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Llafranc

With house prices far higher than the neighbouring Calella de Palafrugell and Tamariu areas, Llafranc is arguably the most exclusive resort in the area. With that higher cost does come a higher quality of course, and it’ll only take a few minutes until you realise this place is a step above any other resort you’ve been to previously. Its unique charm has attracted some of the worlds most beloved creatives too, with Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali in particular fans of the location. Perfect for romantics and adventurers, in groups or even going solo. 

Llafranc

Being so close to Calella de Palafrugell essentially doubles that activities on offer, but Llafranc offers so much already you may not even want to leave. A lively promenade compliments the beach perfectly, and a wide range of bars and restaurants will keep everyone happy - especially the Hotel Casamar, which was recently awarded a Michelin star. 

We have property available for every budget, from six-bedroom townhouses that are perfect for big groups, to smaller apartments that will appeal to single travellers or couples. All of our staff have also visited the location before and will be more than happy to help with any questions you might have. 

Llafranc Beaches

Discover Llafranc, a charming resort set in the province of Girona and you’ll be treated to the model of what an attractive Spanish town should be. Perfect for families or couples with designs on experiencing a laid-back, enjoyable holiday, this bustling town that has managed to retain much of its original charm and ambiance.

Visit the town and you’ll find yourself immersed in a wonderful coastal location. Sparkling bays are surrounded by lush headland and an inviting promenade which is perfect for a romantic evening stroll. Lauded as one of the prettiest Spanish regions, Llafranc hosts some of the most populated beaches on the Costa Brava.

It seems obvious that anyone planning a trip to Llafranc really needs to gain a thorough understanding of the must-visit sandy shores in and around the region. Here’s a guide to the beaches in and around Llafranc that you really need to reserve a spot on.

Llafranc Beach

Hailed by The Telegraph as one of the most exquisite beaches on the Costa Brava in 2016, Llafranc beach is one of Europe’s true hidden seaside gems. Less of a rustic beach and more in-keeping with a cosmopolitan resort, Llafranc beach has much to offer singles, couples and families alike.

The golden sands and azure sea are complemented by chic upmarket restaurants which overlook the bay. Take a 20-minute stroll along the headland and admire quaint fishing boats. Climb the hill and discover the picturesque Sant Sebastia lighthouse or reserve your spot on the beach and bask in the warm sun.

Backed by a promenade, a mere stone’s throw from the beach you’ll discover a range of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. The solitary drawback is that parking at peak times can be a mite challenging. Drive past the Llafranc Tennis Club off the back road and you’ll discover limited parking space. There’s also generally some space off the road from Calella de Palafrugell under the trees. Be warned though, getting there early is paramount. Space fill up rather quickly!

It should also be noted that in the summertime that such is the popularity of Llafranc beach, it can get a mite crowded. Fortunately, this only effects the July and early August months. Take a trip to Llafranc beach in later spring, summer or early autumn and you should need to jostle for a spot on the beach.

Cala el Golfet

Nestled at the foot of Cap Roig Gardens, Cala del Golfet is the southernmost beach in Cala de Palafrugell a hop, skip and a jump from the coastal area of Mont-ras village. A rustic and picturesque cove, Cala el Golfet is surprisingly lesser-known than other beaches in the Llafranc area.

Rugged, yet infinitely inviting, Cala el Golfet poses a unique proposition for sun-seekers staying in the Llafranc area. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the beach is in the centre of a bay and flanked by Punta d’Els Forcats to the east and Cap Roaig to the west.

Just 75 meters long and 20 meters wide, space comes at a premium when visiting the ruggedly sandy shores. However, Cala el Golfet features characteristic natural landscape and welcomingly warm water.

You can gain access to the beach by venturing down a handful of steps or by walking along the coastal path for a smidgeon over half an hour, setting off from the heart of Calella de Parafrugell. Secluded, with breath-taking natural beauty synonymous with the Costa Brava, Cala el Golfet is one beach is the Costa Brava region that you’ll feel at one with nature, whilst being wholly relaxed.

Cala Estreta

A breath-taking cove in Palamos, Cala Estreta has established a reputation as one of the seminal beaches in the area around Llafranc. A modest cove, yet one completely in-keeping with the surrounding landscape, Cala Estreta features a smattering of tranquil coves and a small and lovely beach.

Just 200 meters in length and 15 meters wide, Cala Estreta maybe small, but it’s the topographical landscape and scenic natural beauty that draws visitors back to the coves year upon year. Cast your eyes along the horizon and you’ll spot a 15th-century fisherman’s hut etched into the landscape – a structure that serves only to highlight the ambiance of the area.

It worth noting that motor vehicles are prohibited from travelling and parking close to the coves. Sun-seekers must take a 45-minute walk from Castell beach along the Cami de Ronda coastal path to reach the coves. Mobile coverage is limited so if you’re looking to escape from the relentless nature of the technological age we live in, visiting Cala Estreta could be just the beach to visit!

So, there you have it. These are a handful of the beaches in and around Llafranc that you owe it to yourself to visit. From a bustlingly busy beach to one that’s an idyllic paradise, separate from the rest of the world, there’s an ocean, shoreline, landscape and amenities to suit everyone.

Llafranc Attractions

Located just a few miles south of Tamariu is the scenic village of Llafranc. A haven for domestic and international tourists, Llafranc hosts visitors from nearby Barcelona the Netherlands, England, France and the USA every holiday season.

The cosmopolitan ambiance is juxtaposed with traditional architecture that you’d expect from a coastal Spanish village. Wander around the Llfranc and you’ll be left awestruck by the beautiful turquoise and indigo waters and the sterile aroma of pine trees. Tour the marina and admire fishing boats quintessential to the region anchored alongside chic, elegant yachts.

A destination favoured by well-travelled tourists and sophisticates alike, Llafranc is the embodiment of a luxurious coastal town. Having managed to stave off wholesale development, the village has retained much of its original charm whilst still offer modern luxury convenience to all visitors.

Considering weighing anchor in Llafranc? Interested in learning what attractions the village offers? Keep reading below to find out more.

Explore Historical Architecture

Anyone with a curious nature and affinity for the ancient world simply can’t pass on the opportunity to visit Llafranc Roma. In the 4th century AD, Romans arrived at nearby Empuries with the intention of creating a settlement in Llafranc.

Over the course of the next few decades, Llafranc became a notable Romanic centre, producing wine and creating sublime pottery, indicative of the Roman Empire. Thousands of years later, the legacy of the Romanic influence is apparent. The nearby church of Santa Rosa not only encapsulates much of the important history of Llafranc, but it also houses an ancient wine press.

Moreover, local excavations of the area have uncovered evidence of domiciles that date back thousands of years. Thought to be amongst some of the oldest homes of the Roman civilization, any ardent history buff shouldn’t waste the opportunity to explore the area when in Llafranc.

Cap Roig Botanical Gardens

A place where nature, art and culture meet, Cap Roig botanical gardens offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a lush, gaudy and perfectly-manicured paradise.

Purchased in 1927, the estate was transformed into a sanctuary. Emboldening the landscape with an effortlessly beautiful castle, the new owners, ex-pats Colonel Woevodsky and Dorothy Webster initiated an ambitious design and planting program that remained ongoing until 1974.

Today, Cap Roig botanical gardens is one of the most exquisitely picturesque places in the Costa Brava. Managed by the La Caixa Foundation, the Jardi Botanic de Cap Roig covers approximately 17 hectares and has more than 1,000 plant species, making it one of the most visual aesthetically-appealing places in the entire Costa Brava region.

The Dali Triangle

Whether you have a vast appreciation for one of the 20th century’s most enduringly visionary artists, Salvador Dali, or if you’re intent on sampling a smidgeon of artistic culture when staying on the Costa Brava, visiting the Dali Triangle is certain to satisfy your curiosity.

Learn more about the life and works of the great man himself whose artistic talent and philosophy was formed in the region. Take a tour of the Dali Theatre Museum Figueres and marvel at his immensely valuable surrealist collection.

Visit the Salvador Dali House Museum in Portlligat, Cadaques and you’ll find Dali’s home-workshop, complete with the late artist’s furniture and personal effects, which have remained largely untouched since his passing in 1982.

Tour the Gala Dali Castle House Museum in Pobol, in the municipality of La Pera and satisfy all your cultural and artistic inclinations. Bought by Dali in 1969 and where he had his studio until his passing in 1982, the museum was officially opened in 1996 and features décor that infuses the Salvador Dali’s renowned creativity with Spanish architecture to create a truly hypnotic experience.

Platja Llafranc

Often heralded as a hidden gem of a beach on the Costa Brava, Llafranc beach is small enough to enjoy peaceful seclusion and large enough to keep the whole family entertained throughout a week-long holiday.

Outside of the bustling peak holiday season of July and August, visitors will likely hear little more than the waves lapping at the shoreline and a gentle birdsong. The turquoise waters are fringed with low-rise whitewashed buildings and the beach itself hosts a smattering of restaurants and shops for visitors to take shelter in the height of the summer sun.

Take a leisurely stroll around the wooded headland or soak in the fragrant Aleppo pines and heady scent of the dama de noche which penetrate the nose with a rich scent of orange blossom and jasmine. The Llafranc beach is an attraction not to be missed by all who visit this exquisite town.

So, there you have it – a few attractions that you can’t afford to miss when visiting Llfranc. Thinking of planning a trip to Llafranc? Make sure that you itinerary includes one – or all – of these attractions and you’ll enjoy a rich and joyful holiday.

Llafranc Points of Interest
Llafranc Points of Interest

There is a wealth of reasons that influence holiday-maker’s decisions to travel to a specific region of the Mediterranean. Of course, there are the obvious reasons: the Mediterranean climate. A beachside holiday that will envelop anyone in warmth and serenity. The chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime coastal holiday with your family. But, the Mediterranean, and specifically Llafranc, has more to offer than merely what you may assume.

Part of the Spanish Costa Brava, Llafranc conjures romanticism and contentment. Frequented by film stars and artists, including the immediately distinguishable surrealist painter and sculptor, Salvador Dali, Llafranc is a region that’s positively bursting with romantic rustic wonder, heritage and history.

However, as romantic as that seems, most of us want to know what a region offers before committing to a holiday there for those previous few weeks of respite that the summer months bring. Llafranc’s turquoise crystalline waters fringed with low-rise whitewashed architecture and the banishment of eyesores to the hinterland aside are just a few of the obviously aesthetic reasons why Llafranc is one of the most attractive regions to visit.

But, aesthetics, climate and romanticism aside, does the region offer many significant attractions that will not only pique but hold the interest of holiday-makers. Of course – and here are just a handful of the points of interest that draw thousands of holiday-makers to Llafranc every year.

Stollis Divebase

Established in 1971, Stollis Divebase is one of the leading and longest established dive bases on the Costa Brava. A convenient and family-friendly diving centre, Stollis welcomes a wealth of holiday-makers hoping to explore the ocean every single season.

Whether you’re a scuba diving veteran or someone looking to explore the underwater Mediterranean ocean for the first time, you’ll find the affordable and accommodating dives Stollis offers to be just for you.

Stollis instructors have undertaken comprehensive IAC training and are understand how to ensure each dive is an immensely enjoyable and enlightening one. Stollis has also invested in extra training to completely guarantee the safety and enjoyment each dive is for children. Such is the adeptness of the experience Stollis creates, it may just spark a lifelong passion for the ocean!

Offering divers the choice to visit thirteen separate local dive sites of varying depths, ocean terrains and landscapes, photographic opportunities abound all contribute to a thoroughly enjoyable experience for everyone who make it a point to dive the ocean with Stollis.

Visit San Sebastian Lighthouse

With sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean and preserved architecture indicative of Llafranc’s past, the Faro de Llafranc is the perfect place for history buffs or anyone with an appreciation for awe-inspiring landscapes to visit.

Take a few hours out of your afternoon and visit one of the most scenic spots in Llafranc. Inaugurated in 1857, the San Sebastian Lighthouse is found in the historic area of the Sa Guarda mountain. Offering some of the best views of the Costa Brava spending an afternoon to reach the lighthouse offers a rich reward.

The surrounding area has a bar and patio. Once you’ve drunk up the spectacular landscape – and taken plenty of pictures to mark the moment – why not relax and have a drink. You can even watch the sun set if you arrive at the right time of day.

Far Nomo Japanese Cuisine

Visit Llafranc and you’ll be treated to a selection of the tastiest Mediterranean cuisine and the freshest seafood anywhere in Europe. Gastronomists are, it seems, spoilt for choice. From rustic beachside eateries to elegant contemporary dining experiences, holiday-makers have a wealth of options.

However, what if you want to sample something a little different? What if you’re searching for a unique dining experience – one that combines delicately impactful flavours is a novel location?

Far Nomo is a restaurant that offers a dining experience like no other in Spain. A project partnership between Grupo Nomo and Mas de Torrent, Far Nomo serves up delicious Japanese cuisine in the lighthouse of San Sebastian.

The menu is based on the culinary prowess of Nomo restaurants. Book a table ay Far Nomo and you’ll be treated to an enviable panoramic view of Llafranc and some of the most delectable sushi and Japanese dishes you’re ever likely to taste.

Perfect for the whole family or as a great place to enjoy a romantic meal, a visit to Far Nomo is one that you won’t soon forget.

These are just a few of the specific points of interest in Llafranc. In truth, the area has much more to offer. Whether you have a curious nature and a deep appreciate for history, art, culture and the great outdoors, have a deep affinity and affection for the sea or fancy something a little more action-packed, you’ll find that there’s much to satisfy you when visiting Llafranc.

Llafranc Shopping

Llafranc has long attracted elite holiday-makers and those searching for cultural ambiance who travel every single year to soak up the idyllic atmosphere of this charming village. With barely 300 inhabitants, this charming fishing village is rich in heritage and offers a wealth of activities for visitors to partake in.

The awe-inspiring landscape and exquisite beaches aside, Llafranc is hosts historical tours of its rich heritage and a plethora of summer sports to try. Backing on to the town’s sandy bay are attractive low-rise, white-washed buildings and a range of restaurants where holiday-makers can enjoy scrumptious sea food and tapas.

Leisurely though it may be, there are also plenty of shops to visit. Perfect for holiday-makers looking for traditional Spanish trinkets or who are staying in self-catering accommodation and need amenities just a stone’s throw away, Llafranc offers ample opportunity to indulge in a spot of retail therapy – or grab the necessary provisions when staying in a self-catering villa.

Interested in learning about what Llafranc shopping offers? Are you planning to pick-up a souvenir or two? Check out some of these great shopping opportunities in and around Llafranc.

Samsara

The identity of Llafranc pays homage to its Romanic past. Visit the village and you’ll spot Roman influence all around you. This is no more apparent than in the architecture – and the lovely shops dotted around the village.

Visit Samsara on Frances de Blanes and browse the wonderfully-designed collection of women’s clothing and accessories. Perfect for the warm summer climate and effortlessly chic and stylish, Samsara has a wealth of clothing and accessories that’ll keep you cool and stylish when walking around Llafranc.

Boutique Noray

Chic sophisticates will love the treasure trove of women’s fashion they’ll discover when they visit Boutique Noray. This trendy boutique has someone to suit everyone’s tastes. Mediterranean fashionistas or anyone looking to discover that signature summer wardrobe ensemble owe it to themselves to take some time eyeing the elegant and lightweight garments which are all perfect for that summer holiday.

With clothes that are effortlessly stylish and casually comfortable, Boutique Naoray, nestled in Paseo Cipsele, features understated or gaudy garments and accessories perfect for a summer’s eve or a casual stroll around the town.

The Market in Platja d’Aro

Venture a little further from Llafranc and you will discover a wealth of wondrous shopping experiences. If you fancy sampling the outdoor market experience, there is really only one place to visit – the market at Platja ‘Aro.

With a vast collection of stalls selling everything from leather handbags to traditional Spanish tapas, clothing – even luggage, toys and kitchenware, dipping into your spending money has never been more enticing.

The market is held every Friday between 8am and 1pm. Arrive there early and you’ll get your pick of the stalls. With an intoxicating ambiance and the opportunity to bag a bargain or two, the Platja d’Aro market offers the quintessential Spanish outdoor shopping experience.

A word to the wise though, just make sure that you don’t neglect to leave your car in the car park overnight. Spanish authorities will tow away any stranded vehicles – something that could put a sour note on what is otherwise sure to be am immensely intoxicating shopping experience.

The Supermarkets

As anyone staying in self-catering accommodation will certainly attest to, having that all-important supermarket close by is essential. Whether you’re a gourmet cook with the culinary prowess to rustle up a tasty meal with only the most rudimentary ingredients or someone as somewhat less experienced with a kitchen knife, you’ll find Llafranc has much in the way of places to grab ingredients from.

The local supermarkets in the village tend to be a mite more expensive, but venture to nearby Platja d’Aro and you’ll discover the familiar Aldi and Lidl chains. Not only that, there’s an abundance of Spanish supermarkets, including Mercadona, Carrefour, Bonpreu and Caprado.

Many sell eco-friendly products and offer a huge selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to quench your thirst and complement a hearty lunch or dinner. Whether you fancy trying your hand at cooking tapas for the first time or want to try cooking a rich and aromatic paella dish for the whole family, you’ll surely find all the ingredients you’ll need at one of the supermarkets in and around Llafranc.

Visit Llafranc and you’ll discover a charming village rich in ambiance and heritage. There are also a wealth of shops, supermarkets and markets to grab your groceries, pick up a souvenir or present or two and grab the groceries to rustle up a mouth-watering meal for the whole family to savour.

Llafranc Nightlife

Llafranc is a traditional Catalan town that has managed to side-step much of the major development so indicative of the Costa Brava region in the last few decades. Retaining much of its traditional Catalan charm, the town is viewed as a sound choice for families looking to holiday in a quiet, relaxing town, free of the hustle and bustle of a large resort.

Staying in Llafranc puts holiday-makers in a perfect position to explore much of the picturesque Costa Brava and the historical city of Girona. Part of the Palafrugell municipality, Llafranc has long been a favourite haunt of the rich and famous – and was even highly-favoured by infamous artist, Salvador Dali.

With such illustrious present and historical endorsements, it should come as little surprise that the town has much to offer visitors. From the beautiful Cap Roig Botanical Gardens to the Llafranc Roma – even the three locations that form the Dali Triangle, Llafranc has a wealth of attractions to entertain and educate visitors in the daylight.

But what happens when the sun goes down? Is there much for holiday-makers to enjoy in the twilight hours. Thankfully, Llafranc and the surrounding area, has much to help visitors relax and unwind in the evening. Are you planning an evening excursion in and around Llafranc? If so, you can’t afford to miss an opportunity to visit one – or all these enticing hotspots.

Casamar

Gastronomists rejoice, Casamar serves up Michelin-starred cuisine and some of the finest wines you’re likely to sample anywhere on the Mediterranean. Awarded a Michelin star in 2011, Casamar has consistently served up traditional salivating Catalan dishes for the last eight years and today holds a reputation for innovation and putting a unique twist on traditional Catalan dishes.

Head Chef, Quim Casellas belongs to a generation of young chefs who have an immutable passion for cooking and an enthusiasm that pours into every dish created. Honing his craft with Joan Pique, Casellas learned the art of Catalan cooking before broadening his horizons working in the kitchens of some of the most notable chefs in the region, including Carles Gaig, Joan Roca and Fermi Puig, all our which helped Casellas to broaden his culinary vision and shape dishes worthy of earning a Michelin star.

Today, Casamar is one of the most prestigious restaurants in Llafranc. Treating customers from across the Mediterranean to an explosion of flavour with every single bite, dining at Casamar is an experience to be sampled.

Hotel Llafranch

This legendary hotspot needs little introduction. From the moment that the Hotel Llafranch first opened its doors in 1958, it instantly became a prime celebratory hotspot. Throughout its illustrious history, the Hotel Llafranch has hosted some of the brightest stars of the day. Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren were all frequent guests, and today its reputation has hardly diminished.

Nestled in one of the most charming areas of the Costa Brava amongst rich forests and charming medieval villages, Hotel Llafranch has a preserved charm that attracts scores of holiday-makers every single year.

Holiday-makers from across the continent and beyond embark on pilgrimages every single year to the venue. Relax on the hotel terrace bar sipping a glass of Tinto de Verano, or chilled red and wine and lemonade, and take in the scenic views of the surrounding bay. With its rich heritage and unique atmosphere, the Hotel Llafranch is one hotspot that you really can’t afford to miss.

Marmara Restaurant and Bar

Interested in sampling some delectable Catalan cuisine? Are you someone who longs for simple, yet artisan dishes rich in flavour and indicative of the local region? If so, then the Marmara Restaurant and Bar in Llafranc could be just the restaurant for you.

One of the most endearing and endearingly lauded restaurants in Llafranc, Marmara Restaurant and Bar has long been a favourite of locals and holiday-makers alike. Each dish is exquisitely-presented and rich in Mediterranean charm.

Situated next to the Llafranc Bay, Marmara Restaurant and Bar offers a choice of Mediterranean dishes and tapas each meticulously prepared and carefully presented. One of the most positively-reviewed restaurant’s in Llafranc, the wonderful food is complemented by first-rate service and a view across the harbour that’s difficult to beat anywhere on the Mediterranean.

These are just a few examples of the nightlife hotspots in Llafranc that you should make sure to sample when staying in the town. Hardly the only examples of how you can immerse yourself in what happens when the sun goes down in the area, they do, however, represent the breadth of nocturnal choice holiday-makers have, whether they’re intent on letting their hair down or merely want to relax and enjoy good food and fine wine.  

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Llafranc Location

Just a few miles south from Tamariu, you will find the pretty village of Llafranc where again you will find an excellent beach, a small marina and a beautiful tree lined promenade with several excellent restaurants by the waterside.

A gentle walk above the rocks from Calella brings you to Llafranc, a smaller resort with a more upmarket air. The town is made up of whitewashed streets winding up into hills studded with elegant villas. A steeply shelving beach stretches across the small bay, with a marina at one end and a pine-shaded promenade running along its length.

The Costa Brava suffers from something of a split personality. It is still best known for the big, bland resorts of Estartit and Lloret de Mar, as well as the much prettier Tossa de Mar, which were among the first in Europe to be developed for mass tourism. But tucked among the rugged coves and pine-covered hills of Spain`s "Wild Coast" lie some wonderfully unspoilt resorts.

Heading north from Barcelona, you soon break out along one of the most stunning coastlines on the Mediterranean. Wooded hills and vineyards roll gently to a series of salmon-pink headlands and secluded bays. Skirt the bigger beaches, ruined by heavy development, and you`ll find whitewashed villages clustered around small beaches, more reminiscent of Greece than the Costas. Instead of arcades and burger bars there are shady promenades lined with pavement cafes. Instead of vast, crowded beaches, you`ll find picturesque and secluded coves (though they too can get busy at weekends).

There is plenty of variety among these smaller resorts too, from Aiguablava, with nothing but a sheltered beach and a couple of hotels, to the much busier Llafranc - an old favourite of Salvador Dali.

Calella de Palafrugell Calella is the largest of three resorts tucked along this craggy stretch of coast, yet it remains an attractive base for a holiday. In part it is still a fishing village, with a series of small, The Costa Brava suffers from something of a split personality. It is still best known for the big, bland resorts of Estartit and Lloret de Mar, as well as the much prettier Tossa de Mar, which were among the first in Europe to be developed for mass tourism. But tucked among the rugged coves and pine-covered hills of Spain`s "Wild Coast" lie some wonderfully unspoilt resorts. Rocky bays backed by winding alleys of whitewashed houses and cool squares. Although the seafront is usually busy, the pine-shaded headlands and maze of streets remain reasonably peaceful, even in high season.

The restaurant at Hotel Llafranch spills out on to the square and serves good Catalan specialities. El Far`s dining room offers excellent dishes. The resort is quiet at night. The bar at the Hotel Terramar has seating just above the beach, perfect for watching dusk fall over the bay.

Llafranc Villas

Llafranc has a lovely sandy bay and small marina sheltered by the towering hill of El Far where you have a handful of good developments offering from 2 to 5 bedroom houses and apartments with communal pools and tennis courts overlooking the bay of Llafranc and those at Calella de Palafrugell.

Haven On Earth have a number of villas with shared and private pools overlooking the beach and straight out to sea. The standard is high in Llafranc and you should expect to pay a little more than you would in Begur. We also have a number of apartments on the promenade at Llafranc and others set back from the beach with shared pools.

If you are considering renting an apartment or villa and want to be able to walk from beach to beach and have a host of restaurants and bars at your disposal then Llafranc is a very good option but don’t forget to visit Begur in the evenings.

Llafranc Article

Article taken from the telegraph.co.uk:

British visitors to the north Catalan coast return year after year. Sophie Campbell discovers why

It takes three policemen to look after Llafranc, on the Costa Brava between Barcelona and France. "I do a full day, the others do half-days," said a tall, handsome officer in a short-sleeved shirt and peaked cap, his eyes flickering over my shoulder in search of possible problems - an exploding Lilo, perhaps, or illegal dog`s mess - on the crescent beach beyond.

"I saw one of them yesterday with a beautiful girl in a bikini," said one British visitor, enviously. "She was wearing his hat. It`s got to be the best job in the world."

"Really?" said the policeman in surprise, when I told him how lucky he was. A troop of French teenagers sauntered past, all long hair, long legs and bikinis. He still looked puzzled.

The police post is at the northern end of the beach, where the swimming area gives way to a little harbour (two fishing boats, which will sell you fresh fish if you`re there at the right time, a beached flotilla of sturdy weekend dinghies and some glamorous yachts). At the southern end of the beach are three brown and limber female lifeguards in red swimsuits with a white cross, white T-shirts and red shorts. This is the Creu Roja (Red Cross) and Soccorista (first aid) post.

In between, on a lovely stretch of coarse coral sand, is arranged the full spectrum of beauteous Mediterranean youth: golden-chested boys and flat-bellied girls wearing wisps of colour, gracefully twirling volleyballs and making that silly game with wooden bats and a fluorescent ball look like something invented on Mount Olympus. Beyond them, at the water`s edge, little girls with water wings glistening in the sunshine skip about like chubby fairies. The whole scene is framed by tranquil green water of startling clarity, edged with bright yellow floats.

 

Surrounding villages

 

Begur

 

The Begur region of the Costa Brava has long been the preferred holiday destination for wealthy Barcelonans alike. A charming medieval town, just an hour and a half drive north from Barcelona, Begur is steeped in history from its historic squares and churches to its medieval castle constructed in the 16th century and strategically situated at the town's crown, on top of a hill in the centre of Begur.

The town of Begur is 3km from the coast and within 5 minutes drive of the picturesque beaches of Aiguablava, Sa Riera, sa Tuna and more.

This fortunate area of the Costa Brava has remained undeveloped and free from unsightly tower blocks and large developments, mainly due to its particularly rugged coast line, making it difficult to build in the region. The name ‘Costa Brava' loosely translates as ‘wild or rough coast'. It remains one of the most magical places in the Mediterranean. Time has been particularly kind to the Begur region; the area has remained quintessentially Catalonian and has retained its unique identity, unspoilt by tourism and devoid of English pubs, all day fry-ups and karaoke bars that plague some less fortunate coastal regions in the Costa Brava.

During the summer months, Begur's old square enjoys a buzzing atmosphere where families enjoy a variety of entertainment; locals performing traditional dances, live music or just visitors enjoying a quick drink before they head to one of the many other local bars or Catalonian restaurants along the winding alleys of the old town.

Most restaurants serve a large selection of traditional tapas dishes and renowned regional stews, however, there is also Italian, Indian and Cuban cuisine on offer up towards the ‘new square' which was created in 2008 due to the abundance of visitors that flock to Begur during peak season.. For those that want to purchase gifts for family and friends, there are a selection of small shops and smart boutiques selling a variety of unique clothes, homewares, art and jewellery.

 

Calella de Palafrugell

Some of the most inviting towns are southeast of Girona. Calella de Palafrugell embodies the appeal of the region. The main activity here is simply soaking in the beauty of the forested cliffs hugging the beach and the rock formations jutting into the azure Mediterranean. This can be done quite nicely while sunning on the sand or sitting in a seaside cafe. Or, for those feeling more active, a 30-minute-long, cliff-top walk beside the sea provides panoramic views on the way to Llafranch, another scenic village.

 

Pals

A number of the villages in this region have artistic and historic as well as scenic attractions. Atop a hill and on the way to the coast is Pals, a 12th-century walled town that has won awards for its careful restoration. Tossa de Mar, another medieval settlement, is known for the dramatic defence towers guarding the old centre of town. Residencial Begur Residencial Begur is just on the edge of the town of Begur itself. Due to the nature of Begur`s winding streets and its situation on a hill, many local Catalans have chosen to set up residence in the large forested area of Residencial Begur. This area is good for families as many of the properties here have large fenced off grounds with pool and barbecue areas and it is still only approximately 3km from the beautiful beaches and coves the Begur area has to offer. Residencial Begur has its own swimming pool complex and tennis courts, the use of which are available for a small fee. Casa de Campo Slightly further south of Residencial Begur is CASA DE CAMPO, which is set in the beautiful Catalan countryside about 2km inland from Tamariu, and is an old established area where a few villas have been discreetly built amongst the pinewood hills. Ideal for those seeking complete peace and quiet in a countryside setting yet within easy striking distance of the lovely coast which is 10 minutes away by car or a 30 minute walk down a woodland path. Aiguablava The coves along the Begur Coast, between Aiguablava and Sa Riera, are said to be the most beautiful of the whole Costa Brava. The coves of Aiguablava, a name connected with the intense blue of its waters, where the state run Parador lies, and Fornells, which lies before Begur, are justly called "shining scenery" because of their colour and transparency. There, accommodation is compatible with peace and quiet. Begur lies in a semicircle around a hill on which a castle stands, the 5 huge towers of which are officially protected as a site of national importance. The castle is of the 15 Century and was occupied during the War of Independence. From there the beach of Pals, the Medes Islands and the Emporda plain can be seen. The narrow, winding streets with the portico galleries of the houses are typical. These buildings belonged to the so called Indianos, natives of Begur, who emigrated in the 19 Century and returned rich. Sa Tuna and Aiguafreda After rounding the Cape of Begur, leaving a rough coast, the Bay of Sa Tuna provides the first contrast: the beach of eternally peaceful waters skirts a fishing village, where a 14 Century fountain and the ruins of a medieval tower are preserved and shared with the summer visitors. Aiguafreda is the next lovely cove of the characteristics described. Sa Riera was nothing but a fishing village a few years ago due to the abundance of anchovy and sardines; today its beautiful beach has a modern tourist centre from where the Medes Islands can be seen in the distance. Extract from the Costa Brava guide." Article on Begur from one of our clients Article taken from Sunday express. Written by clients who stayed in our villa 001G. "SIMPLY mention the Costa Brava and for many it conjures up an image of Elsbels and the fictional Spanish resort from Carry On Abroad. Anyone booking a holiday here would surely be as dim as the hapless tour guide played by Kenneth Williams: Stuart Farquhar. Or as each guest asked when our hero introduced himself: Stupid what..? The coast is associated with package-holiday hell: theme pubs, all-day breakfasts and sprawling beachfront developments. I reflect on this as I sip my second glass of cava after tucking into a mouth-watering feast of fresh seafood. For here I am enjoying local bounty on the Costa Brava and I find the place more Charles Dance than Charles Hawtrey (who played the nerdy, bespectacled character Eustace Tuttle). The smaller towns of the Catalan coastline have an effortless class - and Begur, where I am staying - is among the classiest. Europe`s most sophisticated take their holidays in Barcelona, and Barcelona`s most sophisticated take their holidays in Begur. For most of the year it has a population of 3,986, which can swell to more than 40,000 in the height of summer. Built across three hills, its 16th-century castle dominating one of them, Begur has narrow, cobbled streets with smart boutiques, tapas bars and artists selling their wares. The town is blessed with spectacularly wild countryside on its doorstep - here the Costa Brava lives up to its name of the rugged coast. Its centrepiece is the shell of the medieval castle that commands stunning views of orchards and olive groves as far as the eye can see. Within a short drive there are a string of hill towns built of honey-coloured stone, with plenty of shady nooks in which to pass a lazy afternoon. And far below it all are the glittering coves. Just a 15-minute drive down the winding coast road and you will be paddling in the family-friendly, clear, shallow waters of Aiguablava with its small pebbly beach. Another short hop along the coast and you can enjoy the watersports of Fornells. Then there is Cala Fonda, reached via a winding hill path and Sa Riera, the largest beach in the area. Begur itself is surrounded by villas mostly owned by Catalans, although many are available for rent. Lazing on the pool-side terrace of our villa, La Julivia, we could take in the entire panorama of golden coastline and rolling pine-covered hills. It felt a million miles from the concrete jungle of its near neighbour Lloret de Mar. But that is because Spain is changing. And nowhere is that change more dramatic than in the fiercely independent region of Catalonia. This is the home to Carme Chacon, Spain`s first female head of the armed forces. Having last week given birth, she will also be the first government minister to take maternity leave. You could enjoy any meal here as long as it was battered, deep-fried and served with chips. Now it is home to the world`s best restaurant. The three Michelin-starred El Bulli, just up the coast from Begur in the town of Roses, is run by Ferran Adria and his team of 42 superchefs. Adria a cook every bit as mercurial in the kitchen as that other local legend Pablo Picasso was on the canvas. The tiny restaurant can handle only 8,000 diners a season who come for dishes such as freeze-dried shaved foie gras, cauliflower couscous and Spanish omelette served in a martini glass. With 800,000 people calling to make a reservation, that`s a lot of diners fighting for every table. On top of that, bookings for the £200-a-head home of molecular gastronomy are taken only on a single day in October, for the next year. Luckily the region is blessed with scores of great restaurants, where you can eat for far less. A meal for two, with wine, will set you back around £24. The wait for a table will be minutes rather than the months required at El Bulli.. that really is too much of a Carry On.

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