The charming medieval villages of Empordanet can be explored in various ways, on foot, via guided tours specialising in cultural heritage or ceramics, by car and even in a hot-air balloon. We will choose to park the car and visit them on electric bicycles, known as “burricletas”. In Peratallada, we’ll be taken back to the days when gentlemen, noblemen and masters walked the streets; from Pals, a village of whose walls give it an unmistakable silhouette, we’ll enjoy views of the Empordà planes, the Montgrí and the Medes islands. Back on the coast we’ll enter Calella de Palafrugell, a town on the official Charming Villages of Catalonia list along with the two mentioned above. Our guide explains that the great writer Josep Pla spent the summers of his childhood in this seaside town, with its white-washed country homes and traditional habanera music. If you’re looking for a more active option, you can walk the wildest stretch of the Camí de Ronda, between Llafranc and Palamós, through such spectacular locations as the small fishing centre of S’Alguer and rocky coves and turquoise waters such as those at Canyers or Els Corbs.