This is probably one of the most beatyful coast lines in Spain. La Escala is situated close to the frensh border and is hidden behind cliffs and heavy tides that can wash every thing a way in seconds. But because of the rough scenary makes it even more fantastic to experience that a normal sand beach area at the nearby Costa Dorada coast. It is said that it is the area where fishermens drowns mostly because the tides and waves are huge. It is also the area that Salvador Dali, the great Surrealistic painter had most of his inspiration to his famous pictures of the elephants/ swan lake picture.
Do not miss the old greek/ Roman village open air museum. Archeologists are still finding new evidenceof the greatness from that period. You will see parts of water tanks and other village parts.
The area is also famous for there anchoves but I find them too salty.
When staying in the city take the 36 km drive to the big city Figuires, which hosts the Salvador Dali Museum. Even kids find the museum exiting because there is something to see every where you look.