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swimming/best beaches?

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swimming/best beaches?

Hello,

We are going to be in Costa Brava in september(1 to 4 ).All we want to do is to swim and to enjoy the sun bath on the beach.Could you help us find the best spots for swimming,as we are not sure which resort to choose?And if possible, family friendly locations?Please, we want to hear first hand impressions

Thanks

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1. Re: swimming/best beaches?

One vote for Tossa de Mar. Good beach in a small town.

Girona, Spain
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2. Re: swimming/best beaches?

Stay on Begur, then you have close by the beaches of Sa Riera, Aiugablava, Tamariu, Callela de Palafrugell and Llafranc.

Be aware that it is the big Indianos Fiesta at the beginning of September , in Begur.

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3. Re: swimming/best beaches?

There's a lot of variety in the types of beaches. Lloret has water activities and boat ferries to other beaches. Tossa has good sand and the walled town. Platja d'Aro is family friendly but a big bay beach with smaller beaches/bays at each end. St Antoni/Palamos is also a big bay beach. La Fosca has fine sand and shallow water, but gets a bit cloudy at the height of summer. Castell has been left as a natural beach with no building nearby. Calella de Palafrugell has several small sandy beaches, but is great for snorkelling as the bays themselves are rocky with lots of fish. Llafranc is sandy with a sandy bottom, but their are hotels practically on the beach. Tamariu has a sandy side and a rocky side where it's good for snorkelling. It also has a diving board off the rocks into the water. Aiguablava is more select and discrete with sand, but more rocks in the bay, but no town to walk to. Sa Riera is sandy with a large sandy bay. Pals beach is another big long stretch of sand all the way to L'Estartit. L'Escala has sand at Riells, then bays up towards Empuries, before a enormous sandy beach that reaches to Roses with campsites along it and Empuriabrava modern canalled town.

If you know what type of swimming, and what other things you're looking for, I'm sure you could get more detailed help.

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4. Re: swimming/best beaches?

sd_barcelona puts your choices perfectly but are you renting an apartment or staying in a hotel?

Some beaches will be better for hotel choice and others for apartments.

It would be best if you are hiring a car for most of these locations.

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5. Re: swimming/best beaches?

Sd_Barcelona,thank you very much for your detailed response.It will help us a lot in making the decision.Swimming will be the main activity

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6. Re: swimming/best beaches?

thank you all for your posts.We will stay in a hotel.

No,we do not want to drive, sick of it...We shortlisted Lloret del mar and Tossa so far.

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7. Re: swimming/best beaches?

Santa Cristina beach just north of Lloret de mar has the finest sand and shallow waters for children. Avoid the main beach at Llorett as it has more gravell-like sand and a steep drop down to the sea making unsuitable for children. This is also the case in Calella de la costa, blanes and santa sussana. hope that helps!

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8. Re: swimming/best beaches?

What about snorkelling, then? My first time in Costa Brava this June!

Edited: 10:10 am, November 12, 2013
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9. Re: swimming/best beaches?

If you want snorkelling, generally go to the smaller beaches set in among rockier areas. In June, the water temperature won't be as hot as in the height of summer, and bays that are shallower and more sheltered will be warmer. For ease of access, Calella de Palafrugell's beaches have loads of fish and has the advantages of the town behind it. I'd also recommend Aiguablava, though the water might be cooler.

Most other towns (Lloret, Tossa, Platja d'Aro, L'Escala, Roses) are on large beaches with sandy bays and you have to go round to the next or next plus one bay to find the best places for snorkelling. Eg the beach of Mar Menuda and the small beach tucked away under the old wall in Tossa, El Colador

If you're more serious about it most towns have a dive and snorkel centre that will take you out to more remote and private bays along the coast.

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