The 10 Best Things to Do in L'Escala, Spain

February 9, 2018 Nobuko Falco

L'Escala (Spanish: La Escala) is a municipality in the comarca of the Alt Empordà in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. It is situated on the Costa Brava, located between the southern end of the Gulf of Roses and Cala (bay) Montgó. It is an important fishing port and tourist centre, and has a festival dedicated to its famous anchovies. The GE-513 road runs inland from the town.
Restaurants in L'Escala

1. Ruines d'Empuries

C/ Puig I Cadafalch, S/N, 17130 L'Escala, Spain
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Ruines d'Empuries

Reviewed By Nick T - Manchester, United Kingdom

The ruins of a Greek city settled from about 400BC and the later Roman city slightly inland settled in about 200BC after the Punic War. The ruins are ruins but they are well laid out and there is an excellent audioguide which brings the place alive and makes it a most interesting visit. There is a museum which houses the statue of Asklepios, the Greek god of medicine as seen in the picture above. Well worth the 2 to 3 hours, although I guess you would need some interest in history to enjoy it.

2. Montgri Castle

Situated at the summit of Montgri Mountain, at an altitude of 302 m, 17257 Torroella de Montgri, Spain
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4.5 based on 196 reviews

Montgri Castle

Reviewed By terrypj - Derby, United Kingdom

we first saw the castle on our way to L'estartit did not no how to reach it so took photo's from a distance. At a later date we would lik to visit

3. Platja de l'Estartit

Passeig Maritim, L'Estartit, Spain +34 972 75 19 10
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4 based on 179 reviews

Platja de l'Estartit

Reviewed By Skinut79 - North Holland Province, The Netherlands

This is a very wide stretch of sand with car parking right on the beach. There is plenty of room for all visitors to find their own patch of sand. Not many facilities along it but 1 or 2.

4. Globus Emporda

17144 Colomers, Spain
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5 based on 136 reviews

Globus Emporda

Discover the countryside of the Emporda from above as you enjoy the magical sensation of flying with a balloon. Admire the Costa Brava from 1300 m altitude; the bay of Roses, the Medes Islands, the Pyrenees, old villages...and after we will go to have a local breakfast! Say yes to adventure! Shared flights: 160€ per person older than 10 years old, and 100€

Reviewed By nddeyne - Mol, Belgium

A professional team of balloonists and an excellent pilot made this trip a wonderful and unique experience. All care was taken to brief everyone on the event and every safety precaution was taken. It was a beautiful and remarkable flight with a soft landing without (the otherwise usual) tipping over of the basket. Expert execution of the flight!!!
Afterwards a typical Catalan lunch was served, and a bottle of bubbly spirit was popped :-) Beautiful pictures, the map of the route and altitudes of the flight and a personal magnetic photo are included! Really recommended!!!

5. San Marti d'Empuries

L'Escala, Spain
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

San Marti d'Empuries

Reviewed By Jose C - Cardedeu, Spain

Great (incredible) location but needs some more attention to overall maintenance. A few massive mid range restaurants and some housing that could be better taken care and made more attractive. It is not bad, but it could be great with some more attention to detail and investment, given the gem it actually is.

6. El Rei del Mar

Avinguda Grecia, 5 | Hotel Panorama, 17258 Torroella de Montgri, Spain
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5 based on 56 reviews

El Rei del Mar

Reviewed By smanchet - London, United Kingdom

Scuba diving on the Medes Islands, one of the very best diving locations in the Med. Groupers everywhere, eagle rays, tunas, coral, cave diving etc. Top-notch PADI diving center with 2 large well-equipped special-purpose diving boats. Extremely professional and friendly staff. Highly recommended.

7. Cala Montgo

Gps: 42.107934, 3.168876, 17258 L'Escala, Spain
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4.5 based on 140 reviews

Cala Montgo

Reviewed By bizzigirl - London, United Kingdom

We loved cala montgo, the right combination of beautiful cove, lovely sand, shallow water and plenty of cafes and bars without it being too overrun. There's pedalos and sunbed hire, but its all quite low key. Lovely for all ages! And theres parking not far.

8. Scuba Alegre

La Ballena Alegre Camping, 17470 Sant Pere Pescador, Spain
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5 based on 8 reviews

Scuba Alegre

Dive Center at Camping/ Bungalow Park La Ballena Alegre. SSI( Scuba Schools International ) Diving Courses, Open Water Diver, Advanced Adventure, Try Scuba Diving, Stress&Rescue, Combined Specialty Courses.. 3 Dives a day, Special Double Tank at Cap de Creus, Nitrox Available, German, English, Dutch, French, Hungarian,Spanish and Catalan speaking Instructors. BBQ, Diving Packages, Flexible Schedul

Reviewed By Przemyslaw R - Copenhagen, Denmark

Professional diving center with friendly personnel. If you do not have your scuba gear they can provide with full set :) or they can just fill in you tank. They have fast zodiac boat and departure 3 times a day. Also provide intro scuba dive for kids if you live on the camping.

9. Museu de l'Anxova i de la Sal

Avenida Francesc Macia, 1, 17130 L'Escala, Spain +34 972 77 68 15
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4 based on 58 reviews

Museu de l'Anxova i de la Sal

Reviewed By what_horizon - London, United Kingdom

At first glance a museum about anchovies may not look interesting but after our visit I was enthralled about the history.
On arrival the lady on the front desk recommended the route around the museum and set up the opening film to play in English for us. It gave a short overview of the anchovy industry in the area. An English translation booklet was provided to guide us around what turned out to be a delightful little museum dedicated to the hard working people who went out in all weathers to fish for anchovies and sardines.
A good way to spend a couple of hours.

10. Fundacio Mascort

Carrer Esglesia, 9, Torroella de Montgri, Spain +34 972 75 80 57
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Fundacio Mascort

Reviewed By PAM C - Girona, Spain

They always show very interesting things from photos to ceramics. It is a house of historical interest and has a wonderful internal patio The staff are very heplful and friendly. Varios languages are spoken.

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