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  The history etc. of Begur

 

Looking down from the antique castle to the old village is like being in the Middle Ages. The first Lord of Begur, Arnust de Begur, reigned at the beginning of the 11th century. The castle of Begur is the clearest remainder of that era. Also, in the nearby picturesque village, Esclanyà, you will find some special buildings, like the church of Sant Esteve d'Esclanyà and the castle of Esclanyà, both built in the year 1280.

 

The watchtowers were built in the 16th and 17th century and were used against the attacks of the Moor pirates. The towers are characteristic of the Begur area and are witnesses of the historic conflicts in the Western Mediterranean. Hunting and selling corals were the major activities in this coastal village at the start of the 16th century. However, a crisis in the coral industry, caused by the Phylloxera bacteria, forced the locals to cross the Atlantic Ocean towards countries like Cuba.

 

The Costa Brava (meaning rugged coast) is one of the most beautiful, pollution-free areas that still exist on the Mediterranean. Stretching some 200 km along Spain’s northern coast it includes beaches like Playa d'Aro, Palamós, Roses and Platja de Pals but also gorgeous smaller beaches located between rocky coves like Aigua Xelida, Sa Tuna, Sa Riera, Platja Fonda and Aiguablava in Begur.

 

Between the sea and the mountains you will find charming and wonderful villages still standing within their medieval walls such Pals, Peratallada, Torroella de Montgrí and Palau-Sator. Inland you will come across rice fields, lavender yields and sunflower plantations with road verges spilling over with poppies and daisies. You will be reminded of time in history visiting the Greek archaeological sites at Empúries, the citadels in Begur and Torroella de Montgrí keeping watch against seaborne pirates as well as the numerous ancient masias fortified with towers to guard against hostile armies.

 

The area was a Greek colony before it was won and treasured by the Romans. Successive migrations since have confirmed what the local people have always known - this is the area that has it all!

 

The climate, the spectacular coast scenery lit by glorious clear light and the pollution-free sea sparkling in every shade from jade to indigo blue make this an ideal place for summer beach fun. The majestic Pyrenees are only two hours’ drive away from the coast, offering excellent ski facilities and providing a spectacular backdrop to the beautiful vistas.

 

The local produce, cuisine and wines are world famous. The local people, industrious and energetic as they are, still know how to enjoy life and a good fiesta will bring out the whole village. The local folk dance, the Sardana, may not seem a tourist event but it is celebrated several times a month by the whole community just for the simple fun of it. The ancient churches tolling out the hours, the museums, the summer music festivals (classical, jazz and rock) and the giant outdoor discos surrounded by woodlands provide for every cultural taste.

 

The absolute golden triangle of the region is the area bound by Calella de Palafrugell and Platja de Pals, the municipality of Begur. Begur is the Riviera of the Costa Brava, today’s version of the Cap d’Antibes on the Côte d’Azur except that this region lacks the over-development and shabbiness of the old French Riviera.

 

Key dates in Catalan history

 

 
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Av. Onze de Setembre

Casa Gran

17255 Begur (Girona)

Phone: +34 972 142070

Fax: +34 972 624535

www.laCaixa.es

 
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Phone: +34 951 242111

www.danelca.com

E-mail: info@danelca.com

 

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Windows PVC & Aluminium

Ctra. Girona-Palamos Km 40

17253 Vall-Llobrega

Phone: +34 972 601031

Fax: +34 972 312060

cialtig@groupobbva.net

 
Dentist

Marc De Weyer

C/. Barris i Buixo 26 Loc 11

17200 Palafrugell (Girona)

Phone: +34 972 611006

Speaks: English, French, Dutch & Spanish

 
 Rest. Les Palmeres

Restaurant & Pizzeria

(Also called: Can Quim)

By Quim & Maria

C/. Picasso 37

17200 Palafrugell (Girona)

Phone: +34 972 305139

 
 

 

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