At the beach; Near water
L'Escala makes an excellent base for exploring the mostly unspoiled northern Costa Brava with its beautiful beaches, art, historic monuments, nature parks and one of Spain's most important bird sanctuaries, which is situated just a few kilometers north of town. The town is renowned for its anchovies and ancient ruins of Empuries and plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year. The area also boasts a wealth of facilities for sports enthusiasts. There are several golf courses in the area including the excellent Emporda 27-hole course. Cycling is very popular here as well. The area around L’Escala is flat, however the Pyrenees provide inclines for the more serious rider. Tennis, walking, horseback riding, go–carting, fishing and other water sports including kayaking, sailing and snorkeling are popular and there are several scuba diving centres in the vicinity. For water sports enthusiasts excellent beaches to the north of L'Escala in the Bay of Roses are a paradise for sailing and windsurfing. The quiet beaches of superb fine sand that stretch for kilometers, are ideal for sun bathing. The few rocky parts that exist have an abundance of fish and other marine life and make great sites for snorkeling.