Sant Antoni de Calonge

​Sant Antoni de Calonge. Photo by Timo Tervo.

Although there are some buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, the majority of construction in Sant Antoni de Calonge dates from the 20th century.

Originally a fishing village populated from the medieval town of Calonge following a decline in piracy on the Costa Brava, today the town is a busy tourist destination with a long beach in the Bay of Palamós. The beach is a couple of kilometres long with a number of T-shaped breakwaters along its length. They were built to prevent sand erosion, partially caused by the development of the port at Palamós.

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Along the beach front you’ll find restaurants and bars but the seafront has too many ugly apartment blocks to have a real sense of the character of the Costa Brava. With some sensitive development Sant Antoni de Calonge would be quite different, but instead the town is a good example of what happens when development is allowed to go ahead unchecked.