The village of Begur is located on the Costa Brava of Girona province, situated between the border of France and 130kms from the city of Barcelona. It is surrounded by Les Gavarres mountains, close to the Montgrí massif, and on the Mediterranean sea.
The impressive shape of the medieval castle that presides over the village, several colonial style houses, the trace of the narrow streets of the old quarter, and the old fishermen’s houses still conserved in the many coves, point to a long and intense history, in which pirates, sailors, coral searchers, and generations of people from Begur, have lived in the area.
Despite the inevitable transformations over time, Begur has not lost its roots nor its identity.
From north to south, there are 8 stunning beaches which are a part of Begur:
The first beach, from the north, is called Platja del Racó (1) close to our neighbouring village, Pals. It can be reached on foot by Sa Riera beach, by a lovely coastal path that takes you first to the Illa Roja beach, and then on to the Platja del Racó. This is a beach that has a special quiet and calm ambience, very suitable for those who like to relax and sunbathe.
Following the beach and taking the direction south-west, there is the beautiful l’Illa Roja (2) beach, a nudist spot known all over the world. This pretty beach, one of the biggest after Sa Riera, is specially beautiful because it has a red coloured small rocky island, that gives this beach its name (the English translation of Illa Roja is Red Island). It is a quiet place, never crowded, with fine sand and transparent waters.
Sa Riera (3) is the biggest of Begur´s beaches (it is 300 meters long) and it is the closest to the village (around 2 kilometres). It can be reached from Begur very easily, or from Sa Tuna and Aiguafreda beaches, by another road which connects different urbanizations.
Sa Riera still conserves traditional old fishermen´s houses, but it also has different tourist and sporting activities. It offers a lot of services to its visitors, such as accommodation in hotels or apartments, or bars and restaurants to enjoy the local cuisine. Other cultural activities are celebrated on this beach - in summer, for example, a traditional Catalan sailors song exhibition, known as Cantada d’havaneres, is celebrated. The geographic situation of this beach is excellent: on the right it has the hidden and pretty cove of Port d'Es Pi, and on the left the beach called Cala del Rei. From this beach and following the coastal path, taking a leisurely walk you can reach the beautiful Illa Roja beach and the extended beach of Pals.
The Aiguafreda cove (4) is a little creek, sheltered by the Puig Rodó, and it has a small dock for boats. This spot has a nice picnic area, too, with tables and stone banks under the shadow of pines. The stillness that envelopes this cove, and its fountain, makes this area the perfect place to have picnics and enjoy the incomparable scenery. This cove is naturally sheltered by the Punta d'Es Plom and the Cap Sa Sal, and it still conserves, nearly intact, its ancestral beauty and is known for its calm and quality of its water, pure and crystalline. The grey colour of this cove evokes a feeling of half-light and calmness that, like the famous Catalan writer Josep Pla said, ¨Makes the sea water, at dawn, turn into a dark blue colour that provokes an impression of thickness in the water¨.
The next beach, called Sa Tuna (5), offers pleasant walks to admire the wonderful natural scenery. By the coastal path next to the rocks, you can reach the Aiguafreda cove and the Cap Sa Sal building, which is part of the local history because it was a well-known luxury hotel a long time ago, and recently has been turned into apartments. By boat, you can reach the hidden cove of S'Eixugador, a wild spot with a calming quietness - because of its sheltered situation, and its tortuous access, Sa Tuna is a cove that always feels like a surprising discovery to its visitors.
From Fornells area, walking on the costal path direction north, and right down the Cap de Begur (Begur Cape) cliffs, you can get to Platja Fonda (6). This is a very special cove, because of its location and access, and for its physical characteristics. A long steep stairway provides access to this wild and remote place which becacuse of its natural hidden aspect, has preserved the virginity of the cove, specially beautiful for its thick and dark sand, and primitive purity, so rare nowadays on the Costa Brava. Due to its difficult access, this cove does not have any service facilities (only a small refreshment stall during summer season), but it is one of the quieter spots on all the Begur coast.
Following the coast to the south, you will arrive at the Fornells (7) area. The favourable conditions of this resort make it the perfect place for both year-round living and summer holidays. Here one can enjoy abundant fishing. Over the years, it has evolved from a coastal area enveloped by pines and nearly uninhabited, into an urban development without losing any of its original beauty and charm. In Fornells you will find the Marina and Mr. Bonaventura Sabater house, built on the small pier Port de Ses Orats, and called El Paradís(The Paradise). According to traditional local culture, it was in this house that the famous name for this coast, Costa Brava, was first penned. There are two small coves in the area called Ses Orats and Can Malaret. It can be reached by car from the village by the Aiguablava road, and on foot by the coastal path that connects this area with Aiguablava beach.
Finally, Aiguablava beach (8), has an exceptional geographic situation. It is one of the most popular beaches in the area because of its landscape. This was confirmed when, in 1988, it won the prize for "The best beach of Catalonia".
Begur's beaches and coves, the beautiful and special scenery, a clement climate, the sun and the light all favour the leisure time possibilities in this area. Indeed, Begur is the perfect place to go hiking and has many stunning local tracks and coastal paths. Begur is an excellent destination, too, to practice and enjoy your favourite sports. The beauty of our coast, is even more impressive from the sea and Begur has quality nautical services that can offer many options to enjoy different kinds of nautical sports, such as diving, snorkelling, kayak sailing or water ski, and there are many excursions and training courses.
There are a wide variety of restaurants featuring classic or modern cuisine; their roots are in the important traditional and marine cuisine that still exists in a lot of local homes; the rices, the traditional Catalan dishes called mar i muntanya (sea and mountain) and platillo (small plate) have contributed to bring international fame to the Empordà area gastronomy; they all offer seasonal products that the village and the immediate region generate. The Rock Fish Gastronomy Campaign, during the month of April, provides the opportunity to taste the a wide range of products, flavours and smells which are a delight to all the senses.ÀREA DE PROMOCIÓ ECONÒMICA I TURISME BEGUR av. Onze de Setembre, 5
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