Originally Llançà was divided between the original tenth-century settlement — built inland as a defense against pirates — and the harbor of Llançà.
However, the tourist boom brought lots of urban growth, and the village and harbor soon joined together to create one resort.
By all accounts this is still a relatively quiet town when compared with larger destinations such as Lloret de Mar or Playa D’Aro.
Yet during the summer months both the interior village, Llançà Vila, and the Puerto de Llançà are home to countless foreigners.
As with so many seaside resorts along the Costa Brava, Llançà originated as a fishing village.
The port area is flanked by Passeig Marítim — a modern boulevard that stretches along the beach, Platja del Port — and Carrer Castellar, where you’ll find many shops and restaurants.
The small Vila is centered around the Plaza Mayor, which is shaded by a huge plane tree — named, as in Colera, Arbre de Libertat (Tree of Liberty). The tree was planted in 1870 to commemorate freedom from the French.
The Beaches of Llançà
The coastline between Llançà and El Port de la Selva, a little further north, is not as rugged as in other places along the Costa Brava — but it is irregular and varied enough to awe tourists and locals alike with the same natural beauty that has drawn visitors for decades.
Llançà itself is blessed with an excellent range of small and quiet beaches and coves.
Facts about Llançà
• Almost 5,000 people live yearround in the village of Llançà, which covers 28.625 km²