Mas Pinc and Carmen Amaya, in Begur

Mas Pinc is a typical and elegant Catalan farmhouse from the XVIIth century, in Begur. It is excellent preserved, and it has one of the few original defense towers from those years, aimed to protect the people from the village against piracy.

El Mas Pinc, en Begur, Girona, Costa Brava

Mas Pinc, in Begur, Girona, Costa Brava

But also the story of Mas Pinc is closely linked to life, and especially death, of the best spanish Flamenco dancer of all times: Carmen Amaya. Born in Barcelona in 1913, in the poor neighborhood of Somorrostro, she had a huge international recognition.

Carmen Amaya, la gran bailaora de flamenco fallecida en el Mas Pinc

Carmen Amaya, the best flamenco dancer who died in Mas Pinc

In 1961 Carmen Amaya purchased Mas Pinc to live in. She was passionated by the Costa Brava, and she had and active participation in village life until a kidney disease ended with her life. The great artist died in one room of Mas Pinc, surrounded by her family, November 19th, 1963. The funeral, held in Begur, gathered a lot of flamenco fans and artists who wanted to give their last goodbye to the dancer who revolutionized the Flamenco art.

Retrato de una joven Carmen Amaya

Young Carmen Amaya portrait

Over time, Mas Pinc villa has passed into the hands of the municipality of Begur. Currently, it is the home of Nereo Foundation, an environmental organization whose main objective is the preservation of the Ses Negres area, a coastline piece of Begur extending from the bay of Sa Riera to Aiguafreda creek, near which shipping and fishing is strictly prohibited.

El Mas Pinc tiene anexa una torre de defensa original del siglo XVII

Mas Pinc has a tower defence from piracy from the XVIIth century

You can visit the interior of Mas Pinc, where you’ll find some memories of Carmen Amaya and an exhibition of the marine life in Ses Negres. Inside the home you will see also the door of 1.30 meters x 0.64 meters leading to the original tower defense, 12.30 meters high.

The area around Mas Pinc is also very interesting from a natural point of view. The Mas Pinc garden, opened freely to the public, has been conditioned by the Foundation Nereo as a modest botanical garden where the most important plants of the western Mediterranean are represented. Also in Mas Pinc begins a nice forest trail, crossing a wooded area known as Es Quinze, that leads to Aiguafreda Creek in about 45 minutes. A car parking is offered free to the visitors in front of the farmhouse.

En el entorno de Mas Pinc, Es Quinze, comienza una ruta a pie hacia Aiguafreda

Around Mas Pinc, in the Es Quinze wood, starts a trail to Aiguafreda cove

Undoubtedly Mas Pinc, and its surroundings, is one of the most important points of interest in all Begur.

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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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