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Destination for family holidays

Enjoy with the family the many experiences that Torroella de Montgrí-l’Estartit offers you.
Do not think about it anymore and come visit us. Wonderful holidays are expecting you!

Enjoy all the benefits of a real Family Holiday Destination

Since 2007, Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit has been a certified Family Holiday Destination (DTF), a seal issued by the Catalan Tourist Agency, part of the Catalan Autonomous Government, to distinguish towns that are geared up for great family holidays. This means that they provide special services for families; guaranteed safety; a wide range of child-focused entertainment and activities; special facilities for little ones in public spaces, accommodation and complementary services; easy access to information regarding daily activity programmes so as to plan your stay better; child-friendly accommodation and food options; ID bracelets for little ones; a kids’ club on the beach and a beach library, and special paths for walking and cycling

Our municipality’s quality brand is Nature

Our municipality’s quality brand is Nature, whose ageless generosity can be seen in mountain, valley, river, orchards, wetlands, beaches, coves, dunes and islands. With the passing of time, the equilibrium between man and the land has become fragile, and we have had to provide the means to restore this precious balance. The newly created Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Nature Park is now making this possible.

Observe the vibrant life on the Baix Ter Plain, where the presence of migrating birds, agricultural croplands and fortified farmhouses bear witness to the natural and human legacy throughout the fascinating, tumultuous history of the area.

L’Estartit, on the coast, is one of the best tourist resorts on the Costa Brava,
with the Mediterranean Sea and the Medes Islands as a backdrop to its unbeatable setting.

The geographical situation and Costa Brava climate make L’Estartit an ideal place to enjoy a pleasant holiday at any time of the year. The town offers visitors a wide choice of modern accommodation with hotels, apartments, campsites and rented holiday houses, as well as numerous sports facilities, leisure activities and shopping areas. Tourists will enjoy both the natural environment and the historic and cultural heritage of the area. The wide range of activities on offer includes walks and cycling trips, horse riding, scuba-diving, sailing, golf, cultural visits and events such as concerts, festivals, theatre and cinema. L’Estartit is quality tourism, action tourism.

The variety of landscapes makes L’Estartit an ideal starting point for exploring the area. Go alone or with a guide and discover: a world of new sounds and colours in the hundreds of different species of birds, plants and trees; the protected Ter Vell wetlands, with a rich natural heritage; La Gola , the singularly beautiful area at the mouth of the River Ter; impressive Montgrí Massif, with its 13th century castle; the Montgrí coastline with over 10 km of cliffs, small coves and rocky caves accessible only on foot or by boat; the fortified farmhouses recalling an age when local people lived in fear of pirate attacks.

Our municipality boasts a rich and varied cultural life, with music as the most present of all the arts.
Art, music and heritage place Torroella de Montgrí and l’Estartit among the major cultural destinations of Catalonia.


Family Holidays

Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit’s climate and setting, in the heart of the Costa Brava and inside the Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park, make it the ideal place for a wonderful holiday doing all sorts of different activities, including diving or snorkelling in the Medes Islands, hiking in the Montgrí Massif, cultural visits in Torroella and birdwatching in Baix Ter. There is something to please everybody and to share with all the family! Holiday accommodation is varied and comfortable, retaining the friendly atmosphere and charm of its origins, the perfect finishing touch for an unforgettable holiday with us. Bring the family and enjoy the huge choice of experiences that Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit has to offer. Don’t think twice about it, just come and visit us. You’ll have the time of your life!

Fairs and festivals

Fairs and festivals have always played a vital role in our local culture.

With time-honoured fairs and festivals, fiestas and street parties, sardana dancing, sea shanty concerts, parades of traditional “giants”, maritime processions, and everything else that gives a town its personality and identifies it with its roots.
Other more innovatory festivals are slowly but surely attracting their own public: Mediterranean Fair, Magic Festical, Beatles Weekend and Medes Islands Pirates and Corsairs.


Nearby shops, homemade products, friendly service and a cordial atmosphere

Visitors will find a wide range of shopping opportunities in both the old and new districts of Torroella, and in the areas around Carrer de Santa Anna, Passeig Marítim and Avinguda de Grècia in L’Estartit.

Long-established weekly markets are held every Monday in Torroella and every Thursday in L’Estartit. The lively stalls selling fruit, vegetables, good-quality organic products, clothes and traditional utensils attract crowds to enjoy this time-honoured activity.

Good meals, home cooking, creative cuisine, enthusiastic restaurants serving a wide range of homemade dishes to suit all tastes … our local fare has found its place on the Catalan Gastronomic Calendar with “Shellfish: A Taste of the Sea” in June and “Cooking with Apples” in October.


Markets and fairs

 Traditionally, our villages and towns hold weekly markets. In the past these were very important, because they were the place where farmers exchanged their surplus produce and shopkeepers and craftsmen sold their wares. They were the major focal point of economic movement, because apart from everyday trade, people met to conduct business of greater scope: buying and selling livestock or land, sealing marriage agreements, and so on.

The weekly markets have now changed a great deal, but they are still an important popular event. The range of products on sale has expanded enormously, and now sellers from all over do the rounds of the weekly markets offering all kinds of goods: fruit and vegetables, clothing and footwear, household articles, etc., etc.

 Our villages also periodically organise fairs where the local craftspeople and producers exhibit and sell their goods. These fairs are a very interesting way of getting to know the local types of cheese, sausages, wine, honey, etc., or handmade pottery and leather articles, antiques, the work of local artists, and so on. Thematic fairs are also organised to publicise the products or arts and crafts of the region.

Begur –
 Fair of the sea – Day 1
Calonge – Sweet Fair – End of May
Platja d’Aro – Spring Market – Day 1
S’Agaró – Fair of the painting and the wine – 4th weekend
Platja d’Aro – Patcwork Fair – Day 31
Vulpellac – Meeting of classic vehicles – 3th Saturday
Estartit i Torroella de Montgrí – Fair l’Empordà, kitchen and health – 1st week
Estartit – To come closer to Park – Ends of Mary
Calonge –  Do Re Mi do flowers – Day 10

 – Work’s Fair – 3rd weekend
Platja d’Aro – American Cars – 3rd weekend
Platja d’Aro – Xalaro – Fair destined for the familiar tourism – 4th weekend
Estartit – MIMA Internacional Festival – 1st week
Torroella de Montgrí – Fimag (magic fair) – 1st fortnight
Torroella de Montgrí – Festival of the comedian – 2nd fortnight

Mont-ras – Mont-ras Gastronomic – 2nd week
Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Craftworkers Fair – 3rd Saturday
Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Speed-Painting Fair – End of July
Palafrugell – Nightfall Market – July and August
Llafranc – Craftsmen’s market – Every Wednesdays
Jafre – Fair of the beer handmade and products of the land – Day 12
Calella de Palafrugell – Havanera’s Markets – 1st Saturday

Peratallada – Art Fair – Days 20-23
Castell d’Aro – Mediaeval market of the town – Penultimate or last weekend
Pals – Wine and Cava Fair of Catalonia – Medium of August
Calonge – Drawing Fair – Day 15
Santa Cristina d’Aro – Furniture and Antiques Fair – 2nd fortnight
Torroella de Montgrí – World Market – Medium of August
Palafrugell – Nightfall Market – Thursday, Friday and Saturdays of July and August
Tamariu – Crafters Market – Sundays
Llafranc – Crafters Market – Sundays

Tamariu (Palafrugell)
 – Havaneres’s Market – 1st Saturday
Peratallada – Peratallada Craft Market – 3rd Saturday
Llafranc – Mad Market – 1st Saturday
Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Drawing Fair – 1st week
Sant Feliu de Guíxols – JECSALIS Fair – 1st weekend
Sant Feliu de Guíxols – JOCANTIC Fair – 2nd weekend
Sant Feliu de Guíxols – DISCANTIC Fair – 3rd weekend
Sant Feliu de Guíxols – AUTOCASIÓ Fair – 4th weekend
Sta Cristina d’Aro – Antique Furniture and Objects Fair – 2nd fortnight
Peratallada – Mediaeval market Peratallada – End of September
Platja d’Aro – Street Shop – 1st or 1nd weekend
Platja d’Aro – Drawing Street – 1st or 2nd weekend
Platja d’Aro – MIC Craft Market – Day 11
L’Estartit – Fair of pirates and corsairs of the islands Medas – 2nd fortnight
Calella de Palafrugell – Lam Diada’s Market – Day 11
Begur – Begur’s indian “colonial” fair – First weekend of September

 – Mediaeval market – 1st weekend
La Bisbal d’Empordà – Craft and Industrial Pottery Fair – October
Calonge – Mediaeval Market – Medium of October
Ullà – Fair of the apple –  2nd fortnight


 “Productes de l’Empordà” brand

The “Productes de l’Empordà” (Empordà Products) brand was created as a result of the desire of the county councils of the Alt and Baix Empordà regions and a group of producers to personalise and recognise local Empordà products and to help to promote the commercialisation and sale of these products from the region.

The brand denoting quality was awarded in September 2003 and guarantees that all the products with the brand name are produced or prepared, transformed and packaged in the Empordà region, following local traditions. The producers also have to undertake periodical controls by a food laboratory to certify the quality of the different phases of the product.

 Havanera concert

 – Havanera Concerts – Last Saturday

Calella de Palafrugell – 1st Saturday
L’Estartit – Last Saturday
Platja d’Aro – Bernat’s Horse – 2nd Saturday
Pals – Beach of Pals – 2nd weekend
Castell-Platja d’Aro and S’Agaró – July

Begur – 2nd saturday
Castell-Platja d’Aro i S’Agaró – August
Llafranc (Palafrugell) – 1st Saturday
Palamós – 3rd week

Sant Feliu de Guíxols
 – Platja Gran pf Sant Feliu – 1st weekend
Tamariu (Palafrugell) – 1st Saturday

Main festivals

 – St Sebastian – 4th week
Monells – Small Festival – St Burget – 4th weekend
Les Olives – St Vincent – 4th week
Rupià – 4th week
Regencós – St Vincent – 4th weekend
Verges – St Julian – 1st weekend
Farmhouses of Pals – Small Festival – 4th weekend
Estartit – St. Anthony Abat – 3rd Sunday

Bellcaire d’Empordà
 – Divina Pastora – A fortnight after Easter
Regencós – Little Festival – 4th weekend

 – St Ponç – 2nd weekend
Llabià – Last weekend
La Pera – Festival of the Trinity – Sunday after Pentecost
Serra de Daró –  1st Sunday
Santa Cristina d’Aro – Minor Festival of St Creu – 1st Sunday
Solius – St Baldiri – 4th Sunday
Palau-Sator – Last Saturday

 – St Peter – Day 29
Palafrugell – St Peter – Day 29
Foixà – St John – Day 24
Palamós – St John – 21th-26th
La Tallada d’Empordà – Last weekend
Vilopriu – St Peter – Day 29
Platja d’Aro – St. John – Day 23
Vulpellac – St. John – Day 23

Torroella de Montgrí
 – International Music Festival – July and August
Calella de Palafrugell – Gardens of Cap Roig Festival – July and August
Calella de Palafrugell – St Sebastian – Summer Festivals – June-September
Palamós – July and August
Calonge – Interlude Festival – July and August
St. Feliu de Guíxols – F. Int. Portaferrada – June-Semptember
Verges – Dusks under the belfry – Weekends
S’Agaró – Internacional Music Festival – Weekends
Platja d’Aro – In the nights of jazz – The Fridays
L’Estartit – Beatles Weekend – 2nd weekend
L’Estartit – Jazz Festival – Some  wednesdays and thursdays

Torroella de Montgrí
 – International Music Festival – July and August
Calella de Palafrugell – Cap Roig Festival – July and August
Calella de Palafrugell – Summer concerts – June-September
Palamós – Summer Music Festival – July and August
Calonge – Chamber Music Festival – July and August
La Bisbal d’Empordà – Music Festival in the Cloister – August
Sant Feliu de Guíxols – S’Agaró Music Festival – August
Platja d’Aro – Jazz nights – All Fridays
St. Feliu de G. – F. Int. de Portaferrada – June, July, August and September
Regencós – Young night – 1st week
S’Agaró – Int. Music Festival – Weekends of August
L’Estartit – jazz Festival – Some Wednesdays

 – St Reparada – 3rd weekend
Canapost (Forallac) – 2nd Saturday
La Tallada – Canet de la Tallada – Weekend closest to the 21
Corçà – Casavells and Matajudaica – First weekend
Castell-Platja d’Aro – Main Summer Festival – Days 5-10
Colomers – St Elm – Day 11
Cruïlles – St Mikel – 1st Sunday
Fontclara (Palau-sator) – Medium-Last of September
Pals – Farmhouses of Pals – 8th and 9th
Púbol – La Pera – 1st week
Romanyà de la Selva – Santa Cristina d’Aro – 1st fortnight
St Climent de Peralta (Forallac) – 6th and 7th
Palamós – St John of Palamós – 1st weekend
St Sadurní de l’Heura (Cruïlles) – 3rd weekend
Torrent – Last weekend
Ullà – Our Lady of the Fosa – 8th
Valldavià (Vilopriu) – Sant Mateu – Day 21
Vall Llobrega – St Mathew – Days 21 and 22
Verges – Roser Main Festival – 2nd or 3rd week
Vilopriu – Autumn Minor Festival – 2nd fortnight

St Grau Albons
 – Minor Festival – Second week
La Bisbal d’Empordà – Castell d’Empordà – 10th and 11th
Corçà – Main Winter Festival – 1st weekend
Fitor (Forallac) – 2nd fortnight
Foixà – La Sala – 1st Sunday

 – St Martin -11th
Corçà – Cassà de Pelràs – 2nd or 3rd Sunday
Garrigoles – St Sadurní – 29th
Jafre – St Martin – 11th
Palafrugell – Minor Festival – St Martin – 11th
La Pera – Pedrinyà – 4th week
Serra de Daró – Sant Iscle – 3rd weekend
Cruïlles – St Sadurní de l’Heura – 29th
La Tallada – Tor – 4th weekend
Jafre – St. Martí – Day 11

 – Sta. Llúcia – Day 13
Ultramort – St Eulàlia – Day 10
Cruïlles – Menor Festival of St. Eulàlia – 2nd weekend