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Hotel Aiguaclara: What Love Begets in Begur

(Last Updated On: January 24, 2020)

At the Hotel Aiguaclara in Begur on Spain’s Costa Brava, you are a treasured guest who is welcomed with love.

When you come to stay at the Hotel Aiguaclara in Begur, you arrive at the 19th-century house of Bonaventura Caner Bataller. This was a man whose name (“good venture”) foretold a fortune to be made in Cuba and invested here on return.

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Neoclassical villa built by Bonaventura Caner Batella in 1866

In Begur, you are embraced by the loveliness of the Costa Brava, a land between mountains and sea.

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View of Begur and its castle from Hotel Aiguaclara

Here, life is rich with giving and passion. You find the house dressed accordingly: with the romance of habanera and flamenco, in flourishes and flashes.

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Front facade with initials BCB and the year 1866 above the center doorway

In light and dark.

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Eclectic reception decor evokes love, travel and history of the house

With excitement and repose.

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Honor bar for guests – perfect for early coffee or late aperitif

This is the Hotel Aiguaclara, rated best in Begur and the Costa Brava.

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Hotel Aiguaclara bar

When you awaken in the Hotel Aiguaclara Begur, the breeze will blow in from the sea.

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Another world beyond the window

The night’s whispers come in Catalán on the fragrance of jasmine. They are answered in the flutter of a curtain or a soft tap at your door.

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Vintage double door entry

In the stillness of the house, love lies drowsy on a cloud of crisp linens with coverlets of chenille.

Catalán is the language of the Costa Brava. It wafts off the tongue in a silken ribbon of softened consonants. Thoughts and feelings are embellished by curving adjectives, just as the wrought iron tracery of balconies and railings decorates the houses in Begur.

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Through the terrace gate to the house next door

hotel aiguaclaraAiguaclara means “clear water” in Catalán, but this name is a clever play. Clara and her husband Joan left their previous life in Barcelona at the turn of the 21st century. With clarity of vision, they give you a boutique hotel and romantic restaurant “fet amb love” (made with love).

You’ll be enchanted, just as they intend. At Hotel Aiguaclara, love is in every detail.

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Love is in the air

Love comes to you as a gift from the silken hands of Quique, the masseuse who kneads away your tension in a tranquil space downstairs.

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Lower level “chill-out” space

It arrives at your table in the delicate flavors married by Jossef, the Mallorcan genius in Aiguaclara’s kitchen.

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Pastry with apple, morel, cheese and truffle sauce

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Foie terrine

Love comes to you in the evening’s music: Cuban classics sung by Ester and Emilio (with Quique on percussion).

Love beckons as you climb the spiral to your room.

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Stairway at Hotel Aiguaclara

Love is transformative: you imagine yourself the guest of Señor Bataller one hundred and fifty years ago as you close your double doors. The cares of your real world disappear.

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First floor landing

Love remains as the light of the day fades, filtered through frosted flowers.

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Vintage glass on double doors

When you drift to sleep in your room at the Hotel Aiguaclara in Begur, the breeze will blow in from the sea.

Practical Information: Hotel Aiguaclara, Sant Miquel, 2, Begur (Girona), Telephone: (+34) 972 622 905, email:  [email protected]. Ten unique guest rooms, some with private terrace, free Wi-Fi, international TV (English, French, German, Spanish and Dutch). From €70-€190 including breakfast. Begur is 90 minutes from Barcelona El Prat International Airport and 30 minutes from Girona-Costa Brava Airport. Train stations are in Flaçà (20km north) and Caldes de Malavella (40km south). Sarfa bus line serves Begur from Barcelona or Girona.

In early September each year, Begur honors its connection with Cuba by holding the Fira d’Indians, tracing the legacy of those who emigrated in the 19th century and returned, building luxurious houses (castellas) and bringing back cultural influences from the Caribbean. Other summer events include the Begur Festival of Music, craft and handwork fairs, and sardanes folk dances. Begur’s population of around 4,000 increases tenfold during the summer holidays.

We were the guests of Hotel Aiguaclara during our stay. All opinions are our own.

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Vicki Winters

Monday 1st of June 2015

WHAT a gorgeous place. I can't wait to go back to the region...and maybe live there some day:-)

Betsy Wuebker

Tuesday 2nd of June 2015

Hi Vicki - Me, too! This hotel is an amazing world unto itself in one of our favorite towns.

Sue Reddel

Sunday 17th of May 2015

Wow! I'm thinking I need to get to this place NOW. If I'm ever in Costa Brava I will definitely be staying here. You've described it as my ideal hotel. Nicely appointed, relaxing and feels like home. Thanks!

Betsy Wuebker

Monday 18th of May 2015

Hi Sue - It's definitely a must if you're within 100 miles. :)

elaine schoch

Friday 15th of May 2015

I've been wanting to get to Costa Brava. I'll have to make sure to check this place out when we start mapping it out.

Betsy Wuebker

Friday 15th of May 2015

Hi Elaine - Please do, they'll provide a very memorable experience.

Dannielle Lily

Thursday 14th of May 2015

You've really captured the place well! Love all the little details.

Betsy Wuebker

Friday 15th of May 2015

Thanks, Dannielle!


Wednesday 13th of May 2015

Hi Betsy,

The inspiration surely was abundant for you to be so touched -- and it comes through in your most eloquent post. Brava, my friend! Just darn lovely.


Betsy Wuebker

Thursday 14th of May 2015

Hi Josie - Glad you enjoyed it. We're smitten with Catalunya as you are and the Aiguaclara had a lot to do with it. :)

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