Playa d’Aro: Lively seaside resort on the Costa Brava

Playa d’Aro is one of the most beautiful resorts on the Costa Brava and has been loved by tourists for years. Are you looking for a lively resort? Then this is the place for you! In this coastal tourist town, you will find several discos, a very large selection of restaurants and bars, modern and luxurious shops, cosy terraces and a magic park. Shopping, strolling, going out and eating out are all possible in Playa d’Aro. Moreover, there are numerous activities organised throughout the year. Playa d’Aro is alive 365 days a year. Both sports lovers and sun worshippers will find what they are looking for here. On the golden beaches, in the idyllic bays, between the hills and along the rugged coast, you can experience so much. And of course, you can relax in a holiday home or dream villa at Club Villamar.

Playa d’Aro general

Playa d’Aro literally means golden beach. It is located between the villages of Palamos and San Feliu de Guixols. Here, you can enjoy a well-earned holiday all year round. It is after all a highly varied holiday destination. It is situated on the beautiful Costa Brava (Spanish for “wild coast”). Its breathtaking beauty, combined with a wonderful Mediterranean climate and endless activities, makes it an ideal holiday destination for both young and old. Long beaches, palm-lined boulevards, a rocky coast, idyllic bays, picturesque villages and spectacular sights. Whether you want to enjoy an evening stroll along the promenade, swim at the most beautiful beaches, have a delicious lunch or dinner or go out until the early hours, you will definitely find everything you are looking for here.

The beaches of Playa d’Aro

Playa d’Aro has a large beach called Platja d’Aro. It has been awarded the Blue Flag. This means, among other things, that the quality of the water is very good and that there are all kinds of facilities (showers, restaurants, parking, etc.). To make it as comfortable as possible, sunbeds and parasols are available for hire. This popular beach has deep waters, fine golden sand and a three-kilometre coastline. On the long promenade you can stroll to your heart’s content and at the end you will come across the magnificent rock Cavall Bernat.

Surrounding this beach are 8 beautiful coves, all paradises in their own right: Cala Belladona, Cala dels Canyers, Cala del Pi, Cala Sa Cova, Cala Pedrosa, Playa del Racó and Playa de Sant Pol. Enjoy an oasis of tranquillity characterised by shade, jagged rocks, crystal-clear water and boats.

Playa d’Aro has a Mediterranean climate, with mild wet winters and warm dry summers. The Mediterranean Sea has a warming effect on the region in the winter. This is enhanced by the presence of mountains and hills further inland that retain the heat from the sea and block the cold from the interior in winter. A holiday in Playa d’Aro in summer almost guarantees warm and dry weather.

What to do in Playa d’Aro? 1,001 activities

1. Water sports

Playa d’Aro is the place to be if you like water sports. You can hire boats and water scooters. There is also a diving school. And of course snorkelling, kayaking, water skiing and paddling. Or you can spend a day canoeing along the rugged coastline and hidden coves. Between June and mid-September, you can go windsurfing or sailing at the marina. Parasailing is also possible. Why not? From the air, you will have a stunning view of the landscape of the Costa Brava! For more fun, you can also take a trip across the water on the banana, flyfish or the slyder. Float quietly over the water or go at top speed!

2. Aquadiver: the water park in Playa d’Aro

Do you want to spend an unforgettable day with your family and friends? Aquadiver is one of the most famous water parks on the Costa Brava. The water park in Playa d’Aro is suitable for all ages, with attractions for children, young people and the elderly. While you are having fun together, time will fly by without you even noticing it. Enjoy various water attractions, such as the slides, the kamikaze, the wave pools and other quieter water slides. Or just go down the famous wild river!

After so much activity, it will be no surprise if you are a bit hungry. To replenish your energy levels, eat something in the restaurant or go to the picnic area. Either way, there is plenty of choice! Before you get back to action, it’s time to relax. Settle down on a lounger in the pine forest and enjoy the pleasant surroundings. In the meantime, the children will have lots of fun too!

3. Picturesque villages

When in Playa d’Aro, be sure to visit the surrounding fishing villages: Tossa de Mar, Palamos, Calella de Palafrugell or Begur and the authentic medieval villages of Pals, Peratallada or Monells. Escape the hustle and bustle in these hidden towns. And the beauty of these small villages is that they are bustling with Spaniards, who want nothing more than for you to experience the real Spanish culture. Each place you come across has its own story.

4. Festivities

Big events are organised all year round: markets, music festivals, Carnival, the Medieval Market, the Beer Festival, the Living Nativity Scene and a jazz festival on summer evenings. There is also a doll museum and art exhibitions. The Carnival Festival in February is one of the most famous carnivals in Catalonia: colourful acts and a parade of carnival floats will delight your senses. The Fiesta Major in August offers activities for all ages.

5. Hiking and cycling

Are you ready to explore the surroundings by bike? The area is perfect for cycling enthusiasts who love adventure and want to track down authentic villages. Explore the rolling hills or cycle along the old railway line. You can also hike along the coastal path called Camino de Ronda.

6. Shopping

In Playa d’Aro, you can shop to your heart’s content! With around 250 shops, it is impossible to get bored. There are luxury boutiques, leather goods shops, jewellers and department stores. There are not only expensive brands but many tourist shops as well. Please note that the shops are closed for a few hours in the afternoon.

Want to know more about shopping in Playa d’Aro? Read more here: Playa de Aro – Shopping and relaxing on the Costa!

7. Nightlife in Playa d’Aro

In Playa d’Aro, you can have a great night out. There are numerous discos, pubs, cocktail and piano bars to keep you entertained. There are two cinemas, as well as the Magic Park. This is a large amusement park with a bowling alley and roller-skating rink. Ever wanted to go to an open-air disco? You can in the nearby town of San Feliu de Guixols.

8. Golf Club d’Aro-Mas Nou

Are you a good golfer? If you enjoy golf, it is an absolute must to go to Golf Club d’Aro-Mas Nou. It is one of the oldest courses on the Costa Brava and is located in the middle of the Nature Park “Les Gavarres” at 300 metres above sea level. Which means you can play golf with breathtaking views of the Costa Brava.

You will be surrounded by olive, pine and cork trees as well as two artificial lakes. This magnificent setting was named the best golf destination in 2000. The Playa d’Aro golf course is a harmonious place, known for its good quality and beauty. There is a wide variety of holes (27 holes in total) and the courses are well-equipped with facilities for those who want to take a break. The course is not only for professionals; amateur players will feel welcome too. Golf Club d’Aro-Mas Nou is perfect for a pleasant and stress-free day.

Want to know more about golf at the Costa Brava? Then read our Costa Brava Golf Guide!

9. Magic Park

This is an amazing amusement park for all ages. The park consists of different zones, including a playground with trampolines, mini bumper cars and boats. Compete and see who is the best! Do you like sports? Play football, table tennis and billiards in another part of the park. But that’s not all, there is even an ice rink! Having read all this, it is clear that you will have a fantastic day with your family or friends in Magic Park.

Great accommodation options

Playa d’Aro has everything you need for a unique, sun-filled holiday. Not only in terms of sun, sea, beach, sights and activities, but also in terms of holiday homes and villas! Of course, a hotel is nice, but often there is little space or privacy. Furthermore, it is often quite busy in a hotel. Crowded breakfast halls and overflowing swimming pools where you have to search for a sunbed.

Therefore, renting a villa or holiday home is the ideal solution. The holiday homes of Club Villamar offer plenty of luxury and privacy. All holiday houses and villas are spacious, with beautiful living rooms, fully equipped kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, comfortable bedrooms and a beautiful outdoor area and private pool. You will have the holiday home all to yourself and your party and will not have to share it with anyone else. Discover here the best holiday homes in Playa d’Aro that Club Villamar has selected for you!


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