A friend of mine got married earlier this year and I was thrilled to find out that the wedding would be on the beach.
That's how I ended up at Platja de Tamariu, a two hour drive north of Barcelona, just on the Costa Brava coast. I decided to drive up, considering how patchy public transport was to the area. The drive is an easy drive, although the roads do get a little bit winding the nearer you get to the area. You do pass by a couple of tolls if you're driving from Barcelona (off the top of my head, I don’t think I paid more than EU6-7 for the tolls per way).
The beach isn’t very visible from the main road where most of the cars pass through, although I would catch glimpses from the cliffs, in between the tamarisk trees.
We eventually reached and parked, not seeing the beach the whole time, and I was under the impression that the beach was going to be a bit of a distance away. It wasn’t until I checked into our hotel and walked out to the balcony that I realized that the accommodation was actually right at the edge of a cliff that perched above the beach.
Hands down, Tamariu probably has one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve been to. Tamariu horseshoe shaped cove with beautiful clear blue waters – just different shades of blue melting into each other. The area seems to have avoided over development and still retains a certain charm.
We were there over the weekend and there were a lot of families that had come down to enjoy the beach, but it wasn’t too overcrowded in the middle of May. There were some people who had rented kayaks, and some people had gone snorkeling or diving off the coast as well. Unfortunately the water was freezing at the time we had gone, so I had passed on swimming and decided to sun on the beach instead.
There seemed to be a fair number of accommodation options, but not many on the actual beach itself. Apparently quite a number of people in Barcelona have second homes up at Tamariu to enjoy the summer, so it could be quite quiet at certain parts of the year. There was a small grocery store in the area, which was pretty well stocked, and a number of restaurants by the side of the beach where you could sit and enjoy some seafood and watch time go by, like how you do on these summer beach holidays. You also have the option of doing some easy hikes around the area, for those so inclined.
It's a lovely place to get away and enjoy some quiet time; perfect for families and those who just want to enjoy some beach time!