The town of Palafrugell, with a population of around twenty-three thousand, is located near Palamos in the Baix Emporda region in the province of Girona. Palafrugell has what can be classed as three coastal suburb fishing villages, being Tamariu, Llafranc and Calella.
Our chairman used to holiday in Llafranc with his parents in the mid-1960s and, after his recent visit, said that, believe it or not, the nature of the area has not changed. There are no high-rise buildings, the hotels are small, development has not been overwhelming and is hidden amongst the forest of pine trees which tumble down to three, exquisite coves of sand.
Citizens from Barcelona holiday here and have their holiday homes here and they have kept the area exclusive and perfect for couples and family alike.The area is upmarket with some very fine restaurants and the beaches are Blue Flag, with crystal clear waters and sandy. There is still very much a fishing tradition feel.
The village at the centre is Llafranc, with Calella one kilometre to the south and Tamariu some three kilometres to the north. At all three villages, fishing boats are very much in evidence. In the peak summer months, the area is busy,
The GR 92 long distance footpath which runs the length of the Mediterranean coast of Spain passes through the town then south above the shore line to the beach at Cala Pedrosa, the San Sebastian lighthouse and down to Llafranc. The path continues along the tree lined coast to Calella,along the seafront there and then on to Cap Roig headland where the botanical gardens of Castell de Cap Roig are located. The Cap Roig festival of music and dance is held in the gardens between July and August every year. This delightful walk between Tamariu and Cap Roig above Calella will take in the region of 3 hours but a lot longer if one stops for a swim, coffee or meal on the way.
Time spent between the pyrenees of Girona, the city of Girona itself and the fishing villages of Tamariu, Llafranc and Calella, would make the perfect 10-to-14-night holiday holiday break with much to discover.