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Calonge, Costa Brava, Spain

Costa Brava, Spain

Once you have a family tent in the basement, there is nothing stopping you from opening the car’s trunk, throw inside everything what is needed for 1 week camping, fill up the tank with gasoline and hit the road. It doesn’t take much time if you have done this many times before and you know exactly what you need. No need to make any bookings, not many people decide to go camping in October. The only which is needed is a couple of addresses of campsites which are open at this time of the year. So we hit the road and arrived at Camping Internacional de Calonge in Calonge, Costa Brava.

Our base at Camping Internacional de Calonge

Camping Internacional de Calonge is located directly at the sea at about 200m walking distance from sandy beach Playa de Can Cristus. The walking distance to the beach varies from ca.150m to 500m depending on your location at the camping. There is a bridge crossing the main street which connects the camping directly with the beach. No need to cross any roads which makes it very safe for the kids. The campsite covers about 130000 m2 and has great facilities including football and volleyball pitches, playgrounds, table tennis, swimming pool, small shop, bike rental. etc. In October the campsite was quiet, with not many tourists and we were the only ones in a tent :).

Night ambient at the campsite. Five Billion Star Hotel 🙂

The location of the campsites makes it a great starting point to explore the nearby cities and beaches. Coastal footpaths run through the Playa de Can Cristus leading South to Calonge and Palamos, and North in direction Platja d’Aro. We did the walk to Platja d’Aro which leads through many beautiful, small beaches: Play Ses Torretes, Cala Belladona, Cala de Cap Roig, Cala del Pi. The path is very interesting with many stairs, tunnels, bridges etc. which have been constructed in the rocks along the shore. The prize at the finish line in Platja d’Aro was a big cone (cucurucho) with delicious ice cream.

Cala Belladona

Heading from Playa de Can Cristus towards Platja d’Aro

Cala de Cap Roig

Beach Cala del Pi was particularly good for snorkeling. The seabed was flat with many rocks covered with various plants and lots of fishes around.

This beach is the highlight of the hotel Hotel Spa Cala Del Pi which is located just above. They have a great video on youtube where the beach can be seen from a drone perspective VIDEO.

Aerial photo of Cala del Pi taken from the promotional video of Hotel Spa Cala Del Pi

Beach Cala del Pi

At the end of our staying the weather got pretty bad with heavy rains and thunderstorms. Our tent’s waterproofing was tested by the nature. The rain was much heavier that the rain which we have encountered during our canoe trip in Finland. The Outwell Nevada tent proofed to be water-resistant enough and we had no water inside. 5 stars rating for Outwell :).

The sea was not calm anymore and waves up to 3m were building up. Snorkeling was not possible anymore and swimming either. What was left was playing with the big waves and building sand castles.

Playa de Can Cristus

The great location of Camping Internacional de Calonge allows easy and quick access to many beautiful coastal towns lying along Costa Brava. Because the weather was not good we have done more sightseeing as we normally do. We visited Calella de Palafrugell nad Llafranc (our favorite places) and also Sa Tuna, Begur, Sant Antoni de Calonge, Tamariu.

Tasty meat at Carnicería in Platja d’Aro

Calella de Palafrugell

View from Begur towards l’Estartit and Illes Medes

Playa Sa Tuna

The most dangerous species in the sea - all created by the most civilized species on this planet

Playing at the beach in Llafranc

LINKS: – Camping Internacional de Calonge

Hotel Spa Cala del Pi – impressing promotional video – Beaches in Girona province – Tourist information for Emporda region – Catalunya Tourist information – Coastal footpaths in Costa Brava – Spain tourist information – Girona Tourist Information – Very useful topographic map of Catalunya – Topo Map of Spain – La Federació d’Entitats Excursionistes de Catalunya (FEEC) – Topographic map of Spain


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