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Estartit is located in the Spanish region of Catalonia near the northern end of the Costa Brava. It is a small and pretty family resort, overlooked by a 13th century castle. Estartit has 15 kilometres of beautiful rocky coastline together with one of the longest sandy beaches of all the resorts along the Costa Brava.

The correct name of the town is L'Estartit but is normally referred to simply as Estartit by tour operators and foreign visitors alike.

This once quite fishing village has become a very popular holiday destination with both Spaniards and international tourists, especially the British. The appeal is mostly for families with younger children, so there are plenty of leisure activities and night clubs to keep the teenagers amused in the summer months. If you prefer a more busy resort it might be worth considering some of the other resorts further south along the Costa Brava.


The resort is about 60 kilometres south of the French border, which makes it one of the nearest places on the Costa Brava if you intend to drive to your Spanish destination. If you are flying to Spain, Estartit is about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the nearest airport at Girona (Gerona). This is the airport frequented mostly by the cheap price airlines, while the more international airlines use the larger Barcelona airport which is about 150 kilometers away and south of the city. While transport is not difficult from here, there is the time factor to consider - especially for early morning or late night flights.


Estartit has an old world charm of a traditional Spanish fishing harbour which now has a modern yacht marina as its neighbour. From here you can see the lovely Medes Islands, an archipelago of seven islands which together make up one of the most important nature and marine reserves in the western Mediterranean. The result can be seen in the diverse and rich marine life of thousands of different species, attracting scuba divers from around the world. Glass-bottomed boat trips plying around the islands are the most popular leisure activities for summer visitors.

Although it has a very long beach, Estartit town is a compact resort with loads of local shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants, including English and Irish pubs. If you are looking for a more local Catalan cuisine, including fresh seafood, the harbour area is the area to go, while the more 'touristy' area is at the other end of the resort.


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