By Regina Winkle-Bryan
Want snug coves? Water like a heated swimming pool? Spanish rice and chilled white wine with Mediterranean views? Get thee to the Costa Brava. This is a sweet-spot in Catalonia, stretching from the Catalan-French border (Portbou) to Blanes (not my favorite beach). Many of our Scoopometer 10 picks are located along the jagged cliffs of the Costa Brava, some top choices being the beach villages of L’Escala, Cadaqués, Begur, and Calella de Palafrugell.
Recently, the marido and I spent a few days in Calella de Palafrugell. If you visit this area in August, you will immediately understand why Barcelona is so quiet this time of year; everyone has left the city to spend four weeks on the pristine shores of the Costa Brava. During our sojourn, Calella de Palafrugell was packed with vacationers and its small beaches were replete with sun umbrellas and beach towels. Honestly, I think June, July and September are better months to spend on the Costa Brava, when there will be fewer tourists and more room to spread out your sarong.
Despite the crowds, Calella de Palafrugell was stunning. We hiked to tucked-away playas and ate seafood on breezy terraces. Lovely, and really what August is all about in Catalonia. We did some swimming, too, but not off the beaches because the Blog Dog was not allowed (no dogs on public beaches in the summer). Instead, we found some rocks and spent a few hours jumping from them into the Mediterranean. The water is clean and clear around Calella de Palafrugell, with abundant fish and marine life.
You need a car to visit Calella de Palafrugell and most of the Costa Brava. There are buses, but taking them is slow going and complex. Here are a few photos of what awaits you in Calella de Palafrugell.
Have you been to Calella de Palafrugell or other beaches along the Costa Brava? Tell us about your experience!
Traveling in from Barcelona to the Costa Brava? Make sure to pick up a copy of Eat Guides: Barcelona, a guidebook to food and drink in the city! Get it here!