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One of Costa Brava’s most beautiful hikes: From Palamós to Calella

Swimming in turquoise waters, hiking through pine forests, and visiting picturesque fishing villages are some of the activities you can do in this area of outstanding natural beauty. The hike between Palamós and Calella de Palafrugell is one of our Camí de Ronda’s favourites, and it begs to be explored. All you need is a pair of comfortable hiking shoes, a bottle of water and a camera to capture everything!

Technical details

  • Distance: 12 km
  • Level: Easy
  • Duration: It depends on the number of stops you make in the coves to swim and the number of pictures you take!

Camí de Ronda’s hike between Palamós and Calella

The route we propose starts in the coastal city of Palamós, at Platja de la Fosca. This is a vast and sandy beach from which you can see the ruins of an old castle, Sant Esteve. From there, the wildest part of the track starts. The route unfolds along an artificial path that goes up and down the coastline. Even though it’s exhausting at some points, the pay-off is the fantastic panoramic views. Soak in the landscape’s beauty, with the green of the pines contrasting the blue of the Mediterranean sea. 

Cami de Ronda

After some time walking, you will find a small traditional fishing village named s’Alguer. It still preserves the old white fisherman’s huts, with the doorways painted in different colours, creating a picturesque scene.

Cala s'Alguer

The next beach that you’ll encounter is El Castell and is one of the unique wild beaches of the Costa Brava. It’s one of the few areas that remains completely unspoilt. Here, we took time to swim in the crystalline waters and dive to see if we could spot any fauna. On the eastern end of this beach, there’s an ancient Iberian settlement on a promontory. The first archaeological expedition took place in 1935, but there’s evidence of human settlements in this place since the 6th century BC.

The walk continues through some hidden and beautiful coves that can only be discovered and appreciated by foot. Some of the names of the coves that the path passes through are Canyers, Corbs, Estreta, Planes and Crit. Choose the one you prefer and take some time to sunbathe, swim or just relax. We stopped at the Estreta cove for a break; we ate some food, and we enjoyed a beer (all brought from home) while sunbathing. We did the hike in summer, and believe us, it was really hot! Swimming and refreshing ourselves was highly needed before continuing the walk.

Palamos Beach

The last part of the walk, closer to Calella de Palafrugell, is the most challenging, especially around the cove El Crit. The path is steep, and the stairs leading you down to the cove are crumbling. What’s cool is that to access this cove, you needed to pass through a keyhole opening in a rock. 

After taking in the views, keep walking to the botanical gardens of Cap Roig on a steep hillside, and soon you’ll reach the urbanization of Palafrugell. Once there, there’s a refurbished path with picture-postcard views of the sea and the city. Some kilometres later, you’ll arrive at the chic seaside village Calella de Palafrugell.

Yes, you’ve made it! Now it’s time to discover this charming village made of white houses. First, find one bar and drink a refreshment or a beer; you deserve it! Then, take a walk around the city to discover the Botanical gardens of Cap Roig, the castle of Cap Roig, and the area around the harbour.

Know before you go

  • The temperatures can get really high in summer, especially in August, so we recommend bringing a lot of protection, including sunglasses and sun cream
  • There’re no fountains with drinking water during the hike, so we advise you to get enough water with you
  • We brought all the food (lunch and some snacks) from home
  • To return, you can take a bus to Palamós, or you can walk back through the same path

More info about Calella and Palamós

Calella de Palafrugell is a small coastal town in the province of Girona. Nowadays, the city has become a holiday resort, but it still maintains its roots as a fishing village. Its main characteristics are the white houses and narrow streets. The main attraction points of the city are the Jardins de Cap Roig (Cap Roig gardens), which are considered one of the best botanical gardens on the Mediterranean coast. In summer, a famous event takes place there: the Festival dels Jardins de Cap Roig. It’s a music festival that runs during July and August, featuring international music and dance performances in a beautiful location.

Palamós is a town in the Costa Brava known for its port, which has one of the last remaining fishing fleets on this part of the Mediterranean coast. Palamós has been a fishing village since the beginning of its existence, and nowadays, it offers fresh fish products of high quality. If you go to Palamós, you can’t leave without tasting gambes de Palamós. They’re locally caught prawns whose main characteristics are their red tonality and amazing flavour.

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