Calella de Palafrugell
Calella de Palafrugell
Calella de Palafrugell is as far south as Haven On Earth go on this coastline yet is only a 15 min drive from Begur which is the furthest north. Haven on Earth have a wide selection of villas and apartmnets in Callella de Palafrugell
If you are looking to stay in a villa or apartment in Calella de Palafrugell you can browse our extensive selection below or get in contact and we can guide you through what is available.
Calella de Palafrugell in our opinion has the prettiest string of sandy coves in Spain and as a result attracts beach lovers throughout the year from Barcelona and all round the world. Calella de Palafrugell has 7 beaches, most of which are in linked with just a small section of coastline and rocks separating them. There are a number of restaurants on the promenade here in Calella de Palafrugell with some actually on the beach offering a shoes off, sand in your toes experience.
Set back from the beaches at Calella de Palafrugell the area is dominated by apartments with only a handful of villas with private pools.
Calella de Palafrugell is the largest of Palafrugell`s beach resorts and consists of a series of pretty coves strung out like pearls behind a fishing village, with whitewashed arches on the promenade. Fishing boats are pulled up on the sand and the seafood restaurants beside the water are always busy.
Development here has been low-rise and low-key; this old-fashioned resort seems to have found a middle way between the excesses of mass tourism and the exclusivity of some of its smaller neighbours. A cliff path leads to Llafranch (Llafranc) making a delightful stroll. High above the bay the Jardi Botanic de Cap Roig is a botanical garden offering stunning views.
Regarded by many as the most beautiful resort on the Spanish mainland this is a traditional fishing village with sandy coves and beaches providing a relaxing holiday environment.
The coastal walk from the botanical gardens and El Golfet beach to Calella`s twin village Llafranc takes you along some of the Costa Brava`s (Catalonia)most picturesque bays.
The beaches, restaurants, bars and small shops in the villages make this walk an absolute must. Take a walk or bicycle ride into the woods and fields behind the coast and you enter a tranquil rural world.
Calella de Palafrugell is a small holiday resort and fishing village in Catalunya Spain on the Costa Brava near Palafrugell and a short distance along the coast from Llafranc. It should not be confused with the larger, more commercialised resort of Calella, which is further south towards Barcelona.
Calella de Palafrugell has an excellent setting and, whilst busy in the summer season, it has does not have the large hotels and mass tourism of other Costa Brava resorts such as Lloret de Mar. The coastline of the town stretches some two kilometres south to the El Golfet beach - part of the Cap Roig headland where beautiful Botanical gardens are located.
Calella de Palafrugell Villas
Haven On Earth have a number of villas with private pools in Calella de Palafrugell although the majority of the accommodation tends to be apartments. The apartments blocks here consist of small developments with shared pools. These developments are set back a few 100 metres from the coast and so are not visible from the village or beach. There are a number of small conversion apartments and those situated above the shops which are very popular.
Calella de Palafrugell Beaches
Platja del Canadell
Canadell is the longest of Calella de Palafrugell`s beaches – approximately 200m long. The blue flag beach is a popular choice and has a couple of bars and restaurant such as Tragamar restaurant where you can enjoy fresh fish right by the beach! Canadell is the first beach you will come to if you take the coastal path from Llafranc.
Malaespina BeachPlatja Port de la Malaespina
Malaespina beach is the first beach that you come to if you walk around the coast from Canadell beach. The beach is the first of the 3 in this stretch (Malaespina, Port Bo & En Calau).
Port Bo Beach - Platja del Port Bo
Port Bo beach is perhaps best known by the arches that line the back of the beach. These arches, also known as `Les Voltes` were used in the past by fishermen to shelter from the rain. Port Bo Beach is between Malaespina and En Calau beach and has a great selection of restaurants nearby and is dotted with fishing boats. The very popular Habaneras concert which takes place every July and usually draws a crowd of about 30,000.
En Calau BeachPlatja de En Calau - Sa Platgeta
En Calau beach is situated next to Port Bo and is also flanked by the arches under which you will find some restaurants. The beach is a popular choice during the summer as there are several nearby restaurants to try and small shops to peruse. Sa Platgeta is one of the smallest beaches in the area located close to En Calau beach.
Port Pelegri Beach - Platja del Port Pelegrí
Port Pelegri is a lovely sandy cove that is also well known for its diving school situated on the beach. The beach can get quite busy during the summer months. Also on the beach is a restaurant.
Sant RocPlatja dels Canyers - Sant Roc
Sant Roc bay is just a small bay just north of El Golfet and very popular with those staying in the Sant Roc Hotel.
El Golfet BeachPlatja del Golfet:
El Golfet beach is approximately 1.5km from the centre of Calella de Palafrugell and is a beautiful and picturesque setting, surrounded by the natural beauty of pine trees and rocky cliffs. The beach has been a source of inspiration for many poets and painters. The water here is clear, making it perfect for swimming. The well known botanical gardens of Cap Roig can be found above the beach of El Golfet. The beach has no restaurants or shops, but makes a relaxing and peaceful spot to bathe.
The town has a number of good standard hotels, apartments and at a distance from the beach, some campsites. Like much of the picturesque section of the Costa Bravam, north of Palamos and south of L`Estartit Calella has moved steadily up market in recent times and offers some very high quality restaurants and hotels - with prices to match. The beaches are Blue Flag standard. Have a look at our selection of villas and apartments in Calella de Palafrugell.
Calella de Palafrugell Festivals
Havaneres Festival in Calella de Palafrugell:
Calella de Palafrugell is known for its traditional Havaneres, sea shanties brought back from Cuba by sailors in the 19th Century, which tell of lost loves and faraway ancestors. These lovely sing-songs are usually accompanied by guitar and accordion, and sometimes bass.
Havaneres concerts are staged throughout the summer, the top event being the amazing Cantada d`Havaneres (Singing of Havaneres) Festival held every end of June in Calella de Palafrugell. If you don`t manage to hear a concert of Habaneras, there are a couple of cafes with a distinctly habanera flavor.
Havaneres are usually listened to while sipping ron cremat, or rum flambed with coffee beans in terra cotta dishes.
What we know today as Havaneres are the result of a long and complex series of historic and cultural events. It seems certain that the origins of habaneras was in Cuba in the 19th century. The first seeds were to be found a little earlier, when the rhythm of a European dance known as the contradansa (originating from England in the 16th century with the name country dance, and reaching France a century later) arrived at the island.
Cuban musicians incorporated the rhythm of the European contradansa, not in its pure state however, but modified with ancestral African music, which as time went on, was to become what we know as habaneras today.
Havaneres reached the Spanish peninsular through Zarzuelas, many of which contain Havaneres (La verbena de la Paloma, Don Gil de Alcal, etc.) Classical music also includes Havaneres in its repertoire. They can ben found in the works of Ravel, Debussy, Albniz, Falla, Montsalvatge and so on. The best known of this genre is Georges Bizet`s Carmen.
In Catalonia there has always been a tradition that groups of people sing the music of their times in the taverns, meaning that they sang fragments of the better-known zarzuelas, and therefore also their Havaneres.
In 1948 the book lbum de Habaneras was published, which was collection of popular Havaneres by Xavier Montsalvatge. Some years later, in 1966, another collection of texts and scores was published, called Calella de Palafrugell i les havaneres, which had received assessment from the veteran singer Ernest Morat. In 1966 he and the Amics de Calella started the now traditional performance of Havaneres in Calella de Palafrugell, at which over recent years no less than 30.000 people have attended, making this town the unofficial capital of this form of song.
At the end of 1994 the Ernest Morat foundation was set up as a tribute to this pioneer compiler and singer of habaneras in Calella de Palafrugell, one of the first people to value them as an expression of his people personality. The ideal place to set it up was in Palafrugell given the fame of his annual performance.
The spirit of documenting and dignifiying the history of the Havanere was the reason for creating the Ernest Morato Foundation. Its area of work is to promote research into Havaneres in the fullest sense; cataloguing material, collecting both old and new publications and scores, creating a musical fund, organising conferences, discussions and other activities, and promoting the creation of the Havanere Museum.
3* Hotel Alga, Calella de Palafrugell is a family style resort located 300m from the beach of the typical Catalan fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell. Hotel Alga has 53 rooms, restaurant, meeting rooms, play area surrounded by a large garden and a well looked after swimming pool. All of this make Hotel Alga an extremely pleasant place to enjoy your holiday. More Hotel Alga info & photos
3* Hotel Garbi, Calella de Palafrugell has a splendid location, offering the best views of Calella de Palafrugell. The pine trees and gardens surrounding, the heated swimming pool and 30 comfortable rooms offers a familiar and relaxed atmosphere. More Hotel Garbi info & photos
The 38th Edition of the Cantada d`Havaneres (Singing of Havaneres).
19,00 La Pepa Caneja Restaurant, Calella de Palafrugell
Presentation of the book "L`havanera que m`agrada" by
Josep Bastons, Carles Casanovas and Xavier Febrs.
Presentation of the CD compilation Habaneras de leyenda
22,30 Plaza Nova, Calella de Palafrugell Singing of Havaneres with the groups Els Cremats i el Taper
20,00 Paseo del Canadell, Calella de Palafrugell Singing of Havaneres with the groups Els Cremats i el Taper
22,30 Port Bo Square, Calella de Palafrugell 38th Edition of the Singing of Havaneres Festival with the groups:
During the month of March everyone heads towards the mountains, seaside resorts can provide a peaceful alternative for those who want to get out and about. One such coastal resort is Calella de Palafrugell-a mere two hours from Barcelona-an ideal retreat from the busy city that is never really out of season. This former fishing village, situated in the municipality of Palafrugell in the Baix Emporda region of the Costa Brava, should definitely not be confused with its more touristy namesake, Calella, further south. Here, there are no high-rise buildings and no nightclubs.
The landscape surrounding the village is a scenic smorgasbord of rocky coves, coarse sandy beaches, clear blue waters and pine forests. On the hillsides, elaborate stone houses with turrets contrast with the simple whitewashed and vibrant facades lining the beachfronts and narrow back streets.
Calella de Palafrugell Out of Season
During the winter months, the pace of life slows down. Caped men amble behind their dogs, which eagerly fill the empty beach with their paw prints. Couples sit on terraces looking out to sea, absorbing the silence, only broken by the gentle lap of the waves. A few mallorquinas (traditional fishing boats) remain, dotted around a half dozen small, coarse sandy beaches, a reminder of Calella de Palafrugell`s fishing tradition. Local specialities such as suquet de peix (fish stew) and arros negre (rice and seafood cooked in cuttlefish ink) can be savoured in the many seafront restaurants, including Les Voltes and El Tragamar, as well as those almost hidden down the tiny back streets between art shops and boutiques.
From mid-January until mid-March, restaurants in the Palafrugell area take part in the gastronomic event, La Garoinada, a set menu in which the first course consists of the orange flesh of locally caught garoines (sea urchins). Prices for a menu range from 25-50 euros. Those who wish to sample them in a more natural setting can join the many locals who gather on the beaches to feast on this succulent delicacy.
The village`s maritime heritage is also strongly evoked through the 19th-century tradition of Havaneres. These three-to-five part harmonies were originally composed and sung by Catalan sailors, soldiers and tradesmen on their voyages to and from the Cuban capital and the coastal towns of Catalunya. On every first Saturday of July, since 1967, the village has hosted the Havanera song festival, attended by thousands. The traditional beverage accompaniment to Havaneres is ron cremat, a Creol drink made from a mixture of rum, sugar, lemon peel and coffee beans-cinnamon stick optional-served in an earthenware bowl and flambeed to burn off the alcohol. This warming drink-especially good on cold nights, is served in many of the village`s bars, in some of which Havaneres are still sung today.
Calella de Palafrugell History
However, not all visits to these shores were of a friendly nature. From the 12th to 18th centuries, pirates and corsairs subjected this coastline to many attacks, raiding homes and kidnapping locals. Ransom demands were made and in cases where no ransom was paid, the captives were often sold as slaves in North Africa and Europe.
Heading north out of the main village, the Passeig del Canadell, a wide, paved promenade lined with white benches overlooking the sea leads to the Torre de Calella, built in the 16th century. The watchtower is one of the many still standing on clifftops and in villages in the area, evidence of the defensive strategies used by locals in times of trouble. From their elevated positions, watchtower guards could see far out to sea and only left their posts to take the coastal paths that also served as a lifeline for villagers on a day to day basis to warn residents of the approach of danger or to escape attacks themselves.
It was not just pirates and corsairs that used the coast for ill-gotten gains; smugglers too, frequented the area and used the coastal paths in an attempt to avoid being caught with their booty. Whilst parts of the original shore paths still exist, local councils are also working to extend the 15 kilometres of routes to include more of the old ones.
The steady walk from Calella to the equally picturesque village of Llafranc takes about 15 minutes, along the coastal route GR92. The path is a mixture of steps fashioned from natural local resources in keeping with the surroundings and dirt tracks. From Llafranc up to the Cap de Sant Sebastia is a longer and somewhat more arduous climb. The continuation of the route begins with 161 relatively steep steps up to the cliffs, then levels out between the sea and pine woodlands. The route is easy to follow, signposted along the way by red and white markings on trees and walls. At the summit is the San Sebastia lighthouse, built in 1857, and said to be one of the most powerful in the Mediterranean. Still in operation today, its beam is clearly visible from the hillside hotels and apartments above Calella. The views from Cap de Sant Sebastia are magnificent, spanning across the sea, over the bays of Calella and Llafranc to the forests behind. The coastal route continues further north to the village of Tamariu and beyond.
For those that find the outdoor climate a little too chilly at this time of year, the urban centre Palafrugell, four kilometers inland, offers a number of indoor options. The Museu del Suro (Cork Museum), opened in 1991, tells the story of the town's relationship with cork. From the end of the 18th century up until the mid-20th century, the cork industry provided the economic backbone for Palafrugell. Where previously the main economies had been fishing and farming, in the 19th century former farmers and fishermen went to work in cork factories, earning relatively high wages for the time. As a consequence, the town became more affluent. The outbreak of World War One led to the closure of many of the factories and after the war, as more machinery was introduced, both workforce and wages were reduced.
The museum is the only one of its kind in Spain, and offers an extensive range of exhibits, archives and a specialist library, detailing the evolving processes used to grow, extract and manufacture cork, as well as films and workshops for children. It also has a shop selling a variety of products made from cork.
The town`s famous son is the prolific Catalan writer Josep Pla (1897-1981). One of the most popular Catalan writers of the 20th century, he wrote in both his native language and Castillian. His complete works, published in 1965, comprises 46 volumes, 20,000 pages and much of his fiction and memoirs were set in this area. La Fundacio Josep Pla houses a permanent exhibition in the author`s birth house, including quotes, photographs and numerous other documents detailing his life and work.
Another place of interest nearby is El Jardi Botanic de Cap Roig, situated just south of Calella, displaying a wide variety of plants and trees indigenous to the Mediterranean, alongside species from all over the world.
This is the perfect time of year to experience the tranquility and charm of some of Catalunya`s beautiful coastal resorts. They almost seem as if they have never been touched by the hand of tourism.