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.


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

  • Pere Grau, Palamos. This beach is located between the lighthouse and the fishing port of Palamós. The beach is 15 meters long by 12 meters wide and allows dogs all year round. Outside the summer season you can also go with your dogs to the Platja Gran of Palamós.
  • Cala del Niu, Sant Feliu de Guixols. Incorporated as a beach for dogs since 2021. Located between Cala Maset and Cala del Cranc, near Sant Pol beach. This small beach only admits a maximum of five dogs.
  • La Platera, l’Estartit. In the area of El Molí, between Els Griells and La Platera, this beautiful beach of fine golden sand stretches for 600 m² close to l’Estartit beach it offers magnificent views of the Medes Islands.
  • Rec del Molí, l’Escala. This fine sandy beach is the most popular in Empúries. The area for dogs is to the right, near where the river flows out.
  • La Rubina, Empuriabrava. This beach is situated in the Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà. It is more than 2km long, of fine golden sand. This beach has a 200m zone for dogs.
  • Port de la Vall, Port de la Selva. Located a few kilometers before reaching the town of Port de la Selva, you will find this beautiful beach that has a section to access with dogs. The area is delimited by green signs.
  • La Ribera, Port of the la Selva. Access is allowed with dogs in one part of the beach, through the town entrance on the left (coming from Llançà), where the car park and the stream. The two green signs will guide you.
  • Sant Jordi, Llançà. A beautiful large beach, 50 meters long by 10 meters wide, with fine sand and a very clean seabed that combines sand with some rocks on the surface and where you will have a great time with your dog. It is a northeast-facing beach, so it is advisable to avoid days with a strong north wind.
  • Les Barques, Colera. It is the central beach of the town, about 130m long, where you will find everything you will need for a perfect summer day: bar and restaurant terraces, water activities, etc.

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

“Palafrugell+” Enjoy 6 unique cultural experiences:

    • 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