Beach in front of the camping
Just in front of the camping, at 200 m, there is a 1,5 Km sandy beach, very good for children and also for sailing. The following photos have been taken on 28 July at 11:00, this is, one of the busiest days of the summer. Of course in low season there are far fewer people, and one can enjoy the quietness even more.
Main beach of Empuriabrava
There also the main beach of Empuriabrava, at about 1 Km from the campsite, a sandy beach very good for the children. This beach extends more than 5 Km in direction to the village of Sant Pere Pescador, making an excellent walking beside the sea.
Starting at the campsite, there are various safe bicycle routes. For example, a route across the natural park of 'Aiguamolls de l'Emporda', or you can also go to Roses. Empuriabrava, the village beside us, is an ideal place, flat, with nice views to the channels, most streets are residential, with vehicles driving slowly. In the reception we will inform you about all the routes.
Bicycle rental: There are various places in the center of Empuriabrava, at about 500 meters from us.
Windsurfing - Kitesurfing - Sailing
On the Rubina beach, in front of the campsite, you can practice water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. Many days in summer there is a gentle sea breeze that starts in the morning and in the afternoon it can reach force 4 or 5.
For windsurfing you can start from two zones, while for kitesurfing departure area is towards the end of the beach. Once underway, you must respect safety distances from the beach and bathers.
Next to the entrance of the campsite there is the Hipica Arnau, open in the evenings in July and August. A 1-hour excursion costs about 24 € (2013) and the routes are near the beach, in the natural park.
There is also the Hipica Aiguamolls, which organizes many excursions. It is about 8 km from the campsite and has extensive facilities.
In Empuriabrava's airport, at about 1,5 Km from us, there is the biggest parachuting center of Europa. They organize tandem jumps and courses. Please look in their wonderful website.
Empuriabrava has sandy beaches but very nearby there are rocky parts of coast, with nice small beaches. For example, direction Roses, there are: Punta Falconera, Cabo Norfeu. In the other side of the Gulf of Roses there are the well known Isles Medes, a natural sub-aquatic park. One of the best-known diving centers in Empuriabrava is Club Inmersió Empuriabrava.
In Roses, at 5 Kms, there is the RosesSub diving center, with great quality services.
There are 11 tennis courts at about 1 Km from us, in Empuriabrava, near the airport. In 2015, 1 hour costs 12 Euros but you can also buy 10 hours for 99 Euros. It is a big club, they teach and organize championships every week. They speak all languages, you can phone them at 972 454367, or look their web pages.
The nearest golf terrain is the 'Pitch & Putt Golf', at 4 Km near us, in Castelló d'Empúries, in the area called 'Castelló Nou'. They have accessible prices, like 18 € for 18 holes, and 3 € for the rental of bag + 5 irons (prices 2015). Also, near the entrance there is a free practice field. The place is very well designed and worth a visit.
Here is the complete address: Golf Pitch & Putt Castello-Empuriabrava, Cortal Ricart s/n, 17486 Castelló d'Empúries, Tel. 679512400, Fax. 972 636714, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitness, jogging, ...
Fitness lessons in the camping, on the swimming pool, every working day during the high season.
Empuriabrava is a wonderful jogging place, with lots of residential streets with almost no traffic.
Discover the surroundings full of attractive places: natural wetlands 'Parc Aiguamolls de l'Empordà', the ruins of Empuries, the Salvador Dalí Museum in Figueres and his house in the village of Cadaquès, the city of Girona, the natural park of 'Cap de Creus', Montjoi beach, Banyoles lake, the volcano area in Olot, the preromanic monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, the natural area of l'Albera, .... Here below are some examples.
Natural park 'Aiguamolls de l'Empordà' 0 Km away
In this natural park you will discover a great variety of animal species and a rich vegetation thanks to the contrasts derived from its proximity to the sea: moorhens, coots and storks live side by side with all types of insects, frogs, badgers, rabbits, weasels and even otters and in winter some wild boar, in an area dominated by water and vegetation.
Empuriabrava 0 Km away
Empuriabrava, residential zone of Castelló d' Empúries, was built in 1967. Its originality is due to the structure of its town planning which develops around a navigable canal system. Empuriabrava is one of biggest tourist complexes of the Mediterranean. With 7 km of fine sand beaches and 24 km of the navigable channels, Empuriabrava will attract you by its water sports and for its great marina. Moreover, Empuriabrava includes a very important parachuting center, recognized at the international level, in active throughout the year, and where a good number of european and world championships are organised.
Castelló d'Empúries 5 Km away
At 5 Kms from the campsite, there is the beautiful medieval village of Castelló d´Empúries, with the Cathedral of Santa Maria, a Gothic building with Romanesque elements from the 12th and 12th centuries. It is also known as the Cathedral of l´Empordà as a result of its influence during the middle Ages.
Museu Dali, in Figueres 15 Km away
Inaugurated in 1974, the Dalí Theatre-Museum was built upon the remains of the former Figueres theatre. It contains the broadest range of works spanning the artistic career of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), from his earliest artistic experiences and his creations within the Surrealist movement down to the works of the last years of his life.
Ruines d'Empuries 20 Km away
Empúries was founded around 575 B.C. by the Greeks of Focea who, for security reasons, first settled on the little island later called Paleopolis, now joined to the mainland and called Sant Martí d’Empúries, and later moved to the mainland to establish Neapolis or New City. This is the site of the ruins. The Greeks called it Em-porium, or market, and it was an important trading post. Empúries was most important as the landing stage, in 218 B.C., of the Roman troops under Scipio. Beside the Greek city, the Romans built a colony, the remains of which still stand. Later, in the 1st century A.D., the colony became a city and saw a period of some splendor.
Cadaques 25 Km away
This remote coastal village is situated in the very heart of the natural reserve of El Cap de Creus. It is famous for being the refuge of many artists from all over the world, including Salvador Dalí. It is impossible not to surrender to the charms, light, and the white of its façades and the peace and quiet of the streets of this village during any visit.
Sant Pere de Rodes 28 Km away
The Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, situated over the bay that was dominated by the typical Mediterranean village of El Port de la Selva. The spectacular appearance of this monastery, together with its conservation turns it into the leading exponent of Romanesque art of the regions of Girona. It also has a fabulous view over the Mediterranean.
Girona 50 Km away
The historical guarders of the town of Girona its narrow streets harbor the Jewish quarter, the Bonstruc ça Porta, center and the Nahmánides study center. During the latter centuries of the middle Ages, a prosperous community with an important cabalistic school inhabited the Jewish quarter. Also interesting is the Cathedral of Girona. It’s a splendid building stretching over different periods. It has a large bell tower and Romanesque cloisters. The unique gothic nave is the widest nave in medieval architecture, and it also has a spectacular façade and Baroque-Style steps.
Fair of the Boat of Occasion 24 March - 1 April
The Fair of the Boat of Occasion is the most important of the sector, all over the country. In the zone of the Yacht Club there is an exhibit of about 500 vessels of every type of length, depth and characteristics: pneumatic, motorboats, fishingboats, big yachts, sailboats, aquatic motorbikes...
It is the ideal place to choose and to be advised in the purchase of a vessel.
Festivity of Carmen 14 - 15 July
Like all the villages of the coast of Catalonia, the marine of Empuriabrava celebrates around July 14 the festivities of Carmen, in order to worship the mother of God of Carmen. The procession by the channels, the popular sardinade and the big fireworks spectacle are the most emblematic acts of this festivity which has already turned into a tradition in the municipality.
Festival 'Land of Troubadours' 7 - 9 September
Place: Castelló d'Empúries
The festival 'Land of Troubadours' every year transforms the village of Castelló D'empúries into a mediaeval town, in the glorious period in which Castelló d'Empúries was the capital of the county of Empúries.
The visitor walks around the streets decorated according to the mediaeval period, filled with craft products, while in an open stage with continous performances of musical groups and, in general, groups of actors.
In Empuriabrava. Main page where you can choose between views of the main beach and the main harbour.
In Empuriabrava's airport. You will find also webcams of other coastal villages near us.
In Roses, a village nearby.
Empuriabrava is a new village that depends on the older village of Castello d'Empuries. Here you can find both information about the new and old villages. There is a map of Empuriabrava and also a list of useful addresses. Another source is this one.
Tourist Office in Empuriabrava: Av. Pompeu Fabra s/n, Tel: 972 450802
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Religion - Church - Mass
Spain is said to be christian catholic country, although most young (and not so young) people only believe in singers and football players. Most churches are christian catholic, the nearest ones are:
- In Empuriabrava, in the village center, just above the Tourist Office in Av. Pompeu Fabra. In July, August and September 2002 there should be a mass each saturday at 19:00. For more information you can phone the tourist office: 972 450802.
- In Castelló d'Empúries, at the cathedral. The place is anyway very beautiful and worth visiting. During July, August and September there is mass on saturdays at 20:00 (catalan), on sundays at 9:00 (catalan), 10:00 (german), 12:00 (international) and 20:00 (in spanish. You can phone them: 972 250519, but I don't know if they speak english. Good news: they have now a wonderful web site in all languages.
If you want to confess, just go half an hour before the mass. Depending on the subject we may also be interested!
I haven't been able to find a lutheran or baptist church near here. I have been told that the priest in Castelló d'Empúries occasionally marries couples in their particular variation of catholicism. Also, if you bring your particular priest, you may be able to use the cathedral.
Muslims, there is a mosque in Castelló d'Empúries, in C/Sant Doménec near the corner with C/Pau Casals. It seems it is always open.
Rental of refrigerators, televisions, microwaves...
If you need a refrigerator but you cannot bring it here with you, you can always contact FRIGOmaster. This company is located in Sant Pere Pescador, a village at 10 Km from us. They can come here fast and bring you a refrigerator. As you can see in their website, there are several refrigerator sizes. In 2008, the most normal refrigerator size could cost you about 60 euros for two weeks.
They also rent televisions, microwaves, washing machines... just ask them.
There are a lot of parkings, near us, where you can park your caravan during the winter. In the reception we have all the information. Prices use to range from 150 to 230 euros per year. Here are some of them:
- Caravan INN, in Ventallo, at about 20 Kms from us. The biggest one.
- INV-GAR, in Figueres, at 10 Kms from us. Practical because, anyway, you have to pass through Figueres.
- Puig de la Creu, in Pau, at 8 Kms from us. Transport from/to the parking until here is free, so this parking may be the cheapest option. You can also phone them at 972538121 or 629835820.
Important: All parkings can bring your caravan to the camping just before you arrive and also take it again when you depart. This service is normally given at an extra cost, in the 0 to 60 euros range. It is very convenient and most clients choose it.
You will have to contact the caravan parking directly, but it is very easy, they speak most languages and you can also send faxes or e-mails. At the beginning you will surely want to visit them in order to choose. Afterwards, each year you will have to tell them just the day you arrive and the day you depart.
Boot mooring and docking
The biggest provider of places where to park your boot in Empuriabrava is the 'Club Nautico', also called 'Marina d'Empuriabrava', they control the main harbor as well as several other smaller harbors in the village. They have a wonderful
web site where you can get all the information like prices and so on, go to the 'Moorings' section.
Or you can phone them, they should speak all languages: 972 451239.
How to visit the water channels of Empuriabrava
The best way to appreciate the uniqueness of Empuriabrava is to look along the water channels. For example, Los Barkitos offers small boots that you can rent for an hour, it is not expensive and you don't need to have a driving license.
If you are also interested in visiting other areas of Spain, we recommend you the following information sources:
- Turistea. It is mainly about rural lodging, but there are also campsites.
People talking about us
There are a number of web sites, mainly blogs, that talk about us:
- Les voyages du fan des tropiques. A french blogger that is traveling a lot, here reporting about us.