The Local Area
L'Escala still retains its quiet, traditional feel, blending its old fashioned fishing village past with its newfound identity as a tourist destination and is an ideal base from which to explore the rest of Emporda. It is situated between the more developed coastal areas of Riells, L'Estartit and Palamos to the south, for those who want a more upbeat nightlife, and the unspoiled nature reserve of Aiguamols and the undeveloped beaches of Roses to the north, for those seeking peace and quiet.
The Gulf of Roses itself is one of the most beautiful and untouched stretches of the Costa Brava and is steeped in history. The Greeks founded a colony in Empuries, later becoming displaced by the Romans. The ruins of their civilisation can still be visited today, along with the Empuries museum.
From Cala Montgo, through L'Escala, Sant Marti de Empuries, Sant Pere Pescador and through to Aiguamolls, the coastline is a protected nature reserve, with little property development and long stretches of virgin beach where kitesurfers, divers, swimmers and sun-seekers can find peace.
The coast stretches further up to the north, passing the beautiful town of Roses and the stunning, windswept coastal crags of Cap de Creus and Cadaques, long time destination of artists and poets where the scenery is stunning and the geology unique, before reaching Perpignan in France, only half an hour's drive away.
L'Escala is very near to the town of Figueres, birthplace of Salvador Dali and home to a sprawling museum exhibiting his works.
To the southwest lies Girona, a beautiful medieval university town that blends modern convenience, shopping and dining with its ancient past, the stunning cathedral, the medieval gardens and city wall.
Emporda itself is known for its hospitality and fine cuisine, perfectly situated between the beaches of the Costa Brava and the mountains of the Pyrenees, not far from the volcanic regions of La Garrotxa (Olot) and the untouched beauty of Ripoll and Castell Follit de la Roca. At some points during the years, adventurers can spend a morning up in the mountains skiing and trekking, and then in the afternoon enjoy watersports like sailing, water-skiing, kayaking, SCUBA diving and of course spend a lazy day on the beach. With Barcelona only an hour and a half away the whole region is an ideal base from which to explore Catalunya, France and the rest of Spain.