Costa Brava Guide: Travel and Live in Spain Series

Ah, the beautiful Costa Brava in Spain. For decades, it has attracted international holiday travellers and expats looking to live in Spain. There is much to boast about, from whitewash pueblo villages to long stretches of sandy beaches, and a gorgeous weather climate. The Costa Brava offers a delightful selection of golfing, sailing, nature, sporty, gastronomy scenes and does exceptionally well at accommodating everyone from young to old. So, whether you want to travel around the Costa Brava or make this region of Spain your home from home, here are essential things to know.

About the Costa Brava in Spain

1: Where is Costa Brava?

The Costa Brava belongs to Spain’s Catalonia region in the northeast, stretching from France‘s Border to Blanes, 37 miles from famous Barcelona. Costa means Coast, and Brava means rugged, which refers to the long stretch of coastline the Costa Brava occupies. Travellers and residents also enjoy fantastic Mediterranean Sea views. Ideally, Spain’s Costa Brava is strategically placed for travellers from all over the world to get there quickly.


2: Which Airport for the Costa Brava?

Use Girona airport to get to the Costa Brava, or fly into Barcelona and use buses to Palafrugell, which takes 3 hours. Average flight time from the UK to Costa Brava in Spain is 2 hours.

3: What is the Costa Brava of Spain Famous For?

  • Girona Cathedral was a filming spot for Games of Throne’s 6th season.
  • Famous artist Salvador Dalí was born on the Costa Brava
  • Festivals like the annual Festa Major d’Estiu in June feature traditional Sardana dance shows, fireworks, music performances, and games.
  • Costa Brava Emporda wine region covers 2,000 hectares
  • The Costa Brava offers golfers numerous world glass golfing courses
  • Empuries ancient ruins stretching back 2,500 years.
  • La Santa night-time summer market.
  • The Peralada music and dance festival in Costa Brava
  • Cap Roig music festival

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4: Best Nightlife Spot

To party till dawn while in the Costa Brava, head to Lloret de Mar quarter in Girona. Known as Costa Brava’s party capital, over 100 pubs and nightclubs open their doors until early. Lloret de Mar quietens down from November to April outside of the primary tourism season but is vibrant from May to October. For booming nightclubs, head for the district nicknamed Party Town.

5: Tasting Traditional Catalonia Food

Residents and travellers enjoy a wide variety of food in restaurants throughout the Costa Brava; however, everyone should sample regional cuisine to know this Costa. Roman, Italian, French, and Greek-influenced regional dishes often called a fusion between mountain and sea. Then, of course, indulge in staple favourites of Spain like Panella and Tapas.

Still, other must-eat dishes of the Costa Brava include Charcuterie cured meats, fulet dry-cured sausage, pork lardons, aioli (a mixture of garlic and olive oil,) pan con tomato, Escalivada with fish, Calcot’s onions, Botifarra sausage, and fried anchovies. Finally, visit the Girona food market to get a good idea of local ingredients used in traditional Catalonia cuisine.

seaside village of Spain

6:  Costa Brava Things to Do

  • Sea kayaking from Cadaques to Cap de Creus national park
  • Canyoning and aqua trekking
  • The 583 kilometres GR92 hiking route
  • Hot air ballooning in La Garrotxa natural park
  • Hiking trails via various group tours
  • Scuba diving or snorkelling in Islas Medes Marine reserve
  • Explore Girona old city part dating back 2000 years
  • Visit Savador Dali Museum in Figueres
  • Visit Cap Roig Botanical Gardens
  • Go wine tasting in Emporda

7: Best Beaches of the Costa Brava

  • Platja de Treumal in Pinya de Rosa.
  • Platja de Santa Cristina sitting a short distance from Treumla beach.
  • Sant Pol on the outskirts of Sant Feliu de Guixols
  • Cala Rovira
  • Platja de Castell
  • Platja Del Canadell
  • Es Codolar
  • L’Illa Roja

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8: Famous Costa Brava Places to Visit

Girona: Sitting a 2-hour drive from Barcelona, Girona boasts of a colourful history that includes the French and Romans. Girona old city part is the most famous attractions thanks to the cathedral, but also see old Jewish quarters, and explore the medieval walls. Book your hotel as possible, because you will want to spend all your time there.

Cadaques: You can’t get any quainter than Cadaques village. A collection of whitewashed houses and scenic coves makes this a pretty tourist destination of the Costa Brava. This Spanish town is also home to Cap de Creus national park and a great place to try traditional fish dishes of the Costa Brava.

Pals: Perched on a hilltop and built around a fortress, Pal maintains a medieval look and even gained status as a site of historical interest. Locals love their food festivals, and surrounding landscapes provide perfect picture postcard scenes. This Costa Bravo town makes for a lovely day trip or road tour.

Discover Tossa de Mar: This popular town of Spain combines Mediterranean charm with medieval history to make it a must-do for your bucket list. As well as offering up stunning views, the Catalan language, cobblestoned streets promote fantastic restaurants serving Spanish cuisine. Also, visit Playja Gran main beach and take a dip in the calm sea waters.

Calella de Palafrugell: Sittingin the Bajo Ampurdian region is likewise a family-friendly town of whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets. The harbour area is also a Spanish cultural heritage site of national importance. For a day activity, visit Cap Roig castle and botanical gardens, and keep an eye out for yearly festivals.

Coastal Blanes: As one of Costa Brava’s most famous towns, Blanes offers an exciting experience that visitors would expect from an authentic Spanish village. Take a beachfront stroll along the coast after sunning on the gorgeous beach to enjoy afternoon drinks and snacks. Also, explore the old and enjoy the original fishing village ambience Blanes still maintains.

Roses Resort: Surrounded by fantastic beaches, Roses is another Costa Brava town with a vibrant history. The 11th century La Ciuidadel military fortress is the top attraction. Additionally, time your visit to see small concerts in the Citadel Roses, part of the Sons del Mon festival.

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