salting anchovies and the museum is the ideal place to learn about this industry, which has been practised since the 16th Century to the present day, a heritage which is unique to the Catalan coast. Open daily. Avinguda Lluis Companys, 1, 17130 L'Escala. Tel: (00 34) 972 77 68 15. www.anxova-sal.cat.


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