Last summer, we had a wonderful family holiday in Begur, Costa Brava.
You are spoilt for choice in terms of medieval towns in the Begur area. Around every corner holds a charming sight – think picture perfect cobbled streets and pretty greenery at every turn. Begur’s towns are small enough to fully explore within an hour or two, and the town squares are a great place to grab a drink and watch the world go by.
Begur old town
Climb the hill in the historic centre of Begur old town and explore the medieval castle ruins. (Note: you can park close to the top if you don’t fancy the walk up the hill from the town centre)
Begur old town is also home to these fun rainbow coloured steps
Like many of the medieval towns in the Begur area, Pals is no exception. A charming town with its cobbled streets, craft shops, traditional restaurants and bars.
You can still see the remains of the fortress and moat surrounding the medieval town of Peratallada. We sampled a fair bit of ice cream in Begur, but none as good as Gelat Artesa ice cream in Peratallada – we may have visited Peratallada on more than one occasion JUST to get an ice cream ; )
Food in the Begur area
If you are into rotisserie chicken and chips, a visit to Can Padres is a must. Situated on the outskirts of the medieval town of Pals, we loved this unassuming yet charming eatery with it’s canteen style tables nestled amongst a canopy of trees. We’ve heard it gets busy, but we ate here twice during the lunchtime rush and had no trouble getting a table.
Every seafood meal we ate during our Costa Brava holiday was amazing, but we had a particularly lovely time eating at Tamariu’s seafront restaurants. The harbour and waterfront is smaller than Llafranc which lends a more intimate vibe.
If you are visiting the beach at Aigua Blava (more details on that beach further on in this post), we highly recommend the Toc Al Mar restuarant on the beachfront (advisable to book ahead during peak season) – I’m still thinking about the paella we had at Toc Al Mar.
Clifftop walk from Sa Tuna to S’
To the right of Sa Tuna beach (if you are facing the sea) there is a path that will take you along the cliff top to a tiny, lesser explored cove called S’Eixugador.
The last stretch to reach the cove involves a bit of clambering, and it can be challenging if you have little ones or less mobile people in your group (we had our youngest in a sling and found it fine). But even if you don’t go all the way down to the cove, an absolute must do is to walk along the cliff top part – you’ll be treated to some spectacular views.
The view from El Far de San Sebastia
Speaking of views, another one not to miss is the view from El Far de San Sebastia (The lighthouse of San Sebastian). There is a lookout point with a magnificent view over the bay of Llanfranc.
Just over the road is Far Nomo – a trendy bar and restaurant with panoramic views. We had drinks here a couple of times whilst we watched the sun set over Llafranc.
Cap Roig Botanical Gardens
Situated on a cliff top with stunning views of the bays below, I would highly recommend a visit to the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Cap Roig. Good news if you are visiting with young children – there is a playground there too.
The beaches near Begur
You are spoilt for choice for beaches if you are staying in the Begur area of Costa Brava, and the best part is that they are all within a 20 minute drive away from Begur town. We couldn’t pick a favourite beach, but we did find that each of the beaches we visited catered for slightly different requirements, so I thought it might be useful to list a brief description of each beach we visited below:
Llafranc – medium sized sandy beach (larger than Tamariu, Sa Tuna or Sa Riera) with quaint seaside town feel
Tamariu – small, picturesque horseshoe cove
Sa Tuna – small beach surrounded by pretty houses and a spectacular cliff top walk
Sa Riera – a longer, more spacious beach than most in the area
Aigua Blava – one of the smallest coves in the Begur area but we loved it’s more intimate feel. Get there early as it fills up quickly.
Pals beach – Unlike the smaller coves above, this beach is a huge wide stretch of sand. If you want space to spread out and play beach games – Pals beach with it’s 3 mile expanse of sand is the one for you. Older children and teenagers will love the inflatable play park in the water.
If you are visiting Costa Brava / Begur area in peak season (July / August) it is worth noting that you will have to be up and out early in order to score a parking space at one of these beaches. The car parks aren’t large, and they do fill up very early on. We visited in August and found that if we were there before 10am, we usually found a space.
We absolutely loved this charming area of the Costa Brava. Begur and the surrounding areas are a great family holiday destination (see why we think so in my other post on Begur for families). There is so much to do in Begur and so many beautiful sights to see. We would jump at the chance to go back to Begur one day!
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