Calella de Palafrugell is one of the most special villages on the Costa Brava. It has the charm of a rustic fishing village, white washed arches and fishing boats in situ, with enough restaurants and bars to create a lively atmosphere. A perfect place to relax, kick back and drink in the Catalan culture.
You’ll could easily spend a week here and not go to the same beach more than once.
Calella de Palafrugell is ideal for families with young children. The sea is usually as still as a mill pond. At Port Bo it is shallow and safe for toddlers and babies to paddle and splash.
Older children enjoy snorkelling, clambering on the rocks, rock pooling and other beach activities.
There are plenty of costal and wooded walks if you like stretch your legs and get away from the beaches.
Beaches of Calella, Palafrugell
All of these beaches are within in walking distance for a person of normal mobility.
- Canadell de Calella. The biggest and normally busiest of beaches. You’ll find somewhere to park your towel, even in the height of summer. Sports a couple of restaurants and kayak hire.
- Port Bo, Port de Malaespina, Platja d’en Calau. This is actually 3 beaches rather than one. This is one of my favourite places in the summer. The sea is aqua marine, shimmering. Beckoning. The white arcs and fishing boats afford some shade and transport you a fairy-tale romance.
- La Plageta “Little Beach” Next along there is a tiny beach. The only access is down a large flight of stairs.
- Port Pelegri. Another largish beach. The water is deeper here so not so great for young children who want to paddle. But the fish love the deeper waters. If you bring a slice of bread, you’ll quickly find that you have a whole shoal around your feed. Great restaurant (not cheap but a good holiday treat.) Also kayak/SUP board hire and a diving shop. The dive boat goes in and out and the kids love to watch it arrive.
- Canyers. The tiniest beach in the world. Look out for the wild tomatoes that often grow in the rocks.
- Golfet. A local’s secret. Don’t tell them I told you about it. It’s a short walk along the costal path. (Or if you drive, you need to walk down a steep path.) This is a beautiful beach but it has no amenities. Golfet is great for shade in the summer. Also awesome for snorkeling and boat watching.
If you spent your entire holiday at Calella de Palafrugell, you would have an amazing, relaxing time.
P.S. There is another “Calella” that is much closer to Barcelona. Not to be confused with “Calella de Palafrugell”.