Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca: Places to Explore


Sant Feliu de Guixols

You arrive at the little fishing port of Sant Feliu de Guixols, 23 km (15 miles) north of Tossa de Mar, after navigating a series of harrowing hairpin curves. Tiny turnouts or parking spots on this route nearly always lead to intimate coves and hidden inlets, with stone stairways winding down from the road.

The town itself is set in a small bay, and handsome Moderniste mansions line the seafront promenade, recalling former wealth from the cork industry. In front of them, an arching beach of fine white sand leads around to the fishing harbor at its north end. Behind the promenade, a well-preserved old quarter of narrow streets and squares leads to a 10th-century gateway with horseshoe arches (all that remains of a pre-Romanesque monastery); nearby, a church still stands that combines Romanesque, Gothic, and baroque styles.

Sant Feliu de Guixols at a Glance