What there is to see in Begur, Costa Brava
Published on November 13, 2019 by Catalan Holidays
Begur is a tourist destination that has become very popular in recent years with domestic and foreign visitors, offering all travellers the opportunity to enjoy the different monuments that it consists of and the spectacular settings that surround it. It should be noted that this town is in the province of Girona, which has excellent connections to the entire Autonomous Community of Catalonia and to the rest of Spain.
Furthermore, one of its most striking charms is its marvellous beaches, bathed by the Mediterranean ocean, which forms one of the most wonderful places on the Costa Brava and which allows travellers to take part in different leisure activities.
- The history of Begur
- Beaches and coves, time to disconnect
- Natural swimming pool in Begur
- Camino de Ronda seaside paths in Begur
- Typical local cuisine
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The history of Begur, a village with pre-historic origins
Begur is located in a strategic setting within the Costa Brava with different inhabitants, who made their settlements in the area, taking advantage of it throughout its history. The first recorded remains date back to the prehistoric era, noting an important boom during the Roman period, thanks to trading beginning with Italy. The Medieval period also made an enormous impact on this Catalan town, leaving behind records in such important buildings as Begur Castle.
Furthermore, in the waters surrounding its coasts, it is possible to find a vast quantity of treasure and sunken ships, with finds made in recent years including: amphoras, jewellery and ceramics of high cultural value. With these objects, it has been possible to better understand the people who lived in this place and their customs.
Begur Medieval Castle
The Medieval Castle in Begur is one of the most important symbols in the town. It is in a perfect state of conservation thanks to the different restorations that have been carried out in recent years. Through this fortress located in the highest part of Begur, a visitor can be delighted with privileged views of the entire region of Ampurdán. Although they have been able to find Iberian remains in the zone, Begur Castle originates from the 11th century, having been built in a strategic location which allowed the population to defend against any attack.
The Romanesque village of Esclanyá
Esclanyá is a population hub nestled in the town of Begur, which is built around a main church called San Esteban. The church was constructed with different architectural elements which give an idea of the previous existence of other settlements in the same place.
The beautiful streets of Esclanyá, alongside the charm of its buildings, make it an obligatory stop on a visit to Begur, with excellent connections for the traveller’s convenience.
Begur’s watchtowers are made up of 6 buildings in total, which allowed for a better town defence against pirates. It is believed, according to local remains, that the Mas Mauri De Vall Tower was the largest one of all those in the town, being annexed in the last century to private property, which has remained inside it.
The Ma D’En Pinc tower is a curiosity that cannot be accessed by a main door as happens with the others. It is necessary to climb to the first floor of the farmhouse it is next to, to get inside this defensive construction.
During the 19th century, many of Begur’s inhabitants found themselves obliged to emigrate to Cuba, with the goal of obtaining a better quality of life than what they had in their area. In the years that followed, many of them returned, building impressive homes that embodied Cuba’s characteristic style and which can be viewed during a trip.
The first weekend in September brings the Indians fair to Begur, displaying different overseas products for visitors and bringing to life this very important indigenous period which has had an enormous impact on the history of Begur and its citizens.
Beaches and coves, time to disconnect
After visiting the different historical monuments dotted around Begur, tourists can take a moment to disconnect and relax on the different beaches in the area.
Sa Riera Beach in Begur
The name of this beach comes from a stream which splits the area in half, preserving in the vicinity typical fishermen’s homes, a symbol of the main economic activity in the zone. It should be emphasised that there are different ways to access the beach, and it has public transport access in the summer months.
Racó Beach is an excellent option for those tourists who are looking for a peaceful and calm area during their journey. It is possible to find the coves of Isla Roja and Sa Riera nearby, which have facilities including toilets, life guard service and beach bars which offer a good array of cuisine.
This beach is located in a very special place in the town of Begur, visitors can access it by a long wooden staircase. Due to the difficult access, it is not very popular, turning it into one of the quietest beaches in the area.
Aiguablava Beach is one of the most beautiful in Begur and the whole of Catalonia, as a result of the spectacular, turquoise waters that surround it. It must be emphasised that during the summer months there is public transport available, although there are car parks nearby, even for those people who have reduced mobility.
Illa Roja Cove
It could be said that the Illa Roja Cove is one of the most photographed landscapes on the Costa Brava, due to the perfect combination of its crystal-clear waters and the impressive rocky landscape that can be seen as you swim. Inside the cove there are no bathroom facilities, as the lack of access makes it an unknown, and little visited place for the majority of travellers.
Aiguafreda Cove is the perfect combination of flora and fauna with a beach. Visitors will find crystal-clear waters that give them a view of the excellent riches of the seafloor. It is important to highlight that the amount of sand is quite low in this area, as it predominantly consists of typical local rocks.
Sa Tuna Cove
This Cove originates from the fishermen’s quarter in Sa Tuna, where different homes are currently preserved which give an idea of the seafaring tradition. On the right-hand side of the beach, it is possible to find an impressive cave, which hosts different shows of Habanera music during the summer months.
Protected in the south by a high, rocky wall and with excellent views of the sea to the north, S’Eixugador Cove offers visitors an exceptional spot for relaxation and meditation. To reach this nook which is seldom visited by people, you must take the Camino de Ronda seaside path, where it is necessary to descend to reach this place, which, thanks to its crystal-clear waters, enables snorkelling.
Natural swimming pool in Begur
The Es Cau de Begur swimming pool is a construction of great beauty, highly valued by the majority of tourists who visit it. It is located between the Fornells and Fonda beaches and is fed by water from the sea. It should be highlighted that this construction is, nevertheless, not actually natural. However, its surroundings provide a quite harmonious aspect and do not clash with the rocky landscape of the area.
Caminos de Ronda seaside paths in Begur
Along the Camino de Ronda seaside paths in Begur, visitors can enjoy the different coves that make up this area in a special way, making the most of the views of the flora and fauna that live in this area. Its origin dates back to previous centuries, having facilities like surveillance, allowing salvage in case of shipwreck or smuggling controls in the post-war era.
Typical local cuisine
The Mediterranean diet is encapsulated in Begur’s local cuisine, thanks to the wide offering of fish, seafood and vegetables that can be obtained in the area. Both in the village itself as well as on the beaches, it is possible to find different hospitality establishments offering travellers great culinary delights, garnishing all this with impressive views.
It is also important to emphasize the Roca fish, which is a quite flavourful species found around Begur. This species of fish is highly prized in restaurants, turning it into an excellent element of the local cuisine.
Holiday Homes Near Begur
Begur’s accommodation options are extensive. At Catalan Holidays we choose quality accommodation near Begur, designed for couples, families and groups of friends who want a degree of privacy and to be near the most interesting places in Begur and the Catalan Coast.