At the time we arrived there (sunset), it was almost empty, with the calm and relaxing look, common at those hours.
During the day, with all the people I saw walking in the streets at night, transferred to the sea side, it must become another massively occupied good beach, in the warm coast of Spain.
The town of Castell – Platja d'Aro i S'Agaró offers a wide selection of tourist services, high quality shopping, cafeterias, restaurants and hotels; a famous night-life with a multitude of pubs and discotheques; and a wide range of entertainment with theme and aquatic parks and cinemas.
The dynamism of Platja d'Aro continues all year long thanks to the multitude of programmed activities and events. This dynamic spirit of the Costa Brava's holiday centre, results in an offer that combines culture, music, shows and innovative events, the most outstanding being Carnival, the Medieval Market of Castell d'Aro or the Beer Festival.
The seafront of Platja d'Aro is a dreamlike area of endless beaches and small coves to be discovered.
Lovers of nature and open spaces can find a large beach like the Main Beach, in an urban setting, to small corners like Cala dels Canyers where the water and the trees practically touch leaving a narrow strip of sand for only the most privileged swimmers.
Each of the seven beaches and coves of the town have their own special, complementary attractions. The Main Beach is the central option, where you can enjoy a more extensive space with more than of two kilometres of sand surrounded by the main tourist services.
Cala Rovira, a little to the north is chosen by people who wish to enjoy a smaller beach close to the township. Further away from the town itself, and to the north, are Cala del Pi and Cala dels Canyers preferred by people looking for peace and quiet and contact with less developed surroundings. Sa Conca is a beach with a special charm as it combines a wide sandy beach with green spaces and very few swimmers, proof of its charm is that it is often chosen for making films and advertisements. More recently, enigmatic and little known, we can still find Cala Pedrosa, edged by the characteristic Coastal Path of S'Agaró.
Making sure that the sand and water are in excellent condition, as well as guaranteeing the security and safety of all users of the beaches involves a complex task based on a program of information, consultancy and control of all the beaches.
This program is called Beach Care. Thanks to this effort over the last 10 years and majority of health controls of the water made by the Catalan Water Agency have continually given a final result of the highest classification.
In the same way, for more than a decade the three large beaches of the town, Main Beach, Cala Sa Conca and Cala Rovira have obtained a blue flag in recognition of their quality, granted by the European Foundation for Environmental Education EFEE.
The Benedormiens Castle, origin of the town of Castell d'Aro, appears documented for the first time in 1041, when the religious authorities, nobles and knights of the area gave the Monastery of Sant Feliu de Guíxols the custody of the castle with the obligation of protecting all the Aro Valley from the attacks of Moslems. The village grew up around the castle, whereas the most distant farmhouses fortified themselves and some even built defence towers.
On September 16, 1971, the city council agreed to open a process to declare the old centre of the town a Historical Artistic Heritage Site: the streets Carme, Hospital, Castell and Sol; including the castle, the parish church of Saint Mary, the square with the same name and the Main street.
In 1983, the room of the castle were restored to house exhibitions. In 1995, the old centre of Castell d'Aro was officially declared a National Heritage Cultural Site.
During 1999 various archaeological excavations took place in the historic centre and revealed defensive structures outside the walls of the castle such as the moat, dug into the natural rock, the small stone bridge and ramp leading to the door.
Now Benedormiens Castle is an important centre for art exhibitions and events related to the traditional culture of the town. The castle has 5 rooms named after historical personalities related to the history of the castle. Some of the most famous people to have shown there are, among many others Jaume Malaret, Modest Cuixart, Navarro Vives, Lluís Llongueras or Salvador Dalí.
Benedormiens Castle can be visited on days when the art exhibitions are open or by taking the guided tour of the old centre of Castell d'Aro, which also includes a visit to the Doll Museum of Castell d'Aro.