Spanish Riviera : An afternoon in Calella de Palafrugell

Although there’s no such thing as the Spanish Riviera, travel websites usually use the term when they talk about Spain’s magnificent beaches, and the Iberian country is blessed with plenty of them.  So, if there would be a Spanish Riviera, this would probably include most of the country’s seashores, as Spain is almost entirely surrounded by beautiful coasts kissed by the Mediterranean and the Southern Atlantic.  Our favorite one to spend an afternoon was Calella de Palafrugell.

Where is this Spanish Riviera?

Starting with Costa Brava – Spain’s “wild coast”, which stretches from the French border to the north of Barcelona and melts beautifully into Costa Dorada, the country takes pride in a plethora of wonderful beaches. Further along, the Mediterranean gives rise to other three famous shores – Costa del Azahar, Costa de Valencia, and the glorious Costa Blanca, all of them belonging to the autonomous community of Valencia.

Costa Blanca is followed by the scenic Costa Calida in the province of Murcia, from where it begins the Andalusian spectacle with its four superstars: Costa Almeria, Costa Tropical, Costa del Sol, and Costa de la Luz, in this particular order. Then, on the far North West corner of Spain, on the Atlantic shore, lies the unspoilt Costa de Galicia, followed by the stunning Costa Verde in the Principality of Asturias, and the charming Costa Vasca in the Basque Country.

We went on a day trip from Barcelona, and spent a glorious afternoon basking in the sun and enjoying some Sangria and Paella on one of the beautiful beach villages of the Costa Brava in Calella de Palafrugell.  Calella de Palafrugell is one of three coastal towns belonging to the municipality of Palafrugell in the Province of Girona, Spain, the other two being Llafranc and Tamariu.

Calella de Palafrugell has an excellent setting and, whilst busy in the summer season, it does not have the large hotels and mass tourism of other Costa Brava resorts such as Lloret de Mar. The coastline of the town stretches some two kilometres south to the El Golfet beach – part of the Cap Roig headland where beautiful Botanical gardens are located. Calella de Palafrugell has a number of beautiful small coves, beautiful boats docked and children playing on the rocks and families having some fun in the sun.

A Glorious afternoon in Calella de Palafrugell

Here are a few pictures from our afternoon… while the kids perused the beach, swam to the rocks, we people watched enjoying the sun and the sand…


Spanish Riviera : An afternoon in Palafrugell






Calella de Palafrugell





How to get to Calella de Palafrugell

Although you can do this trip on your own, we booked our trip through Viator, with a small group operator.  We had stopped at Pals and Girona before getting to Palafrugell. We could have easily driven there ourselves and spent a few days on the coast exploring other little towns along the coast.


  • It is 135 km from Barcelona to Palafrugell. Take the AP7 motorway towards Gerona/France and get off at junction 9 (Vidreres / Lloret), taking the road to Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Platja d’Aro (C-35) and then aiming for Palamós (C-31), taking junction 331 Palafrugell Sud.
  • It is 80 km from the French border to Palafrugell. Take the AP7 towards Barcelona and get off at junction 6 (Girona Nord), take the road to La Bisbal / Palamós (C-66) and the exit for Palafrugell Nord.


  • The nearest railway station to Palafrugell is in Flaçà, 25 km away From here there are Sarfa buses to Palafrugell.

Where to eat in Calella de Palafrugell

As always we checked out the beach lined with cafes and restraunts for the ones with the most locals and ate there- La Vela was the name of the place.  You can check for other eats around this beautiful coast – Tragamar and La Placenta were the names that popped up when searching for popular establishments around. For more information you can check Visit Palafrugell

See our 7 day Andalusia Itinerary where we spent our days in Seville, Granada and Cordoba.



6 thoughts on “Spanish Riviera : An afternoon in Calella de Palafrugell”

  1. Great read! I love Spain. Was just in Madrid for a few days. Need to go back. Would love to walk the Camino one day.

  2. The Spanish Riviera looks like a great place to chill out. The views are amazing and the town looks so picturesque. Sure you all had a great time.

  3. I was thinking of going there, but my love of Lisboa won out. Now you’re making me regret my decision just a little.

  4. Beautiful. Hubs and I are thinking Spain this October. I’ll have to pick your brain on this. Last time I was in Barcelona was 2 decades ago.

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