Holidays in
L'Estartit

A nature-filled Costa Brava break

When a secluded fishing village becomes a holiday hotspot, it’s got to be doing something right. Whether it’s down to the obligingly warm climate, or the crescent-shaped shoreline that spills out onto the protected waters of the Illes Medes, L’Estartit holidays hold a special place in many visitors’ hearts.

As well as gentle strolls along the restaurant-lined harbour and day trips to nearby golf courses, holidays to L’Estartit are all about getting closer to nature. You can glimpse sea birds flitting among the dunes on beach strolls or clifftop walks, and admire a host of marine life – the waters here are some of the finest in the Mediterranean for snorkelling. And if you don’t fancy donning a mask, there are many sheltered coves for secluded swims. L’Estartit’s varied landscape means that holidays can be jam-packed with either activities or back-to-back relaxation. You’ll have a grand time, whichever camp you fall into.

Your L’Estartit questions, answered

The Illes Medes has been a marine nature reserve since 1990, and a diving tax is in place to support the ongoing protection of this wonderfully diverse ecosystem.

The rocky uphill climb to visit Castell Montgri is best done wearing sensible footwear. You might want to pack a pair of water socks for the coves, too.

Generally, yes – divers are often treated to a colourful underwater patchwork of corals and sea-life. Visibility only lessens after heavy rainfall, as silt from the River Ter flows into the Med at L’Estartit.

Best things to do in L’Estartit

Take a boat trip

The craggy outcrops that make up the Medes archipelago are home to lush vegetation both above and below sea level. Hop aboard a boat and make for the wetlands if you’re a birdwatcher.

Visit the castle

The views from the dilapidated Montgri are worth the hike. Aim to reach the top just before sundown, as the sky turns milky pink and blood orange.

See some culture

As well as a permanent art gallery, the region hosts an array of lively fiestas and fairs. Look out for pirate parades, jazz festivals and even a weekend dedicated to the Beatles.