Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea at the base of the Montgrí Massif, L’Estartit is a laid-back seaside resort on Spain’s Costa Brava. It was once a small fishing village and port from where locally produced goods were transported to Barcelona before developing rapidly with the arrival of tourists in the 1960s. Today, L’Estartit lures visitors in with its golden stretch of sand, well-equipped marina and proximity to the offshore Illes Medes.
Things to do in L'Estartit
Stretching south from the marina is Playa de L’Estartit, a golden sweep of sand that comes alive with holidaymakers during the summer months. The shallow, protected waters make it ideal for families and there are several beach bars where you can grab drinks and snacks throughout the day. If you’re after shade, throw your towel down on the grassy lawns of La Pineda Park.
Just off the coast of L’Estartit is the Illes Medes, a group of seven islets that are protected as a nature reserve. The archipelago is a popular destination for snorkelling and scuba diving, with daily excursions leaving from L’Estartit’s harbour. Topping the largest island, Meda Gran, is a small lighthouse constructed in 1866.
Travelling with kids? They’ll love spending an afternoon at Parc JOCS, a family-friendly amusement park with rides for all ages. In addition to the Super Slide and the Flying Chairs, there is a jumping castle and a go-kart track. Classic snacks like hamburgers and fries are sold on-site and there are arcade games where you can win prizes.
Getting around L'Estartit
L’Estartit is around 45 minutes’ drive from Girona and just under an hour from Girona-Costa Brava Airport, which has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Regular buses connect to L’Estartit and the town is compact enough to explore on foot.