Stray beyond Barcelona and you’ll find that Catalonia has some delightful spots for the adventurous boater hoping to make the most out of the Med
Calas near Llafranc
Cape Sant Sebastiàn has a lighthouse above the sea and two miles further north you can anchor in Cala Tamariu’s steep-sided bay, with a blissful beach and pretty village at its head.
Cala de Fornells is a paradise anchorage near a tiny private harbour tucked into the cliffs. There are sandy beaches and you can nudge into the harbour’s peaceful vibes with the dinghy. Around the mini-quays are piles of fishing nets and enviable studio apartments.
A white clustered village adorns the head of the Cala de Sa Tuna bay (pictured below), with boats pulled up on the beach. You anchor outside some moorings, with views past the village to steep wooded hills. Ashore you can eat well at the Hostal Sa Tuna.
An ideal base after exploring these calas, Puerto de L’Estartit is sheltered, spacious and enclosed by lush green slopes. The pleasant town is handy but not too close.
Small fishing boats putter in and out, giving the harbour a gentle feeling of purpose. Glass-bottomed ferries moor along the quay, ready to take tourists out to the steep rugged islands just offshore.