Stretching 256km along the rugged north-eastern coast of Spain, Costa Brava boasts an idyllic landscape, comprising of historic villages, crumbling clifftops and unspoilt expanses of golden sand. Home to a selection of some of Spain's finest blue flag beaches, winding coastal paths and charming medieval towns, Costa Brava's warm summer climate has enticed flocks of tourists since the early 1960s when the region established itself as an appealing holiday destination. Whether you wish to bask in the typical Mediterranean climate, explore the rocky clifftops and secluded coves, or delve into its extensive medieval history, Costa Brava truly has something for everyone.
An area of sublime beauty, Costa Brava offers plenty of opportunities to explore a number of differing landscapes, each with their own individual biodiverse significance. Away from the windswept coast, you can find the stunning Lake of Banyoles, Catalonia's largest natural lake, spanning an astonishing 107 hectares; many people choose to explore this stunning area by cycling along the watercourse, or perhaps you could choose to enjoy an alternative perspective, rowing or canoeing upon the Lake's calming waters. Further South, a visit to Lloret De Mar's botanical gardens of Santa Clotilde offers spectacular coastal vistas whilst being set amongst a varied collection of plants which is noticeably characterised by its Italian influence. Whether you'd prefer to explore thriving botanical havens, serene lakes, picturesque villages or pristine beaches, Costa Brava caters for all.
Getting away from some of the most popular tourist resorts, a visit to the charming town of Cadaques offers a glimpse into Costa Brava's history in the form of its cobbled streets and bright white buildings. The remnants of its traditional charm and the relaxed ambience that exudes this picturesque town makes Cadaques an attractive choice.
Costa Brava's Rich History
In modern times, Costa Brava's inviting crystal-clear waters, pristine shoreline and beautiful Mediterranean climate have magnetised tourists to its seaside towns, however, Catalonia's largest region preserves a fascinating past, unveiled within a collection of historical towns and cities. Away from the coast, the understated city of Girona offers a captivating web of ancient architecture, narrow streets and fascinating museums. With a similar atmosphere to that of Barcelona, Girona's cathedral, monasteries and ancient Arabic baths are a magnet for those wishing to be transported to a bygone era.
Food-lovers will enjoy Costa Brava's delicious and traditional cuisine which can be sampled across the entirety of the region. Traditional dishes specifically tend to revolve around fish and shellfish; look out for 'suquet de peix' (fish stew) and 'arroz negre' (fresh prawns served with squid ink flavoured rice) on the menu, for an authentic taste of Costa Brava.
Perfect for families
If you are looking for a family-friendly holiday, look no further than Costa Brava. An endless list of appealing traits entices families to the north-eastern coast of Spain year on year, including the fantastic weather, powder-soft beaches and delectable cuisine. Blanes is just one of the many towns formally described as a 'Family Tourism Destination' for its closely supervised beaches and Kids Clubs which are available during peak summer months.
For thrill-seekers, Lloret De Mar is an excellent choice, boasting Water World - one of Europe's best waterparks, located on its doorstep. From vertical slides, wave pools and Jacuzzis, this park has something for everyone and is open throughout the summer.
It is no surprise that Costa Brava hosts an astonishing array of beaches and coves, with the bustling town of Lloret De Mar offering an idyllic Blue Flag beach, stretching an incredible 1.6km. Lined with restaurants and bars, this is the perfect place to take a stroll upon its soft golden sands whilst exploring this charming former fishing village. Alternatively, cradled at the foot of a spectacular botanical garden, Platja de Treumal's azure waters in Blanes provide a typical taster of the wider coastal region of Costa Brava. Wherever you choose to explore, there is no shortage of breath taking beaches in the beautiful region of Costa Brava.