The sea itself is a 20 minute walk away or mini drive and is a beach that doesn’t usually get overly crowded or noisy as it is down a long staircase, ie you cant park right at the beach. And there are many other quintessential Costa Bravan coves around this area short drives away.
Begur – a well preserved medieval village –is about 2 or 3 miles away and has fancy restaurants and clothing stores – to be avoided if you are on a budget! Bernie, my husband, described it as a medieval Sausalito! Wonderful crumbling castle/fort walk and just a pleasant place to find the farmers market and get essentials.
Girona, where I lived in the late 70s-early 80s, is 40-minute drive away from here as is the Girona airport. This has a fabulous, well preserved medieval section; in fact as you go up to the Cathedral along the winding cobbled streets, I used to live at the top of one of these ancient ancient stone buildings (oh! if I had only understood real estate in my youth!) The outskirts of Girona are generally a bit ugly but the center is lovely and an easy place to pass away a day. Exhibitions, music, theatre exist now that were never apparent in a much poorer Catalunya of the 70s-80s.
Barcelona is about a 90 minute to two-hour car trip depending on traffic. You might be better off taking a train from Caldas de Malavela or Girona (40 minute drive) to go there for a day or two. The train service is inexpensive and reliable. One hour 20 mins usually unless you get the milk run. If you have never been to Barcelona, you have to go. The Gothic area, Picasso and Miro museums, cathedral, Ramblas, Gaudi’s amazing and ridiculous monuments, the port, Montjuich...it’s endless what you can do and see here.
But if you wanted to just kick back, then the whole coast has some quieter places to visit. There is golf, biking, traditional spa hotels, Roman remains, and the beauty of the actual coast line which I believe you can walk along almost all the way. There are many sections of the coast with walkways. For example, around Fornells, the lovely little port next to Aigua Blava, and the nearest beach. There are nudist beaches - very few people wear tops on Spanish beaches – in the 70s you would be arrested for wearing anything mildly revealing! You could also take a trip to the Pyrenees which lie just west of Girona. Or just lie still by the pool and contemplate your tanning navel!