Thursday, 19 June 2008
Llafranc to Golfet
In Llafranc on the Costa Brava for a few days visiting a friend, we were inexorably drawn to the coastal path towards Callella de Palafrugell and Cap Roig. We started the walk on one side of the bay of Llafranc, descended 15o steps and walked along the seafront promenade, behind the quiet sandy beach. (Seems unreal - Spain in June, quiet beach - but that is Llafranc.
At the far end, up more steps and lovely views back to Llafranc through the trees.
On round the coastal path to the next village, Callella de Palafugell. This is bigger: more beaches, more restaurants, more people, but still calm and not crowded. Through the village and up the slope on the other side to continue the path, quieter now. Again, impressive views back.
Further on the coast becomes more indented and a little wilder, although in truth the whole path is exquisitely maintained and has a slightly suburban feel.
We did not go the whole way to Cap Roig. The coastal path ends at a small sandy beach at Golfet, while the route to the cape and its Botannic Garden goes inland a bit: up steps and along roads. It seemed too warm for that - something for another day.
A lovely walk: blue sea, lovely coast line, delightful resorts. It reminded me a lot of a similar coastal walk around Cap Ferrat.
You can't exactly call this part of the Costa Brava unspoilt, but it certainly has been developed in a sensitive and restrained way, avoiding all the hazards of mass tourism.