Enjoy the coast during offseason
Before the harsh winter arrives, we want to suggest a route along the Costa Brava, in a beautiful setting that, right now, you can almost visit alone. It is called the Castell-Cap Roig and is considered an area of natural interest. One of the few undeveloped areas of the Costa Brava, that has remained so, thanks to the neighbors of the town of Palamós who together with some environmental groups, fought in the 90s to preserve the place. The result: a great natural ecosystem, which includes wetlands, and a vivid historical lesson, thanks to the archaeological remains of an Iberian settlement.
We suggest the route that goes from the ‘platja del Castell” (a beach) to the Estreta Cove. It is a 40 to 50 minute stroll with some steep and narrow stretches next to the characteristic cliffs of the Costa Brava, topped with pines.
Platja de Castell
The route is clearly signposted from the beach to the Iberian settlement. Once there you can see La Foradada, a small natural hole in the foothills of the Montgrí massif that spill over the Mediterranean Sea, and are of karstic origin. A favorite spot among kayakers who, usually, start from Montgró Cove, just south of the town of l’Estartit, and navigate towards the Montgrí massif, passing next to the Medes Islands.
From there, the trail goes along the cliffs over the coves of Canyers and Corbs. At some point the path gets a bit difficult, but it is doable. The route continues on a paved road until Estreta Cove. Please note that starting October 1 this particular stretch will be open to vehicle traffic. However we strongly recommend you to enjoy the route by foot. It’s worth it.
Stretch of the route in Castell-Cap Roig
Cliff in Cap Roig-Castell
Once you reach Estreta Cove, you can walk down to sea level. It’s time for a pause and to enjoy the setting. Not too far, you can find two nudist coves: Roca Bona and Cap de Blanes. In Estreta Cove, which gets the name from its narrow strip of sand, there is a small fishing shack built with a characteristic Catalan vault. The shack can only be used by permission from Palamós’ City Hall.
On the way back, the itinerary takes you inland. The route is actually shorter and lets you see what once was Salvador Dalí’s shack. Used to be the workshop of Alberto Puig Palau, wealthy owner of Mas Juny who gave it to his painter friend. Much like his paintings, the shack shows a curious detail: a leaning door. Although grateful for the gift, Dalí preferred to work in his studio in Portlligat. No record exists of any painting by the memorable artist, made in that small building.
Salvador Dalí’s shack in Castell-Cap Roig
If you choose this route, make sure you bring comfortable footwear and clothing, a raincoat or a windbreaker, sunscreen, and bottled water. Please note that before you start it is recommended to check the wind forecast to avoid the strong Tramuntana wind.
You can also use the route called GR-92, which runs inland. The starting point for that route is located just before you reach the parking lot.