On a route through the Baix Empordà, the heart of the Costa Brava.
A walk through the Girona region known as "Catalan Tuscany", full of charming medieval villages, old farmhouses and a prelude to some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean in the central area of the Costa Brava.
Día 119hMedieval town of Monells1Day 19:00hMedieval town of Monells
The municipality of Cruïlles, Monells and Sant Sadurní de l'Heura is made up of these three small medieval villages with their cobbled streets, towers and arcades through which you can stroll peacefully. The square of Monells and its adjacent streets were used for the shooting of the film "8 Apellidos Catalanes".
In Plaça de Monells you can have a vermouth or an aperitif or even have a good lunch, such as a torrada de pa amb tomàquet or botifarra amb mongetes.
11hArchitectural Heritage in Madremanya2Day 111:00hArchitectural Heritage in Madremanya
Despite belonging to the annexed region of Gironès, this village is a must on the route of medieval villages in the interior of the Costa Brava. At the top of a small hill this town stands out for its old town full of beauty in every street, every house and every stone of its old walls.
The rural landscape around Madremanya full of meadows and agricultural land is perfect for walking and cycling routes. If budget is not a constraint an idyllic place to stay is Raco de Madremanya. This old farmhouse has been refurbished for a perfect romantic getaway.
13hPeace of mind in Sant Martí Vell3Day 113:00hPeace of mind in Sant Martí Vell
This village, also located in the Gironès region, goes unnoticed due to its small size, but it is a little-known jewel where you can isolate yourself from the world and enjoy the silence. Not far from Madremanya, it is also perfect for staying in some of the rural tourism accommodation in the surrounding area such as Can Bonet or Mas Tarrés.
A good place to eat traditional Catalan cuisine. The restaurant Sant Martí offers a menu with good prices and homemade food. Al Fresco offers quality cuisine on a terrace and beautiful surroundings outside an old farmhouse.
17hDelight in Can Xapa for those with a sweet tooth4Day 117:00hDelight in Can Xapa for those with a sweet tooth
For those with a sweet tooth, this stop in the nearby town of Bordils is a must on any route along the Costa Brava or Girona. This artisan bakery is famous for its chocolates, cakes, nougats and coconuts, all of excellent quality.
21hAlta cocina en Bo.Tic5Day 121:00hAlta cocina en Bo.Tic
In Corçà, this creative and authoritative gastronomic restaurant based on traditional Catalan cuisine has recently been awarded two Michelin stars. Perfect for haute cuisine gourmets.
Día 269hCraftsmanship in La Bisbal d'Empordà6Day 29:00hCraftsmanship in La Bisbal d'Empordà
The day begins in the capital of the Baix Empordà region. This town is known for its industrial and artistic ceramics, present in many workshops and shops in the area.
The town is ideal for tasting typical local sweets such as Rus or Bisbalenc. You can also buy typical products such as wine with D.O. de l' Empordà.
Día 1710hWalking around Peratallada7Day 110:00hWalking around Peratallada
Perfectly preserved medieval town in which the tower, castle, palace and church stand out. In any case, some of its squares with arcades or the streets full of vines in spring give us beautiful corners. If you are still in the mood for villages of the same style, in the surroundings you can visit Vullpellac, Palau-Sator or Ullastret.
Día 2812hPals and its rice8Day 212:00hPals and its rice
On the way to the coast and better known, we find the town of Pals, another historic medieval site with its walls, castle and cobbled streets. The extra quality rice from Pals is produced in the region and forms part of the products of the Empordà.
A good place to try the rice of Pals in all its forms is the El Padró restaurant, at the top of the medieval town in a really cosy little square. The rice in broth is impressive.
16hVisit Calella de Palafrugell9Day 216:00hVisit Calella de Palafrugell
A good way to spend the afternoon is to walk around this fishing village that has managed to preserve its essence and charm. There is nothing like having an ice cream at one of the viewpoints to admire the rocky surroundings, the beaches and the white houses.
The camí de Ronda is perfect for walking from this town. You can go northeast towards Llafranc and Tamariu or southwest towards Palamós. Walking you can reach coves with crystal clear water and an enviable landscape.
Día 1109hDiving in Illes Formigues10Day 19:00hDiving in Illes Formigues
Just over a kilometre offshore between Calella and Palamós is this archipelago of 4 islands and 12 islets where you can dive to see groupers, lobsters, conger eels and even a wreck just over 10 metres away. In case you don't have certification you can take the opportunity to go on a snorkelling tour in the area on the same islands or in some of the nearby coves.
Día 31113hBegur, pure Mediterranean11Day 313:00hBegur, pure Mediterranean
Begur's geographical location, set in a beautiful natural environment, makes this town a perfect place to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea. Its most famous coves are Aiguafreda, Sa Tuna, Sa Riera, Aiguablava and Fornells. There is plenty to choose from and none to disappoint.
Begur also has 3 different sections of Camíno de Ronda for walking between coves.
20hCosta Brava Flavour12Day 320:00hCosta Brava Flavour
It is worth enjoying fish, rice and the different dishes of the Mediterranean diet at Can Pere or Casa Juanita.
Día 4139hDiving in Illes Medes13Day 49:00hDiving in Illes Medes
Frente a las costas de l'Estartit, este archipiélago declarado Parque Natural Nacional Protegido consta de 2 grandes islas, 5 islas pequeñas y varios islotes y es un claro ejemplo biodiversidad de la fauna marina del Mediterráneo, teniendo algunas de las mejores inmersiones que pueda ofrecer el país. Existen recorridos en barco con fondo de cristal para permitir la observación sin necesidad de mojarse.
14hGoing up to the Montgrí Castle14Day 414:00hGoing up to the Montgrí Castle
On the top of the Montgrí at a little over 300 m, this castle is located from where you can get spectacular views of the whole Empordà, the Medes Islands and even some peaks of the Pyrenees. The ascent is quite suitable even for families with children and once up you can enter the fortress.
Before you travel
*A swimming costume is essential to enjoy some of the best beaches in the country. If you are not certified to dive the Costa Brava is a good place to snorkel or do a first dive.
*There are kayak or boat trips to enjoy the coast from another point of view.
*It is worth booking in advance accommodation in one of the many rural hotels and lodgings, which are usually old farmhouses that have been charmingly renovated.