Throughout the year, L'Estartit welcomes hordes of tourists, with the majority taking the short flight from the UK between May and August. Offering unparalleled scenes of the Bay of Roses, this jewel of the Costa Brava is blessed with a northern position beneath the Mongri mountains. Its island backdrop paints a picture of the Medes Islands, which can be accessed by speedboat. While the harbour might be fairly busy, the town is authentic and peaceful. Without a doubt, the beach is mainly what entices people to book a holiday to L'Estartit.
Blanketed in golden sands, the promenade is the ideal spot for watching, or engaging in, sailing and windsurfing. Due to its prime position, it’s possible to embark on a day trip to Barcelona during your 2019 holiday in L'Estartit. Expect to find plenty of ocean-facing accommodation options in this popular family resort.
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L'Estartit, Costa Brava
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Are you an architectural fanatic? If so, marvel at the town's time-worn architecture. On the other hand, you could get up close to intricately designed structures on a day trip to the magical city of Barcelona. Boat excursions depart daily to the Medes Islands. This National Park is protected and the landscape is a colourful blur of flora and fauna. It’s known for its high level of biodiversity, with wild orchids and thousands of rare plant species adding to the beauty of the Medes Islands.
Hiring a car and driving around L'Estartit will give you an opportunity to see more of Costa Brava's attractions, from the detailed remains of the important archaeological Roman Ruins at Empuries, to the medieval village of Peratallada. Water parks, theme parks, and mini golf courses are also accessible by car from the beach resort.
Sample local wine at the weekly market whilst on holiday to L'Estartit, or reserve a table at one of the top-rated restaurants for fine dining. Generally, the menus will consist of Spanish dishes, but there are also an abundance of local eateries that dish up more than just Mediterranean fare. From European specialties to Asian fusion-style cooking, L'Estartit ensures a mouth-watering gastronomic experience.
For cheap eats, head to Restaurant Fancy, Pizza Mia or Bar L'Entrepa. If your budget allows, treat yourself to an afternoon or evening of fine dining at one of the more upscale restaurants. Pahissa Del Mas Pou is the top-rated local restaurant for pristine presentation and top-notch service. Vicus Restaurant, Candelaria, and Sa Punta Restaurant also boast positive ratings. Not sure which wine would accompany your food best?
mbark on a trip along the Emporda Wine Route to see vineyards, learn about the wine production process, and tease your taste buds with a concoction of whites and reds.
Mention that Waterworld Water Park is located in the neighbouring resort of Lloret de Mar and you shouldn't have a problem tempting the kids to join you on holiday in L'Estartit. The majority of hotels and resorts cater to families, with daytime kids' clubs and evening entertainment guaranteed to keep the young and old occupied. Renting a car is easy and advisable when travelling as part of a group.
With car hire, the relatives can join you in your quest to uncover more of the surrounding land. Nearby Costa Brava lures in families with Cap de Creus National Park, the Greco Ruins at Empuries, and the Salvador Dali Museum, where everyone can learn something about this stunning region.
Action & Adventure
Fancy a challenge? Zip line through the wilderness or tackle one of the circuits at Arbre Aventura Park. You can find this theme park in Lloret de Mar. Some other outdoor activities you can find in the surrounding area include scuba diving, paragliding, parasailing, and even skydiving.
Skydive Empuriabrava is sure to get the adrenaline pumping. A tandem skydive experience with this company will be professional. A dedicated instructor will jump from the sky with you or there is the option of completing an Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) course.
Sitting snugly between the River Ter’s plain and the Mongri mountains, L'Estartit coastline stretches for 15 kilometres. During your beach holiday to L'Estartit, you will notice that the coastline is rocky in certain areas, but don't let this put you off.
Golden sand blankets 5.4 kilometres of the coast, while the remaining expanse of shores is mostly rocky. A range of amenities are available to the public on the three main beaches – Platja de Griells, Platja Gran and Platja de la Platera. Perhaps the most relaxed and uncrowded of the beaches is Platja de la Platera, which is closest to the river. Water sports rental is offered at Platja de Griells, such as kayaks and kite surfing equipment. Head to Platja Gran in Platja d'Aro if you’re interested in renting a pedalo or watching the world go by from one of the popular beach bars.
Being a part of the Costa Brava, you won’t struggle to find a lively nightlife spot during your holiday to L'Estartit. Groups of young people tend to stay in the town centre, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the main strip of pubs and clubs. Expect the crowds to be predominantly British, French or German. Play a game of table soccer at Jerico Bar and order a jug of sangria to set yourself up for an evening of socialising at the Gran Cafe Unic.
Keep in mind that L'Estartit’s more of a family resort, than an 18-30's party destination. For this reason, many of the local businesses will shut up shop shortly after midnight, if not before. Nevertheless, nearby Lloret de Mar's Disco Tropics is a good place to rub shoulders with partygoers, as is Rabbies Bar and Tipic Bar in Tossa de Mar.
Couples of all ages will have a holiday to remember when they spend time in this Spanish beach resort. A laid-back atmosphere and breathtaking backdrop creates a romantic setting. What's more, there are plenty of things to do on your couples' holiday.
Do you and your partner want to bask in Mother Nature's beauty when on holiday in L'Estartit? If so, visit one of the nearby national parks, most of which can be visited as part of an organised tour. The flora and fauna is most diverse in Jardin Botanic de Cap Roig and Camino de Ronda.
Wildlife, nature and geologic formations aside, L'Estartit’s also home to a medley of museums, castles, churches and historic sites. Couples may take pleasure in watching the sun set from the ancient Moorish Tower, whilst others might prefer to feast on paella near the harbour.
If you’ve ever been on holiday to L'Estartit before, or anywhere in Spain for that matter, you’ll know that the Spanish culture is rich and beautiful. With one of the oldest cultures on the planet, it’s not surprising that the Spaniards are proud of their heritage and strive to keep it alive. So influential is the culture that it’s even shaped the customs in other continents around the globe.
Don’t miss the chance to unwind with a glass of sangria and some live Spanish guitar playing when you book a holiday to L'Estartit. The Flamenco dance is a time-honoured tradition that is performed on stage, at festivals, inside local taverns and in the streets.