Spain Guide


Estartit Tourist Attractions Things to Do

Daytime activities are centred on the beachfront for the majority of summer tourists. But if you tire of the beach, take the time to explore the beautiful rugged coastline beyond the town and the delightful medieval towns and villages which pepper the countryside inland from Estartit.

The area is a paradise for cyclists, hikers and horse riders with its rich variety of scenery ranging from wooded cliffs and rocky coves to the citrus groves and lumber forests of the richly fertile lowland plains.

For golf enthusiasts, Catalonia boasts some of the finest courses in Europe including two within easy reach of Estartit. The Emporda course, designed by American expert Robert von Hagge, is one of Catalonia most spectacular. You'll find the club on the road between Torroella and Pals. The 27 hole course, of medium difficulty, includes dunes, bunkers and artificial lakes.

The Golf Club of Pals is considered one of the best in the region. The 18 hole, par 73 course is set in pine forest near the beach on flat terrain (a tricky course when the wind gets up!)

If you're more interested in the region's history and culture than its golf courses, pop along the road to the neighbouring town of Torroella de Montgri which was once on the coast but has been left high and dry five kilometres inland after hundreds of years of silting. The main landmark of this medieval town is the picture book 13th century hilltop castle, reached via a long path which begins at the end of Carrer Fatima. The walk will take you about an hour but it's worth it for the breathtaking panoramic views from the castle battlements.


The town itself is worth exploring with its narrow, medieval streets, colonnaded square, baronial mansions and impressive Gothic church dating back to the 14th century.

The fortified town of Pals, 12 kilometres to the south west of Estartit, is a popular stopping off point on the tourist trail. This well preserved medieval village is a delightful place for a stroll with its ancient defence walls and narrow streets which meander up to the castle and the Torre de les Hores, the tower which dominates the town.

The archaeological site at Ullastret is a must for history buffs. This lush hillside was inhabited from the seventh century BC and is Spain's oldest known Iberian settlement. The area has been carefully excavated to reveal the remains of homes, water reservoirs and canals.

If you've had enough British fish and chips and Chinese meals in Estartit, try some of the local specialties in the many excellent Catalan restaurants in and around the resort.

Les Salines, on the Passeig de Molinet quayside, is renowned for the quality of its seafood, taking fresh fish from its own nursery which is connected directly to the sea via underground channels. La Gaviota, on the Passeig Maritim seafront promenade, is another popular restaurant where the exotic seafood dishes turbot with truffles and anglerfish with sea urchin sauce! Not a favourite with the Big Mac brigade!

A little way south of the resort, on the beachfront at the mouth of the River Ter, there's a famous local restaurant called Picasso, which specialises in baby fresh water eels.

And talking of famous Spanish painters, art lovers will appreciate a visit to the Salvador Dali museum at Figueres, 50 kilometres north west of Estartit.

Barcelona is well worth a visit with its beautiful cathedral, mind blowing Gaudi architecture and famous fountains. Don't miss a stroll along the pedestrianised Las Ramblas with its flower stalls and street cafes.

The kids will love a day out at Water World, Europe's biggest water park near Lloret de Mar. Marine World, just south of Blanes 70 kilometres down the coast, is another good family day out with a range of attractions including dolphin and sea lion shows.