La Escala Things to Do

  • Entering the beach of San Marti D’Empúries.
    Entering the beach of San Marti...
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    Hiking – Did we go wrong?

    by Jerelis Written Jan 7, 2013
    A beautiful facade.
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    Maybe it is all about that you must know what you want to see before setting out in this particular village. Before we visited L’Escala we had no information about it at all and we just started our hike on our feeling. For example we started at Lluis Albert where we could park the car for free. Via the coastline we made our way to up to Ronda de l’Olla and finally hiked way into the old part of the village and it ended at the many shops at Estel de Mar. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley's, this part of L’Escala is the place to get hopelessly lost for a while. We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the crowds. But we could not say that we saw some great architecture, amazing churches or other beautiful buildings and facades. For us it was a bit of a disappointment to be honest.

    We could also see that our children were a bit bored by it. It was rather warm and they just saw those city beaches and the screaming at them “Come on in!”. They were also disappointed as they like to hike around and be amazed by what they see and we as adult have to tell them about it. Finally the cool drinks at the pub of Medusa facing the beach and sea made up for it … LOL

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    Hiking – Bit of a disappointment.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 7, 2013
    The highlight: Alfol�� de la Sal.
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    L’Escala is a small village situated on the Costa Brava. It is an important fishing port and has even a festival dedicated to the famous anchovies! Usually we always like to take time to meander and losing ourselves in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes at a nice village. We found out that L’Escala is not quite like that. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object and we followed the roads near the sea and saw many city beaches. We learned that you won't do justice to stay at L’Escala too long, because there is a cluster of sights around the main street that are truly beautiful, but here it all ends according to us.

    The most vibrant cultural scene to see, is Alfolí de la Sal, also known as the Pòsit Vell, which is a seventeenth century warehouse formerly used to store the salt necessary to preserve the fish landed at the port. Right now it is a protected historical artistic monument. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! It also gave us an idea of the vibe of the city by enjoying the view at the colourful terraces and the people sunbathing and swimming and smell the riot of colour that this nice village has to offer. All this may seem not too though as finding your way in L’Escala which is true. We were a bit disappointed by the village as it is so close to the Phoenician and Roman remains of Empúries. But in the village of L’Escala we were unable to see and find magnificent cultural and historical buildings.

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    Hiking – Beach delights.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 7, 2013
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    How we even ended up at L’Escala is maybe a bit of a weird story. We stayed during our summer holiday at Pals and at one day we decided to visit the ruins at Empúries, which is close by L’Escala. We definitely enjoyed the historical settings of Empúries and after that the beach area for a refreshing dive in the sea. By that time it was about noon and we wanted to have a nice lunch. Driving back towards Pals we passed L’Escala and decided to visit it and ended up at Passeig Lluis Albert where we could park the car for free. We saw that L’Escala is not particularly is a city with lot of history, but had an excellent setting. The compact town of L’Escala is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. L’Escala is Spain, and yet it a bit a culture unto itself. It is a small city built by fishermen and its small legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. Historical buildings to stroll around include the Carrer Sant Pere and Carrer Enric Serra. But the most important fact is that L’Escala has these nice city beaches enclosed between the houses and roads. This little village reveals beach delights at every turn. Time to explore it!

    We can honestly state that the best way to explore L’Escala is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 30 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists. And even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. L’Escala is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.

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    Beach area – The town beaches.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 4, 2013

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    View at one of the town beaches of L'Escala.
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    The only downside to visiting the beaches is it gets busy at sometimes. But just arrive in time and you will find a parking place for the car and a good spot on the sandy beach anyway. We enjoyed ourselves very much by swimming, writing messages in the sand, have a homemade picnic, threw some frisbee, building sand castles, read some book, did some sun bathing, we looked for seashells, watched the sunset or just did some daydreaming and relaxation. Just an ordinary day at the beach. Of course, the truth of the matter is that going to the beach is usually fun no matter what you do there because you're getting away from real life and enjoying a scenic travel destination. It's just nice to know that there are plenty of things to do besides suntan and swim while you're there!

    After our visit to Empúries we also entered the village of L’Escala and had a closer look at the beaches in the city itself. Once we were there we could see that the town beaches of L'Escala are nothing special. All of them are small gritty sand beaches and extremely crowded. Of course a pro is that there are some nice cafes alongside the beach though, and the old narrow streets of L'Escala are nice to wander round. The bars are within easy walking distance of these beaches and right here you can sit under a sunshade and enjoy a Tinto de Verano (red wine with lemonade and lots of ice) and a plate of sardines, or you could try the lobster paella. Do keep in mind that the restaurants are on the pricy side …

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    Beach area – San Marti D’Empúries.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 4, 2013
    View at the beach from the archaeological site.
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    Because we stayed at Pals for the summer holiday we were able to visit more than just one beach. In our first week we visited the amazing archeological site of Empúries and the adjoining beach, which is without doubt one of the most attractive beaches I have visited. From some locals we heard that this particular beach has been regularly voted one of the best places to visit in the Costa Brava. But don’t they say that all to the tourists? LOL

    The charms of the beach of Sant Marti D’Empúries is definitely that ancient Greek have discovered it already over 2000 years ago. They conquered this particular part of Spain and built a town that became their gateway to the Iberian Peninsula. So, do visit the Ruines de Empúries and after that have a refreshing dive at San Marti D’Empúries beach and also some sun bathing at the fabulous long sandy beach that stretched all the way to L’Escala where the typical rocky coves and dramatic coastal scenery are typical of the Costa Brava. This means more than 4 kilometers long and around 40 meters wide. Fun thing to do is following this 4 kilometers by the pine tree lined tarmac promenade (Passeig Maritim D’Empuries) that leads all the way to L’Escala and runs behind the beach. A great place to walk, run, cycle or rollerblade.
    This amazing beach area has an easy access from the coast road and plenty of parking. Surprisingly for the Mediterranean, there are some decent waves when the Levante or Tramontana winds are blowing, making it good for surfing, windsurfing or kitesurfing. There is plenty of space for volleyball and other beach games, and you can sign up for boat and diving trips to the Isles Medes further up the coast.

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    Beach area – Stunning coastline.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 4, 2013
    Entering the beach of San Marti D���Emp��ries.
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    If you like to stay near stunning coastlines on your camping holidays, Spain is an excellent choice of destination. The country has three seaboards to choose from: the Mediterranean, the Cantabrian and the Atlantic, all with an exceptional climate and a coastline which offers a whole world of possibilities. And particularly if you're one of those people who believe that the beach is not just for lying around. In addition to the great beaches and excellent campsites at these destinations, there are many attractive coastal towns to choose from for your camping holidays in Spain. These are ideal places to visit on day trips, and whether you want to enjoy chic sophistication or historical elegance there is sure to be a town that suits your needs.

    The coast of the Costa Brava stretches from Blanes to the French border and is rich and varied with long sandy beaches, marshlands and rocky outcrops. Right here at the north east coast you will find the beach area of L’Escala and Empúries. Coupled with an exceptionally warm climate, this coastline has long attracted large numbers of overseas and domestic tourists. But most of all, a visit to this region is not complete without having a look at the beach area, because the long and sandy beaches stretching along the Mediterranean coast are a great place for relaxation and water sports. We stayed at a campsite near the beach area of L’Escala, so for us it was quite common to stay some days at the beach and enjoying the day.

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    Aiguamolls de l'Empordà NP (I)

    by jantichm Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the past the Empordà marshes covered almost the plain of Roses Bay and the Baix Ter. Empúries, at the time of its foundation by the Greeks, stood on an island between what were the mouths of the Fluvià and Ter rivers.

    This large area of marshland gradually disappeared, mainly due to the development of agriculture (initially rice fields) and, to a lesser degree, the increase in cattle-raising and the establishment of enclosed meadows or "closes". Nothing remains of the large lake, although after heavy rain and high East winds the water can again be seen to rise in their former beds. In the mid-twentieth century the destruction of the marshes was speeded up by a new factor, the building of tourist facilities.

    Large and interesting areas vanished to make way for marinas and housing developments. The Empordà marshlands would certainly have been lost altogether without the wide-spread campaign to save the remaining area, helping to alert public opinion to the value of the lakes and avert possible new losses. This camping was a great success, both in Catalonia and abroad, and culminated on Oct. 13th 1983 when the Catalan Parliament unanimously approved a bill declaring the Empordà marshes a natural site of national interest and establishing a natural reserve. The Natural Park only includes the marshes of Upper Empordà. Those of Lower Empordà do not yet enjoy any legal protection. These measure have turned the Empordà marshes, located in the heart of the Costa Brava, into an extraordinarily interesting and attractive place for both scientists and nature lovers.

    The Natural Park is divided into two main areas, referred to in the legislation as polygons. These include three "integral reserves" (areas of total protection). The two polygons lie to the north and south of the river Muga respectively and are separated by the Empuriabrava tourist development.

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    Aiguamolls de l'Empordà NP (II)

    by jantichm Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Birds are the commonest and most easily seen animal species in the marshes but it should be remembered that a wide variety of other interesting species of vertebrates at invertebrates are also present.

    In fact, so far 329 different species have been observed, 93 of which nest there.

    The main attraction of the Parc dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà lies in the large number and variety of birds which live there permanently or temporarily. It is estimated that up to three hundred different species of bird can be found in the Park, one hundred of which nest in the area, most of them annually.

    In fact, Catalonia is one of the most important stopping places for birds on their migratory journeys when they leave north Europe at the end of the summer in search of warmer climes to spend the winter. The Parc dels Aiguamolls therefore plays a vital role as a refuge and temporary resting place for migratory species. For the one hundred million birds which fly over the Mediterranean coast in the autumn, the Park is a kind of stopover on their journey: the birds stop here to rest for a few hours or days before continuing their flight.

    SOME ADVICES

    Morning and early evening are the best times for watching birds in the marshes.

    The largest number of species is to be seen during migration periods (March-May and August-October), though there is always something interesting to watch throughout the year.

    Binoculars are indispensable. After rain, rubber boots should be worn. The more unobtrusively you are dressed, the less you will frighten the birds and the easier you will find it to watch them.

    In spring, summer and autumn, mosquito repellents are needed in some areas.

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    empuries

    by doug48 Written Jun 16, 2007

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    asclepius

    pictured is a statue of asclepius, the greek god of medicine. this statue is a copy of the original which is on display in the museu d'arqueologia de catalunya in barcelona. this statue dates from the end of the 4th century BC.

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    Canònica de Santa Maria de Vilabertran

    by jantichm Updated May 21, 2005

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    Santa Maria de Vilabertran

    This magnificent group of Romanesque buildings, 1 km from Figueres (and 26 km from l'Escala), is one of the best-preserved examples to be found in Catalonia of the architecture of mediaeval regular canons.

    The 3-aisled church, dating from the end of the 11th century, with an elegant campanile in the Lombard style (12th century) and the cloister (12th-13th centuries), in which the arrangement of the various monastic rooms is perfectly preserved, form a soberly beautiful and harmonious group of buildings.

    The exceptional 14th-century silver cross kept in the church is particularly worth seeing.

    Opening times
    From 1 Oct to 31 May: from 10 to 13:30 and from 15 to 17:30
    From 1 Jun to 30 Sep: from 10 to 13 and from 15 to 18:30
    (Closed on Monday)

    Admission charges
    Normal: 2.40€
    Reduced: 1.80€

    (Student cards admited)

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    empuries

    by doug48 Written Jun 16, 2007

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    the beach at empuries

    pictured is a view of the mar mediterraneo from the ancient city of empuries. adjacent to the historic area is a very nice public beach.

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    empuries

    by doug48 Written Jun 16, 2007

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    defensive walls

    pictured are one of the defensive walls in empuries. these were built as a response to the threat of hannibal and the carthaginians during the punic wars.

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    empuries

    by doug48 Written Jun 16, 2007

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    greek mosaic floor

    pictured is a mosaic floor from the greek section of empuries. empuries is open daily 10:00AM-8:00PM summer, 10:00AM-6:00PM winter.

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