L'Estartit Travel Guide

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L'Estartit Highlights

  • Pro
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     Not too touristique, friendly people and prices and great beaches 

  • Con
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     I think some of the other beaches in The Costa Brava are better 

  • In a nutshell
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    roe_roe64 says…

     Quiet, restful and relaxing place, beautiful bay. 

L'Estartit Things to Do

  • Hiking – Game plan strategy.

    Most people try to rush L’Estartit on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing L’Estartit properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited L’Estartit we saw on a city map that the small town of L’Estartit is divided into two areas – the small historical...

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  • Hiking – Take time to meander.

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of L’Estartit’ old town's principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won't do justice to the entire city of...

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  • Hiking – The medieval town.

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of L’Estartit’ old town's principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won't do justice to the entire city of...

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  • chill

    chill out! i have been here to chill out every summer since1990.if you can't relax here,you best see a doctor!

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  • Climb the mountain/hill overlooking town

    there are steps which lead to trails to the top of this mountain, and the view is excellent. the steps are just past the turnabout (on the east) at the corner of carretella torroella and aveninguna de grecia.

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  • snorkelling or sea kayaking with medaqua

    snorkelling at illes medes is pretty fun, and medaqua is the tour operator to use. their shop is located down by the marina, past all of the restaurants. sea kayaking is extremely fun, but beware, the solo kayak is very difficult to balance (i fell in three times).

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  • Diving of course!

    L'estartit is the place for diving in the whole of Catalonia. If you have never dived start here, not in bad place that will put you off the sport!There are huge groupers (big fish), octopus, rays and many, many more. The islands you see in photos just off the coast are full of holes beneath the water, making the excellent fun to swim through with...

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  • castell de sant Ferran

    Visit the Castle know as Castell de Sant Ferran.The castle is situated near Figueres, the old town of Salvadore Dali.Great if you're into historic etc.

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  • Snorkling Trip

    In the small harbour you can make reservations for a snorkling adventure. The boat will bring you to the giant rock just before the harbour know as the Medes Islands. You'll get a free snorkel and the trip lasts about 2 hours. (Before entering the boat they will take a picture of you and at the end of the trip when leaving the boat you can buy a...

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L'Estartit Hotels

L'Estartit Restaurants

  • Favorite restaurant in Estartit!

    Unlike most of the other restaurants I tried in Estartit, this place seems to actually prepare the food themselves rather than just heating something up from the freezer. Also, the food is great. I had the anchovies on toasted bread, grandma so-and-so's farm-raised chicken, and the chocolate covered strawberries. Everything was delicious, but the...

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  • Great Pub Food

    Cafe Barracuda in Estartit has great pub food at very reasonable prices. They have huge selection to choose from. Our favourites are the Mexican fajitas and the steak pie. Their sunday roast is fab and our kids love the childrens meals as they get a free colouring and puzzle sheet. Don't go to Estartit without trying Cafe Barracuda. The item that...

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  • Excellent seafood paella

    Large starters such as mixed salads, melon and ham etc...Delicious paella cooked with octopus ink and served with all the trimmings for 11.50 euros per personA lot of seafood dishes, not particularly cheap.Very decent house red. Seafood paella

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  • Great for drinks and food

    We were here for a Soccer match. Belgium versus Holland. The match was live and we had a great time. Drinks were not too expensive and the snacks we ordered were great.You also have a great view of the bloulevard. Dutch beer and snacks.

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  • Chicken farm

    Along the road toward L'estartit there's a great chicken restaurant. They have plenty of chickens on the "BBQ"About 400 meters before the first roundabout in L'estartit there is a campingsite on the right. Just before this campingsite here you'll find this chicken farmer. They serve great chicken very cheap. When you're into seafood , you should...

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  • Best english food in the costa brava

    English food dont get much better thanat Clancys bar ,Fresh good quality foodwith generous portions and reasonableprices make this place a mustfor an english breakfast or one of the manyother well made dishes made at Clancys.Visiting on a sunday offers the oppertunityto sample their excellent Sunday roast dinners ,which is probably the best...

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L'Estartit Transportation

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new...

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  • Barcelona to L'Estartit

    First take the train to Girona. You can get to the train from the Passeig de Gracia metro station. Then from Girona take the ampsa bus to Estartit. The Girona bus and train stations are connected to each other, so it's very easy. It's about 14 euros altogether (metro, train, bus), and is the most convenient option for anywhere near that price. You...

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L'Estartit Local Customs

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    Two round pins system.

    by Jerelis Written Nov 6, 2012

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Spain is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Spain with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

    There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.

    Outlets in Spain generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.

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L'Estartit Warnings and Dangers

  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • Don't swim topless in the bay when a...

    Believe it or not but our dive boat had to launch its tender to rescue a topless German woman swimming right in the middle of the bay halfway between the Medes islands and the harbour! It was mid Sept and a storm was brewing so a crew member rescued her and brought her to the boat where she was given a blanket. She was freezing cold and quite...

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  • Parking Ticket

    Along the boulevard there are various parkingspots.Easy to park but you cannot park there for more than 1 hour. The policia is very alert and WILL give you a parking ticket and sometimes a Wheellock (or whatever you call it) . This is a waste of your money and you should better park on the sandy beach a couple of hundred meters back. This is a free...

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L'Estartit What to Pack

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    Here we go ...

    by Jerelis Written Nov 6, 2012

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    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

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L'Estartit Off The Beaten Path

  • Illes Medes – Some history lessons.

    During our boat tour we were told by a guide that the entire archipelago covers an area of approximately 23 hectares. The Illes Medes were listed as a marine reserve in 1983 and since then the area has seen a spectacular recovery of the rich seabed and of many sea and land species previously in danger of extinction. The islands are uninhabited...

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  • Illes Medes – Part of our snorkeling...

    Initially L’Estartit was a fishing village, but the influx of a large sum of visitors to the town during the summer months made a hug change to the village. Like many other tourist resorts around the world, massification and uncontrolled growth led the town to lose the charm that had made it popular in the first place. Lucky enough for L’Estartit...

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  • Illes Medes – Group of seven islands.

    During our summer holiday of 2012 we stayed at the campground Mas Patoxas in the village of Pals. At the reception we read a folder about snorkeling the beautiful blue water of Illes Medes and of course the kids were enthusiastic immediately. Because the trip from Pals to L’Estartit was only a 25 minutes drive we decided to go for it and booked a...

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L'Estartit Sports & Outdoors

  • Snorkeling – Unexpectedly colorful.

    I can easily state that everything was taken care of perfectly by the organization. They launched a trampoline (for the kids) into the water and gave us perfect instructions how the handle the equipment en telling us about all the possible dangers and the no go areas. It's the calmness of the water and the crystal clarity makes this an ideal...

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  • Snorkeling – Unique in the...

    So, off we went for our drive from Pals to L’Estartit and 25 minutes we arrived at this huge (free) parking lot at the Passeig Maritim. A 15 minute walk along the sea side brought us to the small office of the snorkeling company. They gave us 5 snorkels and the ticket to go on board. Just a short period of time we had to wait as the boat was right...

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  • Snorkeling – Booking the Safari Tour.

    Initially L’Estartit was a fishing village, but the influx of a large sum of visitors to the town during the summer months made a hug change to the village. Like many other tourist resorts around the world, massification and uncontrolled growth led the town to lose the charm that had made it popular in the first place. Lucky enough for L’Estartit...

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L'Estartit Favorites

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    by jmbredeck Written Oct 17, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Ask around for the fisherman Quim (his boat is the LýEmporda), and then tell him that Jim said hello. If you are lucky, very lucky, he might cook for you one day. Thi sis unlikely unless you're a close personal friend, or you agree to go fishing with him at dawn . . . but it's your choice.

    Fondest memory: Eating at Quim's

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