Spain’s Costa Brava is beaches and mountains – read the tips!

Costa Brava is the most northeastern corner of Spain

The Costa Brava coast stretches along the Catalan coast in northeastern Spain from the city of Blanes all the way to the French border.

Here, the tourist can enjoy not only wonderful beaches but also natural attractions, Salvador Dalin of art and the historic city of Girona. It is easy to get to know the region by flying to Barcelona or Girona and continuing the journey with a rental car.

Here are the best bits of Costa Brava – pick up Travel Tips and plan your own vacation!

1. The wonderful beaches of the Costa Brava

The most famous resorts on the Costa Brava are Blanes, Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar. The coast is colored by almost 200 different smaller and larger beaches, so everyone can easily find their favorite.

There is everything from sandy beaches to jagged rocks and cliffs. In addition to family beaches, Costa Brava also has several options for naturists and nudists.

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The wonderful beach towns of the Costa Brava offer a lot to do in addition to the traditional beach lounging.

During your vacation, you should visit several beaches, and not stay only at the beach near the hotel or in the city where you are staying. Most of the beaches have excellent services, and many of the Costa Brava beaches have also received the Blue Flag recognition for clean beach waters.

In addition to traditional sandy beaches, you can also spend a beach day in quiet coves or small beaches surrounded by rocks or vegetation. These beaches are often only accessible by water, which guarantees your own peace.

2. City day in cozy Girona

Girona is an old Roman city, where influences from Moorish rule and old Jewish culture are also visible. The baroque cathedral and the medieval old town are among the attractions of Girona. Spain’s only film museum can also be found here.

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The view of the city and its surroundings opens up from Girona Cathedral.

Beach vacationers should reserve at least one day of their trip to explore Girona, which is located inland – at the same time, it’s easy to get snacks from the city’s rich selection.

3. Illes Medes is a favorite among divers

The small islands of Illes Medes located off L’Estartit are favorites of divers on the Costa Brava. The islands and their surroundings have been a nature reserve since 1985.

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During the trip, you should also get to know the cultural sites and the region’s own food culture.

Eels, rays and many colorful marine life thrive here and the exciting underwater rock formations and tunnels make Illes Medes a fascinating diving destination.

4. Catalan cuisine is full of delicacies

Fresh ingredients and bold flavors are the basis of Catalan cuisine. You can eat surprisingly well in the tourist streets of Costa Brava’s resorts, but you can enjoy yourself even better by taking a little effort to find a place. Step aside from the busiest streets and ask the locals for restaurant tips!

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The dark color of octopus paella may seem exotic, but the taste is to the liking of shellfish lovers.

Paella is called this rice in the casserole this Catalan style rice. Try it arrós negreä i.e. octopus paella or if you prefer to eat meat, try pork sausage with white beans. Of course, it is enjoyed as dessert catalan cream.

5. Dalí’s birthplace and own castle

One of the most famous artists in the world Salvador Dali is from the Catalan city of Figueres. Vacationers on the Costa Brava can easily combine a bit of culture with a sun vacation.

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A museum dedicated to Salvador Dalí in his hometown is full of the artist’s works.

There are three interesting sites related to Dalí’s life in the region: the Dalí Museum in Figueres, the artist’s museum home in Portlligat and the Gala-Dali Castle in Púbol. The most recent of these is Salvador Dali’s to his spouse Galalle bought a castle where visitors can now admire not only the art collection but also Gala’s wonderful haute couture outfits and Dali’s Cadillac. The couple is buried in the castle’s crypt.

6. An unforgettable wine route on the Costa Brava

The most important wine destination on the Costa Brava is the Empordà region, whose history dates back more than two thousand years to the time of the Roman Empire. Along the Empordà wine route, you can learn about the production and history of red, white and rose wine.

There are plenty of small wineries in the area, which welcome visitors to taste wines and tour the farm. You can also stay overnight at some of the wineries, and the restaurants in the area naturally invest not only in delicious food and excellent wines, but also in their compatibility.

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The landscape filled with wine farms is typical of the Costa Brava.

Those who long for special wine experiences can get to know Empordà’s wine events or relax in wine treatments that cover grapes or treatments that use wine for the body and face. Treatments are available, for example, at the Peralada Wine Spa & Golf Hotel.

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7. Experience diverse nature

The nature of the Costa Brava offers much more than beach experiences. The geographic location of the area guarantees that, in addition to seascapes, travelers also get to see mountains and valleys as well as green meadows and forests. The Pyrenees of Girona attract visitors to the mountain scenery, but there is also something to see elsewhere.

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The landscape of the La Garrotxa Natural Park brings a change to the beaches and small towns.

There are almost ten nature parks in the Costa Brava area, including the volcanic area of ​​the Garrotxa area, the Montseny nature park and the nature park located around the Cap de Creus peninsula landscapes. You can get the most out of the seascapes with the help of an excellent network of hiking trails – the routes around the Costa Brava coast take hikers to the cliffs and secret coves.

Outdoor enthusiasts also appreciate the area’s small waterfalls, several Botanical gardens and ancient volcanoes. In addition to the sea, you can see coastal landscapes by rivers and lakes.

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Text: Riikka Krenn and Inka Khanji
Images: Istockphoto and Shutterstock


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