Hidden in the backcountry of Catalunya and tucked away from the main tourist hubs of the Costa Brava, lies the old township of Begur. It's not necessarily a place you would associate with the sunny Spanish coast, and it doesn't seem to have a picturesque name like Tossa de Mar or Playa d'Aro, names that alone would be enough to fill your mouth with the taste of savoury olives and sundried tomatoes. But things are not always what they seem and for us Begur was an unexpected highlight during our stay in Catalunya.
I have to admit that I use the word "hidden" very loosely here. Begur is filled with cafes and restaurants, and it's population during the summer months is more than ten fold. But you have to take into account that we are talking about the Spanish Costa Brava here, and compared to places like Tossa de Mar, Begur almost seems deserted.
Although not situated directly at the coast (but only a short drive away), Begur is only some 50 km away from Barcelona. The main township lies at the bottom of a hill, which harbours some medieval ruins and amazing panoramas at the top. Like most towns in this region, Begur generally emits a strong medieval vibe. It's stone masonry and narrow streets will make you feel the Spain of the 14th century, although not as much as other settlements in the area, like Besalu for instance.
The charm of Begur comes from somewhere else. Walking up the Carrer del Farmaceutic mato, you will find yourself surrounded with bright white buildings, decorated with vintage street lanterns, balconies and flower pots.
Once you emerge on the Carrer del Castell, the view will open up to the beautiful surrounding hillsides, the Mediterranean vegetation and the far off ruins strongly reminding of Tuscany. It's very easy to feel at home here and if you come only for a day like we did, you will probably ask yourself why you didn't stay longer. Maybe you should.