Top 19 Things To Do In Begur, Girona, Spain

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Begur is a stylish and charming town on the Costa Brava in the Baix Emporda of Catalonia, Spain. This popular seaside resort normally has around 4,000 residents, but during the summer months, this figure can go as high as 40,000. Begur is beautifully placed in Girona province, a 50-minute drive from the iconic city of Girona and a 90-minute drive from the great city of Barcelona. Begur’s beaches were voted number three of the best beaches in Spain and the protected Medes Islands off its coast offer a diversity of marine creatures and underwater caves. The beauty of Begur’s coastline plus the many attractions of this town makes it one of the best places to be on the Costa Brava. Find out about the many things to do in Begur, Girona, Spain, by scrolling below.

1. Explore history at Begur Castle

Població de Begur amb el castell al fons - panoramio
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Begur Castle mostly consists of the remains of its outer walls these days. However, its position on the top of the tallest hill in the area overlooking the city makes for a pleasant walk and a beautiful panoramic view over the city to the sea. In spring, beautiful wildflowers grow in profusion among the ruins. The castle was built for the feudal lord Arnust of Begur in and around the 11th century. Parking is available on the hill near the castle for those who want a shorter walk.

Begur Castle

Address: Passeig del Doctor Pericot, s/n, 17255 Begur, Girona

Website: Begur Castle

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

2. Visit the secluded beach of Platja d'En Malaret

Platja d'en Malaret, Port d'Esclanyà i Cala dels Tries
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If you are looking for sun beds, parasols and beach bars, this one is not for you. Platja d'En Malaret lies in the curving Cala d’En Malaret in Begur, surrounded by rocky cliffs with the odd house perched and overlooking the view. The pretty sandy beach is small and secluded but overlooks beautiful crystal-clear waters. This is the perfect spot for anyone looking for a quiet day or picnic on the beach without the tourist crowds. However, it must be borne in mind that there are no amenities available directly on the beach.

Platja d'En Malaret

Address: Carrer Malaret, 3, 17255 Begur, Girona

Website: Platja d'En Malaret

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

3. Relax on the sand in Platja Fonda

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Platja Fonda lies in a secluded cove, surrounded by rocky walls and backed by a forest. The only access is via a long flight of steps. The effort is well worth it, however, as this wild and beautiful spot is completely unspoiled due to the difficulty in reaching it. The sand is coarse and grainy, while the water is crystal-clear and perfect for a swim or leisurely paddle. Its natural setting makes it one of the most beautiful beaches along the coastline of Begur. It must be noted that this beach also has no amenities available, but it is lovely for a quiet day and picnic on the sand.

Platja Fonda

Address: Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Platja Fonda

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

4. Hike the coastline around Platja de Fornells

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Platja de Fornells, lying outside of the city of Begur, is a beautiful location that’s surrounded by homes. The beach has a marina and it is a popular location for visitors and locals during the summer. The coastal path above the beach gives access to many other coves and sandy beaches with a pathway taking you all the way to Platja d’En Malaret, mentioned above. While the sand is a little coarse, the beaches along the way make for a perfect spot for sunbathing or diving in the crystal-clear water to view the marine life in the area.

Platja de Fornells

Address: Carrer Platja d'Aiguablava, 13, Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Platja de Fornells

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

5. Have fun in the sun at Platja Cala d'Aiguablava

Cala-d'Aiguablava-Begur
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This lovely spot is framed by rocks and pine trees and with fine golden sand. The beach is easily accessible and it is popular during the summer months. Amenities include showers and toilets and access for those with reduced mobility along with parking and a number of restaurants. On the right of the cove stands the beautiful Parador de Aiguablava, a luxury hotel. To the left, a number of other lovely coves can be found, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll along the coast.

Platja Cala d'Aiguablava

Address: Carrer Platja d'Aiguablava, 10, Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Platja Cala d'Aiguablava

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

6. Get a different viewpoint from Mirador de la Creu

Creu i mirador a la carretera d'Arbolí - panoramio
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Located on the Begur Mountains, Mirador de la Creu is a viewpoint, offering a 360-degree panoramic view over the city, Begur Castle and the surrounding countryside, all the way to the sea and the many coves and beaches. At the spot is a plaque giving details of the surrounding area and a small cross on a concrete stand. The viewpoint can be easily accessed by car via a paved road, or alternatively, makes a very pleasant hike from the center of the city on a track which starts in Mas Pinc. The viewpoint is the perfect place to relax with a picnic, drinking in the beautiful scenic views, or a photographic session at sunset.

Mirador de la Creu

Address: Carrer Puig Rodo, 15, Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Mirador de la Creu

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

7. Hike the beautiful Montañas de Begur (Begur Mountains)

Panoràmica del Montgrí des del castell de Begur - panoramio
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The Begur Mountains are a perfect place for anyone wishing to go mountain climbing, hiking or mountain biking. The mountain range is also known as the Begur Massif and covers a wide area along the coastline. The mountains and cliffs are known to be a refuge for some of the rarest Mediterranean flora and fauna and are covered by thick forests of cork trees and pine trees.

Montañas de Begur

Address: Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Montañas de Begur

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

8. Relax in Parc de l'Arbreda in Begur

BEGUR, GIRONA - panoramio
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Parc de l’Arbreda is set in the city of Begur and it has a radial structure. The park consists of sandy areas, picnic spots, trees and children’s playgrounds, laid out in a shape similar to a spider web with a variety of herbaceous and shrub species carefully laid out and separated by artistic metal strips. The beautiful park is ideal for relaxing in the fresh air, enjoying a picnic with views across to the castle of Begur. There is a multipurpose arena with tiered seating, ideal for outdoor concerts.

Parc de l'Arbreda

Address: Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Parc de l'Arbreda

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

9. Experience the beauty of Platja Illa Roja

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Platja Illa Roja is probably one of the most photographed beaches on the Costa Brava, and this isn’t just because it is an internationally famed nudist beach. The beautiful cove lies in a natural setting, with a rocky islet standing guard just off the beach. This makes it a striking spot to photograph, while the beach itself has fine sand and crystal-clear water to enjoy. The beach is accessed via a series of steps down from the coastal path. Please note that there are no facilities available at the beach.

Platja Illa Roja

Address: Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Platja Illa Roja

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

10. Attend a concert at Pati de les Escoles Velles

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Pati de les Escoles Velles was formerly a school in Begur. However, these days the site is used for many concerts held in the city. Of particular interest is the Begur Music Festival which is held here each year, which sees the old buildings lit up while the music plays. The Begur Music Festival is held during summer of each year and it attracts thousands of visitors, with world-class musicians and bands playing.

Pati de les Escoles Velles

Address: Carrer de Bonaventura Carreras, 11, Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Pati de les Escoles Velles

11. Visit the charming Platja Sa Tuna

Platja de sa Tuna
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Platja Sa Tuna is a quaint and pretty cove, lined by the original fishermen’s houses. The beach can be accessed by car, public transport or on foot. This beach has showers, toilets and other amenities, and there is plenty of parking. Right next to Sa Tuna is another quiet and pretty cove known as s’Eixugador, a less traveled and quieter spot to relax.

Platja Sa Tuna

Address: Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Platja Sa Tuna

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

12. Chill out and unwind at Platja Sa Riera

Sa Riera
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Platja Sa Riera nestles in one of Begur’s largest coves and can easily be accessed by car or on foot. The beach is surrounded by a number of the original fishermen’s homes. The sand is a little grainy and the water is crystal clear. The beach has a number of amenities, including showers, toilets, a lifeguard service, beach bar and a diving center. There is also ample parking for cars. Sa Riera is situated between two smaller beaches, with Cala del Rei to its left and Port des Pi on the right.

Platja Sa Riera

Address: Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Platja Sa Riera

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

13. Take the family camping at Camping Begur

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Camping Begur is set in a beautiful natural area among the trees. The camping site offers a number of choices, including mobile homes, luxury glamping tents and country camps. There are also pitches for visitor’s own tents and caravans. The option is great for families with enotourism options available for parents, to find out more about the region’s wines. There is a bar terrace on-site with musical entertainment in the evenings. Kids can have a fun time, with the farmyard to visit and rides on the 1956 Lanz Bulldog Trailer. They can learn how to grow their own food in the vegetable garden on the property.

Camping Begur

Address: Ctra. d'Esclanyà, 4, Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Camping Begur

Price: From 49 USD

14. Camp out in style at Camping El Maset

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Located near Sa Riera beach, Camping El Maset is nestled in a grove of acacia, pine and mulberry trees. The camp has 107 campsites, 12 mobile homes, 3 caravans for rental and 12 apartments. The property has a restaurant and bar with an outside terrace, a games room, pool and children’s playground. There are also barbeque facilities, a fitness center and an Internet cafe. Snacks and drinks are available around the clock. The camp is conveniently placed, close to shops, restaurants and the center of Begur.

Camping El Maset

Address: Carretera Platja de Sa Riera, S/N, Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Camping El Maset

Price: From 80 USD

15. Dine at Restaurante La Escalopa

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This tiny German restaurant is located in the center of Begur and it serves a range of delicious dishes, including its signature dish, a succulent Schnitzel with French fries (pictured here), a traditional German Goulash or Apple Strudel with ice cream. Home-made pizzas and large steaks are also served at Restaurante La Escalopa, along with a range of fresh salads, soups, a range of burgers and a cordon bleu, stuffed with ham and cheese. Accompany the meal with a good bottle of local wine.

Restaurante La Escalopa

Address: Carrer Ventura Sabater, 2-3, Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Restaurante La Escalopa

Opening hours: Sun - Tue: 7pm - 11pm; Wed: 12.30pm - 3pm, 7pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 7pm - 11pm (closed on Thu)

16. Enjoy a meal at Restaurant Turandot

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Turandot is a cozy restaurant in Begur which serves a variety of fresh and traditional delicious food. The menu offers a range of starters, including Roast Chicken Canneloni, a variety of salads and grilled scallops. The main dishes include a good range of fish dishes and plates made from duck, lamb, pork and beef. Delicious desserts include their signature cheesecake and other delights, such as Chocolate Coolant, Goat Cheese Tiramisu and a varied selection of cheeses. Dine inside the restaurant or at the tables on the pavement outside.

Restaurant Turandot

Address: Av. de l'Onze de Setembre, 27, Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Restaurant Turandot

Opening hours: Mon: 1pm - 3:30pm, 8pm - 10:30pm; Tue - Wed: 8pm - 10:30pm; Thu: 1pm - 3:30pm, 8pm - 10:30pm; Fri: 1pm - 3:30pm; 8pm - 11pm; Sat: 1pm - 4pm, 8pm - 11pm; Sun: 1pm - 4pm, 8pm - 10:30pm

17. Try local cuisines at Restaurant Rostei

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The family-run Restaurant Rostei has been open since 1991 and it is set in a building that dates back to 1849. Patrons can dine inside the restaurant or on the terrace in the shade of a two-centuries-old Glycine tree. The cuisine on offer is a fusion of traditional flavors and innovative creations, particularly with regard to the range of desserts. The menu changes with the season and offers locally caught fish and seafood and ingredients from the surrounding countryside. Signature dishes are Lobster Risotto, Rice Casserole and the traditional Fideuà, a seafood and pasta dish.

Restaurant Rostei

Address: Carrer de la Concepcio Pi, 8, Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: Restaurant Rostei

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 7:30pm - 11:30pm; Sat - Sun: 1:30pm - 4pm, 7:30pm - 11:30pm (closed on Mon)

18. Drink cocktails at El Jardí de Can Marc

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El Jardí de Can Marc is a gastro-cocktail bar and restaurant, surrounded by a beautiful garden and overlooking the Costa Brava. The property serves a range of cocktails and tasty tapas. The Chillout is a special space on the property where guests can relax and listen to background music while gazing at lovely views. Notable items on the tapas menu include Skewered Chicken with Shiitake and Teriyaki Sauce, Iberian Ham with Toasted Catalan Bread with Tomato and Pork Loin Burger with Goat Cheese and Rocket. A delicious range of desserts is available as well as a good wine list, cocktails, beer and other drinks.

El Jardí de Can Marc

Address: Carrer de la Creu, 10, Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: El Jardí de Can Marc

Opening hours: 7pm - 2am (daily)

19. Experience the nightlife at L'Autèntic

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L'Autèntic is a popular tapas bar in Begur, Spain and it is set in a beautiful older building in the center of town. The bar serves a recommended range of tapas, including meat, fish and vegetarian options, hamburgers, Greek and other salads and delicious crepes. They also offer a variety of good wines, beers, cocktails and sangria as well as excellent coffee. There are also beautiful views to enjoy of Begur Castle on the nearby hilltop.

L'Autèntic

Address: Carrer de Campuig, 1, Begur, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Website: L'Autèntic

Opening hours: Fri - Wed: 12pm - 11:30pm (closed on Thu)

A relaxed vacation in Begur

Begur
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Spend time exploring the quaint, secluded coves and gorgeous beaches. Go hiking in the forests and on the mountains of Begur and enjoy spectacular views from the viewpoints around town. Explore the narrow streets of the town and enjoy a music festival. Complete your days with a good meal in some of the best restaurants and tapas bars, while enjoying some of the best local wines. These are just some of the many enjoyable places to see and things to do in Begur.

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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