Níspero

Costa Brava

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  • Ground floor: Split-level living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD). Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room (washing machine).  WiFi.
  • Outside: Lawned garden with picnic table and bench. Covered terrace. In-built barbecue. Fenced garden.
  • Private shaped swimming pool (6m x 4m at widest point) with Roman steps.

This charming, semi-detached house is aptly named after the Medlar tree that adorns the pleasant, enclosed garden. Níspero enjoys a sunny situation, with a swimming pool to the front, shaded and lawned grounds to the rear and an attractive covered front terrace that serves as the ideal viewpoint from which to watch over children as they play in the pool.  Comfortably furnished and with a modern, fitted kitchen this is a good choice for couples or smaller family groups who wish to be close to amenities as well as the spectacular coastline below the Begur headland.

Within a 10 minute drive of the house you will find an excellent choice of unspoilt cove beaches while, a little further afield, the large bay of Pals offers a wide sandy beach with good amenities and a range of watersport facilities.  Well preserved, ancient walled villages such as Pals, Peratallada and Palau Sator with their cobbled streets, traditional restaurants and unique atmospheres are easily discovered inland, the bustling market town of Palafrugell with its lively central square is 6kms away and the local beauty spots of Llafranc and Tamariu are just 10kms away.

Begur itself is an appealing hilltop town, crowned with a spectacular 11th Century stone castle and privileged to wonderful views of the Medes Isles and the Pyrenees to the north. Narrow winding streets, boutiques and restaurants with peaceful romantic walled gardens make it a wonderful place for a pleasant evening stroll.  Wednesday is market day, when local farmers from nearby villages come to town and set up their colourful stalls in the shade of the imposing stone church of Sant Pere. The colour, aroma and general outdoor life is pure Mediterranean.

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Great Things to Do Near Níspero

Hire a Kayak and explore the coastal caves and bays

Hire a kayak for half a day from the beach at Tamariu, and head into the beautiful bays and inlets to the north between Tamariu and Aiguablava. Explore the secluded beaches and the sea cliff caves, including the amazing Cova de'n Gispert, the largest and deepest of the caves.

Snorkel Safari from L'Estartit

Take a boat trip and snorkel safari from L'Estartit out to the Illes Medes nature reserve. Swim with the fish in a crystal clear warm waters.

Visit the Sunday morning Market at 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.

Take a boat trip with Paco Boats in Tamariu

and visit the famous cave Cova d'en Gispert. Stop off at La Pedrosa bay and snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Tel: 607 29 25 78.

Take a packed lunch and follow one of the coastal pathways

that skirt the rugged coastline between Calella and Sa Tuna, stopping every now and then at one of the many hidden coves to swim and snorkel.

Walk amongst all kinds of exotic Mediterranean flora

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.

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!

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.

Horse riding is available at Canapost

Cavalls de Forallac (tel: 649 43 14 80) and from Hipica Begur (tel 619 23 60 73).

Relax at the villa

and try your hand at preparing your own tapas by following the local recipes you will find in the FOOD AND DRINK section of your house book

Visit the Sobrestany Wildlife Park,

near Bellcaire, and drive through and feed the many different animals that include llamas, deer, goats etc.

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

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)

Play a round of golf!

There are many excellent and renowned golf courses in the area, including Golf Playa de Pals (Tel: 972 66 77 39), Golf Serres de Pals, (972 63 73 75) or Gualta (972 76 04 50), www.empordagolf.es

Drive to the centre of 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.

Visit the spectacular Greek and Roman settlement of Empuries

Then 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 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! Tel: 972 677 500. www.salvador-dali.org. Afterwards, pay a visit to the lesser known Museu del Joguet de Catalunya (toy museum), also in Figueres. Tel: 972 504 585.

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 medieval castle of Begur

then have an evening stroll around the old quarter and explore the many stalls selling jewellery and handicrafts.

Drive a few miles inland

and visit the many ancient stone villages that make up what is 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

Nearby

Towns

Begur 5 mins
Palafrugell 10 mins
Girona 60 mins
Barcelona 105 mins

Beaches

Platja Fonda 10 mins
Sa Riera 15 mins
Platja Llafranc 15 mins
Aiguablava 15 mins
Platja de Tamariu 20 mins

Airports

Girona 60 mins
Barcelona 115 mins
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