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Visit L'Estartit

L'Estartit is in the province of Girona in Spain's Catalonia region. It is a pleasant seaside resort at the southern end of the Bay of Roses on the Costa Brava coast.

L'Estartit is particularly popular with families as it has a long sandy beach and a wide range of accommodation.

Explore L'Estartit

L'Estartit is a fairly popular resort with families and there are a few big camp sites nearby. Its beaches are sandy and look out on the Illes Medes to which you can do a boat trip from L'Estartit's harbour area.

beach of L'Estartit

The Illes Medes are now a protected nature reserve and home to a large colony of herring gulls. The water surrounding the Illes Medes are also part of the protected area and diving here is very popular.

Indeed this is probably the best spot on the Catalunian coast and you have a chance of seeing large rays and octopus whilst diving. As well as diving or snorkling you can admire the sea-life with a trip on a glass-bottomed boat.

The main beach of L'Estartit has one of the longest sandy beaches on the Costa Brava coast. This beach has fine sand and areas cordoned off for swimming and snorkling. There are lots of beach activities that you can do with pedal boats, kayaks, sailing boats and windsurfing boards all available for hire.


Along the sea-front and into the centre town are a good selection of bars and restaurants, generally getting more up-market as you head towards the port area. L'Estartit has a large and well-equiped marina and the marina is full of large and small sailing boats.

L'Estartit is also popular with golfers and has five clubs and golf courses nearby and there are a number of golf hotels with easy access to the golf courses.

The town has the excellent backdrop of the Roca Maura mountain and if its not too hot there is a nice walk up to the top from where you get some great views over the town and the coast.

L'Estartit has a 'Festival of the Giants' in mid July with a parade of 'giants'.

sea front of L'Estartit

Places to visit near L'Estartit

Whilst you are in L'Estartit explore the protected Ter Vell wetlands which are home to many sea birds, and visit La Gola which is the area at the mouth of the river Ter and is very attractive.

Also in the bay of Roses are Empuries with its Roman and Greek ruins and the popular resort of Roses. Also Empuriabrava which is a huge marina and a resort which is particularly good for watersports.

Neighbouring Torroella de Montgri has an International Music Festival in the summer, though its Gothic-Renaissance square is worth a look anytime.

Nearby Pals is a beautiful medieval village which winds uphill to a medieval tower. The golf course at Pals is one of the top golf courses in Spain and regularly hosts international golf events.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Girona guide, and the Catalonia guide.

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Map of L'Estartit and places to visit


L'Estartit places to visit



Pals is a lovely medieval village inland of the Costa Brava.

Pals guide


Empuries is a fascinating archeological site containing a Greek and Roman colony

Empuries guide


Begur is a charming village set a little inland with good bus links to its beaches on the Costa Brava.

Begur guide


Peratallada is a medieval village, and is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.

Peratallada guide


Tamariu is a charming seaside village on the Costa Brava.

Tamariu guide


Llafranc is a chic seaside resort on the Costa Brava coast of Spain.

Llafranc guide