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The Cami de Ronda

A short hike along the coastal path between El Far de Sant Sebastian and Tamariu.

From the lighthouse at Sant Sebastian there are some stunning views of Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell to the south, but this short hike takes us to the north along the Cami de Ronda (coastal path) to Tamariu, one of the nicest little seaside villages on the Costa Brava.

To start, park the car near to the lighthouse in the free-to-park bays along the road and head to the El Far hotel and restaurant. You can't really go wrong with this hike, keep the sea on your right and follow the path.... To Tamariu (one way), it's a 4.5km hike with an elevation gain of 89mts. We recommend taking your cozzie and hiking to Tamariu for lunch at El Palanqui restaurant, having a swim and then hiking back to the El Far restaurant for coffee and a stunning sunset. There is also a Japanese restaurant underneath the lighthouse which has a lovely terrace with views.

This hike takes you along the cliff tops via cala Pedrosa, a small isolated bay made up entirely of large rounded pebbles. There is a small rustic chirringuito there which serves home-made food and drinks and if you're brave enough to tackle the pebbles, go for a refreshing swim.

The path is quite wild in places and not suitable for toddlers or those with mobility issues. Our 4 1/2 year old managed it without any problems.... The walk offers unspoilt views of the Costa Brava coastline, free from overdevelopement, and follows a basic but well marked dirt trail.

It'll take you a couple of hours to hike to Tamariu and here you will find loads of restaurants and bars, toilets and a small sandy beach typical of the Costa Brava. We really recommend the restaurant El Palanqui (00 34 972 62 00 44). The staff are always friendly, the food is a good value and good quality in a home-made style, the wine dry and cold and it's not possible to get closer to the beach without getting your feet wet.

This hike is great throughout the year, but we would suggest avoiding Tamariu in July and August as it can get quite crowded and parking here is limited. The best months to hike this route are during Spring and from September to November.

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