White washed houses splashed with bright blue shutters and climbing ivy with vibrant purple flowers. A pebbled beach front punctuated with the colored parasols of local beach goers. A coastline filled with cacti taller than a double decker bus. Welcome to the Costa Brava, and more specifically Calella de Palafrugell.

I visited Calella de Palafrugell on a girls weekend away to visit a friend who grew up in Barcelona. Locals, as usual, always know best, and she took us to one of her favorite weekend destinations.

Most people I know love Barcelona. Most rave about the beaches of Barceloneta, which honestly, I’ve never understood. The beaches of Barcelona are nothing too special. If you’re looking for a beautiful coast line, visit la Costa Brava – or don’t – I’m sure the locals would prefer it that way. Calella de Palafrugell is about an hour and twenty minutes north of Barcelona, and is worth the trip if you’ve got a rental car during your visit in Barcelona. I’d even recommend ditching Barcelona for a few days and enjoying the Costa Brava instead.

While Barcelona feels busy with other tourists and Spanish alike, Calella de Palafrugell feels like a taste of real Spain. Visiting the area feels like a real holiday. Stroll the water front, take a dip in the sea, eat paella, repeat. The perfect Spanish weekend away.

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Colors on colors

The many colors at the beach of Calella de Palafrugell

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The seaside of Calella de Palafrugell

 

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Charming restaurants line the beach front

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Dining next to the ocean

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Calella de Palafrugell
Colorful houses fill the seaside

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Views out over the ocean … what dreams are made of

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Looking out to the sea

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House front in Calella de Palafrugell

Climb to the top of the hill to get the view of the three bays below

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Views from the Sant Sebastian lighthouse over looking Calella de Palafrugell

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