Calella de Palafrugell, Easter Week

After almost a year away from Catalonia, my work as a hiking guide brought me back to the towns of Calella, Llafranc and Tamariu . Easter marks the start of the official tourist season; shutters get thrown open on coastal properties and winter stagnancy and dust get swept from cold floors out sunny balconies to the sea. The beach goes from being deserted to looking like a well-executed game of dominos, as bright colored towels cover every inch of available sand.

It was so lovely to be back!

And part of what made it so good was the staff at Hotel Sant Roc in Calella de Palafrugell. I didn’t think I would be endorsing a lot of hotels on my blog, but the folks who own, manage and work there are so unbelievably hospitable and lovey that the world must know! A family-run hotel, they have years of experience in making their guests feel well-attended to and perfectly at home along the gorgeous, rugged coast-line of Costa Brava. Moreover, there’s nothing better than waking up to the sunrise over the sea (make sure our request a sea-view room), the food and wine are reasonably priced and delicious, and the service is always with a smile.

Along the Cami de Ronda near Calella

Along the Cami de Ronda near Calella

Llafranc

Llafranc

Cap Roig Botanical Garden, Calella

Cap Roig Botanical Garden, Calella

Looking seaward

looking seaward

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