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DOMUS BEGUR extends you a warm welcome to Begur:
The original centre of Begur, with its important architectural and heritage legacies, describes the people of Begur with great intensity. The inhabitants are colloquially known as "Bacanars".
There are three important areas of heritage which offer an exact description of Begur: its castle, as an example of the feudal period; its five defence towers which were used to combat Arabian piracy and the beautiful "Indian" houses, the name given to our predecessors who left to make their fortune in the Americas.
The first information we have about the Castle dates back to 1019. It was destroyed and reformed several times during the 15th and 17th century and the last destruction took place during the Napoleonic Wars in 1810.
Today, the spaces are not clearly defined, but from above, one gets a spectacular view of the mountain, the sea, Begur and the delightful house of Carmen Amaya. The short walk to its interior is well worthwhile to be able to enjoy the view.
The Five Towers were built during the 15th and 16th centuries to defend Begur from the pirate attacks that were spreading throughout the Mediterranean area. These watch towers were an important bastion for the safety of the town. Today, the Five Towers still stand, some of which have been converted into beautiful holiday homes. Each tower retains its original name: Can Marqués, Hermanac de Can Pi, Sant Roman, Pella i Forgas Mas Mauri de Vall and Mas d'en Pic.
The "Indian" houses in colonial style are the most sought-after ones today for holiday homes. These houses were built in the 19th century with the fortunes that were found by those who went to the Americas, particularly to Cuba, in search of wealth. Their walls are usually covered in al fresco paintings with floral motives. Most of the people who emigrated to Cuba or Puerto Rico were dedicated to the food, cork or tobacco business.
Ten of these houses are the most significant ones and they include Casa Pere Roger (photo).
There are also other legacies of local heritage that should not be forgotten when visiting Begur.
The Chapel Sant Ramón, built in the 18th century and completely destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.
Its reconstruction was done in the 1950s, thanks to private contributions from the inhabitants of Begur.
We feel very proud as it was completed in a far shorter time than the Sagrada Família in Barcelona.
Es Pedrís Llarg, in the heart of the town. This stone bench is set in the left-hand side of the local church wall. It has borne witness to long discussions about politics and football, budding romances and so on.
This is the Costa Brava in its pure state, small bays with high cliffs encircled by extensive plant life making an unbeatable, unforgettable setting and landscape environment, which creates indelible sensations and memories.
The municipality of Begur has eight beaches and bays.
The northernmost beach is part of the extension of Pals Beach. It is 300 meters long by 65 meters deep. It has coarse sand and it always has moderate waves.
The coastal path starts at the corner of the beach and runs towards the Illa Roja nudist beach.
Easily accessible by car, it has washrooms, sun lounger rental, bars and beach bars. It is accessible to people with disabilities. A nudist beach which is 80 meters long and 20 meters deep. It is overlooked by an enormous rock that divides the beach into two, with a distinctive red tone from which the beach gets its name of Illa Roja (Red Islet).
It has fine sand and crystal clear water.
It can only be reached on foot and can be accessed by El Racó beach or the coastal path which starts on Sa Riera beach. People who enjoy nudism do not like onlookers and this is indicated in the inscription on the wall at the entrance to the beach. Jumping from Illa Roja into the sea is a fairly habitual practice. If you decide to do so, we accept no responsibility, but we recommend that you put on a swimming costume first.
The beach has no services, which adds to its extreme intimacy.
The Beach of Sa Riera, It is the longest beach in Begur; it is 300 meters long and 80 meters deep. It has fine sand. There is an annex to the beach on the left-hand side and another small beach on the right-hand side if you stroll along the side of the jetty. The Marina or CLUB NÀUTIC is on this beach and is ideal for people who wish to have a buoy to moor their boat during their holiday. The beach is reached on foot, by car or by bus from the centre of Begur.
It is a very well equipped beach. It has all the services, showers, lavatories, surveillance, a Red Cross post for first aid and is accessible to people with disabilities.
Sometimes it is also visited by the friendly coconut seller.
Aiguafreda, It has a small beach area with not much sand, which is 20 meters long and 15 meters deep.
It is mainly used as a jetty as one can moor there at a reasonable price, either for the season or for holiday use.
The boats used for the scuba diving initiation course, as well as those for more experienced divers set sail from this jetty. Nereo Marine Reserve, just behind Cap Sa Sal, is highly appreciated by expert divers.
To enjoy a few days of peace and quiet, without stress, without mobile phones, without hassle, there are two places in Aiguafreda where you can get away from the madding crowd.
Sa Tuna is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is about 80 meters long and 35 meters deep and has large pebbles. Therefore it is not really suitable for young children because they will not be able to build sand castles.
It is a well-equipped beach with secure parking during the summer months, showers on the beach and it is accessible for people with disabilities.
It can be reached by car, on foot or by bus (only in the summer).
A pleasant five-minute stroll takes you from Sa Tuna to S'Eixugador, a small bay with crystal clear water. It can only be reached on foot or by boat and is ideal for getting away from it all.
Every Thursday evening in July, there is an inescapable romantic event, a jazz concert while enjoying a luxurious dinner in any of the restaurants on the beach. Don't miss it!
Platja Fonda, A beach with dark grey sand, which is some 160 meters long and 35 meters deep. It is typical of the Costa Brava, with the sea, the mountains, the beach and the plant life. Access is exclusively on foot or by boat.
There is a car park for disabled people but there are still rather a lot of stairs to be able to get down to the beach. Some years ago, the Coastal Law had the beach bar shutdown for fear of rocks breaking loose.
It has no extra services, there are no showers, or sun lounger rental or anything similar. However the water is a beautiful turquoise blue which makes a visit to this beach well worthwhile.
Fornells consists of Cala d'en Malaret, Cala de Ses Orats, Cala Port d'Esclanyà and Fornells Marina.
These bays can only be reached on foot from Fornells port.
Ses Orats bay is about 18 meters long and 30 meters deep, En Malaret is 7 meters long and 12 meters deep and Port d'Esclanyà bay is 80 meters long and 16 meters deep. They all have shingle rather than sand.
None of them have services, just peace and quiet, as long as you can find a place on them.
A delightful stroll from Platja Fonda to the port, going past the swimming pool belonging to ES CAU Apartments, cut out of the rocks and filled with seawater.
Aiguablava, A sandy beach ideal for families with children. It is some 90 meters long and 48 meters deep, it can be reached by car, bus (only in the summer) or any kind of boat.
Its crystal clear water with a sandy seabed makes it delightful for swimming.
It is one of the best equipped beaches. It has all the basic services: showers, lavatories, surveillance, a Red Cross post for first aid, and accessibility for people with disabilities, secure parking during the summer and, of course, great places to be able to try out our gastronomy or enjoy a nice chilled beer.
At the top of Aiguablava, you will find what is possibly one of the best "paradors" (top-quality hotels) in the national network, El Parador de Aiguablava is built on top of a cliff and therefore is unsuitable for people with a fear of heights.
The views from the swimming pool are spectacular. We recommend snorkelling. If you prefer, you can hire kayaks to go on a beautiful route and enjoy the landscape that is characteristic of the Costa Brava from the sea.
You can enjoy the thousands of caves you will find along the way, the most spectacular of which is Gispert Cave, which is about 150 meters long. The very best day to visit it is St John's Day (June 24th) as the sunrise perfectly illuminates the entire cave.
The coastal paths are one of the main attractions of Begur.
Historically, they were ancient paths that followed the entire coast, mainly used by the customs guards to watch out for tobacco smuggling and by fishermen and sailors to go fishing or in the event of a shipwreck.
Today, they are used as a connection between the bays along the coast and also as a place for enjoying long walks and the incomparable beauty of the landscape.
Due to its rugged coastline full of cliffs, the coastal paths of Begur do not follow its 20 km of coastline continuously, but are sectioned into four different stretches.
From north to south, the first coastal path starts in Platja del Racó, going past Illa Roja, and finally reaching Sa Riera Beach.
The second one starts in Sa Riera and heads east covering some 500 meters of coast, with some spectacular panoramic views.
The following path connects the two beaches to the east of the town, the remote bays of Aiguafreda and Sa Tuna; and the final and longest stretch, links the beaches in the Fornells area to the south of the municipality, Platja Fonda, the small bays of Fornells and Aiguablava Beach.
In Begur, without a doubt, the most traditional gastronomy is Rock Fish
and the gastronomy campaign that is held every spring is based on this fish.
During the campaign, the restaurants that participate offer a special menu based on dishes made using rockfish, with a great variety of recipes and a wide range of prices.
Begur is a small town with big customs. The weekly market is an important part of the town's trade and is a place for habitual encounters between the people of Begur every Wednesday morning.
During the summer season, there is a wide range of entertaining activities, inside the town as well as on the surrounding beaches: habanera recitals, town festivals, the Begur Music Festival, dances, craft and painting fares, children's entertainment and other activities aimed at all kinds of public.
During the first weekend in September, Begur becomes transformed to celebrate the "Indian" Fair and to celebrate a historic period which left a deep impression on our town and our identity.
The "Indian" Fair celebrates the intense relationship between Cuba and Begur, which has its origin in the immigration of many people from Begur to the island of Cuba during the 19th century. On returning to the town, those who had prospered in their businesses had ostentatious homes built which today still decorate the streets of Begur. These "Indians" tried to recreate the style of life in Cuba and left the town with a significant cultural heritage.
During the fair, the streets and squares in the centre of Begur host a large market of products from across the seas, samples of trades and musical performances. The Caribbean rhythms, with Cuban groups of international renown, ensure that the public will have fun at the same time as being able to hear the famous habaneras and shows performed live in the streets, recreating Cuban stories.
This is all complemented with a series of cultural activities including exhibitions, interviews, conferences, documentaries and round tables that analyse and disseminate this legacy left to us by the "Indians".
The best way to visit Begur is, without a doubt, on foot, whether you wish to explore the original town centre or the bays and forests, where you will find various paths that will enable you to discover places that are otherwise inaccessible.
There are the so-called "old paths" which were used in the past by the people of Begur to link the town with its bays. There are two kinds of paths, the old Sa Tuna path and the old Fornells path, which goes from the Fornells junction to Malaret, Ses Orats and Port d'Esclanyà bays.
There are two types of paths; intermediate and very difficult.
The Local d'Es Quinze joins the historic centre of Begur with the abrupt coast, and visitors can enjoy long strolls through a wooded area, see the coast of Begur and the small bay of Aiguafreda.
The second path, which belongs to the GR network of paths (GR-92), which is more difficult, follows the Begur coastline, specifically from Sa Tuna bay to Aiguablava beach.
The beauty of our coast, which can be enjoyed from the land, becomes even more spectacular when seen from the sea.
Our town has several top-quality nautical service companies which offer a large range of possibilities for all kinds of nautical sports, trips, training and courses.
Therefore, on the various beaches of Begur you will be able to rent boats for sailing, go on organised boat trips, do scuba diving, snorkelling or go kayaking, among others.
As far as scuba-diving is concerned, Begur has several diving centres which offer top-quality services with the guarantee of professionals, offering the possibility to submerge and to get to know a new, silent, magical world.
Catalonia is the second biggest community in Spain, after Andalusia, with regard to the number of golf courses. The golf tradition in Catalonia dates back to 1914, when the first golf course was created. Since then, the proliferation of courses and players has constantly increased.
Catalonia is one of the favourite areas in Spain for European golf players thanks to the large number of top-quality golf courses at all levels. Once more, the climate and the top-quality tourist infrastructures combined to attract golf tourism. Evidence of this is the fact that in 2000, the Costa Brava was awarded the IAGT award as the best growing destination for playing golf.
Maximum 40 km around Begur we have:
The PGA Golf de Catalunya is the only club in the principality included in the ranking of the top 10 continental European courses.
Empordà Golf, which is right in the middle of the Costa Brava, was designed by the North American, Robert von Hagge, one of the best golf course architects in the world.
Golf Platja de Pals opened in 1966 and was designed by F.W. Hawtree. It is in the heart of the Costa Brava. It runs parallel to the beautiful white sands of the beach of Pals and is surrounded by a dense pine forest.
Serres de Pals Golf is a new championship golf course which was opened in 2000. It is located in the midst of cultivated land and has wonderful views of the Empordà region in the Costa Brava. Together with the Pals and Empordà golf clubs, it forms the Golden Triangle of golf courses in the area. The course has three areas that are differentiated by small hills, pine forests and fairways between lakes, making it a challenge for players of all levels.
Club de Golf Peralada is located in the heart of the Costa Brava, just a few kilometres from Figueres, the birthplace of the great artist Salvador Dalí. It is one of the most beautiful and comprehensive golf courses in all Catalonia. It boasts a five-star hotel with a spa, the David Leadbetter Golf School and Peralada Castle-Casino. It is an extremely attractive golf course for players of all levels and is excellent for relaxing.
Torremirona Golf Club and tourist centre, a few kilometres from Figueres and very close to the Costa Brava, in an impressive natural landscape with the Pyrenees as its backdrop.
It boasts a prestigious golf school with three practice holes
Club de Golf d'Aro is one of the oldest golf courses on the Costa Brava. Located in the Gavarres mountains, 300 meters above sea level, with impressive panoramic views of the famous Costa Brava. The course is undulated with large artificial lakes and strategically placed bunkers making it a stimulating, interesting golf course and a unique opportunity to be able to use all the clubs in your bag.
In Santa Cristina d'Aro (Girona). Club de Golf Costa Brava, opened in 1968 and designed by Hamilton Stutt & Co., is close to Platja d'Aro and Sant Feliu de Guíxols. The first nine holes of this delightful course are found between pine forests and cork oak forests on undulating fairways, making it a fairly challenging course. The course boasts a magnificent farmhouse built in 1841, which is used as the clubhouse.
Golf Girona was opened in 1992 and designed by F.G. Hawtree, who described it as one of his best creations. It is very well maintained and is the only Spanish golf course with Pencross grass. Its pleasant, elegant character is due to the lay of the land and the natural landscape in which it is found, which also offers a challenge to players of all levels. The course has a delightful clubhouse built in natural stone, which is fully integrated into the surrounding area.
Defined as a par-3 of short distances, Golf Pitch & Putt Gualta is just as suitable for new players as for more experienced golfers.
The advantage for beginners is the fact that there is no obligatory handicap; you can play after just a few golf classes.
The design of the course includes a series of obstacles and magnificent greens in which good golfers will be able to enjoy themselves while improving their game.
Any further information about Begur and the area will be gratefully given upon request to Domus Begur.
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