White washed houses splashed with bright blue shutters and climbing ivy with vibrant purple flowers. A pebbled beach front punctuated with the colored parasols of local beach goers. A coastline filled with cacti taller than a double decker bus. Welcome to the Costa Brava, and more specifically Calella de Palafrugell.
I visited Calella de Palafrugell on a girls weekend away to visit a friend who grew up in Barcelona. Locals, as usual, always know best, and she took us to one of her favorite weekend destinations.
Most people I know love Barcelona. Most rave about the beaches of Barceloneta, which honestly, I’ve never understood. The beaches of Barcelona are nothing too special. If you’re looking for a beautiful coast line, visit la Costa Brava – or don’t – I’m sure the locals would prefer it that way. Calella de Palafrugell is about an hour and twenty minutes north of Barcelona, and is worth the trip if you’ve got a rental car during your visit in Barcelona. I’d even recommend ditching Barcelona for a few days and enjoying the Costa Brava instead.
While Barcelona feels busy with other tourists and Spanish alike, Calella de Palafrugell feels like a taste of real Spain. Visiting the area feels like a real holiday. Stroll the water front, take a dip in the sea, eat paella, repeat. The perfect Spanish weekend away.
The many colors at the beach of Calella de Palafrugell
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Charming restaurants line the beach front
Views out over the ocean … what dreams are made of
Climb to the top of the hill to get the view of the three bays below
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Gabby is a native (Northern) Californian who spent the majority of her 20’s living the expat life in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, exploring Europe and beyond. 27 countries later, she’s relocated back to her home base in California where she explores her passions for the travel and the outdoors.