Dear Imogen & Jonnie,
I am Monique from Taiwan.
I am an OP specialist from a travel agency and I am planning to bring our group of around 20 people to visit the Dali Museum in Figueres on 28th of September, then back to Barcelona after lunch.
They would like to spend about 30 mins at one beautiful beach on their way back. I have found that all the coast line is very beautiful but I have no idea which spot is the easiest point for us to stop & walk easily to the beach.
We would just like to walk on the sand & enjoy the sunshine for a while, before we have to head back to Barcelona for dinner.
I am thinking of having lunch at Llagostera & probably we can then stop by the Hotel Costa Brava. There is one small beach just beside the hotel. However, I can't be sure whether it's open only to their customers or how can we reach the beach?
Hope to hear the answer from your part with many many thanks in advance.
Wish you all the best,
Thank you for you for contacting us.
Hotel Costa Brava, that you mention you would also like to visit is in Platja d’Aro. You can drive straight to the hotel and park (if you plan on using their facilities). If you just want to look at the hotel and then visit the beach in front of it, you will have to park in Platja d’Aro (where there is street parking) and walk along the paved coastal path to the Hotel Costa Brava. The walk is beautiful and only takes about 10 minutes.
The beaches in front of the hotel are public beaches and so your tour group will be free to walk on them.
Platja d’Aro is not the most picturesque or traditional looking town on the Costa Brava, although the beach immediately next to the Hotel Costa Brava is pretty. I would probably suggest that rather than visiting Platja d’Aro, you might like to take your tour group to Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell.
These are typical Catalan fishing villages and are very beautiful. You could drive to Llafranc and walk along the coastal path to Calella, which takes about 15 minutes.
You could also have lunch at either of these towns (right along the beach front). Please take a look at the Llafranc section of our favourite restaurants page for our recommendations.
Another lovely village to visit, with a great coastal walk is Sant Marti d'Empuries. The village itself is mediaeval and very small, but the walk from the village along the paved promenade to L’Escala is really lovely and passes some beautiful beaches.
You will also pass the Ruins de Empuries, which is one of the most important archeological sites in Catalonia. It is the remains of a city that was established in 6th Century B.C. by the Greeks and later taken over by the Romans. It has some wonderful Roman mosaics. You need to allow approximately 1hour to walk round the site and 20 mins for the museum (this might not fit in with your timetable, as I know you need to get back to Barcelona).
I hope this information is useful in helping you plan your tour of the Costa Brava.
Please keep in touch and let us know how the tour goes (where you went and what you enjoyed) - I'm sure it will be of great interest to our other readers.
We hope you and your tour group have a wonderful Costa Brava holiday!
Imogen and Jonnie
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