Calella de Palafrugell consists of a series of pretty coves strung out like pearls behind a fishing village, with whitewashed arches on the promenade providing a very relaxing holiday environment. Fishing boats are pulled up on the sand and the seafood restaurants beside the water are always busy. Development here has been low-rise and low-key; this old-fashioned resort seems to have found a middle way between the excesses of mass tourism and the exclusivity of some of its smaller neighbours. A cliff path leads to Llafranc making a delightful stroll. High above the bay the Jardí Botanic de Cap Roig is a botanical garden offering stunning views.
Take a walk or bicycle ride into the woods and fields behind the coast and you enter a tranquil rural world. Calella de Palafrugell should not be confused with the larger, more commercialised town of Calella, which is further south towards Barcelona. Calella de Palafrugell has an excellent setting and, whilst busy in the summer season, it has does not have the large hotels and mass tourism of other Costa Brava towns such as Lloret de Mar.
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