A tranquil, Mediterranean beach sits just off the highway, waiting to welcome you.
Whether you’re searching for a solo retreat or a romantic getaway, just an hour outside of the very well-visited Barcelona lies Spain’s best kept secret. A tranquil, Mediterranean beach, “Aigublava,” sits just off the highway, waiting to welcome you into its warm water, sparkling beaches, and extended sense of calm.
Two great hotels to stay at are:
The Parador de Aiguablava and Hotel Aigublava. I personally stayed at the Parador and thought it was excellent; super affordable but fabulous quality. The Parador was clean with incredible views of the seaside and access to the beach, there was a clean, warm pool and lovely seating areas, and with an “Amigos de Parador” membership (very easy to register online) you can begin your trip with a complementary glass of regional wine and a free breakfast for two.
Things to do:
During our two days, we spent most of the time exploring incredible beaches. After Aiguablava beach, you can follow a path for about 15 minutes through exciting landscapes and terrains, fortresses to protect against pirates and hidden staircases, until you reach two more hidden beaches that sport crystal clear blue water, and remote caverns. The beaches were by far the highlight of the trip and if an overnight is too much time or cash, the beaches were well worth a quick daytrip.
For dinner, we explored the nearby medieval town of Begur. We arrived around 9pm, early dinner time for the Spanish, but with all of the amazing sights, shops, restaurants, and gelaterias, I wished we had been there much earlier.
The shops boasted unique souvenirs and traditional Spanish clothing and shoes, exactly the type of memento we are always searching for on trips! Our dinner consisted of fresh seafood and looked out onto a view of the Medieval castle, perched on a hilltop and completely lit in the night sky. We left Begur around 1am after taking a nighttime stroll through the city and the streets were still filled with families enjoying the brisk, summer air. I am eager to return to this beautiful town for another day.
Whether you are looking to escape for a day or a week, make sure you check out Aiguablava and all that the nearby beaches and towns have to offer.
Photos: Amanda Rodrigues
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