Spain⎜4 heavenly coves on the Costa Brava
Hello little birds !
It took us time to write this article, between the return to France, the reunion with family, friends and installation in our new life ... But here we are ! And we have today the pleasure to tell you our week in Spain, and share with you the most beautiful places of the Costa Brava (according to us), and the most beautiful beaches that we have been able to find. Based in Sant Antoni de Calonge (between Platja d'Aro and Palamos you surely may know) for the week, we decided to discover one place a day. So we took the car every morning and walked the coast to explore hidden places and discover paradisiacal coves.
As usual and like we do in each script, we try to be as accurate as possible to give you the best advices and recommendations !
Alright let's go ! We head towards the east coast of Spain, in the neighbourhood of Platja d'Aro and Palamos to discover the most beautiful places and the most beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava.
1- SANT ANTONI DE CALONGE, CALA DEL FORN
It was in the region of Calonge, in Sant Antoni de Calonge, where we stayed for a week. A stretch of coast between Platja d'Aro and Palamos, which is just as good as its neighbours ! Indeed, Sant Antoni de Calonge is a succession of coves cuter ones than the others. But we fell in love with Cala del Forn, a little paradise on earth, much quieter than the others because it is "hidden" and isolated.
We took advantage of this calm precisely to fly the drone early in the morning, and take magnificent shots. The water is turquoise, the sand is white, fishes swim around you ... We felt an incredible well-being.
If you have the opportunity to go there one day, do like Claire : have a swim at sunrise around 7:30 am. The water is good and you are alone ... with yourself ! A meditation session and a few breaststroke before breakfast ... nothing better to start the day !
How to go to Cala del Forn :
To reach Cala del Forn in Sant Antoni de Calonge, you must either walk along the coastal path for at least 15 minutes or come from the Camping Treumal which has a direct access to the beach.
Our good plan :
Camping Treumal which gives direct access to this creek is a really nice camping. Beautiful location, flowered areas and a restaurant facing the sea with really cheap food and wine (about 5 euros the pasta dish, 7 euros the huge pizza and 1.50 euros a glass of wine !!! ).
The next day, we kept discovering the most beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava with Tamariu, a small village located between the mountains. Back in time only inhabited by fishermen, Tamariu is now one of the most coveted places of the Costa Brava by tourists. Its large sandy beach and fishing boats give this place a lovely charm. A few kilometers from Palafrugell, Tamariu is a quiet little corner with an esplanade and a dozen restaurants for your pleasure.
Do not forget your mask and snorkel gear or go to the dive center at the left end of the embankment to discover the seabed.
How to go to Tamariu :
To get to Tamariu from Platja d'Aro or Palamos it takes about 30 minutes. Take the north motorway towards Palafrugell and exit at Palafrugell. From here, Tamariu is 15 minutes driving from the town of Palafrugell.
Our good plan :
Tamariu is a really small seaside resort. So if you want to go shopping, go for a stroll in the streets of Palafrugell, this old Catalan town with festive atmospheres ! Nice shops, big squares with dozens and dozens of cafes ... It's easy to spend half a day without getting bored !
3- Cala Aiguablava, Begur
Always looking for the most beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava, we discovered, the third day, Cala Aiguablava, an incredibly beautiful creek !
We loved this place and to be honest we spent all day there doing snorkelling, swimming with fishes and jumping off the rocks.
This place is located in Begur, on the Costa Brava in Spain. The creek was a very visited port back in time. Some divers from the Catalan Subaquatic Archeology Center found very ancient Roman objects. They took it out to exhibit in a museum and replaced it with perfect copies in the water. That's wonderful !
Try to arrive early and park on the first parking lot (top one). It's 3 euros a day and it fills quickly because the bottom one (with the barrier) is 3 euros per hour !! To avoid because this creek deserves to spend time :)
How to go to Cala Aiguablava :
To reach the Cala Aiguablava from Platja d'Aro or Palamos, take the expressway north towards Palafrugell and exit at Begur (exit after Palafrugell). Head towards Begur then Fornells and Cala Aiguablava will be indicated.
It takes about 30 minutes to get there.
Our good plan :
Jump in the water with your snorkelling gear, you can discover the reproductions of amphoras and even touch it (yes you're allowed to !).
4- Sa Tuna, Begur
Sa Tuna is a real little spanker of the Costa Brava. Down the bottom of Begur, discover this small fishing village, its typical houses with summer colors and its small restaurants. A place so far from everything that you feel good from the first second you get there. Everything seems slower and calm than anywhere else in Spain. Sa Tuna gives you a real relaxation and holiday feeling.
Stroll and lose yourself in the small streets with rose perfumes, you will feel like being in an old Catalan village :)
How to go to Sa Tuna :
To reach Sa Tuna cove, take the same direction as Aiguablava. At the roundabout when arriving in Begur, a sign will indicate the way to follow for Sa Tuna. This small village is about 35 minutes from Platja d'Aro or Palamos by car.
Our good plan :
If you go to Sa Tuna, you have to stop at the small restaurant Es Catius, the furthest restaurant from the seafront, but definitely the best. Refined dishes at very affordable prices, true delight and quality service. We loved it !
As you can see, we do not speak about Platja D'Aro, Palamos or Estartit in this article, because we did not like these different cities. Though we have been there because we are curious and have this thirst for discovery, but nothing kept our attention. So we did not take any pictures because those cities are just what we don't like : large and old buildings by the sea, long beaches without charm and fairgrounds...
We can still recommend a very good restaurant in Palamos. It has been difficult to find one worthy and without an long menu : Hostal Vostra Llar.
We hope this article made you traveled a bit and get you keen to go to the Costa Brava ! You can see where these different dream beaches are located on the map just above :)
By the way, do you like the Costa Brava ? Perhaps you have already been in these places ?
What are your favorite beaches in this area ?
We look forward to hearing from you in comments below ! And have a look to the drone video about our spanish journey.
Cheers, Claire & Arthur