Illa Roja cove

Probably one of the most photographed scenery on the Costa Brava. Spectacular, unique in its kind … so is Illa Roja cove, a very exclusive creek mainly due to the great mass of reddish rock in front of the beach.

Esta impresionante mole de roca domina el centro de la Cala de la Illa Roja, en Begur, Costa Brava

This impressive reddish big rock is located in front of the Cala de la Illa Roja, in Begur, Costa Brava

The creek, formed by a long beach, is located between north Begur and south Pals. In fact it is part of the landscape through which runs the coastal path between Sa Riera (in Begur) and Platja del Raco (in Pals).

La Playa de la Illa Roja es muy tranquila y permite la practica del nudismo

Illa Roja creek is very quiet and nudism is allowed

Illa Roja cove length is about 120 meters and a width of 20, being flanked on the rear wall by a huge rock on which the mentioned coastal path runs. Illa Roja is the only beach in Begur where you can practice nudism.

La riqueza cromática del paisaje acantilado de la Cala Illa Roja es muy interesante

Colour richness is unique in this landscape surrounded by cliffs

Due to its location it can not be reached directly by car, if not going through this coastal path. The easiest way to reach Illa Roja is from Platja de Pals (Pals Beach) side, in the north. You will be able to enjoy a fine golden sandy cove with clear water, very large and with very little agglomeration. No showers are available, but a beach bar is set up in summer. Views of Medes Islands in the distance, little miles away, are really impressive.

Imagen de la Illa Roja tomada desde el camino de ronda entre la playa de Pals y Sa Riera

Picture taken from the coastal path that runs between Sa Riera beach (in Begur) and Pals Beach

One of the main attractions Illa Roja cove offers to the bathers are the snorkel activities. Around the big red rock in front of the beach grows an important underwater population of fish and other marine species. So don’t forget your dive mask to enjoy this opportunity when come to Illa Roja beach.


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This post was written by Alex Rigola who has written 60 posts on Costa Brava Blog.

Alex Rigola is Costa Brava's editor and an ampurdan passionated who enjoys sailing his little boat through the Costa Brava coast. He currently lives in Pals and if you use to ride along cycling routes in the area, it's very likely that you encounter him at some point. When asked about his favorite spot on the Costa Brava he never hesitates for a moment: Cala Montjoi.


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