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quiet, non-touristy Costa Brava choices

Denver
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quiet, non-touristy Costa Brava choices

Hi,

I've read the posts about Costa Brava options, and I'm wondering what you might recommend in terms of places that are quiet, do not emphasize shopping or partying, are not too upscale or "ritzy," yet of course have some dining options. We do not need to stay right at the water (but we want to be able to go there), and we will have a car. We like having more local, "authentic" experiences as opposed to feeling like we're surrounded by partiers or tourists, and we do not like to shop!

Or, are we looking at the wrong area altogether? It looks lovely, but perhaps too busy for our tastes?

We will be traveling in mid-April, driving up from Barcelona.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!

Betsy

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1. Re: quiet, non-touristy Costa Brava choices

Betsy:

Many of the beach resorts may not be open yet when you go because it is still off-season.

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2. Re: quiet, non-touristy Costa Brava choices

Begur would be a great place for you to stay. There a many beautiful places to visit close by, and Begur itself is a lovely medieval town. It is a few minutes drive to the gorgeous Sa Riera beach.

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3. Re: quiet, non-touristy Costa Brava choices

Hi

Agree with Denise. Begur would be a good base with an alternative of Calella de Palafrugell perhaps. Both places will have a choice of places to eat. Begur is slighly larger but not quite on the beach.

It will be quite at this time of year - Mid April, but most places will be open and there are plenty of places to explore within a short drive or walk.

April is a nice time to go, reasonable weather during the day but fresher at night.

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4. Re: quiet, non-touristy Costa Brava choices

Hi

Can I put in a bid for Sant Feliu de Guixols? If you've ever been to the Cote D'Azur in France, this place is the nearest equivalent, and yet virtually unknown to those in the UK and US. It sits about a 90-minute drive north of Barcelona, above Tossa de Mar, separated by a very hairy road trip (not recommended by those nervous of steep drops) or by a more circuitous journey inland. It is the southernmost of a trio of towns including Platja d'Aro and Palamos. These two have their own charms, but Platja is the most like what you'd expect a seaside town to look like. However, Sant Feliu is very quaint and very old, yet completely beautiful. We loved it so much we bought a place there. If passing through, there are hotels of all stars (recommended 5-star: La Gavina; 4-star Confortel Caleta Park, Hiprocrates Curhotel with added spa, S'Agaro Mar plus numerous 3-star Barcarola, Eden Roc, right on the beach and the Hostal del Sol ), two great beaches: that of Sant Feliu and, just round the corner, St. Pol; great restaurants: what is better than eating in the Santa Maria Rosa at St Pol looking out over the beautiful bay); the Eldorado int he Rambla of Sant Feliu or try to find La Pansa (Calle Luna 99) in the middle of residential Sant Feliu for a surprisingly good 10Euro "menu" in the middle of the day. Above the town is quiet: even when it's at its busiest from mid-July to the end of August, it's quiet...And, if it's any indication, I haven't bumped into any Anglo-American tourists in town!

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5. Re: quiet, non-touristy Costa Brava choices

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