Type: Wild Camp
Name: Aiguafreda Car Park
Where: Aiguafreda, Costa Brava, Catalunya
How to find it: From Calella de Palafrugells head north on the GIV-6591 then join the GI-6542 which runs along the coast and follow signs for ‘Begur’. Aiguafreda is about 5km from Begur along the GIV-6535 / 6534. Follow signs to the Sa Rascassa Diving Centre and there you’ll find the car park.
Aiguafreda is a tiny cove tucked away amongst the hills that skirt the Mediterranean Sea along the Costa Brava. There is actually very little here other than a diving centre, cafe, hostel and opportunities for kayaking and sea adventures.
Ten minutes walk in either direction along the coast will take you to small villages which offer a wider choice of food places and walks, particularly Sa Tuna just to the south.
The car park we stayed in said no overnight camping but the attendant was very friendly and over the three days we stayed he gave us absolutely no hassle. We paid 2 euros per day for the parking space which is nothing really.
So what was it like?
The car park was well sheltered during the day thanks to the hills and trees but the port was open to the elements which meant it attracted a lot of sunseekers, divers, kayakers and fishermen. That in itself wasn’t a problem as we enjoyed snorkelling the cold water of the bay and explored the area during that time.
At night it quietened down a lot and with the bar/café at the beach closing at around 8pm we pretty much heard nothing after that.
On our last night there we were treated to some Flamenco at the hostel (we sat in the car park and enjoyed a free show) #cheapskates.
Basically we got to relax for three days and the location really made us feel like we were on holiday. Sweep had to stick around the van on his long lead but we had a semi-garden next to us which he happily ‘Sweeped’ around on.
Walking him wasn’t a problem either. Sa Tuna offered a couple of fairly easy climbs which gave us a good work out without being overtaxing and he got his ‘lovely walk’ fix.
Water supply and toilet came courtesy of the café/bar toilets situated behind the building although they were locked when the place was closed, so all ablutions needed to be done before 8pm.
The nearest supermarket was in Begur so we had to leave our spot once in the middle of the stay to restock (we only carry about two days worth of food at a time).
We also bumped into Sergio and his eco-friendly ‘runs on used vegetable oil’ camper van for a second time at Aiguafreda.
If wild camping isn’t your thing but you’d like to see Aiguafreda you could always book a hotel in the area by clicking here.
Our Verdict: Beautiful secluded spot by the sea with decent toilet, water supply and dog walking opportunities.
Sweep’s Verdict: Paws up.