Information about Begur
The impressive silhouette of the medieval castle from the 11th century high above Begur still characterizes the cityscape today. Located between the Gavarres Mountains and the sea at Cap de Begur, the small town and the surrounding coastline with the crystal-clear bathing bays are among the most beautiful parts of the Costa Brava.
Begur has changed in recent years. Modern boutiques, trendy restaurants and inviting cafés can be found in the old streets with lovingly renovated historical buildings.
The changeable architecture of the city surprises: majestic colonial buildings from the 19th century stand next to defensive towers from the 16th and 17th centuries – once built to protect against pirate attacks.
In the steep alleys up to the castle, renovated old fisherman’s houses crouch wall to wall. Where once seafarers, fishermen and coral divers lived, today mostly local tourists bustle.
The Gothic parish church in the center of Begur is dedicated to Saint Peter. Locals sit on the surrounding stone bench and have a morning chat in the shadow of the church walls. We look for a place under a tree in the café next door and enjoy the hustle and bustle around us. Then we start the steep climb to Castell de Begur. The effort is worth it. You will be rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view of the sea and mountains:
Sa Riera, Aiguafreda, Sa Tuna, Platja Fonda, Fornells and Aiguablava are the most beautiful bays on the coast around Begur.
Caribbean flair prevails throughout Begur at the Fira d’Indians in early September. From the 16th to the 19th century, Cuba was a Spanish colony. At that time, many Catalans also sought their luck overseas and made a fortune. Back home they built magnificent houses. In Begur, the connection to the Caribbean island is celebrated with a colorful street festival.
The market with colonial goods is tempting to buy. Cuban dance and music, colorful costumes and caipirinhas ensure a relaxed atmosphere until the morning. A party with guaranteed fun that should not be missed!
The Begur bays
Lush greenery in front of the azure blue sea welcomes us to the Platja de Pals. The Medes Islands lie in front of us. At the end of the kilometer-long sandy beach, bizarre rocks grow out of the sand. Countless catamarans are waiting for the wind on the beach. The Spanish championships will be held here this weekend. We watch the participants’ eager goings-on for a while. You prepare for the next race at noon.
Platja de I'Illa Roja
Then we climb into the rocks and follow the well-developed bank path over the stones towards Begur. Anglers try their luck. Children jump screeching from a rock tower into the sea and swim to the Platja de I’Illa Roja. The Platja de I’Illa Roja is a real dream bay. The heavenly idyll is a popular nude bathing beach. Loud music is playing in the small neighboring bay. Here, some kids are dancing into the end of summer.
After the next climb, the Cala Sa Riera is in front of us. The beauty of the postcard scores with white sand, clear blue water and fishing boats on the beach – surrounded by white houses and lush green pine groves, it exudes a Mediterranean holiday atmosphere.
We sit down in a café directly on the beach promenade and are fascinated by the romantic backdrop. The waiter served us pan con tomato and freshly squeezed orange juice.
In the early and late season, Cala Sa Riera is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful bays on the Costa Brava. The path continues a little further around the next bend. There it ends in nothing. Yellow rocks form a picturesque contrast to the turquoise-dark blue sea with white sails.