Among the many cities on the Spanish coast of the Costa Brava, there is one special in its own way – Begur. It seems that there are many other cities nearby, but something still pulls you to return here. Maybe it’s a picturesque location on the mountain, or an increased concentration of decent restaurants, or a presence of an extensive cultural program… There may be more reasons, because the city of Begur is really wonderful!
Begur is a popular summer resort in Catalonia. During the summer months, a usually modest number of inhabitants (about 4 thousand people) can grow 10 times. For a small town on the coast, this is a serious increase.
A beach holiday in Begur is, of course, as wonderful as staying in the city itself. However, it makes no sense to pay any special attention to the local resort advantages – the entire Costa Brava has a well-deserved beach reputation all over the world. And what attracts tourists in such numbers to Begur so much, you can find out by going to the site dedicated to the main local attractions visitbegur.cat.
Of course, sightseeing should start from Begur Castle, which is a main dominant of the city panorama. The castle is located right classically – on a top of a mountain. True, not much is left of it, but it still makes an impression.
In addition to its central part, several watchtowers have been preserved in the old city. They were left over from the time when the pirates were rampant in the Mediterranean and coastal cities needed protection.
What is worth mentioning with a special impact, is the local cuisine. In some surprising way, such a number of very decent restaurants have concentrated in Begur that one involuntarily begins to think about the reasons for their concentration. Perhaps the whole point is about the accumulation of a fairly wealthy public, which is accustomed to the high standards of service. What a paradise for foodies!
We especially remember the restaurant Carbo Begur – located in an old colonial-style villa, it itself looks more like a museum than a food establishment. The menu is mainly meat, but this does not detract from its attractiveness – the local “xuleton” is just a bomb 😊
It was a big surprise to see the local real estate prices – they differed significantly from the prices in neighboring regions. Apparently, the veil of elitism of these places is reinforced by the desire of wealthy individuals to acquire real estate in Begur.
Of course, a tour of any city with a history should begin with the old town. In Begur, it is especially entertaining: a mixture of Colonial and Mediterranean styles gives an amazing result. Many streets in the city center have preserved their original appearance so much that it creates the feeling of a traveling back in time.
The cultural agenda in this small town is also impressive. During the summer months, Begur hosts an open-air music festival. Its venues are situated in different locations in the old town, and anyone can join this musical event. Of course, it is more pleasant to enjoy a concert from the outdoor terrace of a nearby café 😊
In October, Begur hosts the International Film Festival dedicated to the comedy genre. The city is filled with figures of the film industry and visitors to the events dedicated to the festival. The atmosphere in Begur becomes festive, as in the summer season, cafes, restaurants, shops and other local establishments come to life.
Idle tourists also have an entertainment – taking a photo on the red carpet. And may be visitingt a couple of sessions at a local cinema. More information about the Begur Film Festival can be found on the official website of the event, begurcostabravafilmfest.com.
As mentioned above, the Colonial style in architecture left its mark on the appearance of Begur. The city has preserved several colonial villas from the old days, which can be visited if wanted. Moreover, in Begur there are several hotels located in historical buildings that look more like palaces than hotels.
One of these hotels is the Sa Calma Hotel & SPA. It is situated in an 18th-century building, having the common spaces, like a lobby and a guest bar, more reminiscent of the interiors of a luxury villa. The rooms are decorated in an old style, although they have all the comforts.
Breakfasts are served on the rooftop terrace overlooking the old town. There is also a swimming pool and lounge area. Feelings of staying in this hotel complement the overall impression of Begur – a city of relaxed resort life.
If there is still time, it is advisable to visit a lighthouse, located nearby. To do this, it is worth renting a car and driving along the picturesque road for quite a bit. The lighthouse is located on a cliff, having on the one hand a view of the city of Llafranc, and on the other – the open sea.
In the building of the lighthouse there is a restaurant serving Japanese (and Oriental) cuisine. At the same time, the restaurant has a terrace in the garden, where climbing vines serve as a roof, and a glass fence protects from the wind. And there is a view from the cliff to the sea, a bewitching sight. Well, the restaurant itself is pretty decent.
In general, no matter what type of vacation is a priority, Begur has everything for its successful implementation. This small town concentrates all the best from the coast on which it stands. And by the way, there seems to be a secret ingredient in a local ice cream. It is simply impossible to break away from it, in vending shop there are queues all the time, at any time of the day or night. Definitely worth a try!