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Playa de Pals Holidays

Playa de Pals holidays

Playa de Pals Holidays – Peace and tranquillity on Spain’s Costa Brava

If you’re looking for a peaceful holiday on Spain’s rugged Costa Brava, or the ‘Wild Coast’ as it is known, the beach resort of Playa de Pals offers everything you need. Recommended for both families and couples, Playa de Pals is known for its quiet laid-back atmosphere, and boasts not only a fantastic beach, but excellent facilities, and a host of nearby things to see and do. You can spend your days sunbathing on the resort’s 3.5km beautiful stretch of sand, swimming in the clear waters of the Mediterranean, and soaking up the sunshine in the local cafes and bars, or indulge in some water sports, horse-riding, cycling, hiking and tennis if you’re feeling active. Away from the beach, spend time strolling around the medieval town of Pals, full of cobbled streets, quaint shops and historic buildings, following the charming coastal path that takes in dramatic scenery along the way, or sightseeing to neighbouring towns such as Palafrugell, Begur or Gerona.

When to go to Playa de Pals

The best time to go to any resort on Costa Brava is during its tourist season, from May to October. As Playa de Pals is a family resort, you’ll need to book early for the school holidays, and be prepared for crowded beaches and high prices in mid-July and August. If you can travel during the low-season, it’ll be much quieter in Playa de Pals, and cheaper, too, with June and September still seeing beach weather, with plenty of sunshine, and the cooler days in May and October meaning great conditions for outdoor sports and activities, and sightseeing trips.

The weather in Playa de Pals

Playa de Pals experiences a typically Mediterranean climate, enjoying hot summers and mild winters. The resort sees an average daytime temperature of 25C in the summer, and an average night-time temperature of 18C – great for the beach, and leisurely evenings outside. During the early season, May and June can reach 20C-24C, with the peak season weeks in July and August often rising to 29C-30C, and the sun shining for up to 10 hours each day. Late summer and autumn still sees temperatures of 20C – 24C, and around 6-7 hours of daily sunshine. 

Getting the best deal to Playa de Pals

If you’re looking for the best deals to Playa de Pals, try to stay flexible with your dates and requirements in order to get the lowest price possible. Avoid the busy school holiday weeks if you can, and look to travel during the quieter months of the year, such as May, early June, late September and October, which all see a wider choice of flights and accommodation. Leaving at the last-minute is an excellent way to save money, so for great deals to Playa de Pals, look at our offers below, and search for last-minute specials on our late deals page.

Airport and Transport Need to Know

Flights to Playa de Pals are via Gerona Airport (GRO) - just a 2-2.5 journey from the UK. There are plenty of departures from all the country’s regional airports, including London Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Manchester, East Midlands, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and Prestwick. Gerona Airport is a small airport that serves the whole region, and is located 50km from Playa de Pals.

Transfers are included on a package holiday to Playa de Pals, and take about 1 hour, with shuttle bus, taxis and car hire also available. Taxis carry a maximum of 4 passengers (larger vehicles are available on request), with the fixed rate to Playa de Pals costing around 60 euros (50GBP). Car hire is available from the airport, and is recommended as a great way to get out and explore the surrounding area. 

Best beaches in Playa de Pals

Playa de Pals is located on one of the prettiest parts of the Costa Brava, which is known for its rugged coastline, dotted with both sandy bays and hidden rocky coves. There’s something for everyone here, with a great choice of both Blue Flag beaches and tranquil spots, where you can do as much, or as little as you like. Here’s our pick for the three best beaches in and around Playa de Pals.

Best beach for activities – Playa de Pals

Located on a horseshoe-shaped bay, the long sandy beach in the resort is the main attraction here, and offers the perfect spot for both sunbathing and more adventurous pursuits. Summer winds in the bay make conditions ideal for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing, and there are snorkelling and diving trips out to the Isles Medes.   

Best beach for sunbathing – Playa de Tamariu

Another local beach worth visiting, Tamariu lies just south of Playa de Pals. A beautiful sandy stretch, located in a pretty cove backed by pines, Playa de Tamariu offers a relaxing base with convenient facilities such as loungers, umbrellas, and beachfront bars – all you need for a quiet day in the gorgeous Spanish sunshine.

Best beach for isolation – L’Illa Roja

If it’s complete isolation you’re after, head to L’Illa Roja, a cosy beach tucked away under the cliffs, which boasts a charming allure and some spectacular scenery. (Be prepared, because of its secluded nature, this beach is known as a clothing-optional beach!)  

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