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A hilltop town with medieval roots, just a short hop from some of Spain’s best beaches, Pals provides the perfect mix of history and natural beauty. 

There are architectural surprises around every corner, from Romanesque bell towers to Gothic churches, as well as fantastic galleries, shops and museums to explore. Yet a mere three kilometres away the town’s own beach, Platja de Pals, is a golden beauty that’s among the longest on the Costa Brava. And then there are the surrounding rice fields, an essential part of the landscape and the local cuisine. 

Want to get active? Your Pals holiday home is within easy reach of three golf courses, and there is all manner of outdoorsy fun to try, from testing out the waves on a surfboard to cycling through unspoilt hills.

If you love a game of beach volleyball, you’re in luck! Platja de Pals is long and sandy with plenty of space to run around. It’s easy on the eye too, with a gorgeous ribbon of sand dunes, pine forest and wetlands running alongside it. 

Follow a path south and you’ll find stunning Illa Roja, named after the huge hunk of rock which sits at its centre. It's only accessible on foot so it’s blissfully crowd-free, though you’ll have to leave any prudishness back at your holiday villa, as the beach is popular with nudists! 

If you want to escape the crowds, Platja de la Gola del Ter is a wild, natural spot at the mouth of the River Ter. Bring a picnic and stay to watch the sunset. It’s said to be the most spectacular in the area.

A day wandering around the stone streets of Pals should be top of your agenda. As well as boutiques and galleries there’s the town museum, housed in a glorious 16th century building and full of quirky exhibits. For more medieval marvels, the walled village of Peratallada is only 15-minutes’ drive away. 

Your Pals holiday rental is set within a Natural Park, so there’s tons of outdoorsy fun to be had. Follow nature trails through the hills and along the coast on foot, by bike or on horseback. Or, to really challenge those thighs, tackle the Massís del Quermany. The stunning views are worth the aches and pains!

To practice that golf swing, there’s no better place than the Platja Pals Golf Club. It’s the oldest on the Costa Brava and one of the most challenging.

If you’re on the hunt for quirky trinkets to take home, you’ll be well served in Pals. You'll find galleries where you can buy works by local artists as well as craft shops specialising in colourful Catalan pottery. There’s also haggling to be done at the weekly clothing, food and flea markets! 

Want a bit more choice? Begur has a wide selection of boutiques, souvenir shops and supermarkets. For designer clothing, vintage stores and gourmet food shops, leave your Pals villa behind and make the trip to Girona. This is no sacrifice as it’s one of the most dynamic and beautiful cities in Spain.

On balmy summer evenings, Pals throngs with life. Join both tourists and locals at the Plaça Major, a pretty square that’s ideal for people watching. Or sample the goods at one of many excellent restaurants. Several specialise in rice dishes made from varieties grown in the local rice fields. Arròs de Pals a la cassola, a risotto made with cuttlefish, prawns and rabbit, is particularly special!

For seafood, head down to Pals beach, where you can eat fresh grilled catch of the day with your toes in the sand. Fancy international dining or a Michelin-starred night out? Girona is your best bet. Dress up, book in advance and enjoy some of the best restaurants in Spain!

If you’d rather spend the evening at your Pals holiday rental, you’ll find everything you need in nearby supermarkets, plus wonderful fresh meat, fish and vegetables at the weekly market.

A tour through the rice fields might not sound kid-friendly but throw in a miniature train ride and it becomes a whole lot more fun for little ones. You could even cycle through the fields if you’re feeling energetic!

Would the kids rather swing through the trees? Entice them away from your family-friendly villa with a visit to Parc Aventura Costa Brava. They’ll be able to explore pine forest from on high, courtesy of rope bridges, tunnels and zip lines, among other adventurous activities. 

If you’d rather focus on the water, there’s surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing to try, as well as sailing trips out to the Medes Islands. One of the best natural reserves in the Med, it’s known for its bird colonies, exotic plants and underwater life.