Magic in Begur, Costa Brava
Best way to prepare for a week of Music Festival in Barcelona? Definitely spend a few days surrounded by natural landscapes, beautiful building from the 19th century and Catalan food.
Before Primavera Sound 2016 in Barcelona in July, we spent 4 nights in Begur, Costa Brava - the 'Little Africa' given its isolated location from the surrounded villages. Renting a car at the Barcelona airport might not be as easy as one would imagine, things didn't go super smoothly so I would suggest to do some research beforehand - unlike us.
There are so many cute boutique hotels in the old town that you'll never be able to make a rational decision on where to stay - plus, the amount of Airbnb available is just unreal. We managed to stay in a cosy Catalan villa with pool and garden - with a nice plus of cats and turtles - that added a lot to the experience.
The first thing I wanted to see was the Begur Castle, the main attraction of the town with a breathtaking viewpoint overseeing the whole area. Make sure to take your best camera with you as the walk up there deserves decent pictures. I loved it so much that I ended up going back after the sunset, to shoot the old town and attempt to capture all the stars you could spot from up there (I'm not the best when it comes to astronomical photography but I always try when I get the chance).
Start your walk from Castle Street (sounds like a video game road).
The old town is an explosion of instagram-worthy corners; colonial buildings are everywhere, the tiny roads and alleys reminded me so much of the villages we have on the coastline in the south of Italy. Clearly, with a Spanish / Cuban twist. Eat fresh fruit from the stands near the main square, it tastes so fresh and good it's the best way to fight the heat you get around midday.
Since it's Costa Brava and it was July, the beach was number one priority (if we don't include the delicious food you can literally find everywhere in the old town - especially around the main square). Illa Roja is Spongebob's Bikini Bottom IRL - it's so cute I couldn't believe it was real. Depending if you're driving or taking a taxi, the path to get there might require a more advanced choice of footwear than flip flops.
Platges de Fornells has so many hidden spots to access the sea I wouldn't be able to describe how I managed to find the corner where I was channeling Ariel. Each mini pathway leads to a different rock or sandy beach, so just flip your coin and jump in the crystal sea (which is also extremely warm).
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