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A little bit about l'Escala

L'Escala, is a holiday resort and fishing port at the southern end of the Golf of Roses. This important fishing village is famous throughout Spain for its delicious sardines and anchovies, an up-market version of the tinned variety we all know. Frequented mainly by local tourists, the center of l´Escala, with its narrow streets sloping down to the rocky coastline, is genuinely appealing. The southern suburbs of l'Escala towards the beach at Cala Montgó are horribly built up - there's even a Burger King - but there are footpaths into the rocky promentory leading to deserted beaches stretching all the way south to l'Estartit.

Market on Sundays on the Passeig Maritimo. Fruits and veggie market on Tuesday and Thursday. Good anchovies available at Anxoves de at De la Torre 20. L´Escala's most popular restaurant is Els Pescadors, on the fishing port (972 77 07 28). This place is always packed with folks eager to dig into fresh seafood, brought in early each morning from the market next door. Assorted fried seafood and shellfish, oven-baked fish, and of course, the delicious local anchovies. Restaurant Myriam on the Ronda del Padró (972 77 02 87) is a pricier option. Closed Thursdays and all January and February. Hotel Nieves Mar on the Passeig Marítim 8 is another favorite. The town cemetery, El Cementiri Vell de l'Escala, on Carrer Gregal, was constructed in a harmonious neoclassical style in the early 19C, and is one of the most beautiful in the region. L'Escala has two diving clubs.

L´Escala´s proximity to the important archeological site of Empúrias (10-18h, 10-20h in summer), which lies just a couple of km north out of town, is another considerable attraction, as is medieval Sant Martí, just beyond the ruins. Here you can see layers of Spain's history lying one above the other. The ruins can be seen in a leisurely afternoon, spending the rest of your time on the duned stretch of beach in front of the ruins. The wooded shores around there hide a series of lovely cala-beaches with shallow water and soft sand. Be warned that, due to a strong undertow, bathing off the shore here can be dangerous, especially if the weather changes suddenly. At weekends the woods are full of picnicking families, setting up everything but the kitchen sink from the trunks of their cars.

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  • In a nutshell:Nice friendly community and quiet town
  • Last visit to La Escala: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated Oct 21, 2003
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