Few Spanish provinces can pack in so much striking mountain scenery, pretty beaches and coves, wonderful countryside and interesting cities close by like the Costa Brava does.
Holidays in the Costa Brava
Just over a two-hour flight from the UK, the beautiful coastline belonging to Spain’s Costa Brava is within easy reach for holidaymakers seeking a memorable experience.
With around 600,000 people calling the Costa Brava home and more than five million tourists visiting every year, the region’s popularity shows no signs of abating. With speedy access between the collection of pretty whitewashed coastal towns, revered for their traditional architecture and clear waters, families, couples, hikers and honeymooners can all seek solace in this versatile destination.
Scuba dive around the Medes Islands, obtain unbeatable coastal views from the hilltop town of Begur or enjoy fun-filled family days go-karting or water sliding in the thriving hub that is Lloret de Mar.
Alternatively, catch a panoramic train ride into the fascinating nearby cities of Barcelona or Girona, peruse fashionable boutiques in Platja d’Aro or explore the ancient Greek/Roman ruins belonging to the municipality of L’Escala. With so many diverse experiences available in the Costa Brava, it really is a destination suiting all tastes.
With so much to see and do on the Costa Brava, we haven’t even mentioned the tremendous Mediterranean climate this region of Spain enjoys. Summers are hot with average temperatures of 21-24°C between June and August while winters are mild.
Perfect conditions to take a dip in one of the Costa Brava’s many picturesque coves, average sea temperatures range between 21-26°C from June to August while average winter sea temperatures of 13-16°C ensure paddling is a year-round activity here.
Given the Costa Brava is situated close to the Pyrenees mountain range, the region isn’t totally free from raindrops. Nevertheless, on average, no single month receives more than 12 days of rainfall, ensuring holidaymakers can catch a tan while roaming around countless points of interest.
Things to do on holiday in the Costa Brava
Given the sheer amount of memorable day trips attainable on the Costa Brava, it would be near on impossible to list them all in this article! However, here are some of our favourite highlights.
Given the Costa Brava is sited within the Catalan province of Girona, this region of Spain is renowned for its own signature cuisine. While each town that makes up the Costa Brava features its own pizzerias, snack bars and convenience options, trying some local fare is a great way to step out of your comfort zone.
Like most destinations, dining options range from small-scale cafes to five-star eateries but you’ll find that dining out is relatively inexpensive while much of the gastronomy here surrounds fine meats and seafood.
For starters, why not try cheese bread with anchovies ahead of enjoying Romseco de Peix (fish stew with peppers) as your main dish? Meat-eaters will also love some of the tapas options available that include butifarra (uncured spiced sausage) and embutidos (platter of cured meats, typically pork and ham).
The Costa Brava boasts an abundance of beautiful beaches, not simply for lounging on but also to enjoy water sports, a sunset stroll with a loved one or quite simply, an appreciation of the stunning rugged cliffs this region is famed for.
The wide sandy beaches belonging to the town of Calonge are well suited for families. Offering the archetypal Spanish beach holiday experience, a costal promenade allows kids to walk, skate or cycle while coastal protection here has created sheltered bays with warmer waters to paddle in.
For picture postcard memories, stop by Sa Caleta cove which sits close to the popular resort of Lloret de Mar. This stretch of sand is by no means the biggest but it doesn’t need to be with an idyllic turreted castle sitting above a rocky protrusion that proudly overlooks the beach.
For complete and utter seclusion, stop by Cala del Pi which is a tiny cove situated in Platja d’Aro. The water here truly is crystal clear while forested rocky cliffs yield a real feeling of detachment from the rest of the resort.
With so many different sites of cultural significance scattered throughout the Costa Brava, knowing where to begin can prove difficult. But why not start by tracing the roots of an artistic icon?
North of Girona lay Figueres, trodden each and every year by those enraptured by the work of Salvador Dali. The town boasts The Dali Museum, one of Spain’s most popular galleries, which is a truly mesmerising experience. Housed inside a scarlet building with large eggs lining the rooftop, the museum is bold and breath-taking.
The Costa Brava also features several landmarks that harp back to the region’s Greek and Romanic past. The archaeological site at Empúries allows visitors to step back in time while appreciating tangible evidence of Romans stamping their influence on Iberia.
Another gem of the Costa Brava is the pretty vila vella (old town) belonging to Tossa de Mar, not to mention a grand medieval castle that overlooks Playa Grande, or Big Beach as its nicknamed. With several panoramic coastal walks in the vicinity, it’s certainly among one of the most stunning towns in the region.
Further highlighting the Costa Brava’s versatility as a popular destination, there is also a variety of nightlife obtainable in this region of Spain.
Lloret de Mar is the nightlife capital of the Costa Brava and the place to be for international party crowds during peak season. The lively town welcomes a revered list of DJs from around the globe with several nightclubs staying open late along Avinguda Just Marles I Vilarrodona in town.
One of the biggest settlements on the Costa Brava coast, Lloret de Mar houses an entire plethora of cocktail bars, tabernas (Spanish tavern or bar), British-themed pubs, discos and cabaret bars to keep couples, honeymooners and families entertained come sunset.
For altogether calmer evenings beside the sea, the towns of Cadaqués and Begur are more off the beaten track and house enough tapas bars and coastal cafes to enjoy a peaceful night cap or bite to eat among friends and family.
The Costa Brava’s rugged coastline is its biggest asset so appreciating it from high vantage points is a must during your visit.
Some of the region’s most stunning geography can be found at Cap de Creus, a rocky peninsula that contemporarily functions as a Natural Park. Stare out across the vast unspoilt landscape belonging to the Saverdera Valley from Mas Ventós.
For something slightly more urban, Castillo de Tossa de Mar (the castle of Tossa de Mar) is easily negotiable by foot with the paths around this imposing fortress overlooking Playa Grande on one side and the Mediterranean on the other.
For mountain scenery, whitewashed buildings and a pretty harbour all in one go, words cannot quite do El Mirador dels Tres Canons justice. A viewpoint scaling 40 metres high, this Port de la Selva-based lookout is a joy to behold with the domineering La Verdera mountains rising high above the tiny boats and yachts that sit in the foreground.
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