Llafranc

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Llafranc
Municipality and town
Localització del Baix Empordà.svg
Coordinates: 41°53′39″N 3°11′37″E / 41.89417°N 3.19361°E / 41.89417; 3.19361
Country Spain
Autonomous community Catalonia
ProvinceGirona
ComarcaBaix Empordà
MunicipalityPalafrugell
Area
 • Total85 km2 (33 sq mi)
Elevation
26 m (85 ft)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
17211
Panoramic view of Llafranc

Llafranc (Catalan pronunciation: [ʎəˈfɾaŋ]) is one of three coastal towns belonging to the municipality of Palafrugell, province of Girona, Spain, the other two being Calella de Palafrugell and Tamariu. It is part of the Costa Brava, the coastal region of northeastern Catalonia, in the comarca of Baix Empordà.

Many domestic tourists come from nearby Barcelona, while the international tourists come from a whole range of countries, especially the Netherlands, England, France, and more recently the United States.

Llafranc is within easy walking distance of other, similar towns, such as Calella de Palafrugell.

The Hotel Llafranc dominates the main sea promenade and was popular with artists such as Salvador Dalí and Ernest Hemingway. The English writer Tom Sharpe was also a resident of Llafranc.

El Far is the most popular residence in Llafranc, located 1.5 km north of the beach on a steep hill overlooking the beach and town. El Far has a lighthouse, hotel and large development with communal pool.

Commerce and civic organizations gather under the Associació d'Amics de Llafranc,[1] which elects a president every 4 years in order to represent this small town in the City Council of Palafrugell, its main municipality.

The beach[edit]

Llafranc is one of the most popular beaches in Catalonia, ideal for families and sport enthusiasts. It is the largest beach around in the Palafrugell zone, though small if compared to nearby Pals (Platja Gran) and Palamós (Platja Gran, Castell).

At the North end of the beach is the port, home to Club Nàutic Llafranc. At the South end of the beach is rocky land separating Llafranc and Calella.

With a sandy seabed it is welcoming for the average visitor, with an aquatic channel (Via Brava or Carril Aquàtic) following the rocky right end of the beach. This channel follows the Passeig de Ronda, a promenade connecting Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell with some iconic views.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Associació d'Amics i Veïns de Llafranc". Associació d’Amics i Veïns de Llafranc.

Coordinates: 41°53′39″N 3°11′37″E / 41.89417°N 3.19361°E / 41.89417; 3.19361