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L'Escala  (Jordi)

L'Escala is a town in Alt Empordà on the Costa Brava, very close to Girona (43 km) and Figueres (26 km).

At the moment it is very visited by tourists, who come to enjoy its beaches and landscape.

This is a fishing village, well known for its anchovy canning industry, with several companies in the population. This activity has been developed here for more than 200 years.

The town has an important presence in literature: Caterina Albert, known as Víctor Catalá, whose most important work was Solitut (Lonelyness), was born and died in L'Escala; Josep Pla, who talks about the village in several of his books; Ian Gibson, who published the letters between Lorca and Dalí, recalled their walks through Empúries Ruins; and the more contemporary Rosa Regás, who, writing about the Gulf of Roses, talks about the beauty of the landscapes of L'Escala and Passeig d'Empúries.

Getting There & Away

To get there from Barcelona, Girona o Figueres, you have to go by road, either by private car or by buses from the SARFA company. Figueres is the closest important city, which can easily be reached from Barcelona or France by regular or high-speed trains (AVE).

Where to Stay

It is possible to stay at a camping. There are several ones, including:

All these campings have bungalows in good conditions

If you prefer to rent a private apartament of one of the neighbors of the village, it can also be a not too expensive option. There are also the so-called Port de Rei Apartments, in front of Illa Mateua and near Montgó.

If you want to stay at a hotel, the offer is not very extensive. Among the main ones, we can talk about Ca la Neus, on the seafront promenade in the village, Hotel Empúries, in Passeig d'Empúries, close to the archaeological site, or Can Miquel, in Cala Montgó.

Where to Eat

To eat, there are good menu deals in several restaurants in L'Escala from Monday to Friday at noon, and they are not expensive. Apart from these, there are also some restaurants offering a good value for money in the Old Town, such Los Compadres in Bonaigua Street, very close to Port d'En Perris, to eat sardines, grilled cuttlefish, stuffed potatoes... and its speciality, Belgian-style mussels; or Can Galán in a small alley next to the village beach.

In Port d'En Perris, you can eat delicious pastas and pizzas in La Tagliatella and, directly opposite, in Pizzería Dolce Vita.

If you are looking for good seafood rice dishes or fisherman's "suquets", you have to go to L'Escalenc in C/ del Mar next to the seafront promenade, El Golf de Isabel that is in an alley next to the beach of the village, and Roser (the first one is in C/ de la Església and the second, more expensive, in the seafront promenade).


As it is a beach area, the sports that are practiced are those related to the sea. We can highlighting the scuba diving, which is practiced basically in Port de Rei, where there are several diving centers. In the beaches of Empúries you can practice Surf and Kyte Surf.

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