sOne of the things I love, and which draws most people to this stretch of the coast, is its laid-back vibe - this really isn’t the place to come if you are after hardcore nightlife.
Apart from in Palafrugell itself, most of the nightlife in Calella or its nearby beach towns tends to focus, as you might expect, on the seafront promenades with café terraces where you can leisurely sip a cremat (the flaming local speciality of warmed dark rum, coffee, cinnamon and sugar), some excellent local wines or a cool beer as you watch the world go by. Cremat is specific to this stretch of the coast and Bar Gelpi (c/Voltes 11) on the seafront at Calau beach nearby, is famous for it.
For good and local live jazz, La Guitarra, on the main road between Calella and Palafrugell itself makes for an atmospheric night out (www.jazzlaguitarra.com).
If you’re desperate to hit the dancefloor or are travelling with teenagers who are, the Disco Menfis in Palafrugell has electronica and house DJs and should fit the bill or Xque (www.xque.com) has long had a reputation for serious house, techno and electronica DJs.
If you happen to be here in early July, the Habaneres festival is one of the highlights of the year here. Thousands flock to the sea-front to hear Cuban sea shanties sang from boats moored off the beach. See When To Go. For more on nightlife on the Costa Brava, see my Costa Brava nightlife page.