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Up the coast from S'Agaró, the C31 brings you to Palafrugell and Begur; to the east are some of the prettiest, least developed inlets of the Costa Brava. One road leads to Llafranc, a small port with waterfront hotels and restaurants, and forks right to the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, known for its July habaneras festival. (The habanera is a form of Cuban dance music brought to
Europe by Catalan sailors in the late 19th century; it still enjoys a nostalgic cachet here.) Just south is the panoramic promontory of Cap Roig, with views of the barren Formigues Isles.
North along the coast lie Tamariu, Aiguablava, Fornell, Platja Fonda, and (around the point at Cap de Begur) Sa Tuna and Aiguafreda. There's not much to do in any of these hideaways (only Llafranc has a long enough stretch of seafront to accommodate a sandy beach), but you can luxuriate in the wonderful views and the soothing quiet.
From Begur, you can go east through the calas or take the inland route past the rose-color stone houses and ramparts of the restored medieval...
The beaches closest to Barcelona are at Blanes (60 km [37 miles] northeast of Barcelona; 45 km [28 miles] south of Girona). The Costa Brava...