Overlooking a series of coves that front the Mediterranean Sea, Calella de Palafrugell is an atmospheric resort town on the Costa Brava. This former fishing village has escaped the development of many neighbouring resorts, with historic, red-roofed houses dominating its town centre and wooden boats lining the beaches.
Things to do in Calella de Palafrugell
Wander through the charismatic neighbourhood of Port Bo, which hugs the waterfront of Calella de Palafrugell. Designated as a site of Cultural Heritage of National Importance, its narrow, winding streets are lined with whitewashed houses and picture-perfect churches. Take note of the vaulted arches that dominate the beachfront promenade, with these former workspaces for sailors now transformed into restaurant terraces.
Port Bo also features several coves lapped by the warm Mediterranean waters that provide an idyllic setting for swimming and sunbathing in the summer months. There are numerous restaurants backing the beach where you can dine throughout the day, including Les Voltes de Calella, Restaurant La Blava and El Didal. Further south lies El Golfet, a wonderful stretch of sand that lies adjacent to the botanical gardens and historic castle of Cap Roig.
Cap Roig can be reached along the Camino de Ronda, a scenic footpath that was originally built to protect the Costa Brava’s towns against pirate attacks. Today, it connects the region’s tourist resorts and beaches, with breathtaking coastal views along its route. The Camino de Ronda’s different sections can be explored on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.
Getting around Calella de Palafrugell
Calella de Palafrugell is around 25 minutes’ drive from Sant Feliu de Guixols and 1.5 hours from Barcelona and Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport. Buses connect to Calella de Palafrugell from destinations across Girona and the beachside area is compact enough to explore on foot.