Tamariu Costa Brava

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Tamariu

Tamariu is set in a secluded bay between the towns of Begur and Palafrugell.  Originally a small fishing village it has not been overdeveloped and has managed to retain its identity and charm.  Small coves in amongst rugged tree-lined cliffs give it its beauty.

There are several small grocery shops selling almost everything you need as well as patisseries providing mouth-watering pastries.  A stroll in the morning to collect freshly baked bread followed by a leisurely coffee along the way makes a perfect start to the day.

There is a good choice of reasonably priced restaurants; here are a few that get good recommendations from many guide books

Xerinola, C/Riera 23

Cheaper than other restaurants due to its location away from the sea front, Xerinola serves local dishes on its terrace.  Food choices include pasta and rice dishes.

Es Doli, Passeig del Mar 22

Probably the best of quite a few fish restaurants on the seafront. Open lunch and dinner daily.  Restaurant closed in November.

Es Furio, C/Foriaio 5-7

Serves a variety of food including pizzas, crepes and salads while some of the house specials especially the orange salad with goat cheese and the cod with roast garlic and xamfaina mousse are particularly good!

El Mossec, C/Pescadors 8

Choose the small terrace in favour of the welcoming wood interior.  The interesting menu includes a blend of rice and curry dishes cooked in a Catalan style and more traditional fare like roast lamb and the succulent Bacalla amb Xamfaina (cod with a ratatoui like stew).

El Sali, C/Riera

Fabulous views from its simple raised terrace, the food concentrates on filling Pa amb tomaquet meals and grilled fish.  Its bar serves a heavenly range of cocktails and chupitos. 

The beach at Tamariu is described as one of the most sheltered on the coast.  The water is crystal clear and shelving gently is ideal for swimming. 

Whilst you will not find night clubs and pubs on every corner there are numerous cafes and bars especially on the waterfront and in the village centre.  At high season through till September the traditional Catalan folk dancing, Sardanas, takes place weekly on the sea front.  Visitors as well as locals are welcome to join in.  Saturday evenings in July and August often brings musicians playing on the promenade, enjoy dancing along or just sit with a glass of wine and soak up the atmosphere.

If you are looking for something a little more adventurous then why not rent a boat from Paco Boats on the pier.  Boats trips to a variety of places along the coast are available from March to November. For those wanting even more adventure then Kayaks are available for hire from Kayaking Costa Brava. You will get the chance to explore some of the tunnels and secluded beaches along the coast.

If you are looking for a hotel to stay in Tamariu then the Hotel Tamariu is a good choice, being recommended in many guide books as a small and friendly hotel.

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Llafranc

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Llafranc

Llafranc has a beautiful sandy beach forty metres wide and stretching for approximately 1 kilometre around the bay. The beach shelves gently and the water is crystal clear making it ideal for snorkelling and swimming. A picturesque tree-lined promenade sits to the back of the beach filled with numerous cafes and bars. This is an ideal spot to escape the sun and enjoy a cooling drink.

Nightlife in Llafranc is mostly relaxed with visitors enjoying a peaceful atmosphere with a meal and drinks. Walks along the promenade offer a quiet end to an evening but if you would like a more lively night out then there are one or two discos in nearby Palafrugell.

There are many shops to meet your daily needs. Bread, fruit and vegetables are delivered daily and lovely patisseries sell fresh croissants and pastries to tempt even the most health conscious of us.

If you are self catering and want to stock up for your stay there are a number of supermarkets in Palafrugell.

There is a good choice of  reasonably priced restaurants; here are a few that get good recommendations from many guide books

Hotel Llafranc, Passeig de Cipsela 16
Hotel Restaurant. Gourmet cuisine probably expensive but very nice. Famous people used to visit here Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas and Dali.

Llevant, C/Franchesc Blanes 5
A seafront hotel with a busy terrace well known locally for its moderately priced generous fish and seafood dishes. Particularly appetising is the pickled anchovies salad in a cava sauce.

La Llagosta, Hostel at C/Francesc Blanes 24 (on the seafront)
Serves a decent menu del dia.

Leon C/De Pere Pascuet 30
Serves a hearty lunchtime menu del dia and inexpensive mains.

La Pasta, Passaig Cipsela 1
One of the most economical options in town, this brightly lit restaurant serves good pasta and pizzas as well as some tasty mar I muntanya and traditional dishes.

Simpsons, Passaig Cipsela 10
Midway along the seafront the tastefully subdued décor of this popular restaurant is the ideal match for the subtle flavoured salads and fish dishes, while the desserts are sheer heaven.

At the northern end of the beach windsurfers, kayaks and pedaloes are available to hire by the hour as well as boats that can be taken for half or full day rental.

From the small port steps lead to the Passeig Carles Vila for a climb through residential streets to the Far De Sant Sebastia Lighthouse.

Behind the El Far Hotel is the tiny excavated Iberian settlement and the start of the footpath which meanders inland through woods to near Tamariu.