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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 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”.
The golden sandy beach of Aigua Blava
is a very short drive away. 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.
Walk 7 kms of the GR92
From Begur to the inland medieval village of Pals, which has delightful views up and down the coast. There are some great restaurants in which to enjoy some sustenance before the walk back!
For snorkelling enthusiasts
there are excellent opportunities awaiting in the little coves of Malaret and Port de ses Orats at Aigua Blava. Legend says that Port de ses Orats is the very place from which the coastline was christened with the name The Costa Brava.
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)
Fun for all of the family in this forestry adventure park. There are 50 different activities ranging from jungle jumps, nets, bridges, zip wires, tree-hiking and more than 300 m of aerial runways. Situated in Camí del Bernegar, Masos de Pals. Tel: (00 34) 972 113 443. www.costabravaparcaventura.com. Open all year round and in July and August it is open on Wednesday nights from 10pm until 1am.
the name of this delightful village is derived from ‘pedra tallada’, meaning carved stone. The moat which encircles parts of this fortified medieval settlement provides the stone from which most of the ancient buildings are constructed. As you stroll around, take note of the many properties which have been lovingly restored to their former glory.
Take a walk around the City walls of Girona.
Start at the end near the Church of Sant Feliu. You can stop at various points if you wish to descend. There are some spectacular views of the city of Girona and to the Pyrenees beyond. Also, visit The Jewish Quarter (El Call), which is one of the best preserved Jewish ghettos in Europe. The Jews lived here for over 600 years before they were forced out in the 15th Century by the Spanish Monarchy. You get a real feeling of its colourful history as you stroll around the narrow alleys.
Spend some time exploring the Gala Dalí Castle in the nearby village of Púbol,
120 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.
Go ride a horse!
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.
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 silently across the horizon.
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 protected Marine Reserve of Ses Negres is very close by,
between the bays of Aigua Freda and Sa Riera. From the coastal path there are some ideal spots for fantastic snorkelling.
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 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.
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!
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
|Platja Fonda||10 mins|
|Sa Tuna||15 mins|
|Sa Riera||15 mins|
|Platja de Tamariu||15 mins|
|El Castell||25 mins|