Contrast in Costa Brava/Pals:Day trips-Barcelona
Terracotta reds and burnt oranges, muted yellow ochre's and cinnamon browns.Or you'd prefer a manifold of greens and blues: azure, turquoise, teal, mint, cyan?
Irrespective of the choice you make, chances are you will confront a myriad range, all within 10 miles.........
For the former choice, enter Pals.
If you thought all those locales in Sepia, with cobbled streets, creepers climbing up stone walls, arches and alleyways existed only in retro movies, aren't you absolutely wrong!
The name of the city comes from 'palus', the Latin word for marshlands, as this is what the fortress used to be surrounded by.
Pals may very well be one of the best kept secrets in Catalonia, and it slowly does take your breath away.I wouldn't deny, I for one would never have incorporated it in my travel plans [never having heard of it before]. Thankfully, putting convenience over independent exploration, [which sometimes is the best manner to get more done in less] we opted for a day tour.
Impatient to get to Costa Brava, encountering Pals mid-way was a surprise detour, after we had visited Girona at the start of the tour.. And aren't I glad it was.You must see this for yourself.
I wouldn't be mistaken to state that every nook and cranny, in this wonder of a village is superlatively charming, extremely picturesque and just 'Wow'! [Sorry about the overdose, but that's how I feel about this tiny marvel].
A relaxed walk through the pathways transports you into a bygone era. Hats off to the preservation carried out to maintain the beauty of Pals.
For the latter, if its transparent sea as far as the eyes can see: Undoubtedly, it should be Costa Brava, literally the 'Wild coast'.A quick 15 minutes away from Pals.
Pounding surf and wild rocks dot the rugged shoreline, extending all the way into France from the north of Barcelona. Costa Brava, is not the run of the mill, touristy destination as some assume it to be.
P.S. For all you romantics out there, it even has a place called Roses!!![ I urge you to google all of them, the images that you will see, will make you go 'Aww, pretty'!]
There are coves, inlets, mini caves....Imagine an Enid Blyton 'Famous Five' : Treasure Island setting - right before your very eyes!
Although we hardly spent a couple of hours at the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, basking in the sun and taking a dip in the inviting waters, it does seem fit to dedicate an entire vacation to Costa Brava.
If possible, hire a car, take a road-trip - let Costa Brava mesmerize you.
Would I return here given the chance? Definitely!I did not have the usual fancies for a birthday this year - no flowers, clubbing or even a whole cake......but I was grateful to dedicate a day to travel, which has always been my passion.Looking forward to a year.......full of happy changes!
Day trips from Barcelona
- If you're not too keen on driving around, you could definitely try the day trips that Explore Catalunya has to offer. The guides are friendly and the activities are spaced out.
- Pals does not have the typical attractions that you would need to purchase a ticket for in advance, neither does Calella de Palafrugell. So wander as your heart pleases, without a timetable!
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Costa Brava is now an addition to my favorite list of breathtaking beaches. The beaches in Philippines still top the list! Which is the best beach you've visited till date?
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