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

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All year1h 32min from Barcelona / 47min from Girona
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Swimming in deep turquoise, crystal clear water coves, 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 walk between Palamós and Calella is one of the wildest of the Camí de Ronda 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!

The hike

The route we followed starts in the coastal city of Palamós, most exactly at Platja de la Fosca. This is a wide and sandy beach from which you can see the ruins of an old castle, Sant Esteve. From there, the most wild part of the track starts. You follow a man-made path that goes up and down the coastline, and even though is exhausting at some points, the pay-off is that there are some amazing panoramic views. The feeling of being so high above the Mediterranean sea gave us a rush of adrenaline. If you think about it, it’s scary but marvellous at the same time.

Cami de Ronda

After some time walking, we 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 lovely scenery.

Cala s'Alguer

The next beach that we encounter is El Castell and is one of the unique wild beaches of the Costa Brava. It’s one of the few areas that still 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 the existence 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 we passed through are Canyers, Corbs, Estreta, Planes and Crit. We stopped at the Estreta cove for a break: we ate some food and we enjoyed a beer (all brought from home) while sunbathing. As it was summer and it was really hot, we also swam to refresh ourselves before continue walking.

Palamos Beach

The last part of the walk leads us to Calella de Palafrugell. It’s the most challenging part, mainly the area around the cove El Crit, as it’s really steep and it has crumbling stairs that lead you down to the cove. What’s really cool is that in order to access this cove you need to pass through a keyhole opening in a rock. Keep walking to the botanical gardens of Cap Roig on a steep hillside and soon you reach the urbanization of Palafrugell. Once there, there’s a refurbished path with amazing views of the sea and the city. And finally we arrive at the chic seaside village Calella de Palafrugell.

Yes, you’ve made it! Now it’s time to discover this charming village full 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 to bring a lot of protection, including sunglasses and sun cream.
  • There’re no fountains with drinking water so we advise you to bring enough water with you.
  • We brought all the food (lunch and some snacks) from home.
  • To return, you can either 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. It’s main characteristics are the white houses and narrow streets. Nowadays the city has became a holiday resort but it still maintains its roots as a fishing village. 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 of 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 the months of July and August and where you can enjoy international music and dance performances.

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, which are locally caught prawns whose main characteristics are their redness tonality and amazing flavour.

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