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Illa Roja

Sa Tuna

Address Illa Roja, Aiguafreda, Sa Tuna; 17255 Begur
Neighbourhood Costa Brava | See on map
Website http://en.costabrava.org/
Notes By car take AP7 or C32 in the direction of Girona, then C35-C65-C31 to Palafrugell and Regencós, and GI-653 to Begur and follow signs to final destination.

While Begur itself is an inland (and very charming) medieval town, it’s surrounded by some of Catalonia’s nicest beaches with crystal-clear water and the secluded cove experience so characteristic of Costa Brava. Just note that most of these are quite small so get there early or you may find yourself without space – or parking.

Illa Roja (Cala Moreta)

If only to feed your Instagram, Illa Roja is a must. But since this incredible sand beach is clothing-optional, snap at a distance. Park in Sa Riera and follow the coastal path left for ten minutes to reach Cala Moreta.

Sa Tuna and Cala d’Aiguafreda

Cala d’Aiguafreda is popular for snorkeling but the bay can get uncomfortably full with sailboats. You are usually better off continuing on to Sa Tuna, a small, pretty village with a pebble beach, right next to Aiguafreda, and with a couple of good restaurants. Ideal for a lazy lunch (get your snorkeling done before you eat).

Cala d’Aigua-Xelida (Tamariu)

To reach this beautiful cove, head towards Tamariu (also a very pleasant beach) until you see signs to Aigua-Xelida. Small, narrow and slightly hidden (you’ll need to climb some fairly steep steps to access), you can on occasion have it to yourself on weekdays outside high season. Conversely, if you can’t easily find parking then drive on – it’s likely too packed.