is a popular tourist destination mainly catering for holiday home owners
rather than package tours.
Situated in the Bay of
Roses, the former fishing village is the centre of Catalunya's anchovy
canning industry. Off
season the town takes on a quiet, almost deserted air and the winter
evenings can be frosty, but with a spectacular canopy of stars above
and the smell of pine wood burning in the fires of those who remain.
worth visiting are Riells, Montgo and Les Dunes and on the edge of the
town are the ruins of the Greco-Roman settlement of Empúries.
best option for accommodation in l'Escala is to rent a private villa
or apartment for the duration of your stay.
are daily flights to Girona
and Barcelona airports, where many people choose to pick up
a hire car or take the train for the remainder of the journey; the nearest
station to l'Escala is Flaçà, although Figueres is also
30 minutes away, just a few stops further than Girona and only 90 minutes
north of Barcelona-Sants station. However, taxis are both expensive
and few and far between, so it is better to arrange some kind of transport
to your destination in advance.
The International Diving Center offers dives for beginners and
experienced divers alike. In addition to organising dive trips throughout
the year, the International Diving Center offers scuba diving
courses from the internationally recognised PADI, the Professional
Association of Diving Instructors. Using a combination of self study
and videos, theory sessions with a qualified instructor and practical
excercises in the water, the PADI Open Water Diver course can be completed
over one week, or over two weekends. See Costa
Brava Scuba Diving for more information.