Costa Brava (2005) IMG_1645Girona lies about an hour's drive away from the Costa Brava (Rugged Coast), the coastal region of northeastern Spain that has become a popular holiday destination in recent decades. I took a bus to the city of Palamós to enjoy the scenery on this beautiful Saturday in March.IMG_1646One of the heavily trimmed trees along the boulevard in Palamós.IMG_1647The beach along the Cala Margarida bay. The city extends onto the peninsula that surrounds the bay on the other side.IMG_1648Palamós's harbor, populated mostly by fishing boats.IMG_1649The extremely neat and smooth beach, backed by a row of buildings that look an awful lot like hotels. Palamós may not be as touristy as Blanes or Lloret de Mar, but it's also no longer the pure fishing village that it once was.IMG_1651Boats drawn onto the beach.IMG_1652Fishing nets drying on the beach.IMG_1653As an example of "waste not, want not", a dozen or so ancient trucks stand on the pier equipped with enormous pulleys for fishing nets.IMG_1654Fishing boats.IMG_1655Cala Margarida bay and the beach seen from the pier.IMG_1657Some rocky coast south of the beach.IMG_1660Rocky coast in Palamós.IMG_1662Minerals in the rocks.IMG_1667There wasn't much surf, but it splashed nicely enough.IMG_1669Rocky coast in Palamós.IMG_1684Rocky coast in Palamós.IMG_1685Rocky coast in Palamós.IMG_1688Rocky coast in Palamós.IMG_1694Some flowers at the top of the rocks.IMG_1695Some plants at the top of the rocks.IMG_1699Playing with the depth of field.IMG_1706Some more plants at the top of the rock.IMG_1713A small lighthouse at the top of the rock.IMG_1714View across the harbor and Cala Margarida bay.IMG_1715Just a block or two away from the beach, Palamós is all old cars and broken boats.IMG_1716Just a block or two away from the beach, Palamós is all old cars and broken boats.IMG_1717More junk. Tourism did not bring wealth to everyone in Palamós.IMG_1719A partially demolished staircase in the rocks along the shore.IMG_1720More of the rocky coast a bit further down the road.IMG_1721Not sure what they are, but it looked pretty.IMG_1726View across the Palamós Marina.IMG_1727Where to go if you're by bike?IMG_1734From Palamós I took a bus to Sant Feliu de Guíxols, about 12 km to the southwest, and spent some time on the beach there.IMG_1736The beach in Sant Feliu de Guíxols.STA_1737-1741Panoramic view of the beach and bay in Sant Feliu de Guíxols.IMG_1742It's stretches of coast like this that led to the name Costa Brava, or Rugged Coast.IMG_1744The beach and bay in Sant Feliu de Guíxols.STA_1745-1746Panoramic view of the beach and bay in Sant Feliu de Guíxols.IMG_1747View down the peninsula southwest of the beach in Sant Feliu de Guíxols.IMG_1750A noteworthy building on the east side of the bay, though I have no idea what it's for.IMG_1751The monastery of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, including a 14th-century Gothic church and a 10th-centur iron gate.IMG_1752The 18th-century Arc de Sant Benet at the monastery.IMG_1753Side view of the monastery of Sant Feliu de Guíxols.