Here you will find a list of the main supermarkets in Palafrugell including Carrefour, Esclat/Bon Preu, Aldi and Mercadona. These are the biggest supermarkets close to Tamariu, Llafranc and Calella.
Mercadona avda. Espanya, 236-240 17200 Palafrugell. Opening times 09.15 – 21.15 Monday – Saturday. Tel 972 657 646
Aldi Avinguda Espanya 141 17200 Palafrugell. Opening times 09.00 – 22.00 Monday – Saturday, 09.15 – 15.15 Sunday.
Carrefour Avda. del Mar, 1 17200 Palafrugell. Opening times 09.00 – 22.00 Monday – Saturday.
Esclat/Bon Preu Costa Brava Boulevard (La Fanga) 17200 – Palafrugell.Opening times 09.00 – 21.30 Monday – Friday and 09.00 – 14.30 Sundays.
There is also a weekly market in Palafrugell on Sunday mornings from 08.00 around the Street Pi Margall where you can buy fruit, vegetables, meat, fish as well as clothing and shoes etc.
The Catalan city of Barcelona is without doubt one of the most loved and visited cities within Europe and welcomes more than seven million visitors each year.
Sagrada Familia, The Ramblas, Park Güell, Casa Battlo are some of the better know attractions of the city and although they are a “must do” there’s so much more that the city has to offer the seasoned traveller.
There’s countless guide books you can read about the city which will give you some great pointers but to find those off the beaten track gems you really need an insider’s help to get the most out of your time in the city. Again, there’s lots of guides out there to choose from but we highly recommend the British Ex-Pat Simon Harris. Simon has been living in Barcelona since 1988 and knows the city like the back of his hand. Fluent in both Catalan and Spanish Simon is the man behind the website http://www.barcelonas.com/
The website lists ideas of places to visit and things to see but Simon is also available to give private guided tours and can be contacted from the website. Let him know what your interests are and Simon can arrange a bespoke itinerary best suited to your interests and Schedule.
For those of you interested in history Simon is also the author of the book “Catalonia is not Spain” which gives a detailed account of over a thousand years of Catalan history up to the present day. I truly believe that in understanding the history of the often troubled relationship between Catalonia and Spain visitors will appreciate more their time in Barcelona and Catalonia.
We have quite a few houses available for rent in the Figueres región and and we are often asked by clients where are the best places to do their shopping. Below is a Google map where a number of supermarkets are highlighted. Bascara also has a couple of small supermarkets and a good quality butchers and all are open on Sunday mornings when there is a small market in Bascara.
A view of Banyoles lake just after sunrise
Banyoles, a medium sized town close to Girona is famed for its lake. Scene of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic rowing events the lake serves as the central hub and focus of the town and is a popular training location for rowing teams from around Europe. With the increased popularity of triathlons Banyoles is also becoming one of the main locations for triathlons in Europe with the world cup being held here in 2012.
However one does not need to be an Olympic rower or triathlete to enjoy the charms of the lake. At around 2kms long and with a perimeter of just over 6kms the lake makes for the perfect mid morning or afternoon stroll. It is also possible to hire canoes and bikes.
Sunrise over Banyoles lake
If you are planning a day trip to Banyoles a good idea would be to do this on a Wednesday when the weekly market is spread out between “Placa Major” and the large “Placa de Rodes” which is close to the lake. The market mainly consists of fruit and vegetables, cured meats and cheeses with many of the stalls offering local and organic products. The market starts early at around 08.00am and starts closing up around 13.00
Some recommended restaurants in Banyoles include;
Famed for its seafood Gils is a popular lunchtime destination for locals. Located close to the lake. http://www.marisqueriagils.com/
La Magrana (The Pomegranate) is a small family run restaurant in the old quarter of the town offering a modern twist on traditional Catalan dishes using fresh seasonal produce. http://www.restaurantlamagrana.cat/restaurant-banyoles/
Can Xabanet is another family ran restaurant located just between Placa de Rodes and the lake. Traditional flavoursome dishes in a friendly atmospheric setting. http://www.canxabanet.cat/ca/
The village of Bascara is perhaps better known as that village which the NII dissects between Figueres and Girona on the way to the Costa Brava beaches.
Sunday market at Bascara
The majority of people just drive through on the NII and never get to see the real village.
Although there may be more picturesque and historical villages around, Bascara does have some great positives. There is a busy weekly fruit and vegetable market on Sunday mornings in the main square next to a great authentic bar where you can soak up the local atmosphere. The first Sunday of every month sees the market expand with the incorporation of local antiques and bric-a-brac stalls.
Bascara on a Sunday morning also has a small supermarket and great butchers which are open until 13.00.
If you are looking for a good quality restaurant look no further than Can Carles in Bascara. Their lunch speciality of “arros” or paella is definitely worth the visit.
Butchers. Giro Burset. Ctra, Girona, 26 17483 BASCARA Tel 972 560 021
Bar/Restaurant Bar Fluvia. Next door to Giro-Burset butchers. Very economical and good value 9€ lunch during the week. Closed Mondays.
Can Carles restaurant. http://www.cancarles.com/cat/index.php