Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park

Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park

L’Estartit is located at the heart of three different landscapes that together form the Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park. Thanks to this privileged location, visitors to L’Estartit can enjoy the great diversity of natural spaces, species, habitats, towns and activities available here.

The Medes Islands archipelago is made up of seven islets blessed with enormous natural beauty that is unique in Catalonia. Highlights include its coralline walls, posidonia (or Neptune grass) meadow, underwater coves and tunnels. Diving is one of the main activities in the Medes Islands Nature Reserve and it is regulated to protect this area and the Montgrí coast. This is also an ideal location for practicing other sports such as snorkelling, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle surfing or enjoying a relaxing sailing trip on one of the boats that come and go from L’Estartit’s leisure harbour.

The Baix Ter wetlands are a system of marshes created by the confluence of the Ter and the Daró rivers and the sea. Visitors can explore this area on one of the hiking, cycling and mountain bike routes that crisscross the entire Costa Brava and combine this with other sports or nature activities. It is possible to enjoy excursions on foot or by bicycle with different levels of difficulty, routes on horseback, flights in an ultralight aircraft or hot-air balloon or sailing trips and nautical and underwater activities.

The Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park offers visitors 18 signposted routes to discover the area. There are spaces that can be explored on foot or by bicycle, over plains and mountains, with signposted paths of varying levels of difficulty and length. There is also a network of routes that links the area’s different towns, places of natural and cultural interest, and scenic routes which even allow you to travel from the Pyrenees to the sea, passing through the Costa Brava’s most charming spots: the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà and Cap de Creus Natural Parks, through the Pirinexus cycle-tourism network, the Ter Route, the GR-92 trail and the network of routes to follow on foot, by bicycle and car.

Discover the Montgrí coast, from L’Escala to L’Estartit, stroll along the fine sandy beaches between L’Estartit and Pals which separate the sea from the nearby wetlands and marshes with their brackish waters. Do not miss the continental dune, the ‘forest island’ in the middle of the limestone massif, with some outstanding geological and biological features. Take the opportunity to dive at the Medes Islands and on the Montgrí coast and stop to admire the natural viewpoints dotted around the park, particularly at the castle and Roca Maura, to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the patchwork of fields that surrounds the park and the final stretch of the River Ter, which is what allows us to offer you our Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh local produce: apples, rice, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, courgettes, etc.

Costa Brava

Costa Brava

Its beauty has been recognized internationally in many occasions and its value as a tourist destination has grown to be at the top of the world rankings. This is the Costa Brava, called "Creative Coast of Spain" by the prestigious magazine National Geographic Traveler, being home to one of the most eccentric artists of all times: Salvador Dalí.

But this part of the Mediterranean coast is not only known because of the surrealist painter. His magic has been strengthened by the variety of landscapes offered: idyllic beaches runed along rugged mountains, unique natural areas and inland villages that have preserved its charm and cities with a wide range of cultural and leisure offer.

Its quality cuisine, its golf courses, good weather and history are also factors that have contributed to make it increasingly recognized.

Sports activities

Sports activities

Estartit is a village on the Costa Brava, and it is located in one of the most privileged places to practice all kind of sports, both land and air, but mostly water activities. Some examples of sports you can practice a few meters from the Hotel Medes are diving on flyboard, windsurfing, kayaking, mountain biking, golfing or hiking.

And if you want to experience strong emotions you can venture to extreme sports like skydiving or hot air balloon rides.

We also recommend you to explore the depths of the Medes Islands with a fantastic trip on a glass bottom boat in which the whole family will enjoy watching the variety of species that offers the natural setting of this area.

Entertainment Offer

Entertainment Offer

Did you know that near Estartit you can find all kind of leisure activities for all ages and all tastes? Those are some ideas to make the most of the possibilities offered by the environment of the Medes II Hotel.

  • Shopping: Do not miss the atmosphere of the local shops and traditional markets of the Emporda area, with local products and the highest quality. You can also visit nearby towns such as Platja d'Aro, Girona, La Roca del Vallès or Barcelona, where you will find a wide range of shops with the best brands.
  • Family suggestions: We recommend you to visit one of the water parks in the region and to enjoy the most while cooling.
  • Nightlife: Estartit, Platja d'Aro, Lloret de Mar or Empuriabrava have a very active nightlife, where you can enjoy the refreshing nights of the Costa Brava. If music is your passion, in summer you will be able to see the best artists worldwide in idyllic surroundings during the festival of Cap Roig in Calella de Palafrugell and Peralada Festival.
  • Wineries and vineyards: Empordà is a land of wine! To learn more about the area,we suggest a visit to one of the wine vineyards located not far from Estartit, where you can try wines of great recognition in Catalonia, Spain, and even internationally.
Charming towns

Charming towns

The natural beauty of its surroundings and the beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava combined with an exceptional historical heritageand a wide range of activities and services makes it the ideal place for a holiday.

The impressive cliffs and sheltered coves of Begur, such as Sa Riera, Sa Tuna or Aiguablava,have given name to the coastal region of the Costa Brava. There, a walkway that runs along its entire length can be found. The scenary is spectacular: Mediterranean landscapes, beaches and coves like Calella, Llafranc or Tamariu, the three of them located in Palafrugell.

Other historic villages, such as the seaside town of Palamos, la Bisbal de l'Empordà or the gothic and medieval villages of Pals, Peratallada and Forallac, enhance the cultural heritage of the region.

Dalí's triangle

Dalí's triangle

L’Estartit is in the centre of the Dalí triangle: Figueres, Púbol and Portlligat:

  • Figueres, with the Teatre Museu Dalí, inaugurated in 1974. Here you’ll find a great selection of works from different periods of his artistic life.
  • Púbol, with the castle that was also his residence in the ‘80’s. Here you can see paintings, furniture and some of Gala’s haute couture dresses.
  • Portlligat, with its museum-house, where you can take a guided tour alongt he studio, the yellow room, the dining room and the swimming pool.
The Hotel Medes II will give you all the information you need regarding the contents, prices, reservations and access to these museums.

Girona

Girona

Girona is well-known for the beauty of its historical buildings, such as the imposing Cathedral and the Sant Feliu church; and the authenticity of its streets, like the ones located in the old town or the boulevard, which have perfectly preserved its medieval traits.

But it is also a fashionable city thanks to its culture and gastronomic offers, a good example would be the world's best restaurant: El Celler de Can Roca.