CATALONIA, or perhaps better known as the Catalunya region, is the area of northern Spain bordering the Mediterranean just to the south of the French border. This ancient Kingdom once extended from near Narbonne in France down to Barcelona and eastwards to include the Balearic Islands. The area was later divided between France and Spain but even today it remains fiercely Catalan, as can be seen by the numerous red and yellow striped flags proudly displayed.
Perhaps Catalunya greatest gifts to the world have been its artists, Joan Miró and Salvador Dali are both from this region, but today’s artists, the chefs of Catalunya, lead the world with their own inimitable styles and the rather exceptional cuisine, demonstrated originally by Ferran Adria of El Bulli fame and today perpetuated by the Roca brothers in Girona.
For the holidaymaker this is the Costa Brava, known throughout the world for its scenic beauty, aquamarine seas and golden sandy beaches. The most attractive area of the coast is the small area around Palafrugell which stretches from Pals and Begur in the north, south through Fornells, Aiguablava, Tamariu, Llafranc, to Calella de Palafrugell. This dramatic coastline abounds with beautiful bays, coves and headlands, with sandy beaches washed by sparkling seas, and interspersed by glistening white villages, each very different, the perfect locations for relaxing holidays.
Inland, the countryside is mainly agricultural with some wonderful timeless villages like Peratallada and Ullastret set against a distant backdrop of the ever present Pyrenees. Visit Pals, the walled medieval city; Bisbal famed for its production of ceramics; Torroella de Montgri with its Gothic palaces, courtyards and narrow streets nestling beneath the Castell de Montgri, and the spectacular gardens of Cap Roig. There are various markets to explore, vineyards to visit and slightly further away the Dali Museum in Figueres; whilst the vibrant city of Barcelona is less than 2 hours away.
Named after the tamarisk trees that surrounded its bays, TAMARIU is a charming small resort with a crescent of golden sandy beach, which is set on a sparkling bay between majestic tree clad hillsides. It is popular with families, beach lovers and those seeking water sports, walkers, cyclists and divers, and is renowned for its excellent fish restaurants which are set on the promenade overlooking the beach and sea.
Holidays here are relaxed, lunches are long and the evenings are late but fairly quiet. The paseo is the prelude to the evening meal with longer walks along the coast for the more serious hiker, along the ancient Cami de Ronda exploring the beautiful scenery and the many coves.
There are many local festivals in the surrounding towns and villages – the main event being the Catalan Festa de St Joan on 23 and 24 June which is marked all over the region with bonfires and firework parties.
Other Activities: Water sports, tennis, walking, cycling, fishing, diving and snorkelling.
Golf: There are no fewer than 5 golf courses within easy reach of Tamariu offering a good selection of challenging courses for players of all abilities.
The 5 nearest courses are:
1. Golf Platja de Pals - 18 holes - Par 73. The course is located between Pals and the coast to the north of Tamariu.
2. Golf Serres de Pals - 18 holes - Par 72. The course is near to Pals to the north of Tamariu.
3. Emporda Golf - 36 holes - Par on the links course is 71 and on the Forest course 72. The course is to the north of Tamariu at Torroella de Montgri.
4. Club Golf d'Aro-Mas Nou - 18 holes - Par 72, plus a 9 hole pitch and put course. The course is at Platja d'Aro to the south of Tamariu.
5. Club de Golf Costa Brava - 18 holes - Par 70. The course is at Santa Cristina d'Aro to the south of Tamariu.
We are able to offer preferential green fees at certain times of the year on some of these courses.