L'Escala is a small fishing town, famous for it's good quality anchovies. Situated to the north east of Catalonia on the southern edge of the Bay of Roses, L'Escala is surrounded by fabulous sandy beaches.
These days L'Escala is a town that the middle class Catalan resident would like to keep a secret; however, independent holidaymakers are too starting to discover its charm.
L'Escala is a truly wonderful place to stay, steeped in history, on the doorstep of some of the Costa Brava's most beautiful family, friendly, sandy beaches. To the north of the town is a continuous sandy beach stretching for about 20km to the south beautiful coves and bays to explore and snorkel.
The resort is around 50 minutes drive from the international airport of Girona.
The Greeks and Romans both created their first settlements on the Spanish peninsula here, at St. Marti D'Empuries, to the north of L´Escala. For this reason the Olympic flame was landed here during the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
The small clean and sandy beach of Cala de la Creu, has parking and a cute promenade.
The fine sandy beach of Cala Montgo offers restaurants, kiosks, parking, showers, telephones, beach cleaning, yacht rentals, umbrellas and hammocks. It can be reached by bus.
Portitxolis is a sandy beach which also offers parking, showers, and a boardwalk.
The fine sand of the Rec del Moli beach is backed by restaurants, parking, showers, and a boardwalk. It can be reached by bus.
The Riuet (Empúries) is a sandy beach with telephones, beach cleaning and
La Playa also a sandy beach has kiosks, restaurants, showers, boardwalk and
can be reached by bus.
Les Muscleres a sandy beach has parking, showers, cleaning and a boardwalk.
Port d'en Perris is a rocky beach, which has restaurants, parking, showers, telephones, beach cleaning. And can be reached by bus.
Riells is a long beach of fine sand. The beach has restaurants, parking, showers, phones, umbrellas a boardwalk, and small boat rentals.
Sant Martí is a 300 metre long sandy beach. The beach has parking, showers, cleaning of beaches, boardwalk, and hire of water sports equipment.
Leisure & recreation
There is a plethora of activities and facilities available in L’Escala, including water sports for all levels (Club Mistral on the beach), golf, cycling both on and off road, horse riding, ballooning, walking and running.
For those interested in Catalan culture there are lots of museums and monuments including the Greek and Roman 'Ruins D'Empuries', the museum of Salt, and not forgetting Salvador Dali's 'Teatre-Museu' and his house which is now itself a fabulous museum.
The gastronomy of Catalonia is rich and varied. Principally it is the typical Mediterranean diet of fish and seafood with fresh vegetables, olives and olive oil rice and pasta. A typical and delicious speciality from L’Escala are the local, delicious anchovies.
We recommend that visitors try some traditional Catalan dishes whilst on holiday, especially delicious are
Escudella I Carn D'olla, vegetable broth with pork, veal and chicken. Pa Amb Tomàquet,
simply rustic bread, can be toasted, rubbed with tomato pulp and dressed with oil and salt; these delcious breakfast can also be served with ham, sausage or tortilla.
Coca is a very thin dough baked with onions, peppers and other vegetables served with and meats, or fish (especially sardines).
Beautiful hot summer days, cooled by a refreshing sea breeze, melt into an autumnal splendour of mild clear sunshine and blue skies, which give way to a winter of cool nights and often gloriously temperate days with occasional rain that turns to a blossoming spring of flowering fragrance and sunshine flecked with welcoming showers.