La Escala Travel Guide

  • View at a beach in the village of L'Escala.
    View at a beach in the village of...
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  • Me at the ruins of Empúries.
    Me at the ruins of Empúries.
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  • Getting instruction before getting started.
    Getting instruction before getting...
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La Escala Things to Do

  • Hiking – Did we go wrong?

    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...

  • Hiking – Bit of a disappointment.

    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...

  • Hiking – Beach delights.

    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...

  • Beach area – The town beaches.

    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...

  • Beach area – San Marti D’Empúries.

    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...

  • Beach area – Stunning coastline.

    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...

  • Aiguamolls de l'Empordà NP (I)

    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...

  • Aiguamolls de l'Empordà NP (II)

    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...

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    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.


La Escala Hotels

  • Apartamentos Mestral

    Enric Serra, L'Escala, 17130, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

La Escala Restaurants

  • Typical tapas dishes.

    The choice of restaurants in L'Escala are suited to all tastes covering traditional and European recipes in the menu's. Authentic Catalan, Tapas Bars, Fish Restaurants, Pizza's and Pasta's, Chinese and Mexican dishes. But, of course, there's nothing more synonymous with Spanish cuisine than tapas, the tradition of eating small dishes as an...

  • THE BEST FEELING (food & garçons!)

    restaurant Marebe, gelegen in Riells, Escala op de dijk, is het beste restaurant van heel Riells en Escala!Een uitstekende keuken; van visgerechten zoals gegrilde kabeljauw, zeewolf, hun zarzuela; de vleesgerechten, de pastagerechten..... Sinds 2006 ons favoriete restaurant in Escala:Alle gerechten kan je ook meenemen en je krijgt nog een gratis...

  • Beautiful and cosy. Great food!

    Wonderful restaurant in the old town. Beautiful ceiling with catalan arches. The food was excellent, a mixed of local, french and international cuisine. So tasty and extremely well presented. The service was so friendly that they made us feel like at home. Definitely, a place to return and to recommend to everybody. Definitely, the fresh red Tuna...

  • Excellent place to eat

    Very nice small restaurant serving local food, for very reasonable price. Very friendly stuff, we ate there many times and always felt very welcome. Very pleasant interior with impresive collection of beer jugs fitted to a ceiling.We recommend the place to everyone starter:potatos los compadres-very good, also grilled sardines,consome-chicken...

  • The nicest place to eat in L'escala

    Lovely food including the best pork steaks around. The fillet steaks with a choice of sauces are superb and great value. Very friendly staff and the most fantastic view of the sea as you eat. Satisfaction guaranteed. Meals for six came to just 80 Euros including drinks. The pork steaks and escalopes are so yummy and come with a choice of potatoe...

  • Best value in town: 3 great courses for...

    Can Toni sits on the road just behind the beach front at Riells. Don't mind the road-side location and the plastic furniture, you're going here for the best value dinner in town. Choose set menu #1 at less than €10 for starter, main course, dessert, bread and a 1/4 bottle of house wine, for a real mid-week treat. You'll have to get there early, or...


La Escala 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 favorite toys and new...

  • Bicycle hire in L'Escala

    We hired bikes from Nou Emporda bikes (on the main Av. de Gerona about 5 minutes walk from the central tourist office). The service was friendly and helpful, helmets were available, and the bikes were in good condition.'m really glad we rented bikes. This area is very flat, and the surrounding countryside is beautiful (in...

  • Ruïnes d'Empúries

    The ruins of Empúries are not near Castelló d'Empúries. You should go to another town called L'Escala. The obvious option to get there is by car. If you opt for public transportation, you have direct buses from Barcelona, but I doubt that they take less than two hours. Even breaking the trip in Girona or Figueres would not save much time, if any....


La Escala Local Customs

  • "Les Quatre Barres."

    The four bars on the 'senyera', the Catalan flag, are said to represent the four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. The Senyera is a vexillological symbol that consists of four red stripes on a golden background. It historically represented the king of Crown of Aragon; today is the flag of the Spanish Autonomous Community of...

  • Talk to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    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...


La Escala Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

  • 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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La Escala What to Pack

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    by Jerelis Written Jan 3, 2013

    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.

    Here we go ...
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La Escala Off The Beaten Path

  • Empúries – Only 25% has been excavated.

    You can get an audio guided visit of Empúries, ask at the information point in the car park (where you'll buy your tickets). We didn’t and wanted explore it by our own on our own tempo. The things I liked the most were the water purification system, the erotic (phallic) drinking vessels in the museum and the massive Roman Walls. In the museum we...

  • Empúries – Mild entrance fee.

    To be honest, this is quite a difficult tip (place) to write about and not end up with a summary of important dates of its history only. But it is very important to realize that the ground you’re walking on was inhabited throughout the 7th century BC, quite something difficult to imagine. Walking around made me a bit humble realizing that all this...

  • Empúries – Important archaeological...

    It is always great to actually visit a place where you read about on Virtual Tourist at first. By the time I knew we were going to the northern part of Spain for our summer holiday I did some research about the region at Virtual Tourist and saw numerous tips about Empúries. I even asked a question about it on the forum of Empúries and got some...


La Escala 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


La Escala Favorites

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    by dimrux Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: What I really like about La Escala, that I can see it all the year (although if it's not the tourist season), is the wievs that you have in the night, when you walk on barefoot feet, touching the cold sand... the lights of Roses (another town nearby), shining in the dark, that seems to come in the see.

    Fondest memory: 24th June of 2001... St Joan celebration, people walking around with firework, music on the beach and a relaxing feeling inside.

    Sitting on the sand, holding a special person on my arms, Dani and without saying anything... enjoying the happyness of our own celebration, watching the lights that shine in the see.

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