How to get there
The lowest round-trip air fare from Boston to Barcelona at press time was $476 on Air Italia. From Barcelona, it's possible to visit Girona and the Costa Brava without renting a car. The Ca2 train from Barcelona to Girona departs every hour, and takes slightly more than an hour. Buses run from Girona to Calella de Palafrugell. Cars can be rented at the train station in Girona. A Spain Flexipass costs $175 for second class and $225 for first class for three days of travel in two months. Rail and Drive versions are also available. Rail passes must be bought in the United States before traveling to Europe. (Rail Europe: 888-382-7245, www.raileurope.com).
Where to stay
Plaza Miquel Santalo
Comfortable accommodations in a contemporary hotel that cradles an open plaza. Ninety spacious soundproofed rooms. It's a brief walk to the old part of town. Doubles about $140-$195. Breakfast buffet, $12.
Del Nero, 3
On the path between Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell. Twenty-five rooms in a two-star hotel with 10-star views. Closed January-March. Doubles about $65-$180.
Passeig Cipsela, 16
A simple hotel in the heart of this seaside town. Former hangout of Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Xavier Cugat, and other 1960s luminaries. Doubles about $85-$270.
Where to eat
Plaza Independencia, 10 Girona
Contemporary menu with a Catalan spin. Salads, grilled and roasted fish, pork with prawns, and duck with pears and cloves. $7.50-$16.
Voltes, 11 Calella de Palafrugell
Tasty tapas served beneath multicolored umbrellas by the sea. Croquettas, patatas ali oli, grilled sardines, calamari, tortilla Espanola, and more. $4-$12.
What to do
Museum of the History of the Jews
8, Forca Street 17004
Permanent exhibitions about the Jews in Catalonia, a collection of tombstones from Medieval times, plus a schedule of activities including music, theater, and dance.