L'Escala makes an excellent base for discovering the mostly unspoiled northern Costa Brava, with its beautiful beaches, art, historic monuments, nature parks and one of Spain's most important wild bird reserves which is situated just a few kilometers north of town. The town is renowned for its anchovies and the ancient ruins of Empuries and plays host to several festivals throughout the year. The area also boasts a wealth of facilities for sports enthusiasts. There are several golf courses in the area including the excellent Emporda 27-hole course. Cycling is very popular here as the area around L’Escala is flat, and the Pyrenees provide the inclines for the more serious riders. Tennis, walking, horse riding, go–carting, fishing and other water sports such as kayaking, sailing and snorkeling are popular and there are several scuba diving centers. For water sports enthusiasts excellent beaches to the north of L'Escala in the Bay of Roses is a paradise for sailing and windsurfing. These quiet beaches, of superb fine sand that extends for miles, are ideal for sun bathing. The few rocky parts that exist have an abundance of fish and other marine life and make great sites for snorkeling.