Calella de Palafrugell: A Sparkling Gem on the Shores of the Mediterranean

Calella de Palafrugell, Spain
Peering down at Calella de Palafrugell laid out in all its white-washed beauty on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, one thought instantly sprang to mind: this is very close to how I would design Heaven.

Palafrugell is part of the Costa Brava region in Northeastern Catalonia (Spain), and belongs to the province of Girona. This beautiful coastal town is also a fishing village and a small resort destination.

During our trip there, a bus driver deposited us on a street high above the town and although it was quite a walk to reach the area below (and an even longer walk back up the steep hill at the end of the day!), the stunning view that first greeted us was definitely worth it.

Calella de Palafrugell, Spain

Currently my most favorite travel photo of all!

In fact, the very first picture I took of Palafrugell and its rocky coastline is now in use as the header photo for my twitter and Facebook accounts and as my laptop’s screen saver. Yep, it was definitely love at first sight!
Calella de Palafrugell, Spain
Several of the people in our group ran ahead to change and jump into the water for a swim, but my Mom and I were happy to slowly walk down the street and then out onto the beach and then along the shore, snapping pictures every few feet and listening contently to the roar of the sea and the squeals of kids splashing around.

Calella de Palafrugell, Spain
It had rained quite a bit during the previous 2 days of our adventures in Spain, but the sun was finally out and the sky was painted in a perfect shade of “Paradise Blue.”

Calella de Palafrugell, Spain

Calella de Palafrugell, Spain

My Mom wading in… and loving it

Here’s a very short video clip that we took of the area…

8.DebSangria After walking in the warm sand, wading a bit in the shallow part of the surf, and even climbing on top of a tiny rock island for a few more pictures, we made our way to a café and sat out on the back terrace with its million-dollar views.

While others around us ordered a late lunch, I realized that I really just wanted a small ice cream… plus wine! So of course the only sensible thing to do was to order both. At the same time. ;-)

We spent the last hour at this little slice of wonderfulness, watching the waves and the people and sipping our large glasses of sangria.

Calella de Palafrugell, Spain
Although I couldn’t stop smiling, I was also a little sad at the thought of having to eventually leave. I was surprised to discover that this tiny Catalonian village felt like a place I could easily call home.

Will I be going back? DEFINITELY!!

Calella de Palafrugell, Spain

Daydreaming that this could become my new beachside apartment…

NOTE: The closest airport to Palafrugell is in the town of Girona, which is about 33 miles away. Barcelona is located about 83 miles to the southwest. It can get quite crowded in August, when many people come over to the region from Barcelona. But we found it quite warm and not crowded at all during the late Fall. Also, dogs are not allowed on the beach during the Summer months.


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  1. This is a wonderful post with such beautiful pictures. I love the beach and this looks like it might be one of the most beautiful beaches ever. Great job in making me wish I was right there on that beach.

  2. Well, of course you had ice cream and wine! I SO know that feeling of not wanting to leave paradise-I felt that way when I visited Europe several years ago. Love your gorgeous photos.

    1. Thanks for the compliment Gina! It’s wonderful to see really interesting sites but even better when a place touches your heart — although as said, it does make it hard to leave.

  3. What a great find! I have never made it to Calella de Palafrugell, but it sounds perfect. Fall in Spain is definitely the best time to go. And those big sangrias only increase my desire to sit seaside and peoplewatch on a warm afternoon.

    1. You’re right Dave, Fall was a great time to go exploring the area. If you’re ever near the Costa Brava area, be sure to drop by this town. I think you’d really enjoy it. *virtually clinking sangria-filled wine glasses* Cheers!

    1. Awww, thanks Jamie! It was kind of hard to take a bad picture of such a beautiful location. And yep, yep, I’m day-dreaming about that Calella de Palafrugell apartment more and more!

  4. I have been to this place but it was a while ago when I first came to live in Santa Cristina d’Aro. So after seeing your pictures I want to make another trip there. May take my son and his wife there later this month when they visit.

  5. How blue and beautiful that water is! Your photos are gorgeous, Deborah. This is definitely going on my list of places we must visit when we make our trip to Europe some day. Thanks so much for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

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