Beaches of the Baix Empordà

The following blogs cover the beaches around Pals, Begur, Tamariu, Llafranc, Calella and Palamos.

Those who have already visited the area of Begur, Pals and Palafrugell before, know the beautiful diversity of the beaches in the direct vicinity. They are absolutely unique for Spain, and the one is even more beautiful and pleasant than the other. 

The best aspect about it is that they are all different and have their own unique characteristics. You will find beaches with fine white sand, others with small pebbles or containing rocks and plateaus only. Some beaches are especially suitable for small children, while others, by definition are not. However, there are shared characteristics also: they are all located in the midst of wonderful green surroundings, with many pine trees, and they often have a comfortable sheltered location. Another shared characteristic: during summer it is difficult to park your car during certain moments of the day.


Really, we recommend you to visit another beach every day! However, we don’t mind to describe all beaches to you, so everyone can make their own decision. We will place them in order for you starting in the north and going down towards the south, with in this first blog the beaches of Playa de Pals.



#Blog1: Pals

Platja del Grau - Pals

Platje del Grau - Pals

This might be the most tranquil beach of the region, especially when you walk towards the mouth of the river Rec de Molí. To come here, you drive all the way around the golf course of Golf Platja de Pals and at the end you follow the road to the right. The beach is elongated, wide and of reasonably fine white sand. Also here is a large parking lot, which makes parking your car relatively easy. During summer there is lifeguard supervision and there are several nice beach bars like Ala Brava and Um Pals.

Additionally you can take sailing or surfing lessons here via  Windsurf-Pals, both for adults and for children. Here you can also rent supplies for SUP, kayak, surfing, windsurfing or even a bike if you do not want to go out on the water. 

Something that you can’t do everywhere, but you can do on this beach, is rent beach beds. Furthermore, aside from the lifeguards there is also a post from the Red Cross and there are toilets available.


Platja Gran - Pals

The other beach of Playa de Pals is Platja Gran. This beach is nearest to the centre of Platja the Pals and connected to Platja del Racó and Illja Roja in Begur.

Platja Gran - Pals

This beach is approximately 1.5 kilometres long and about 600 metres wide. Also here, beautiful fine white sand and enough space for children. The water quality in Playa de Pals is regularly tested and keeps coming out of the test as excellent.

You can swim everywhere, except from the enclosed areas where boats come to and from the beach. Just like Platja del Grau there is supervision and a post from the Red Cross. Toilets are available. 

A popular restaurant here, located directly next to the beach, is Sol i Mar. While you enjoy delicious tapas, a cold white wine, or a great lunch, your children will play in the white sand directly in front of you. 

#Blog2 The beaches of Platja del Racó, Illa Roja, Sa Riera and S’Antiga    

In our previous blog, we told you about two beaches at Pals: Platja del Grau and Platja Gran. Together, they form a long and wide sandy beach that is perfect for playing and sunbathing. You can practise all kinds of sports. Bring your own equipment, or hire it on the spot. As a bonus, this beach has a great view of the islands just off the coast of l’Estartit, the Illes Medes.


You can reach this island group from l’Estartit or even l’Escala on a glass-bottomed boat. But the Medes Islands are also great for diving! They are a protected nature reserve, and thanks to their many underwater grottos and caverns, enhanced by the clear waters and white sand, you can admire a great variety of beautiful fish.

Back to the beach. 


Platja del Racó

Without your noticing it, Platja Gran in Pals transforms into Platja del Racó, in an area belonging to Begur.  So, it is more or less the same beach, but with a different owner, and therefore a different name. One thing is the same: beautiful white sand and a lot of space. This part of the beach is home to a small chiringuito, Spanish for a small beach kiosk/bar, called Guingueta in Catalan. It sells chilled refreshments and, most of the time, ice creams and snacks such as crisps or a toastie, which is called a Bikini here.


Playa del Racó - Begur


The end of Platja del Racó is marked by a large rock formation. At this point, you have two choices. One is to walk up the trail that runs along the coast in the direction of Sa Riera. This path, known as the Camí de Ronda, is lovely, not too long and affords splendid views.


Illa Roja

If you prefer, you can walk across the rocks to cross over to the next beach, Illa Roja - the Red Rock, in other words. This rock is a landmark of the area and is just a small distance away from this beach, which has a splendid location, hidden amongst the tall rocks and partly obscured by Illa Roja. For this reason, Illa Roja is a nudist beach. It lies behind the rocks, and the walking trail is right on top of the rocks, which makes it an idyllic spot with much privacy.

Illa Roja Begur


Just to remind you, to get to Sa Riera, you must take the clifftop path, the Camí de Ronda. Trails called  Camí de Ronda (‘the roundway’) are found all along the Costa Brava. They will take you to the loveliest parts of this coast. Some of these roundways are incorporated into the GR-92, the long-distance walking trail, which starts at Portbou on the French border and takes you all the way down to the Ebro Delta in southern Catalonia. This little trail between Pals and Tossa de Mar is the loveliest stretch by far. In this part of the country, the ‘Camí de Ronda’ paths are very suitable for families. The trails are varied and can be challenging, but you can seek shade under the pine trees, and there are plenty of opportunities for a refreshing dip in the sea.


Begur – Sa Riera

The path leads you to Sa Riera beach. Sa Riera used to be a tiny fishing village with only a few houses. It remains a small-scale resort, and the fishing boats are still drawn high up onto the beach. However, they are now mainly used by private owners, who use them for a trip along the splendid coast towards Sa Tuna.


Sa Riera - Begur


Despite operating on a small scale, Sa Riera is the largest beach in the municipality of Begur. It also has the most amenities. There is a chiringuito (for an explanation, refer to our description of  Pals). You will also find a number of restaurants, small shops and hotels with only a few rooms. Take a seat on one of the outdoor terraces, enjoy the ambience and tuck into tapas. You can also hire a canoe or pedalo, or even an SUP (stand-up paddle board).



If you carry on exploring Sa Riera beach, when you come the end, turn the corner. A narrow path, only suitable for those on foot, takes you to the tiny beach of S’Antiga. Only slightly bigger than a postage stamp, it makes a great spot for sunbathing at the end of a summer’s day, as it is sheltered from any sea winds.

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