My attention was brought to Begur only very recently, when a friend invited me to spend a week at their apartment there.
Spain as a country in general, has never particularly interested me. Bar Barcelona, which I adore, I’ve always been put off by the stereotypical ‘Brits abroad’ scene. I’m embarrassed to say I was a part of it back in my teens. I ventured to Magaluf for a week of foam parties and intoxicated mechanical bull rides. Not to mention the one-too-many hits of laughing gas dispensed out of balloons by party reps, circulating the crowds like hyenas.
Nevertheless, I am not one to turn down an adventure, so it was a yes from me!
Begur perches on the Costa Brava coast a few hours north of Barcelona. With around 4000 inhabitants, the number swells to around 40,000 in the tourist season. This, quite frankly, instills a dread deep into my very core, so visiting in October meant that the majority of the crowds had vanished. Phew!
The medieval town sprawls unevenly below the remains of an 11th-century castle and dreamy views of distant mountain ranges and the glistening ocean can be seen from a number of vantage points.
Begur made me fall in love with the Spanish aesthetic; the history, the cobbled streets and the stone buildings, the balconies spilling with plants, the splashes of colour, the tiles, the narrow alley ways.
Not forgetting the siestas, people watching in the square with something either caffeinated or alcoholic, eating dinner at midnight and dowsing everything in olive oil as if I were about to set it alight.
I could have quite happily spent my entire time eating my weight in fresh tomatoes and garlic smushed onto olive oil-soaked bread and taking naps, but there was plenty to see and do in and around Begur. Here’s what I got up to during my week in the Spanish sun:
Hike the coastal paths
Begur has multiple walking trails, all of which link up the different coves, beaches and towns. To figure out which distance and difficulty level is best for you, check out the Visit Begur website.
Visit the medieval town of Pals
Just a few miles from Begur is the charming little medieval town of Pals. Pals’ gothic quarter has been so well restored that it feels like you have stepped back in time. Or onto a film set for that matter, as you amble around its warren of stone streets. We practically had the entire place to ourselves when we visited in the evening!
Climb up Castell de Begur
Although only its foundations remain, climbing up to Begur’s Castle is a must whilst visiting the town. The walk is fairly short, but like a lot of the town, it’s steep. The 360 degree views from the top span for miles. You can see the entire town, as well as the shimmering ocean and across to distant mountains, including the Pyrenees.
Take a day trip to Girona
Located between Barcelona and Costa Brava, Girona is just over an hours drive from Begur. Like Pals, it’s another medieval gem worth visiting. It’s known for its amazing architecture, Old Quarter and being the filming location for Game of Thrones! Visit in the evening and wander the dimly lit, narrow old streets as bats whizz above your head!
Get a taste of Barcelona
And finally, the chances are that you will be flying to and from Barcelona to get to Begur. With that in mind, it would probably be wise to slip it into the beginning or end of your itinerary. For some inspiration of what to see and do in Barcelona, check out my blog posts: How to Spend 4 Days in Barcelona and Where I Ate: Vegan in Barcelona.
Huge thank you to James – you’re a wonderful host, knowledgeable tour guide and great company.