If you live in Barcelona I can tell you what is Playa de Aro like today. This is one of the most friendly towns on the Costa Brava, as being about an hour from Barcelona, is a town for holidays that has also become a second home destination for many locals. With 10,000 registered residents in Playa de Aro during weekends it reaches a population of 60,000 people which is bent in summer.
Playa de Aro Lagoon
Playa de Aro Beach
There are the attractive features of a Mediterranean resort town with a great atmosphere of shops, bars and restaurants. Tourism development in Playa de Aro began in the middle of the twentieth century and today it is also an attractive destination for international tourists. In fact, in the summer time 50 percent of its visitors are foreigners, in particular French, Dutch and Belgians who come largely attracted by the outstanding facility site. But if you still do not know Playa de Aro as was my case until my recent trip to Lower Empordà, know that the municipality as such has three very different faces.
Playa de Aro Cala
Playa de Aro Camino de Ronda
As occurs in many localities of the Mediterranean, the historic center is located a few kilometers inland and its main economic activity was agriculture. Along the beaches it used to have a small fishing port which was a minor activity. Near Playa de Aro besides the great holiday town, just four miles inland is Castell d’Aro with a completely different scene almost like a leap into medieval times. The third area of the municipality is Agaró, the luxurious coastal residential area in a landscape of forest, small coves and cliffs which extends between the beaches of San Pol de Sa Conca and which you can visit by the very beautiful road round S’Agaró.
Playa de Aro Rocks
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Playa de Aro photos: cordobelillo, acidirk, abisinia00, Roberto Cobo, angel.