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Navigation begins and ends in Palamos, cozy fishing village with one of the largest fishing fleets in the area.
1. Palamos – Estartit: 15 miles
2. Estartit – Cadaqués: 25 miles
3. Cadaqués – Port de la Selva: 15 miles
4. Port de la Selva – Port Argelès-sur-Mer: 20 miles
5. Port of Argeles-sur-Mer – Cala Prona: 20 miles
6. Cala Prona – Cala Montjoi: 15 miles
7. Cala Montjoi – Palamos: 30 miles
A coastal cruise during which you can admire the contrasting landscape of the Costa Brava, the fantastic and rugged Cape Creus and diversity of colors of southern French coast.
Navigation begins and ends in Palamos, cozy fishing village with one of the largest fishing fleets in the area.
In the Costa Brava there are a lot of beaches and interesting places, so that the proposed route is one of many possibilities. Do not hesitate to change your program if you see that agrees more with your desires or experience, or just to better adapt to the weather conditions at the time.
If no input is expected north wind (Tramontana), it’s best to make arrangements quickly and leave the same day of shipment.
If there Tramontana, keep in mind that this wind is growing stronger as the coast back. With two locations north wind Passkeys. The first is the Cape of Begur from which the north wind is much stronger. The second is the Cabo de Creus, which may be impassable at this location since wind, sea and current are usually very strong northerly wind conditions. Palamos and navigation environments are areas protected from strong north wind inputs.
DAY 1. Port of Palamos – Cueva de Gispert -. Aiguablava or Puerto de l’Estartit
Early in the afternoon we will be at the Port of Palamos.
It’s time to embark and familiar with the sailboat. Soon, we left port and we headed northeast, coasting. We will cruise sailing tracing one of the most beautiful landscapes in the central part of the Costa Brava, the coves of Begur.
A few miles from the exit, passing the rocky islets named Ants Islands, ideal for dipping, but surrounded by dangerous rocks.
Past Ants, see the picturesque villages of Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc, where we find the first marina in our itinerary.
Llafranc Harbour is a small harbor with moorings and scarce few places available for visitors. Although it is an interesting place, is best avoided in high season.
North of Llafranc see the Cape of San Sebastián. To highlight the lighthouse there on the mountain, it is one of the most potent of the Catalan coast. This lighthouse is frequently used by pleasure boats, coming from the north, they indicate the starting point for the journey to the Balearic Islands. Corporal Cavalry in Menorca is just 115 miles 159th course.
Past San Sebastián, there is a string of very nice and good for anchoring coves that make this part of the coast an unforgettable area.
The most important are the coves of Tamariu, Aiguablava and Sa Tuna.
Cala Tamariu. In the village of Tamariu as a backdrop, is an open cove Garbi striking but little shelter against the prevailing winds. During the summer season is full of private buoys for small boats.
The next cove is Aiguablava, but before reaching see Gispert’s cave, a place worth visiting.
400 m north of the islands ‘of Terme’, there is a yellowish stain on the cliff about 30 m north of the entrance. The cave is a deep and dark cavity in the rock. You can anchor the sailboat near its entrance and enter the dinghy. Attention must bring a flashlight for within darkness reigns. We recommend visiting. The mouth makes about 3 m wide, and reaches 20 m inside. The cavity is about 200 m long and 12 m high. The bottom is sand and end of the cave is a tiny pebble beach.
Cala Aiguablava and Fornells. Well protected, is a picture postcard. It has a sandy beach, a couple of restaurants and a small urbanization not disfigured. On the east side is the National Parador. Prevent buoys anchored in the innermost part of the cove. This cove is the best place to anchor for the night in the area, although during the summer is hard to find room for the boat if it is late.
The best place to anchor it to the east, under the Parador.
You can try to tie up to a buoy and thus save veiling anchor overnight, but we must remember that the buoys are private and we only can tie if the person who is responsible for them, and moving through the field of buoys an inflatable boat, give us permission.
North Creek Aiguablava the small port of Fornells, only suitable for smaller vessels with less depth of 1 m, and therefore not suitable for sailboats currency.
North of Aiguablava see the Cabo de Begur.
Passed out must pay attention to the Punta Palom. About 100 m of this, there is an obstacle that stands little water and dangerous. Outlining the Punta Palom reach the final of the interesting coves:
Cala Sa Tuna. Very scenic, wide and easy mooring place, although not as good shelter provides as Aiguablava. It is necessary to avoid winds from the north. The description of the cove is at the stage of the 7th, when we suggest your visit.
For the first day of sailing recommend anchor in Cala Aiguablava to spend night, leaving the visit of Sa Tuna Creek for the last day, when we’re going to Palamos. If you do not want to spend the night at anchor, and we want the peace and comfort of a tie, the fate of today may be the marina at l’Estartit, cozy and bienpreparado, at a distance of only 14 miles from Palamos.
DAY 2. Aiguablava, Estartit – Medes Islands – Cala Montgo – Gulf of Roses – Cala Montjoi -. Roses or Cadaqués
The second day we will offer a pleasant sailing through the Gulf of Roses to Cape Creus.
Pass by the Medes Islands Nature Reserve exception. It must stop. We recommend visiting early to avoid excess boats there at noon. The group of islands is an underwater nature reserve relevance and anchoring is prohibited. We tie us to a -free- buoy. Dive into its waters is truly spectacular by the quantity and diversity of wildlife that find.
The group of islands consists of seven islands and several pitfalls. The largest of the islands is the Meda Gran, reaching 600 m wide. The Meda Xica follows. The remaining islets are smaller.
About Meda Gran remains of ancient buildings. On this island there is only a rocky beach located in the southeastern part. In front of this beach is the best place to be: here we find the first buoy field. There is a small pier with only one meter probe. From this pier off the road that climbs to the top of the Meda Gran.
The second buoy field is located north of the island, in the cove called La Cuetara. The place is good if there is a north wind.
The transition between Meda Gran and Meda Xica is inadvisable, given the limited existing draft between the two islands.
The Meda Xica has a special interest if we immersion, since in it underwater caves that cross from one side to another.
Continuing our journey, from the Medes to Cala Montgo the coast takes a steep and difficult, full of gray and imposing cliffs turn. If we pay attention, we will see Forarada Rock, a rocky promontory that enters the sea with a cavity through it from north to south.
After the Forarada and before reaching Cala Montgo l’Escala see. It is one of the most attractive anchorages of the Costa Brava. It is easy anchoring, sand bottom, and very safe. Calla comes over 1 kilometer inland and has about 700 m wide at its mouth. In the background a sandy beach, where there is a camping, a restaurant and some houses were opened.
If the sea is calm, the best place to anchor is along the cliffs of the south end.
From Montgo, and in the Gulf of Roses, the coast gets sandy softness again. The gulf is huge, framed between the mountains of Canigó to port and starboard Norfeu out. Remount the Gulf peacefully under sail, to the town of Roses.
From Roses we enter the rough and fantastic geography of Cabo de Creus, full of coves where we will find suitable moorings for most of the winds, with underwater areas of great beauty.
The first coves will find Cala Cala Montjoi and Júncols.
Cala Montjoi. Located just before reaching out Norfeu, funding almost remarkable buildings. Is 400 m long and 400 m wide. It is a good anchorage even Tramontana. The bottom is sandy.
Attention: In the eastern tip, known as Punta Farrera, there is a pitfall with just two feet quite separate probe tip. It is difficult to see.
Cala Júncols, without buildings and deep rock bottom, is a popular venue for scenic beauty and clarity of its waters. This is a game creek in two sections. Funding pretty wild, only in good weather.
To spend the night moored in harbor at the southern end of the Gulf of Roses there is the port of l’Escala -We recommend visiting the ruins of Empúries-. Halfway there Gulf navy Empuriabrava, inland marina with all amenities and the marina of Santa Margarita, private, non berths for passers-by. To the north lies the port of Roses, newly built, with all the equipment and not very saturated ahoratodavía. We recommend the latter.
If you have desire to anchor, we highly recommend spending the night in Cadaqués, with an excellent environment. Cadaqués is a wide well protected cove and a must visit. Although you can anchor to anchor behind the Piló -better than vertical of the church, it is best to apply a buoy to the Yacht Club, since we will be closer to earth and will not need to be aware of anchor overnight.
Dinghy, preferably with the outboard motor to go ashore is required. We recommend people go to dinner, to any of the small restaurants in the bay. Cadaqués is a magnificent town where modern buildings have not sullied her physiognomy. It is very interesting to take a walk through its quaint streets and visit the church of Santa Maria.
The entrance at night Cadaqués is marked by the lighthouse Cala Nans.
DAY 3. Cadaqués – Portlligat – Cabo de Creus. – Cala Culip or Puerto de la Selva
On the third day remount the Cabo de Creus, rather often dominated by the north wind.
If we leave soon Cadaqués, we can go for breakfast Portlligat Bay, a must. Its hills brownstone and old terraces forming a frame of great beauty.
By lifting the cove is closed by the island of the same name. The entrance to the cove is 200 m wide and is a good shelter from all winds except the Northeast.
Please keep sufficient distance island Messina and especially during the entrance to the cove. Entering the port side there is a pitfall not indicated less than 1 meter probe.
Funds from algae and mud up quickly from 12 m at the entrance to 1 and 2 m in its interior.
You can not anchor using the anchor, as the Portlligat seabed is covered by a meadow of Posidonia protected. You need permission to tie to one of the buoys.
At the end there is a small jetty just below the house where the painter Salvador Dalí spent long periods.
A path in a few minutes walk leads to Cadaqués.
We hoisted the sails again and passed Portlligat’ll see the tip of Cabo de Creus, which, along with the island of Massa d’Oros, is the ultimate lifting of the entire peninsular coastline tip. From here and the Gulf of Lion opens.
In good weather you can pass between the island out and said since the probe is sufficient for the passage of sailboats.
Stood the test will northwestward to enter Creek Culip.
Heed Island Encalladora. If the sea state is good, we can go through the canal that forms the island and land -Freu of Claveguera-, we find probe 18-20 m and a channel width of 70m. A port will see a small lighthouse, built for the filming of the movie ‘The Lighthouse at the End of the World’.
Culip Creek is extensive and of great beauty. We can spend hours in this cove. There is a small jetty. The most protected cove place is the pier itself or tiny creek that forms south of east. The bottom is mud. On the west side of the creek a series of small coves, ideal for warm weather anchor form.
Down to earth and after a nice hike, find the Cabo de Creus and the cave of Hell, a deep and dark cavity at the end of the cliff.
For overnight recommend the Port de la Selva, pretty fishing village -visiting the old- neighborhood with excellent tapas restaurants, such as the Marina bar.
The church of Nostra Senyora de les Neus presides over a landscape of white houses preserving his own urban layout of the fishing villages of yesteryear.
The marina has all services, but we can also drop anchor smoothly on the bottom of the bay in front of the beach, where we find the only fund that holds.
If time is highly recommended to take a taxi and take a trip to the Monastery of Sant Pere de Roda, located at the foot of the mountain. It is a Romanesque monastery of the fifteenth century and abandoned since the eighteenth century, 500 m. It has a unique view of the Cabo de Creus massif and its northern coast.
If we Tramontana, can not hang out and will need to change plans by an alternative route. The north wind makes Cape Creus dangerous for navigation, with large current waves against.
DAY 4. Port de la Selva – Cabo Cervera – Cala de Paulilles – Cape Bear – Collioure – Argelès sur Mer .
The fourth day offers us the visit of Catalan’s northern coast and the ‘Côte Vermeille’ French, famous for its vineyards on the edge of the sea.
Early morning, we head north bound Argelès-sur-Mer, France.
Tracing the coast without entertain from Port de la Selva to the vicinity of Cape Bear, aiming to spend the day in the northern part of our itinerary. Back carefully visit the part of the coast which now pass quickly.
Constant attention and listen to the weather while surfing the north coast of Cabo de Creus, in order to avoid us a scare with the north wind.
We started the day since leaving Port de la Selva. Passing Llançà, Colera and Portbou, along aggressive coast, reach the coast of Roussillon.
With out it Falco abeam enter French territorial waters. If we sail near shore we see about a cave twin-mast to mark the exact location of the border.
Cape Cervera has a unique appearance from the sea, its black rock and verticality make it a clear point of reference.
Find out past the town of Cervera, instead of little interest and no port. It is the first village on French soil.
It is interesting to visit the coves of Pedrafita and Terrambo, right in the area where the Pyrenees mountains plunge into the sea. We can anchor in one of these coves to spend the afternoon and take a tour of these lonely places.
Later we will see Banyuls of Merenda, with a small marina. If we stop, we can taste the typical mulled wine they call ‘Banyuls’ and visit the aquarium.
Last Banyuls found a good anchoring, Paulilles Creek, interesting place and soon built where a stopover advise anchor in front of the beach or in one of the following coves.
Right after this cove north we find Cape Bear, difficult step if not impossible, in days of strong north wind. Cape Bear offers a good view to the Cabo de Creus aft and Cape Leucate by bow.
Cape Bear far west arrive at Port Vendres, the safest natural harbor in the area before any weather condition. Formerly a major port, now a marina with all services.
One mile north of Port Vendres go into Collioure. It is a small village with medieval fortresses, one of which is located in one of the arms of the bay, in turn surrounded by old houses of fishermen. The visit is worthwhile given the attractiveness of the place. If time permits, we can anchor and go ashore to visit its narrow cobbled streets. Also worth visiting the Royal Castle (Chateau Royal).
We recommend spending the night in the port of Argelès-sur-Mer or Port Vendres, both spacious and modern marinas with all amenities.
DAY 5. Argelès – Cala Garbet – Cala Prona or Port de la Selva .
North of Argelès begins Corberes coast, an area of flat and sandy coastline, with many vineyards in the distance. This coast is characterized by the nearby sea ponds. Started following of 100 miles of low coast, in contrast we have visited so far.
At this time, after four days going up north, chronologically southbound going to our already visited Cabo de Creus.
From the port, after a quiet sailing normally downwind, back into Catalan waters.
A first stop will be the port of Portbou, where we could spend the night. Portbou is hidden between high promontories that frame and protect. We must be vigilant because the small bay and town from the sea are hidden by these headlands. In Portbou there are excellent restaurants along the beach promenade. The marina is newly established, small, but with all the services, but can anchor at the beach. Portbou is a town heavily influenced by the railway station founded in 1878. In those years the station away from the sea fishermen and has subsequently slowed the strong presence of tourism that has suffered other towns on the Costa Brava.
Continuing south, covering a magnificent coastline of towering cliffs that fall to peak, we found the people of Cholera, with a small marina not too small sports-port interest and low-probe. If we want to enter, north of the main bay you can anchor. Offers little shelter but is clean with pitfalls and has sandy bottoms.
Lladró past Cape, south of Cholera, go into the bay of Cap Ras. Inside Bay Creek Garbet find.
Cala Garbet is wonderfully relaxing. It has more than 1 km long and 600 m wide. In the background is a beach with a simple restaurant, a hotel and camping. The best place for anchoring is in front of the beach. Sandy bottom. It is a good anchor if there Tramontana or lift, so it is a place to spend the night if no notice of entry of any of these two winds.
There is a small cove south, deep but with low depth, not suitable for anchoring. Attention to a dangerous obstacle located on the east side of this small cove.
We are facing an irregular coastline dominated by high cliffs. It is an area hard hit by storms from the north in winter.
We leave and go towards Cala Garbet cove Prona, advise where to spend the night, plying the waters off the northern coast of Cape Creus. Under a striking blue-gray cliff arrive at the port of Llançà, a marina with a few berths. The population is 2 km from the port.
South of Llançà find Creek Cau del Llop (Wolf’s Lair) and Farella Creek. If we fund is better to choose Farella, with more shelter because it has the protection of Falco islets. Wallpaper sand, 4-5 m.
To the south we reach the point Sernella and then find the familiar Port de la Selva, where we know we can moor in the marina but we can anchor if we finish the day in this place.
Port de la Selva to Cabo de Creus coast offers a number of coves good anchor whenever no Tramontana. We can sail close to the coast in the absence of pitfalls.
The coast we are visiting is volcanic, with plenty of incoming and outgoing, where we will discover secluded coves between a landscape in relief and strongly contrasted colors.
The first interesting creek we found south of Port de la Selva is the narrow and deep recess in the rock called Fornells cove. It is south of the island Meda. It has about 25 m wide, with a sandy beach at the end. It is a recommended funding if no Tramontana.
We spend Cape Gros, cliff easily identifiable by its 170 m high and 800 m long.
Once past the Gros out will enter the Golfet. It is a semicircular embayment 1 mile in diameter, with several coves, each with its own personality.
From north to south we find the following beaches:
Cala Galera. It protected the island Galera, is recognized by a white house visible from the open sea. Two miles from Port de la Selva. We can anchor in the bottom of the hold but not to stay overnight because not enough shelter. The cove is deserted without any construction.
Cala Taballera or Knight. The largest of the creeks Golfet. It has two beaches and is over 500 m long by 200 wide. In the largest beach on the south side, we will see several houses in ruins and also has a fresh water source. The fund is good for anchoring, but the bay offers little shelter to be very open to north.
Among the cove and the next there is a very high cliff.
Cala Prona. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava and where we can spend the night at anchor. It is narrow and difficult to see from the sea. Makes 50 m wide at the entrance and about 120 m long. Once inside widens forming a small cove ideal for anchoring. There is a small fishing shelter a shipper and a nice beach, forming a truly paradisiacal whole. There is even a source of drinking water. The bottom of the cove is sandy with some stones. The depth is 10 m at the entrance and 5 m in the center.
On the south side, there is a larger than fishing shelter sandy beach. It has a good shelter but has little depth.
DAY 6. Cala Prona – Cala Galladera – Cabo de Creus – Cala Guillola – Cala Montjoio Port of the Scale .
Today we cross the Cabo de Creus in contrast to the three-day course that usually offers a quieter journey, makes sense and therefore we will focus more widely known the northern coast of Cabo de Creus.
Leaving the Golfet and sailing south will double the Punta de Forallons and see a couple of creeks, creek Tres Frares (three Friars) that offers no protection because it is full of pitfalls and Galladera cove formed by three bays with guidelines east, west and south.
Cala Galladera is a nice place worth a visit. Of the three coves, the most interesting is the side facing the west, where a group of pines and an old shed uninhabited fishermen. It is a good shelter even with Tramontana, lonely, isolated and paradise. It is about 200 m long and 40 m wide. Background of sand and stones.
The cove is on the east side is the smallest, and offers little shelter even when sufficient background to enter.
The cove is south has so little depth that can pretty much just go with the dinghy.
Leaving Galladera, and surrounding the island Portaló vertical color -very negruzco- still find another interesting creek, creek Portaló.
Cala Portaló is completely surrounded by high cliffs. It offers good shelter except Tramontana. Sign 500m on the coast line. It consists of a series of smaller coves that open on either side, and has a range of low rocks at the entrance that act as natural breakwaters. At the bottom of the cove there is a rocky beach. The side walls of stone fall to peak, so we can get very close to passing a mooring ground if necessary. The bottom of the cove is sandy with some isolated rocks. In the mouth have of 10-12 m, and in the middle of the cove there are about 4 m. We can not approach the beach as there is little depth.
Continuing our voyage, we will leave the familiar Creek Culip starboard Encalladora Island, and Cape Creus.
Now heading southwest we see the unforgettable coves there before rediscover Cadaqués: Cala Fragosa, Cala Fredosa, Cala Bona and Cala Player. All these coves, although very nice, are difficult because funding or are very narrow and long, or have many pitfalls. We choose Creek Guillola to anchor, the last cove before Portlligat.
Cala Guillola. With a mouth 500 m, within a micro world of small bays is formed. Funds to 12-16 m of sand and seaweed. It offers good shelter except for winds. Within the Guillola Creek, in its southwest corner, find the most protected place Creek, known as Creek Jonquet. In the background there is a sandy beach. Attention within the cove Jonquet, because the bottom rises rapidly near the beach.
To spend night there are several possibilities:
Port of Empuriabrava, on the beach of the Gulf of Roses, inland marina with all the equipment.
Puerto Scale, well equipped and managed, but something away from people.
Funded if time permits:
As a first option Montjoi cove, described on Day 2.
As a second option, cala Montgo described also on day 2.
DAY 7. Cala Montjoi, L’Escala – Medes Islands – Cala Sa Tuna – Cala Castell -. Palamos
We have reached the last day of the cruise, and therefore it fully leverage.
Start the day with a morning sailing through the Gulf of Roses and passing the rugged cliffs between l’Estartit Esclala and to find the Medes Islands.
Recommend stopping here again and enjoy a swim watching the colored underwater fauna. For those of you wanting to walk a little, you can go with the inflatable boat to the small pier Meda Gran and very marked way to go to the lighthouse. It’s a nice tour of calcareous soil. We will be surrounded at all times by a lot of seagulls.
Subsequently, due south to southwest, let Pals beach and after rounding Cape Black go into Cala Sa Tuna.
The coves Sa Tuna and Aiguafreda are located within the same bay.
Sa Tuna Creek is one that is farther south, very clean and good anchor pitfalls. Behind it’s Punta Palom a small quiet beach, known as the Aixugador is formed. At the end of the Big Creek found a sandy beach about 100 m long where a restaurant and summer houses.
The best anchorage is found in the Aixugador, sand bottom and algae.
Although it may seem otherwise, the cove does not offer great protection, especially when the north wind blows.
There are buoys in the area in front of the beach where we can apply what has been explained for the first day Aiguablava.
Among Sa Tuna and Aiguafreda is an area with many pitfalls.
Aiguafreda Creek is located north of the bay, and is smaller than Sa Tuna. Provides better protection than Sa Tuna with Tramontana, even when the background of rocks and sand provides little assurance to set good anchor. Around the perimeter of the cove there are dangerous pitfalls, which means that in case you want to anchor, we have to keep us in the center of the cove.
Again sailing southward leave behind the Aiguablava cove and the lighthouse of San Sebastian, and heading towards the channel forming Ants islands and Cape Planes, arrive at dusk at our destination, starting point and end point cruise during which we will have enjoyed these days of sun, sea and wind.
If we have time we can still enjoy a last swim in Cala Castell, near Palamos. It is a recommended funding that provides good shelter against northerly winds, but little shelter south components. The bottom is sandy. The best place to anchor is on the east side of the creek, under the promontory of Sa Cobertera.
From here, we can choose to continue sailing south enjoying new sensations and experiences, or return to our daily affairs, pleased to have participated in a different, enriching and new friends experience may meet again another day. Disembark waiting for another opportunity to visit our little world called Costa Brava, where the pines cling to the earth and reach the sea.