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L'Estartit/Catalunya - Discover L’Estartit and Baix Emporda

L’Estartit sits at the northern end of the Costa Brava, set against the hilly backdrop of the Muntaya Gran national park and instantly recognisable by the three offshore islands that make up the Illes Medes. A former fishing village, it is now a small and lively town – but one that appears to have escaped the worst excesses of mass tourism further south along the coastline.

With a large sandy beach (one part of which is, gloriously, a free car park) and well-stocked marina, the town is a bustling holiday resort in summer, with a fair number of hotels and campsites. Off peak season, and in the winter months, it’s quieter, but sufficient cafes, restaurants and shopping facilities, remain open for it to be well worth a visit for anyone exploring northern Catalunya at this time.

A pleasant feature is the wide palm tree lined promenade, which runs along the length of the beach and around the marina, adding a ‘ Riviera’ quality to the town.

Common with most towns of the region, L’Estartit has its own busy street market (weekly on Thursdays), and the major civic event of the year is the Festival of St Joan in July, complete with pageants, musical entertainment, a beach bonfire, and very many fireworks.

The sea around and to the north of L’Estartit is a maritime reserve – the first established in Spain – and the consequent growth of marine life has produced what many experts regard as the best sub-aqua diving in the Mediterranean. L’Estartit has become the dive centre for the region, and it’s possible to hire equipment, receive tuition, and rent a boat all year. Glass bottomed boats take less adventurous tourists to view the marine life during the summer.

The area offers almost unlimited scope for walkers, and several good maps of the area are available; it’s possible to complete several hours trekking in the forest covering the headland between L’Estartit and L’Escala. Birds of prey, red squirrels, and wild boar, are seen in the national park, whilst a few kilometres north the Aiguamolls de l’Emporda are rich in wetlands wildlife.

There are several top-class golf courses within easy reach, particularly Golf Gualta (where lessons are available) and Emporda Golf near Torroella, Serres de Pals near Pals town and Platja de Pals at Pals beach.

Just a few kilometres inland of L’Estartit, is Torroella de Montgri, dominated by its own mountain (Montgri) complete with unfinished castle, A mediaeval port until the sea receded, it’s the administrative and cultural centre for the region, with a summer music festival and the Museo de l’Mediterraneo.

Further afield, the ancient hilltop town of Pals is 18kms away, whilst the beach of Platja de Pals is the longest in the region. North of L’Estartit (approx 30 mins drive) is the busy resort of L’Escala, and further along the coast the town of Roses. South is Begur (with another hilltop castle), the coast villages of Sa Riera, Sa Tuna and Aiguablava, and the town of Calella de Palafrugell – the latter not to be confused with Calella del Mar many kms further south!

If you enjoy modern art, there's Figures with the Salvador Dali museum. Dali lovers can also pay homage to the great man and tour his house at Portligat, on the coast near Cadaques, and visit the Gala Dali castle at Pubol. A little further afield, there's Girona, and Barcelona itself, with countless museums and galleries.

Catalunya is steeped in history. The fortified town of Pals and the village of Peratallada are just two of many mediaeval marvels, whilst on the coast just north of L’Escala are the ruins of Empuries, site of both ancient Greek and Roman towns.

Rightly so, Catalunya is famous for its food. Quality restaurants abound, mainly in villages and often in fine old masias, or farmhouses, and are generally good value. Rice is grown in the Pals area and so the local rice casserole (a form of paella) is a speciality; L’Escala is famous for its anchovies. Local Emporda wines – particularly red, or negre – are especially worthwhile.

Written by Paul Davies - Owner of Property 98930 in L'Estartit, Spain

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We have stayed in lots of different villas in various parts of Spain and without any doubt our family of 7 all agree this has been the best so far. The villa itself is modern and bright with lots of space and even as a big family we didn't feel on top of eachother. Everything is beautifully clean inside and we found everything we could possibly need was provided for us from kitchenware to bed linen. The garden is immaculate and there are lots of different places to sit outside and enjoy a meal or just a drink, we found it so relaxing we barely left the villa the whole time we were there. It is very secluded and offers complete privacy in a quiet cul de sac. The pool is amazing and a welcome relief from the constant heat from the sun. It is only a short walk away from the gorgeous little town of L'Estartit and easy access to the campsite where our children like to spend time with their friends. We didn't want to leave last summer and have now booked again for two weeks in July 2018. Barry and Eileen, the owners could not have been nicer hosts to us and treated us like we were visiting family. Nothing was too much trouble and they took the time to make sure we had absolutely everything we needed before they left us to enjoy our own space leaving us with a forwarding number should we wish to contact them. There are lovely little old towns close-by to visit and Barcelona is only an hour and a half away. We had such a great time at this villa we are counting the days until we can go back. Thank you so much Barry and Eileen for everything.
  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

Spacious, well eqipped apartment with sunny balcony.

5 of 5
We knew the moment we entered the apartment that we had found what we had been searching for. We were not disappointed at any stage. It was extremely spacious for two people, very well equipped and had a south facing balcony that attracted the September sunshine from 11.00am to 4.00pm. The mattress and pillows on the double bed were as comfortable as we had experienced at any venue in our lives. The location was perfect for anything that we required in L'Estartit, with everything in easy walking distance. The whole resort had a welcoming feel about it. Genis never failed to respond promptly to any enquiry in the run up to our stay. Her English is extremely good, which we were looking for, having had language problems in the past with other owners. All in all the apartment and the owner were faultless, making the whole holiday experience one of the best we had ever had. An extremely deserved 5 stars.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017