Towns on the Costa Brava - L'Escala


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L'Escala 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.

Beaches 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.

Where to stay

The best option for accommodation in l'Escala is to rent a private villa or apartment for the duration of your stay.


Getting there

There 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.
Train timetables

Scuba diving
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.