I often go to places and ask friends who live there or who’ve been for recommendations, but often forget to take note of places I find most memorable or that I’d recommend. My friend Sukanya and I just spent two weeks in Spain, visiting Barcelona, San Sebastián, Bilbao, Seville, and Costa Brava. Between The New York Times 36 Hours series and recommendations from several friends, we had plenty to keep us busy. We went to Costa Brava last, having missed the memo that summer ended the week before, but I’m still happy we were able to spend a few days there, even if it was cool and raining half the time.
We stayed at Hotel Aigua Blava in Begur, on the coastline of Costa Brava. This was the view from our hotel. Not terrible. Also their daily breakfast buffet was amazing.
The hotel was near numerous beaches, which when you search on Instagram, are usually covered with people. I was able to walk to all of the beaches below from our hotel, passing people who appeared to be serious hikers (or at least who had walking sticks and better shoes than me), traversing rocks, and trekking up and down stairs, through tunnels, and often convinced I was heading in the wrong direction, but happily found my way to each.
Just to the north, through a tunnel and down a serious set of stairs, you will hit Plaja Fonda.
A little to the south are Playa de En Malaret (below), Playa Cala Smiroli (middle), and through yet another tunnel, Playa Cala Aiguablava (bottom).
The weather report invariably, and often inaccurately, predicted rain, so we decided to explore the town of Begur one day. What remains of the castle at the top of the town provides 360 views, and the walk there was beautiful. Also, if you can, get a drink or eat a meal at the adorable Hotel Aiguaclara while in town.
© Sarah Milstein 2018