Begur : The Coastal Paths

The coastal paths (camins de ronda) are one of Begur’s principal and best-known attractions. Historically-speaking, they are old paths criss-crossing the coast, used mainly by customs officers to keep an eye on tobacco smugglers, and by fishermen and sailors to go fishing or in cases of shipwreck. These days they are used not only as a path between the various coves, but also as a place to take walks while enjoying the incomparably beautiful landscape. Owing to its coastline, abrupt and folded between cliffs, Begur’s coastal paths are not continuous for their 20 km length, instead they are divided into 4 separate sections. From north to south, the first coastal path begins at Platja del Racó, passes via the Illa Roja cove and ends at Sa Riera. The second goes east from Sa Riera and covers 500 metres of coast offering a spectacular panoramic view of the cliffs and the abrupt coastline. The next section of the coastal paths connects the two beaches located to the east of the town, the hidden coves of Aiguafreda and Sa Tuna; the final section, and the longest, covers the coves and beaches of the Fornells area, to the south of the town: Platja Fonda, Fornells’ small coves and Aiguablava beach.