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The old town of Begur is situated some seven hundred feet above sea level, 3 miles inland and enjoys superb views over the coastline. Enjoy a gentle
stroll around the cobbled streets of this romantic town which shelters at the foot of a 16th century castle. Begur has an attractive town square with bars,
restaurants, cafes and a couple of nightclubs. In the high season there is live music in the square. Shops selling clothes, high class art, crafts of the
local area and specialist food shops are dotted around the square. There is a market every Wednesday morning selling clothing and fresh daily
produce. As with many of the region's beautiful towns and villages, Begur is only minutes away from the rugged coastline. The many hidden sandy
coves and picturesque fishing villages are surrounded by the region's characteristic high, rugged hills.
Sa Riera, La Borna, Sa Tuna & Pals
Sa Riera, La Borna, Sa Tuna & Pals are situated in beautiful, secluded coastal locations, within a short drive of Begur. The villages typify this region of
Catalonia and being too small for large tour operators means that these areas have not been commercialised for the masses. Nestling amongst the pine
covered hills and cliffs in the coves and bays of this coastline, each village offers a genuine Spanish ambience with small cafes, shops and restaurants
being the main centre of activity and stunning beaches without the crowds.
At Sa Riera the large sandy beach with clear water is ideal for swimming. Colourful, wooden fishing boats anchor in the cove and some are pulled up
onto the sands, providing a traditional fishing village atmosphere.
La Borna & Sa Tuna
At La Borna & Sa Tuna the sea flows through a rocky inlet with dramatic scenery into a protected bay with a sand and shingle beach.
Platja de Pals
Platja de Pals has a sandy beach that stretches for miles with a championship golf course nearby. The medieval town of Pals that lends its name to this
area is just a few miles north.
Aiguablava is for many people the Costa Brava's most perfect spot, where the cliffs reach down into a turquoise bay backed by a beach of gently
shelving sand. It was here in 1908 that Ferran Agullo first coined the term Costa Brava. Although Aiguablava (its name means 'blue water' in Catalan)
has been 'discovered' and villas are creeping up the hillsides, this remains a good place to experience the Costa Brava as it was before mass tourism
took over in the more southern resorts.
Callela de Palafrugell
Calella de Palagrugell is the largest of Palafrugell's beach resorts and consists of a series of pretty coves strung out like pearls behind a fishing village
with whitewashed arches on the promenade. Fishing boats are pulled up on the sand and the seafood restaurants beside the water are always busy.
Development here has been low-rise and low-key; this old-fashioned resort seems to have found a middle way between the excesses of mass tourism
and the exclusivity of some of its smaller neighbours. A cliff path leads in around 30 minutes to Llafranc, making a delightful stroll. High above the bay
the Jardi Botanic de Cap Roig is a botanical gdn offering stunning views.
Llafranc a small bay with a crescent beach is one of the gems of the Catalan coast. At the back of the beach is a beautiful tree-lined promenade and
numerous small cafes and bars. The people who stay here are second-home owners from Barcelona, or discerning foreigners who want to avoid the
mass tourist resorts. A footpath leads around the coast to Calella de Palafrugell, or you can hike over the hills to Tamariu, another perfect cove with
tamarisk trees leaning across the sand. From the lighthse at Cap de Sant Sebastia, between Llafranc & Tamariu, there are wonderful views over the bay.
Tamariu lies in a small secluded bay between the towns of Begur and Palafrugel. Small coves set amongst rugged tree-lined cliffs, crystal clear water
and beautiful beaches have made the area famous the world over for its beauty. Originally a small fishing village, Tamariu has not been over developed
and has retained its identity and charm. There are some new villas and apartments on the edge of the village and like everywhere the village centre and
beach gets busy in August, but you will find no high rise hotels or English pubs.
Aigua Gelida has one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Catalonia, and is the perfect location for you to savour the delights that the area has
to offer. Close enough to Tamariu to enjoy the local cuisine & embroil yourself in atmosphere, yet far enough away to truly relax in the tranquil, peaceful
|"The Costa Brava is still a place where fishing villages feel like fishing villages,where medieval
towns are hushed at siesta time,and where the rugged Catalan landscape descends to startlingly
Sarah Wildman ,New York Times