Calella: unmissable

You can’t say you’ve been to the Costa Brava if you haven’t sampled the delights of one of its most authentic gems. Calella de Palafrugell (just 50 minutes from our campsite) embodies the essence of this stretch of the Catalan coast. This place – where man has learned to live between the sea and the land – has managed to retain its beauty over time, while also offering a rich cultural life. Ideal for bathing and taking long strolls, it provides the perfect base for a day spent discovering Calella.

Picture-postcard coves. Although this town in the municipality of Palafrugell has a number of fantastic beaches of its own, if you want to swim somewhere quieter we suggest visiting one of the coves dotted along the Camino de Ronda, either towards Palamós or to the north. Cala El Golfet is especially well worth visiting. Nestled between wooded cliffs, this gorgeous cove is relatively unknown, yet lies just 1.5 km from Calella de Palafrugell.

A walk. El Camino de Ronda is one of the Costa Brava’s greatest attractions for hiking enthusiasts and lovers of long walks. From Calella you can walk to Cala Castell in Palamós, or, if you head north, to Aiguablava (Aguazul), by way of Llafranc. And don’t forget to visit the village of Llafranc itself: one of the few that still preserves its tangle of charming narrow streets and white fisherman’s cottages nestled snugly along its beaches. Close by is Calle de las Vueltas (the Street of Turns), described by writer Josep Pla as “one of the coast’s most graceful structures”. Finally, for great views of Calella, we recommend visiting the famous Casa Rosa or the terrace of Hotel La Torre.

Music in summer. Two musical events are the jewels in Calella’s cultural crown each summer. On the first Saturday in July is the acclaimed Cantada de Habaneras, a festival dedicated to the style of Cuban popular song known as habanera. This year, the festival celebrates its 52nd edition and has already sold out. The following weekend is the Cap Roig Festival which takes place on an open-air stage beside the sea. Make sure you visit the Botanic Garden onsite, which, with over 1,000 species from all over the world, is one of the region’s most important nature reserves.

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