Platja del Portitxol

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Located between Escala and Sant Martí d'Empúries, Portitxol is a lovely beach surrounded by a pine forest that reaches almost to the sea. The fine golden sand and calm waters are protected on either side by rocky formations: to the south, the tip of Coves, lined by pine trees and large rocks in curious shapes that plunge into the sea, and to the north, ravines known as Muscleres Petites, which separate Portitxo from the neighbouring beach of Les Muscleres and Convent. These formations protect Portitxol beach and generate an area of calm and shallow waters, a kind of perfect swimming pool where you can take a dip without having to go under, and where kids can play.

The Dunes path, which goes from Escala to Sant Martí d'Empúries, is a nice 2.5-km coastal trail that runs parallel to the sea and under the shade of pine trees. You can walk or ride a bicycle along the path, and it passes by Portitxol. From June 15 to September 30 there's also a little tourist train, El Carrilet, that runs from Plaça de les Escoles in Escala to Sant Martí d’Empúries, passing by Portitxol.

The beach is 230 metres long and is equipped with showers and public toilets, lifeguards in summer, and you can rent skates and chaise longues. Stop by the beautiful terrace at the beach-adjacent Empúries hotel, where you can take in one of the most seductive sunsets on the Costa Brava. The striking surroundings play in the limelight with the weight of history, just a few metres away from the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Empúries.

Venue name: Platja del Portitxol
Address: Passeig Dr. Pi i Llussà, s/n, L'Escala
L'Escala
17130
Transport: Getting there: By car, take the A-7 to exit 5 where the GI-623 leads to Escala. By train, take the Renfe to Figueres, where you can get a Sarfa bus to Escala.

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martyn l

Be warned - There are two places in Spain Platja del Portitxol and Platja del Portixol  (only one "t")    The above is the former,  The latter is close to Denia,  near Alicante.   If you search for Platja del Portitxol (this place) in Airbnb  you'll get the other one and you may,  like me,  accidentally book a place in entirely the wrong part of Spain.   :(