Summer in Barcelona is just round the corner so, I decided to have a weekend getaway in one of my favorite places in the Costa Brava; Calella de Palafrugell. It’s actually the place I used to go to as a kid, specifically at La Siesta Campsite.
Going back to my childhood… I remember spending the best summers of my life here, at the campsite. La Siesta has everything that you can imagine, from bungalows to swimming pools, playgrounds, activities, a bar and a restaurant. Basically, the best place to spend a weekend away or a summer holiday with family or friends.
The small town of Calella de Palafrugell is located in the Costa Brava, Girona. It’s 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Barcelona by car and can be visited in one day if time is limited. It’s also part of the popular “Camí de Ronda” , the 43 km trekking route in the Costa Brava, starting in Sant Feliu de Guíxols and finishing in Begur. The route takes you through different mountain levels on the coast but it’s worth the struggle. The views are incredible and you can take it easy while having a drink on the many beaches that you’ll encounter.
As I said, Calella de Palafrugell is a small town that is now becoming more popular among tourists. However, it only has a few bars, restaurants, shops and ice-cream parlors. My top recommendations are:
- Tres Pins Restaurant: called this way because there’s 3 enormous pines around the terrace. The bar offers a wide variety of tapas, cocktails and the authentic Spanish Sangria. I love this place because of its’ friendly staff and the exceptional view of the town, as it’s located right at the end of the main beach.
- Vent del Mar Restaurant: This is my favorite restaurant in the town, and the cheapest so far. I have been dining here since I was 12 years old and the quality has only improved. Their crunchy pizzas are properly made in the traditional Italian oven and the pasta is 100% home-made.
- L’enxeneta Parlor: This is probably the best ice-cream parlor that I’ve ever been to. There are 2 different enxeneta parlors in Calella de Palafrugell, both really close to each other (as I said, it’s a small town). Their ice-creams are the best creation in this world. My favorite flavors are the Crema Catalana, the Kinder and the Cookies one. They have different cone sizes and types (dark or white chocolate cones) and they also offer small to big containers.
Nearly all shops nearby the coast sell beach items like swimsuits, dresses and so on. They also offer jewelry, postcards and beach clothing. There’s also many restaurants that serve paella, fideuá and fresh fish, just what you would expect from a coastal town.
Calella de Palafrugell is definitely a good choice to get to know the authentic Mediterranean Sea, away from the often polluted beaches in Barcelona. Here, you can actually see through the clear water and breath some fresh air. Now you know one of my secret treasures… What about yours?