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.
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 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.
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.”
Tamariu is situated in a small secluded bay between the towns of Begur and Palafrugel. Tamariu has a beautiful sandy bay facing south with shelter form the wind. Tamariu beach and village is sitauted 3km south of the popular Aiguablava beach and under 5km from the bustling resort of Llafranc. Tamariu has a small number of restaurants and cafes aswell as a small supermaket open in the summer months. This is a quiet family resort however there are a number of local music festivals in the beach on a couple of weekends in the summer which can affect those staying in beachfront apartments. However we can let yuou know when these are if you wanted to avoid or take part.
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