Excursions

cycling routes

This cycle/walking route runs for 6 km between Palamós and Palafrugell following the path of the old narrow-gauge railway which formerly linked Palamós with the provincial capital Girona via La Bisbal, through the municipalities of Palamós, Mont-ras, Palafrugell, Vall-llobrega, and the beaches of Castell and La Fosca.

This route is created by converting disused railway lines into walking/cycling routes. The Girona greenway extends for a total of 140 km, passing through 5 counties. It is suitable for walkers and cyclists of all ages and ability, and for people with reduced mobility.

An extensive range of linked walking/cycleways connects Girona with the south of France. Some stages involve gentle uphill stretches, and travelling on motorised roads. Altogether, the entire route stretches for 353km, travelling through 53 towns spread across 8 counties.  People can choose to travel the whole route, doing it in stages, or link in to it for shorter excursions.

Hiking

Also known as the “Mediterranean Path”, the GR92 crosses Catalonia from north (from its beginning in Portbou) to the south (to the very end in Ulldecona), following the Catalan coast through 31 stages and 560km. Stage #8, with a route of 23km, starts in Begur following Tamariu, Llafranc, Calella, Cala del Castell, until reaching Palamós through seaside and inland paths, but always close to the sea.

In the Baix Empordà there are extensive networks of trails specifically designed and signposted for hiking and cycling. These trails allow you to explore and enjoy the most charming corners of the Costa Brava.

You will find maps in the house for hiking, cycling and driving routes and other itineraries in the Baix Empordà. The local tourist office in Palafrugell can provide more information, maps and advice on excursions.

Beaches which allow dogs

This beautiful beach of fine golden sand stretches for 1.8km close to l’Estartit beach (about 22km from the cottage) it offers magnificent views of the Medes Islands.

This fine sandy beach is the most popular in Empúries (about 55km from the cottage). The area for dogs is to the right, near where the river flows out.

This beach is situated in the Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà (about 46km from the cottage). It is more than 2km long, of fine golden sand. This beach has a 200m zone for dogs.

This beach has recently allowed access for dogs. It is located on Barcelona’s seaside promenade (about 123km from the cottage). It is c. 375 metres long.

This park is the first aquatic park for dogs in Europe (about 93km from the cottage).

Nature parks

The beach at Castell is located only a few metres from an ancient Iberic settlement, and forms part of the area of natural interest of Castell-CapRoig, between Calella and Palamós (about 9km from the cottage).

One of the principal wetlands of Catalonia, the Aiguamolls, is situated at the confluence of the Muga and Fluvià rivers (at Castelló d’Empúries, about 46km from the cottage). This unique ecosystem nourishes a rich variety of flora and fauna. It is particularly rich in aquatic birds.

The municipality of Pals (about 8km from the cottage) has an interesting area with rice paddies, marshes and dunes which have been designated an area of special conservation.

The Isles Medes form an archipelago of seven islands just off the beach at Estartit (about 22km from the cottage). These islands are one of the most important reserves of marine flora and fauna in the Western Mediterranean, and a world renowned location for scuba diving.

Cultural heritage

We recommend “Palafrugell+”, a single ticket which gives admission to 6 local attractions for the all-in price of €10, valid for 1 year:

    • The botanical garden at Cap Roig
    • The Monumental Ensemble at Sant Sebastià de la Guarda (the lighthouse, the Iberic settlement, the hermitage and the watchtower)
    • Josep Pla Foundation (local writer)
    • The Cork Museum
    • The Vila Casas Foundation – Museum Can Mario
    • The Modernist Water Tower at Can Mario