: La Escala (Exit 5)
Cala Montgó is a beautiful pine-backed sandy cove (cala), 800 m (15 min walk) from the house. Pineforests along cliffs drop directly into the crystal-blue sea (hence the name 'Pinamar'). Wine, olives and fishing were the mainstays of the town before the development of tourism in the 1060s. In La Escala's port fishing nets are left to dry out in the sun. Due to the many fish and the clean and clear water Cala Montgó is a known paradise for scuba-divers. The secluded beach is wind-protected and has fine white sand and is thus ideally suited to families with small children. If you are interested in art and culture, you should visit the archaeological excavation site of Empuries (5 km) and the Dalí museum in Figueres (20 km). Those interested in fine dining should note that the famous El Bulli restaurant by 3-star chef Ferrán Adriá is only 25 km away in Cala Montjoi.
Golf: Golf players will be delighted to know that there are six 18 hole golf courses in the vicinity of La Escala: Empordá (27 holes) is my personal favourite, due to its combination of Scottish-like links with long fairways buried deep in pine tree woods, with sloping greens fiercely protected by bunkers and water! Nearby are Pals GC, another technical course, and Serres de Pals - all within 20 km of Pinamar. Torrmirona GC near Navata/Figueres is located in the green volcanic area of La Garrotxa (pronounced 'Garrotcha') at the base of the Pyrenees mountains. If you want to play a true championship course, actually owned by the PGA, try the PGA course in Salt/Girona (36 holes) - only for long-distance hitters! Not for the faint-hearted (Empordagolf Tel. (+34) 972 760450, Pgacatalunya Tel. 972 472577, Golfplatjadepals Tel. 972 667739, Golfserresdepals Tel. 972 637375, Torremirona Tel. 972 553737).