The old center of Calonge is well worth a visit. There is a medieval castel there, and an old church, known as St. Martí. Located near the mountains of Gaverres, the bigger Calonge area stretches out far down to the sea. Unfortunately, sea-side Gavarres, also known as Sant Antoni, is covered in the sinfully ugly buildings that come with tourists.
Those preferring silence and tradition will more likely want to go see the old towers and walls in the Old Town. A few kilometers away from the sea, the town is silent and laid-back in the morning. A long time ago, pirates were posing a considerable threat to the more honest inhabitants of the Costa Brava. Thus, the locals had to built strong walls and towers in order to keep their cities save.
The castle of Calonge, first mentioned in 1019, is very impressive. Today, it has long since been restored to its former beauty and can be visited by locals and tourists alike. The atrium was built in the 13th century and is surrounded by smaller towers and lovely crenellations.
Due to its special acoustics it has been used for the Calonge Music Festival and other cultural events and concerts ever since 1967. The town itself is riddled by interesting buildings dating back to the 16th, 17th anmd 18th century.
The range of properties in Calonge
The range of properties in Calonge is wide going from restored town houses to country houses in the close and far surroundings to beautiful holiday houses and villas with sea view. Estate agents have furthermore apartments in the touristic regions close to the beach with sea view in offer. For those who prefer it a little more quiet are many properties at the hillsides near Calonge from where one can enjoy a fantastic view over sea and mountains and private sphere in the garden or on the pool terrace in summertime.
The locals are really friendly and cordial. They are enthusiastic about their city and eager to show us around, pointing out highlights as we go along. For example, they immediately agree to get us the keys to the old church. While the keys are being sorted out, we sit down outside of one of the small coffee shops opposite the Ajuntament and watch the town’s hustle and bustle.
An old lady is selling vegetables fresh from her own garden. At her stall, a bunch of ladies is exchanging the newest gossip of the neighborhood, enjoying the shadow while it lasts.