Romantic beach coves, a restaurant-dotted stretch of coast, culture that spans centuries, warm year-round temperatures and a regular schedule of seasonal festivals – the reasons to visit Costa Brava are endless. This beach resort is definitely one of the most attractive in Catalonia and the surrounding protected Illes Medes is a magnet for divers. Known as the "rugged coast", Costa Brava tourism will make you feel comfortable, while the natural landscape will give you the feeling of being a million miles away from home. Located nearby is the Province of Girona, where you will find the Castle of Púbol and a bewitching medieval centre.
If you like the hustle and bustle of the city, check out Girona during your holiday to Costa Brava. The River Onyar floats alongside Girona, which is known for its Medieval past and Roman ruins. A fine example of Medieval architecture is Força Vella fortress, as is the imposing Sant Pere de Rodes monastery. Head to the Old Quarter to walk past ancient walls and if you're craving nature, admire the landscaped gardens of Passeig Arqueològic. Esglesia de Sant Feliu and La Devesa Park are two other sights worth adding to your travel itinerary.
In the middle of the Costa Brava is the municipality of Castell-Platja d'Aro. The ancient town was constructed around an ancient fortress and castle - two focal points. Believed to have been inhabited as far back as the Neolithic era, Castell-Platja d'Aro is a major tourist resort with a beach that spans two kilometres. Family fun can be enjoyed at Parc Aquàtic Aquadiver or alternatively, you can discover a handful of small beaches if you stroll along the Camí de Ronda footpath for a while.
Torroella de Montgrí
You’ll be presented with a wide range of things to do in Torroella de Montgrí, which is a coastal municipality with a small town atmosphere. Drenched in natural beauty, the town is positioned on the Ter river's north bank. Hikers absolutely adore the wild setting, which hasn’t yet experienced a tourism boom quite like Costa Brava. Montgrí Massif is part of the Catalan Coastal Range and its highest point reaches 311 metres. A modern art museum called Museo Palau Solterra can be found in Torroella de Montgrí 's centre.
Exploring Costa Brava...
Dali Theatre and Museum
Salvador Dalí once lived in Figueras and in honour of his quirky life, the Dali Theatre and Museum was founded in 1974. Open to members of the public from 9:00 am-6:00 pm throughout the week, the museum hosts events and exhibitions on a regular basis. Numerous activities are available to art enthusiasts, including guided tours and audio-visual presentations. Stand near the stage and feel the presence of Dali, whose remains are buried in a crypt there!
Church of Sant Roma
This catholic church is a very important piece of the landscape and culture. Designed by Spanish architect Bonaventura Conill i Montobbio, the Church of Sant Roma is visited by photographers from around the world who are keen to get the ultimate shot of this striking architectural wonder. Set among a village backdrop, the parish church is located in the heart of Lloret de Mar. The journey might take an hour from Costa Brava, but it will certainly be worth it. Dating back to the 16th-century, the church is just as impressive inside as it is on the outside.
Lake of Banyoles
Make your way to the "Pla de l'Estany" district to find the Lake of Banyoles. This natural lake is a highlight of northeast Catalonia. Abundant with flora and fauna, it attracts nature lovers year-round. Eel, black bass, carpi, tench, and sunfish are a few examples of the fish species that glide through the lake's waters, offering something for nature fans. Such an ideal setting is the Lake of Banyoles that it was chosen for the Barcelona rowing Olympics in 1992.
Costa Brava Beaches
The Spanish coastline could be described as ruggedly beautiful because most beaches are long and wide, with a mountainous backdrop or flourishing jungle landscape. Look out onto the bay of Roses from Costa Brava’s widest beach, Empuriabrava. Alternatively, experience a slower pace of life at Tamariu beach. You can rent a kayak on this beach, much like you can at El Canadell. Step into a fairytale-like setting at Sa Caleta, which is a small cove that is concealed by a cliff-mounted castle. Cap de Creus, El Port de la Selva, and Cala Rovira are just three more examples of beaches with golden sands and azure waters.
Costa Brava Cuisine
The cuisine of Costa Brava is strictly Catalan, although you will find some Western and European delicacies being dished up at various dining establishments. Do take the opportunity to try the local specialities, with baked scallops and paella being two examples of popular Spanish specialities. Enjoy your food with a glass of Cava, a favourite tipple of the area.
Costa Brava Restaurants
Friendly service comes as standard at the majority of restaurants around Costa Brava. Reserve a table at Candelaria, Compartir, Can Sophia, or Massana for traditional treats. Alternatively, start the evening with some social drinks at Nykteri’s Cocktail Bar or Voramar Beach Bar, before venturing to L'Escale A Huitres for the main course of Smoky Spanish Albondigas Soup. For cheap eats, the options are plentiful. Pizzeria Eric, La Parrilla and Bar Informal each boast a relaxed setting, various food choices, and low prices.
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