Mission 5: Brilliant Begur

Where: Begur, Costa Brava, Spain

When: June 2017

What: chilling on the Costa Brava and meeting Auntie Maryam

We found a brilliant campsite in Begur; Camping El Maset, 10 minutes walk to a lovely beach, great outdoor pool, which was actually open, playground that the boys loved, great facilities and friendly and helpful staff.

A rare family photo, Castell de Begur

There were lots of good beaches nearby, Sa Riera was our closest and it was perfect; beautiful clear, shallow water, sandy beach and not too busy. The next beach over is Pals, it was a long walk up and down a lot of steep, slippery steps, past the nudist beach, it’s nice, but nt really worth the mission! We also tried Fornells and Aiguablava, both a short drive away and really nice, but Sa Riera was still our favourite. Sa Tuna was another lovely quiet beach, the best bit about it was when you drive away from it you come to some steep steps which take you down to a rocky cove which was amazing for swimming, the water was so clear and blue.

Auntie Maryam arrived a few days after us, the boys were so excited to see her. We spent a few days chilling at our favourite beaches, she did a very impressive flip out of the dinghy over a wave!

Maryam moments before stunt flip!

We treated ourselves to a rare meal out, which was much more fun than usual as we had Maryam to chase the boys around while we sat down and enjoyed our food.

Managing to finish our dinner while Maryam chases the boys!

We spent one day in Barcelona, 1.5 hours journey in the car. We wanted to go as Jess had never seen La Sagrada Familia, because Georgie fancied a trip to Parc Guell, and while we were there, why not pop in to Georgie’s favourite bar ever, La Xampanyeria/Can Paixano. We failed on almost all counts; the boys were not in the mood to queue to get into the Sagrada Familia, though Jess has now at least seen it, Parc Guell has really changed since I was last here, you now have to pay and queue to get into all the good bits of the park, and it just feels like a big rip off, and Can Paixano was closed 😭 thanks to a Catalan holiday. On the way out of town, we caught a Catalan festival in the narrow streets of Barceloneta. There were a dozen or so different bands playing really loud, energetic music, there was a really great vibe, and it was great fun to watch, and made our trip worthwhile.

Catalan festival, Barceloneta

We had a great time on the Costa Brava, and not a full English breakfast in sight! But time to head back to France to help on another farm, WWOOF’ing.

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