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Common general questions about the site, the Costa Brava and walking here. A selection of our best photos of the Costa Brava can be purchased online at RedBubble.

What about restaurants, hotels etc?

For restaurants and hotels and other types of tourist entertainment this probably isn't the right site as we're more aimed at walking and exploring the countryside. The Costa Brava is highly regarded for good food with several Michelin restaurants. Many of the best restaurants are inland in converted masias close to the old medieval towns.

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Visitor: 81.105.102.245
26 Aug 2014 20:39
Hi, what a great site. Can you recommend any beaches that allow dogs on the Costa Brava?
Saul
29 Aug 2014 10:47
During the summer you won't find any of the smaller bays or local or prettier beaches that will allow dogs. And through the summer generally dogs aren't allowed on beaches particularly if there are sunbathers about. However, some of the long beach stretches away from houses and campsites may be OK if there is no-one about. In the winter people do take dogs to the beach and it's broadly tolerated.
Michelle browne
07 Sep 2014 08:37
Your detail is unbelievable. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! We are there in October and cycling from Ripoll to Sant Feliu and then I was going to cycle to Callela de Palafrugall. Is the cycle route scenic? I' m guessing it won't be right against the coast as some of the walking paths are . Maybe we should walk. We are staying in Begur for 3 days so will do some walks then.( we also will have a car then) Thanks again for a fantastic web site!
Saul
07 Sep 2014 09:03
From Sant Feliu you can cycle around the headland estate behind the port (a little hilly, but the main road alternative is quite busy and not so nice), then come down from the estate and along Platja Sant Pol to the back of S'Agaro (I don't believe you're allowed to cycle the S'Agaro coast path though it's wide enough) and on to the heart of Platja d'Aro (there's a road by the beach to avoid the traffic in the centre). The route to Sant Antoni de Calonge then goes up a hill past hotels and campsites but the very pretty beaches and coves are all off the road - accessible for walking, but not suitable for bikes. In Sant Antoni de Calonge cycle all along the beach-front, then all the way around the Port de Palamos headland. Then to La Fosca which connects via cyclable gravel paths at the back of Kings Camping with Platja Castell and the Ruta del Tren Petit. You can take the coastal track in Castell/Cap Roig woods to Calella de Palafrugell but it has some steep bits - the Petit Tren route is easier and also picturesque.
Visitor: 86.151.201.134
16 Jun 2015 21:58
Hi, this is a great site. We had been hoping to do 7 day day walking holiday along the Cami de Ronda but a foot injury earlier in the year has prevented this. We are instead basing ourselves in Aigublava and wondered if you can suggest some easy (ish) sections that we could do in a day or half day. Also can you recommend a guide that gives detailed walking directions for the route (in English) as I am having trouble finding anything. Hope you can help, Many thanks, Rosemary
Saul
17 Jun 2015 07:39
This year (2015) Alpina have just published a multi-lingual map/guide to the Cami de Ronda. It's on Amazon Spain here: http://www.amazon.es/dp/8480905557

The GR92 around Begur is quite up and down. Easier are the areas south of Llafranc to La Fosca is really pretty and quite straightforward, particularly if you deviate a little and take the route along the beaches from El Crit to Cala Estreta.
Visitor: 81.155.69.249
24 Jun 2015 21:16
Thanks for your help and advice
Visitor: 86.187.194.252
31 Aug 2015 16:08
Hi there,

I was wondering if you could recommend a beach town in costa brava to stay in overnight, that is accessible from barcelona by public transport, and that has some walks along the coast from there. As we don't have a car, and would like to explore a bit for a day or two on foot.

Many thanks
Saul
31 Aug 2015 17:08
The mid-parts of the Costa Brava are accessible by bus from Estacio de Nord, and there is lots of walking around Palafrugell and the Cami de Ronda, just check the bus journey time as it can be a little long.

To the south, Blanes connects with the train line to Barcelona. We used to come up from Barcelona to Blanes, then take a Dolfi Jet boat up the coast. The walks can get stuck in estates but the coast remains beautiful, even around tourist hotspots like Lloret.
Visitor: 81.101.112.216 sue
09 Nov 2015 18:01
If I wanted to learn some language, would you go for Catalan or Spanish? Think there are not so many resources for Catalan but would like advice.
Saul
16 Nov 2015 08:50
For residents there are free/low-cost Catalan courses provided by the Generalitat via the Consorci per a la Normalitazio Linguistica (http://www.cpnl.cat) in centres across Catalonia. If you're living in Catalonia then at least the basic course is worthwhile as Catalan is the everyday language in many social, work and administrative situations like schools, clubs and associations for integration.

If you're travelling, or here temporarily, some Catalan phrases are useful, but obviously worldwide Spanish is spoken more widely and, in practice, everyone in Catalonia is bilingual with an almost automatic switch to Spanish if you're foreign. So it sort of depends on whether you just want to get by, or whether you want to be more integrated.
Visitor: 2.122.177.153
19 Oct 2017 17:41
This is a fantastic site and we really enjoyed our brief October trip and walks more because of it, so a big thank you for all the time you've invested in it.
Visitor: 82.132.239.159
13 Jun 2019 16:24
Hi

Which beach is best for snorkelling with young kids pls? My boys love looking at the fish and snorkelled loads in Greece last year.
Andrew, Edinburgh
20 Jul 2016 10:40
Love your work. It us our main 'go to' website when we are planning our trips to Begur. Your background info on history etc makes us look intelligent to our friends! Are there any other websites that you could recommend or that you use?
Saul
01 Feb 2017 17:44
Many of the routes have information signs on the way to give a flavour. Viquipedia - the Catalan Wikipedia has a lot of detail that doesn't get to the English language entries if you read Catalan. The Revista del Baix Emporda magazine (also in Catalan), and local magazines from the ajuntaments, and then into history books for Catalonia and the region. Costabrava.org is the main tourist website and has suggestions for places. Wikilocs has descriptions of walks taken, again mostly Catalan/Spanish. And Diari de Girona or Punt d'Avui run suggestions for places to visit for locals.
Eanna Brophy
07 Feb 2017 13:05
Hi, Do you know of anyone offering a baggage transfer service ( similar to those on the Camino). We might not wish to tote heavy rucksacks from hotel to hotel!
Saul
07 Feb 2017 16:07
There are some specialist walking holidays who offer included luggage transfers. If you're doing it yourself and arranging directly, then I think you'll have to ask the hotels. It wouldn't be too difficult to ask the hotel to arrange a taxi for your luggage from one hotel to the next.
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