Holidays in Spain, l’Escala on the Costa Brava
L'Escala (la Escala):
One of the smaller holidays resorts in the Costa Brava/Catalonia region - it is not far from the border with France and is perfect for families and independent holidaymakers wanting to avoid the mass-market package holiday resorts. You will soon discover that L'Escala is an excellent base to discover the mostly unspoiled northern Costa Brava, beautiful beaches, art, historic monuments, nature parks and one of Spain's most important wild bird reserves is situated a few miles to the north of town.
The older centre of the town still retains the character of a typical Spanish working town with its bustling narrow streets and good selection of shops, bars, cafe's and restaurants. There are two small, popular beaches in the old town that add to the overall charm and atmosphere of the area. L'Escala has carefully conserved the typical natural beauty and the typical urban atmosphere of the Costa Brava.
L'Escala enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate with long hours of sunshine and low rainfall, winter conditions are generally cooler and wetter. The Tramuntana is a famous wins, that comes in irregular time intervals, leaves a shiny blue sky that will enjoy every surfer's heart.
Things to do in l`Escala:
There is a pleasant promenade which takes you from the old town into the Riells area. Along this promenade there is a weekly market every Sunday morning all year round. Riells has a good sized, gently sloping, sandy, blue flag beach and large Marina. There are also numerous bars, restaurants and shops around the Riell's area. The area boasts a wealth of facilities for sports enthusiasts: There are several golf courses in the area including the excellent Emporda 27 hole course.
Cycling is very popular here, the area around l’Escala is flat, and the Pyrenees provide the inclines for the more serious riders. Tennis, walking, horse riding, go - carting and fishing and other water sports such as kayaking, sailing and snorkelling are popular are catered for and there are several scuba diving centres.
For water sports enthusiasts excellent beaches to the north of l'Escala in the Bay of Roses is a paradise for sailing and windsurfing. These quiet beaches, of super fine sand that last for miles, are ideal for sun bathing.
The few rocky parts that exist have an abundance of fish and other marine life and make for great sites for snorkelling. l’Escala has kept alive many popular traditions and celebrations. These events were not maintained solely for the tourists, they are customs that are strongly rooted among its inhabitants.