What to do and see in Platja d'Aro, Spain: The Best Places and Tips

March 2, 2018 Margarita Chappel

Castell-Platja d'Aro is a municipality in the middle of the Costa Brava in Catalonia, Spain. It is formed from two parts: Castell d'Aro is an ancient village built around a medieval castle and a fortified church, 3 km inland on the road from Platja d'Aro to Santa Cristina d'Aro; and Platja d'Aro is a coastal town on the road from Palamós to Sant Feliu de Guíxols which stretches along a large 2 km beach. Originally a small fishing village, Platja d'Aro is now a major coastal resort, popular predominantly with Catalans and villa-owning Northern Europeans.
Restaurants in Platja d'Aro

1. San Pol Beach

Plaja San Pol, S'Agaro, Spain
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 255 reviews

San Pol Beach

Reviewed By Christopher U - London, United Kingdom

We travelled out of season so spent no time actually on the beach but it is most attractive and can imagine lovely in the hot sun. Plenty of restaurants overlooking beach and great walks around both headlands.

Carretera Circumval Iacio S/N, 17250 Platja d'Aro, Spain +34 972 82 82 83
Excellent
24%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 446 reviews

Aquadiver

Aquadiver is the best water park on the Costa Brava near Girona and in Europe unique attractions: amazing rides, wave pools, kamikaces and the fantastic tracks. A set of attractions aimed at both young and adult audience.

Reviewed By Teamwhitbycheshire - Cheshire, United Kingdom

We had a lovely day at this water park. I went with my sons who are 7,10 and 12 who are quite adventurous and went on everything. We had free transport from Cala GoGo which was easy and is a nice touch. We went on second to last day so we couldn't put a second visit in (I don't think the parks big enough to warrant a second visit) and also had no transport to get to the other park. So I do think it's priced too highly and is in the same price bracket as huge attractions which it isn't.
Saying that we had a great day, the slides are fun, it was clean and you can find shade under the trees. The staff were nice and appeared to be attentive.
You have to pay extra for a locker which is a bit off after paying 132 euros to get in and sun beds are extra. We took a locker but I don't think you need sun beds.
People would be rating this more highly if it was priced around 25 euros however they don't need to do this as it's plenty busy enough. It's a nice day out and the queues weren't too bad!

3. Mas Molla - Traditional Winery

Carrer Molla 17251, 17251 Calonge, Spain +34 972 65 01 36
Excellent
85%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 64 reviews

Mas Molla - Traditional Winery

Mas Molla is a traditional farmer house where we continue making natural wine that you are invited to taste. Usually we make visits three times a week, check our web calendar and book your place or propose use a date! We hope see you soon!

Reviewed By Noel W - Cheltenham, Australia

After some difficulty in finding this winery, as well as forgetting about the traditional Spanish siesta, I finally had an opportunity to visit this 700 year old winery. The winery has been in the same family since the 1300's and offers a variety of grapes to sample. The wines are pure, unaffected by chemical additives and so offer a very different experience. It does take an initial adjustment to your taste buds but I found the reds particularly enjoyable and for 1.5 euro for the whites and 2.2 euro a bottle for the reds are great value. The wines to one side the visit is all about the history of this vineyard. The 3 sisters who help their parents run Mas Molla are lovely hosts and they are proud to give you a tour of their cellar. This is a "must see", full of history, stories and the wine making process itself. Even if you don't drink wine I think you couldn't help but enjoy the experience.

4. Parc dels Estanys

Avinguda de Paris, 17250 Castell-Platja d'Aro, Spain
Excellent
55%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Parc dels Estanys

Reviewed By Altauler

Parque con estanque incluido lleno de aves. Además cada seis meses cambian la exposición de esculturas al aire libre y siempre vale la pena visitar-lo, en qualquier momento del año. Digo que és un error ya que la zona estava destinada a ser urbanizada y, por lo tanto, cubierta de cemento, alquitran y viviendas, pero la burbuja estalló, también en la Costa Brava, y ahora tenemos un bonito parque.

5. Camino de Ronda

Spain
Excellent
87%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 402 reviews

Camino de Ronda

Reviewed By Vista888 - Vancouver, Canada

The perfect blend of natural beauty, adventure, history, wonderful accommodation, delicious local cuisine, and friendly people. The Cami de Ronda is a 230 km trail stretching along the picturesque Costa Brava coastline from Lloret de Mar (north of Barcelona) to the French boarder. There are many access points and a wide variety of terrain, including flat seawalks in resort towns, steep rocky trails through pine Forests, scenic staircases hugging the coastline, and sandy beach walking. Depending on the section you choose and the time available, it could be an afternoon stroll or multi-day hiking trip. The trail is very well maintained and well-marked. (Keep an eye out for the red and white parallel lines which indicate you are going in the correct direction, if the red and white lines are crossed you have taken a wrong turn.) We chose to hike the most scenic and popular section, called the ‘Baix Emporda’, equipped with a 30 liter backpack, sturdy walking shoes, a flexible schedule and no Reservations. We visited in Sept 2016, shoulder season, and easily found great accommodation at reasonable prices. We spent 7 days on the trail, only travelling by foot. Most of the hiking is quite easy for someone with reasonable fitness. The most difficult part was from Platja Fonda to Begur as it is all uphill.
Getting there? We took the SARFA / Moventis bus from Barcelona to Sant Feliu de Guixols, and spend the first night at the charming Can Segura Hotel… with time to explore the town, marina, and the monastery. We set out early the next day, and picked up the trail at the far north part of town, behind the marina….keep an eye open for the red and white lines painted on the roadway and poles. (Note: Sant Feliu de Guixols is also kilometer zero for the Via Verde, rails-to-trails path which heads inland and connects Catalonia to the Camino de Santiago)
Along the Cami de Ronda, you’ll discover historical sites, picturesque fishing villages, resort towns, secluded coves, pine Forests, naturist Beaches, and friendly people - the common Catalan greeting is ‘hola bon dia’. We enjoyed daily swims in the ocean, and marveled at the trail construction. It originated as a route to patrol the coast from pirates, and to connect fishing villages… later it became an escape route to France during the Spanish Civil War. We ended our hiking trip in Begur and took a bus to Palafrugell, then on to Girona. Along the Cami de Ronda we discovered so many beautiful, interesting spots … it would be a long list to name them all… enjoy the trail – it’s a wonderful adventure.

6. Escuela de Golf

Zona Residencial Mas Nou s.n., 17250 Castell-Platja d'Aro, Spain +34 972 81 76 56
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Escuela de Golf

Since 1990 international golf school.We teach classes in: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German and Italian.Enjoy a privileged location in the middle of nature, 300mtrs. on the sea level in the protected area of the massif of Les Gavarres with splendid views of the Mediterranean. We have 300 Meters with 10 covered spaces and 27 outdoor practice field. Puttingreen, Bunker and Approach area. Open to the public every day. On the Pro Shop you’ll find everything you need to enjoy this sport. Brands in fashion, technical clothing, shoes, carts, clubs and accessories. Golfino, Daily Sport, Marbas, Ping, Callaway, Cobra, Poulter, Rönisch, Calvin Klein, Nike... Service repair sticks, 2nd hand sticks, balls recovered. Club rental for the field of practice… Open everyday.

Reviewed By Dominique F - Castell-Platja d'Aro, Spain

Very nice place all staff very professional. Lovely golf club for both professional and beginners. Really recommended.

7. la Fosca Beach

Passeig de la Fosca, 24 | 17230 Palamos, 17230 Palamos, Spain
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 541 reviews

la Fosca Beach

Ruines du château de Sant Esteve et baraques de pêcheurs de S'Alguer et Cala Estreta

Reviewed By lil_blenky - North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

The Beaches in this area are lovely. I visited Cala Castell more and found this to be very nice and family friendly.

8. Museu d'Historia de la Joguina

Rambla Vidal, 48-50, 17220 Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain +34 972 82 22 49
Excellent
46%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Museu d'Historia de la Joguina

Reviewed By Maria Y - Moscow, Moscow City, Russia

Great house to visit. My kids came to see the toys, I just came with them and turned out to be the one enjoying it the most. The house itself is a great wow. They preserved the interiors, the lamps, the ceilings and floors, the inner yard, the balconies, the Terrace. And the toys are also very impressive. A must see place in Sant Feliu for you and your kids.

9. Cala Sa Conca

Platja d'Aro, Spain
Excellent
40%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Cala Sa Conca

Reviewed By rahenyman - Zurich, Switzerland

This is yet another Cala which at this time of year is largely devoid of the masses if there are any normally.
Most of these Calas are not that easy to get to. You have to walk around to get to them or at least I did.
Beautiful and quiet

10. Museu de la Pesca

Moll Pesquer, s/n | Zona Portuària, 17230 Palamos, Spain +34 972 60 04 24
Excellent
49%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Museu de la Pesca

Reviewed By Trueblue611 - Dublin, Ireland

Very well designed and layout. We both found it interesting,informative,and enjoyable. Spent the best part of an hour there and the staff were excellent and making sure the intro video was shown in English for us.

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