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Tourist tips

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Below you can find details on following places:

  • Calonge and St Antoni de Calonge
  • Platja d’Aro
  • San Feliu de Guixols
  • Cadaques
  • Calella de Palagrugell
  • Tamariu
  • Llafranc
  • Tossa de Mar
  • Empuriabrava
  • Vilafranca del Penedès
  • Barcelona
  • Girona

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St Antoni beach

Calonge – In Calonge – Sant Antoni we are aware that holidaying alone is not the same as doing so with your family. Many years ago we decided to do everything to ensure that you and your family find a warm and welcoming town that is friendly and responds to your needs to travel with your spouse and children. That is why we offer a tourism model that includes tranquillity, leisure, educational activities for children, culture, as well as beaches with quality services.

We are not the only ones to say so. The Certificate of Family Tourism Destination awarded by the Catalan Agency for Tourism acknowledges the efforts we have made to turn Calonge – Sant Antoni into a welcoming town with services and activities addressing family tourism.  In Calonge – Sant Antoni you will find large beaches that will make your holiday much more agreeable, like the one in Sant Antoni, with its services such as the Kiddies Beach Club where your children can have a whale of a time on the beach in absolute safety and under excellent supervision. Our animated Estiu Actiu programme also contains more than 500 activities which, during the months of summer, include children’s shows, workshops where you will learn to make bracelets, paint, participate in drawing contests, plus several other activities that will guarantee you and your family a memorable vacation.

All this in an excellent setting with charming and diverse sceneries that will allow you to discover beaches and coves where you can spend your summer, trails for trekking or bicycle rides that will take you through the Calonge countryside and its vineyards. In Calonge-Sant Antoni, we have always wanted to be a municipality for family tourism. This has always been our objective: offer our visitors a vacation designed to be their most memorable family vacation.

For more info you can check this site: http://www.calonge-santantoni.com/index.php?chlan=gb

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Platja yacht harbour

Platja d’Aro yacht harbour

Platja d’Aro is one of the trendiest places of the Costa Brava with its shopping boulevard (Avda. de Sagaro), night clubs, numerous restaurants, high class fashion shops, sea front walking boulevard, up class yacht harbour and (expensive) luna parks. You’ll find that most of these shops are open 7 days a week and untill 10 p.m. in high season. Platja has a famous golf course called the Mas Nou Golf Club, which is a PAR72 championship course build on the magnificent slopes of the Mas Nou mountains at an altitude of some 320m above the sea. We recommend that you make reservations well in advance due to the high number of green fee players all around the year. One 18-holes round will cost you approx. 60€ or more, depending on the season. They also have a big driving range which is accessible for all. This town is some 10 km’s away from the villa in Calonge and will require a motorized vehicle to get there. You can find a very big municipal parking space (toll required) right at the exit of the express way (center) accross at the roundabout when you enter town. On the right hand side at this same roundabout, you’ll find a second toll free municipal parking lot. The latter is not accessible on fridays due to weekly market.

Every friday morning you’ll find a rather big local market right accross from the CASINO-supermarket on Avda. de Castell d’Aro. However, finding a parking for your car might be a problem in high season. Be aware of cheap priced “brand”-fashion offered on this market because a lot of it is just fake. The fruit- and vegetables are however of 1st class quality and freshness, which is not always the case for the meat due to the hot summer climate.

Every Friday evening you’ll experience an outright “invasion” by Spanish people coming from Barcelona and Girona for the WE. After 6 p.m. on Friday, they’ll really invade the high street of Platja and will start to put up a genuine fashion show all along both sides of the 1.5 miles of the boulevard. It will be very difficult then for you to find even the smallest of tables available to sit down and have a drink. Unless you do like this kind of “stressy” situations, we do recommend you other places for a calm Friday or Saturday evening. The beach of St. Antoni de Calonge is an excellent alternative and gives also a nice waterfront walk. See also their own web site at http://www.publintur.es/guiacata/cbrava/pljadaro/pljadaro.htm.

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St Feliu port

St Feliu port

San Feliu de Guixols is certainly worth a visit. Its much more calm than Platja and much more typical for a Spanish fishing town. San Feliu is approx. 20 km’s from Calonge on the way to Tossa de Mar. On the far end of the yacht harbour, you can find a nice bar with a large covered terrace where you can rest and hide from the sun while having a cold beer. From to time to time you can even admire from there arriving boaters who display their skills in driving their (expensive) motor boats right against the pier, with mama who then often gets all the blame from the new born “skipper” for not using her own body as a fender.

In high season, the water front is a permanent luna park and you will find lots of restaurants where you have some tapas in the afternoon. The town has also a boarding place for the boat taxi service which can bring you down the coast as far south as Lloret de Mar.

The huge market is on Sunday mornings and will take up a couple of hours if you want to see it all. Be ware of parking difficulties here as well. There is a very nice medieval church which is part of an ancient abbey and definitely worth while a visit. See also their own web site at http://www.guixols.net/index.htm

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Cadaques village

Cadaques village

Cadaques is the most charming town on the Costa Brava. This village is located in a natural harbor in the Cap de Creus peninsula. Salvador Dali said this was the most beautiful village in the world. If you stay with me, you will see why he said that. It is a Summer destination for tourists from all over the world. This village is also well known as an artists destination, especially since Salvador Dali moved to Port Lligat. His stay in this village attracted the attention of many artists, like Pablo Picasso, Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Federico Garcia Lorca, Luis Bunuel, and many others.

The house of Salvador Dalí, several museums and various art galleries recommend Cadaqués in addition as place for the cultural vacation. The city administration also organizes numerous cultural events . Promenades and the nature reserve of Cap Creus with its restaurantform likewise ideal conditions for nature enthusiasts. The world famous ” little fishing village” with approx. 1900 permanent residents, declare themselves as the gem amongst all other fishing villages along the Northern Costa Brava . During the fifties tourism established itself here and in many other coastal places. A phenomenon occurred though, cultural tourism probably being the reason for it.

The old quarter hosts a large number of galleries, fashion, art and craft shops. In winter these stores are sometimes opened at weekend. For instance, from Easter the place is buzzing with tourists and from then onwards most businesses stay open permanently and invite people to shop. See also their own web site at http://www.cbrava.com/cadaqueng.htm.

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Calella … our favourite

Calella de Palagrugel is really one of our favourites !

Palafrugell is right in the middle of the Costa Brava, in a beautiful setting. It is just 125 km from Barcelona, 45 km from Girona and 75 km from the French border.
The Baix Empordà region is characterised by its easy access, its natural beauty, its beaches, its historical and cultural heritage and the wide range of activities and services on offer.

It isn’t spoiled by high building constructions like Platja d’Aro or Palamos, nor is it crowded with tourists in high season. Entering the beach area just as you see in the picture, gives you this immediate gentle impression of a lazy afternoon which is so typical for ancient Spanish fishing villages.

It is some 20 km’s away in the direction of Palafrugell but absolutely worth while. You’ll find a nice waterfront with bar’s and restaurants, a 30′ walking itinarary to Llafranc and two small beaches. Just what one needs for spending a Spanish afternoon with beach, a walk, drinks and tapas.

The village also boosts some of the nicest Spanish waterfront architectures dating from back in the 1800’s and the local administration is doing all they can to improve and preserve these very interesting pieces of construction. http://palafrugell.cat/portal/guia-de-la-ciutat/telefons-i-adreces-interes/item/oficina-de-turisme-de-calella-de-palafrugell.html

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Waterfront walk near Llafranc

Waterfront walk near Llafranc

Tamariu and Llafranc are absolute musts !

Llafranc can be reached on foot via a 30′ walk or in 2′ by car from Calella de Palafrugell. The above picture actually shows you this waterfront walk. In the top of the picture you can see in the distance the village of Calella and the walk leads you round the bend right into Llafranc, that you can see in the front of the picture.

From Llafranc, you can also walk towards Tamariu via San Sebastian lighthouse. This will however take 50′ to the lighthouse and another 40′ to reach Tamariu. The better option may thus be to take your car and have a stop at the San Sebastian lighthouse. You will find very nice views over Llafranc and the Costa Brava and right next to the lighthouse, you will find a very beatifull hotel with restaurant and bar which is installed in a ancient covent.

A small, low-key former fishing village with a compact centre, comprising of a jumble of local-style buildings plus a few bars, restaurants and shops, all clustered around the marina. With steep cliffs and pine covered hills reaching down to the Mediterranean, simple houses and open air restaurant lining the beautiful bay – Tamariu is a village visited by travellers year after year.

There are no high rise blocks, smaller complex and villas scattered around the hillside of Aigua Xelida and the beach. There, accommodation is generally a few hotels, all budget to mid-price range, one campsite, and a few apartments. Tamariu has a small selection of village shops, a diving centre and offers the possibility of renting a boat to explore the surrounding coastline. The area is best suited to mature, independent, middlemarket holidaymakers. It is frequented by international visitors and lots of Spanish families at weekends. There are not a lot for children and it is way too quiet for teenagers.

Small coves set amongst rugged pine covered cliffs cascading down to meet the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean have made the area famous for it’s outstanding beauty. Simple village houses and pavement cafes surround a lovely beach in a sheltered bay – it is this special kind of magic that entices people back year after year.
This village does not have a web site yet ! The village of Tamariu is an excellent spot to use as a base to get to know the Costa Brava.

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Tossa de Mar beach

Tossa de Mar beach

Tossa de Mar, one of the towns that has better preserved its character on the Costa Brava. On the following lines I will try to introduce you this beautiful fishermen’s village.

Tossa de Mar is located on the South part of the Costa Brava. South of Tossa is Lloret, a town that attracts a massive tourism. Lloret visitors get what they want: beaches, parties and cheap accommodation.

South of Lloret is Blanes, another town that attracts hordes of North Europeans. Although Blanes is not as beautiful as Tossa, it deserves a visit. The second part of this virtual tour is dedicated to this city by the sea.

The most beautiful area in Tossa de Mar is the medieval neighborhood inside the old walls, ‘Vila Vella’. This picture was taken from the north side and looking to the ancient castle. At the left you see part of the walls. At the right you see some of the tourist restaurants.

Tossa de Mar has a Roman origin. At the beginning of the 20th century, ruins of the old Roman walls were discovered inside the walled town. Ruins of houses were also discovered in other parts of the city. The current walls date from the 12th century. There used to be five towers. Only three have been preserved: the Homage Tower, the Entrance Tower and the Jonas Tower. One of the old five towers was demolished in 1917 to construct a new lighthouse. Walking along these narrow streets is a pleasure difficult to describe. Tourists from all over the world come to this unique town to enjoy a day of visual pleasure. If you are an amateur (or a professional) photographer remember bringing your camera – or you will regret it the rest of your life! This is one of the interesting web sites : http://www.virtourist.com/europe/tossa-blanes.

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Empuriabrava

Empuriabrava

Empuriabrava … is a unique coastal town of the Alt Emporda region in the far North East of  Spain and forms part of the municipality of Castelló d’Empuries in the province  of Girona. It is 25 miles (44km) from the French border, 11 miles (18km) from  the nearest large town Figueres and Girona itself is only a 40 minute drive  away.

Empuriabrava is unique because much of its beautiful residential area is built  on and around a system of canals. The majority of these residencies have a  mooring at the bottom of the garden making Empuriabrava the largest residential  marina in Europe, if not the world!

Boating is a large part of what Empuriabrava is all about. It has around 5000  moorings and  24kms of navigable canals as well as a lovely marina which  is ideal not only for yachts but long lunches watching the world go by from  the many restaurants on the waterfront.

Although more and more people are living in Empuriabrava all year round it  is still very much a holiday destination. Visitors will stay in either  villas, apartments, hotels or camp sites and will enjoy the beautiful beach,  the many shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, take tours of the canals or be  adventurous and go scuba or sky diving. In fact, a good indication that you  are nearing Empuriabrava is when you can see parachutes falling like confetti  from the sky!

The town itself is situated in a rectangle of land bordered by the rivers  Salins to the north and the Muga to the south. The western boundary is the  Figures/Roses road whilst the box is completed by the Mediterranean Sea which  gives Empuriabrava a kilometre of beach front although there are some six kilometres  of beach either side of the rivers. http://www.cbrava.com/empuriabuk.htm.

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Cellers

Cellers

Vilafranca del Penedès is the capital of the Alt Penedès region and the Cava vineyards “par excellence”. It is located between Barcelona and Tarragona some 25 km from the sea and it is a medium-sized town which perfectly combines agriculture and vineyard cultivation, the tertiary sector and commerce, rich and diversified services and a remarkable industrial sector, the agroindustrial companies being especially outstanding.
For its human dimensions, for the quality of its natural surroundings, for its good communication with nearby regions, towns and cities, Vilafranca del Penedès is a town with a high standard of living and with great future potential. Vilafranca -fostered by its council- is now implementing more projects than ever before in its history. Among them there is one that stands out: the construction of the underground and covered section of the railway in its passage through the urban town.

If you want good wines, then the CODORNIU group www.codorniu.es is worth while investigating.The Codorníu family history goes back to the middle of the 16th century. Documentary evidence mentions Jaume Codorníu and states that at that time the family had its own machinery and equipment such as presses, casks and vats for viniculture. In 1659 the Codorníu and Raventós families were united through the marriage of Anna, the first-born Codorníu child, to Miquel Raventós. Years later, in 1872, José Raventós Fatjó produced the first bottle of sparkling wine in Spain by using the “Traditional Method”. Today, after almost 500 years, Codorníu remains in the hands of the same family and is one of the most important wine producers in Europe.

Bach’s history goes back to 1915 when the brothers Pere and Ramón, whose surname was Bach i Escopet, moved to Sant Esteve Sesrovires from Barcelona and bought the “Can Estrada” property, which dates from the 18th century. With the aid of profits from their cotton business the Bach brothers were able to invest in launching the winery which gradually grew with the purchase of new properties to an area of 365 hectares. The 1920 grape harvest of Xarello and Macabeo announced Bach’s coming of age.   Pere and Ramón Bach established themselves in the Penedés region with the aim of making a wine for ageing and for this reason they built a depository 95 metres in length. They then stored inside it 1,000 Bordeaux oak barrels which they had bought at a unit price of Ptas 50. The Bach brothers fostered the idea of making wine and were, together with their winemakers, responsible for choosing their brand name. They looked back into their textile traditions to find a name and came up with extrísimo, as the high-quality cotton imported from Egypt and India was called. The first bottles of Bach were present in the Barcelona World Trade Fair of 1929.   See also the web site of the Penedes region at http://www.granpenedes.net/ingles/egp.htm.

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Sagrada Famillia Cathedral

Sagrada Famillia Cathedral

Barcelona – has the dynamic and open personality so typical of Mediterranean cities. It is the perfect city to relax in, stroll around and enjoy. Barcelona has its own way of life which makes it unique. Come and experience it for yourself.

The cradle of many cultures and a witness to major transformations, Barcelona has a fascinating history. The sea breezes mean that Barcelona enjoys a pleasant climate.

With a coastline stretching more than four kilometres, the recovery of the Barcelona seafront has been one of the most important changes in the city.

Today, the beaches are the largest and most popular leisure spaces of the urban landscape. With the idea of being the city’s true cultural driving force, the museums of Barcelona programme all sorts of activities, from temporary exhibitions to itineraries and workshops, offering attractive ways to discover their historic and contemporary collections.

Shows, bars, discotheques, concerts, terraces and popular fiestas are just a few of the choices that the city offers for enjoying the Mediterranean night. By night Barcelona provides exciting cultural activities, entertainment and leisure for all tastes. World cultures mixing, urban green spaces conquering corners of the city and growth of the city based on sustainable development. But this universal town has just too much to offer to put it all on our site. You’ll have to get there by yourself to discover. However, you should not miss the “Ramblas” or the Sagrada Famillia cathedral by Gaudi which was started over 100 years ago and is still not finished!

Describing this magnificent town in just a few lines is second to impossible and we therefore won’t even start. This website is one of the interesting ones on Barcelona : http://www.bcn.es/english/ihome.htm.

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Girona cathedral

The city of Girona lies less than one hour’s drive from the place where you have chosen to spend your holidays. It is a walled city of Roman origin, located at a strategic point on the route between the Pyrenees and Barcelona. It boasts a medieval ensemble of great importance and interest, where narrow streets and spectacular monuments harmoniously combine. The museums exhibit valuable collections of art and archaeology. The ancient Jewish quarter or Call recalls the power once held by Girona’s Jewish community. Rest assured that Girona will be delighted to receive you.

The steep narrow streets surrounding the La Força street housed the Jewish community of Girona in medieval times. The Jews exercised a great influence here and projected their skills and knowledge far beyond the city limits. The life of the “Aljama” was concentrated around the synagoge which had various different locations. The visitor can go up Isaac el Cec, a complex of buildings at the hearth of the jewish borough, with a highly symbolical meaning to Jewry. World cultures mixing, urban green spaces conquering corners of the city and growth of the city based on sustainable development.

The cathedral and its treasures symbolize the dominant role of the church in the Middle Ages. The present building is the result of various superimposed styles. Only the cloister and part of the tower of the original Romanesque building (1038) have been preserved. The apse and the ambulatory corresponds to the initial traces of the temple with three naves which was later changed to the present single nave which is the widest Gothic nave in the world. The interior contains numerous works of art such as the reredos and silver altar canopy (XIVth century), Gothic tombs and baroque altar paintings. The renowned Tapestry of the Creation (XVth century), the Beatus (Xth century), and a rich collection of medieval gold and silver works are exhibited in the Capitular Museum.  Also this town has much more too offer then we ever could propose on this site. Another place for you to discover. Its only 30 km away.

This is one of the interesting web sites for a guided tour : http://www.costabrava.org/ or the official city web site http://www.ajuntament.gi/turisme/eng/activitats.php