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If you want a very special activity to do with the kids on the Costa Brava, off you go: the coastal paths await you. Here are four easy coastal paths for children, that will take you to ideal coves and beaches for having a swim, to spectacular viewpoints and through places simply full of surprises.
The coastal path in Calella de Palafrugell
Between Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc, the coastal path offers some of the Costa Brava’s most stunning panoramic views, in a very family-friendly atmosphere, with all the charm of a fishing village. Besides that, it has the advantage of passing through built-up areas, where you can sit down and have a refreshment if you feel like it.
The itinerary is perfect for kids: easy, flat and with lots of great places for a swim, like the cove of El Golfet, at the foot of Cap Roig castle, and the beaches of Port Pelegrí, Port Bo and Canadell.
If you manage to get all the way up to the Sant Sebastià lighthouse, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most breathtaking views of the Costa Brava.
The coastal path between Platja d'Aro and Palamós
Cavall Bernat, the peculiar rock standing at the north end of Platja d'Aro’s main beach, announces from the start that this part of the walk is full of surprises (great for motivating kids). The coastal path will lead you through Roman ruins, tunnels and passageways: along beaches with fine sand and small red rocks; through unspoilt coves; alongside islets and reefs; past fishermen’s huts and loads of stunning viewpoints and beauty spots.
The sea is always just a few steps away. As well as all the various hidden coves, a wonderful place for the whole family to swim is Castell beach, in Palamós, a long stretch of fine sand without a building in sight.
From Lloret beach, going towards Blanes, the path goes up and down to reveal beauty spots like the little cove of Sa Caravera, the viewpoint with the monument to the fisherman’s wife, Cala Banys, the ruins of the 16th-century castle of Sant Joan and Fenals beach, which is never-ending and has all the services that you could ever need.
At the other end of Lloret beach, a footpath sets out from the Mallorca viewpoint for Tossa de Mar, passing through vegetation with constant, refreshing glimpses of the sea. In just a few minutes it will take you to the beach of Sa Caleta, to the coves of Els Frares and Trons and to Els Cabdells headland. All that is left is to climb a few flights of steps, which are suitable for children used to walking on rough terrain.
The coastal path in L'Escala
The beach of Riells is a real joy for kids, with its fine sand and shallow water. Starting here you can walk along the path hugging the coastline to the medieval village of Sant Martí d'Empúries (a delight to visit, too). It is an easy itinerary, passing through coves and beaches on the way and you can even do it on a bike or skates.
Going in the other direction, the signposts for the GR-92 path will take you to Cala Montgó, passing through the port of L'Escala and along rougher paths with views of sheer cliffs and the bay of Roses.
The pathways were once patrolled by guards keeping an eye out for smugglers and have now become one of the best ideas for discovering the most beautiful scenery on the Costa Brava.
– Carry your baby in your backpack. Some parts of the path are suitable for pushchairs, but with your baby on your back you will find it easier to negotiate the frequent steps, rocky areas and hills.
– Wear suitable footwear. Even though you may end up lying down on a sandy beach, it is always preferable to wear comfortable shoes or boots for most parts of the walk.
– Take swimsuits and sun cream with you. On most of the coastal paths you will find very tempting places to have a swim. In hot weather, a towel and swimsuit are essential. Don’t forget to take sun cream, sun-hats and sunglasses. You won’t always find a shady place to shelter.
– Water. On some parts of the walk there may be a café or beach bar to have something to drink, but it is better not to risk it. It is always a good idea to take water with you.
– Don’t forget to have your camera ready. You can take superb photos of the Costa Brava with your mobile phone or camera. The kids will have a great time taking photos and discovering photogenic landscapes. Don’t forget to label them with the hashtag #incostabrava!