Roadtrips: Weekend on the Costa Brava – from Begur to Tossa…
An ideal destination to unwind and soak up plenty of vitamin D over a 2 or 3-day weekend trip. Take the time to crash out on the beautiful wide, white beaches. Our rental agencies in Toulouse or Montpellier are the starting off point for a sun drenched adventure. If you venture further, take more time and check out Dali’s house in Cadaqués or go for a ramble on the Ramblas in Barcelona or head south for Sitges, a seaside city that just oozes charm.
Does the Costa Brava conjure up visions of hideous apartment blocks and overdeveloped beachfronts? Well, yes, they exist but … you can still find the most divine, unspoiled hideaways once you stray from the beaten path. They’re there for you to discover and are best appreciated off-season!
Daydreaming about pine groves, the songs of the cicadas, tiny coves filled with crystal blue water and fishing villages lined with multi-coloured boats? Then this is the ideal weekend for you! Grab your keys, let’s go…
For those that head off on Friday after work and want to take full advantage of the weekend early on Saturday, there’s a secured, super practical parking area at your disposal in Perthus.
Sounds good? Contact your agent who will give you plenty of tips on where to park for the night and what to do during the day throughout your island road trip.
Weekend on the Costa Brava – from Begur to Tossa…
Your weekend starts on the cape of Begur, in the heart of the Empordà. This village and its surrounding beaches are one of the most beautiful places on the Costa Brava.
The old quarter of Begur will seduce you with its many monuments, but if the sea calls you, you will soon discover the most beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava, especially Cala Illa Roja, also known as Cala Moreta, probably one of the most photographed beaches of the Costa Brava. Access from Pals beach.
Once you have had your fill of this beautiful, large beach, you can head for another wonderful spot south of Begur: Aiguablava (blue water) cove, a small beach of fine golden sand with shallow turquoise waters. The terrain at both ends of this cove is ideal for walking, with marked paths under the pine trees.
Another beautiful cove, even steeper, is Cala Aigua Xelida, further south, north of Tamariu. From the cove, after a few bends under the pine forest, you will discover the charming little fishing port of Tamariu, with its crystal clear waters.
To end this beautiful day, spend the evening in Calella de Palafrugell, another tiny and charming fishing port with whitewashed facades, best visited out of season. For those who opt for a restaurant, there are several beachside tables offering Spanish seafood specialities in a sumptuous setting.
For your night, two possibilities:
For those who prefer camping: the international campsite of Calonge, despite its unpromising name, offers a beautiful and quiet park with trees. It is open all year round!
For the adventurous, there are several nice sites on the Park4Night application, but we prefer this one, in the quiet, near Calella
Have you been dazzled by the beautiful landscapes of the first day on the Costa Brava? This second day will blow your mind!
For those who have time, and are following this superb 3-day Costa Brava tour, don’t miss the walk along the wild Cap Roig, a protected area of over a thousand hectares. Along its superb paths under the umbrella, maritime and Aleppo pines, you will discover magnificent and remote coves: Cala Senia, Cala Estreta, Cala de Roca Bona… Start the walk from the beautiful beach of Cala Castells, and walk along the seafront until you reach the very beautiful botanical gardens of Cap Roig. Before arriving at the gardens, go back in the other direction by cutting through the land to finish this beautiful 4-hour loop.
For those who don’t want to walk so much, we suggest a nice stop at Cala Castells, and a visit to the botanical gardens – free entrance for children under 8 years old.
If the 10 kilometres of coastline south of Cap Roig are of little interest, your journey takes on a new meaning from Sant Feliu de Guíxols, where a superb coastal road to Tossa de Mar starts: the GI-682.
Bend after bend, under a dense pine forest, you will discover superb coves, such as Cala Pola, Cala Futadera, or Cala Vallpresona. Stop, take your time, and walk from the road to discover these small paradises which have become rare on this Spanish coast…
With your head full of beautiful landscapes, you will reach the small walled coastal town of Tossa de Mar, nicknamed the “blue paradise” by the painter Marc Chagall.
The imposing walls of the castle protect the charming historic old town of Tossa, where you will also find many bars and restaurants to enjoy a drink on the terrace and taste the delicious local gastronomy based on fish and other products of the region.
The return journey can be made via faster routes, passing through Lloret de Mar.
These 2 or 3 days in the heart of natural and cultural sites will certainly have enchanted you and given you a change of scenery, and hopefully reconciled you with a less positive, and not necessarily stolen, image of a concrete and overdone Costa Brava…