Holidays in Costa Brava

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Costa Brava Overview

Visiting The Costa Brava

Welcome to the Costa Brava, where you can set the pace of life. Wind down into the warm sand of a deserted beach, wander through meadows and whitewashed villages, or get your heart pumping on a mountain bike or the dizzy heights of the Kamikaze waterslide.

Feel The Costa Brava

Feel the sun on your back as you explore the coastline or cool down in a shady café, cathedral or gallery.  Breathe in the smells of pine trees, salt sea water, garlic and spices.  Step back and take in the panorama or lean in and take a closer look at the craftsmanship.

Explore The Costa Brava

Take a deep breath and jump right in!   Hit the beach – there are nearly 2,000 to choose from.  Be one with nature in the unspoiled countryside and spectacular botanical gardens.   Immerse yourself in history, culture, music and art.  Enjoy some local dishes washed down with a very decent local wine.  Then, if you still have the energy, head downtown to dance the night away.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

Spain’s Wild Coast offers you everything from endless beaches and picturesque ports to some of the world’s most beautiful cities:

Girona
While many come here for the excellent shopping, it is down the meandering, cobbled streets of the old quarter that you will find this walled city’s true charm. Don’t miss the city’s Arab Baths and the lovely Church of St Pere de Galligants.

Barcelona
One of the world’s most cultured cities, Barcelona offers you a host of splendid places to visit, including the spectacular City Museum, Centre of Contemporary Culture, and Antoni Gaudi’s many creations, including the Sagrada Familia temple.

Calonge Castle
Built in the 11th century, this elegant castle has been lovingly restored to its former glory and now serves as a town hall and concert venue. One of the finest castles of its type in Spain, it is well worth visiting.

Museum of the Volcanoes
Here you can not only discover the secrets of the region’s volcanic past through an informative exhibition, you can also enjoy a stroll through the ten-acre grounds of this beautiful botanical park.

Castellfollit de la Roca
This pretty, medieval village enjoys a quite unique location atop a towering basalt rock formation. The views are quite superb from here, but it is the village’s narrow streets and homes made from volcanic rock that really delight.

Cap de Creus Natural Park
This rugged peninsula to the north of the Costa Brava enjoys protected status thanks to its striking geography. It is a place of stark cliffs and hidden bays, with many striking rock formations said to resemble wild animals.

Marimurta Botanical Garden
Perhaps the finest botanical gardens in Europe, Marimurta offers more than 4,000 botanical species in a series of carefully created landscapes, together with lookout points revealing spectacular coastal views.

Tossa de Mar
The only remaining example of a fortified medieval town on the entire Catalan coast, Tossa has a lovely old town area, together with spectacular city walls joined together by the impressive Codolar, Las Horas and Joanas towers.

Great for younger kids

Magic Park
Children of all ages are welcome here, though younger ones especially will appreciate the rich variety of things to do here, including artificial ice skating, trampolining, a children’s assault course, mini boats and much more.

Aquadiver Water Park
This spectacular water park has plenty for the whole family to enjoy, including a number of rides and slides. However, families with young children are very well catered for, thanks to areas such as Llac Infantil and Kiddie Island.

Great for older kids

Can Garriga Paintball
Around 5km from Tossa de Mar, Can Garriga offers a highly professional setup, with two different game fields, instructors, and referees for every two-hour match. You can also book quad bike excursions here.

Waterworld
This spectacular water park has plenty for the whole family to enjoy, though teens will be particularly thrilled by rides such as the Kamikaze, X-Treme Mountain, Storm and Water Rapid.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Mountain Biking/Cycling
The rugged terrain of the Costa Brava makes it ideal for mountain-biking and you will find ‘BTT’ centres with more than 100km of marked trails here. You’ll also find ‘greenways’ built on disused railways lines for gentler cycling.

Walking and Hiking
Many of Europe’s Grand Randonée (GR) routes pass through the Costa Brava, while you will also find many shorter Coast Paths all along the coastline, allowing you to discover a wealth of hidden bays and beaches as you walk.

Golf
There are ten fine golf courses in the Costa Brava area, including the excellent Golf Platja and Golf Serres in Pals, and the magnificent PGA course Golf del Catalunya at Caldes de Malavella.

Watersports
With the warm waters of the Mediterranean at your disposal, you are also spoiled for choice when it comes to watersports here. The coast is simply dotted with centres for sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing and kayaking.

Unmissable events on the Costa Brava

Les Enramades Festival, Arbucies
For 10 days in June every year, competitors create artistic carpets of flowers around the streets of Arbucies, making for an unusual and very charming visitor attraction.

International Music Festival of Perlada Castle
Throughout July and August you can enjoy a host of opera and classical music events in the lovely grounds of this quite beautiful castle.

Festival International de la Porta Ferrada
Held from late July until late August, this eclectic festival, which has been running for more than 50 years, offers up a varied programme of music, theatre and dance in its auditorium and monastery.

Costa Brava International Fireworks Competition
For a week in July every year, the sky above Blanes is a sea of light and colour, as the world’s greatest exponents of the firework maker’s art meet to do battle on the Costa Brava.

Places to visit - Eating out

With seafood predominating, the Costa Brava still has a cuisine that is quite unlike those of the other Costas:

  • Fish Suquet – signature dish of the entire coast, fish suquet blends scorpion fish and monkfish with potatoes and garlic mayonnaise to make an elegant fish stew.
  • Black Rice – A rice dish containing cuttlefish and cuttlefish ink, often served with Gambas or local clams.
  • Trinxat – A hearty dish consisting of belly pork served on top of a large patty of potato and cabbage.
  • Wine – One of Spain’s smaller wine-producing regions, the Costa Brava’s bodegas offer several good wines including the popular Carinena and Granacha Tinta.

Campsites in region

Castell Montgri, Estartit, Costa Brava
Castell Montgri | Estartit

The Costa Brava doesn’t just have fabulous beaches. If your family gets their kicks from spectacular scenery, excellent year-round entertainment and fabulous facilities, say hello to Estartit.

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El Delfin Verde, Torroella de Montgri, Costa Brava
El Delfin Verde | Torroella de Montgri

Have you ever seen a green dolphin? Come along to El Delfin Verde and you’ll soon discover that when we say Green Dolphin, we’re talking about a large parc nestling alongside a magnificent beach that stretches for miles on the Costa Brava.

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Cypsela, Playa De Pals, Costa Brava
Cypsela Resort | Playa De Pals

Fancy a little privacy on your next holiday? How about putting the rest of the world on the back burner and settling into the deluxe Cypsela parc, one of Spain’s finest.

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Internacional de Calonge, Playa d'Aro, Costa Brava
Internacional de Calonge | Playa d'Aro

How do you fancy holidaying just 200 metres from a stretch of coast on the Costa Brava that has earned the European Pavillon Bleu Award, and not far from the lively resort of Platja d’Aro?

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Cala Gogo, Playa d'Aro, Costa Brava
Cala Gogo | Playa d'Aro

Imagine your arrival at stunning Cala Gogo. As you look around, you take in the spectacular views of pine forest-covered hills on one side and the clear waters of the Med on the other.

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Camping Tucan, Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava
Camping Tucan | Lloret de Mar

How do you fancy staying within easy reach of Barcelona and some of the Costa Brava’s best beaches? Then there’s a good chance that Camping Tucan in Lloret de Mar is the one for you.

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Apartments in region

Bonmont Pool
Bonmont | Bonmont

Fancy your chance on a championship golf course? Here’s your opportunity. The Bonmont Championship golf course, one of Spain's best, is within swinging distance of this apartment complex.

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Pueblo El Dorado Playa Pool
Pueblo El Dorado Playa | Cambrils

Rightly earning a reputation as a gastronomic capital, Cambrils is a typical Mediterranean village with a long-standing fishing tradition.

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Location reviews

Costa Brava reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
8.6
Scores 8.6 out of 10 based on 281 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10

Paul

warrington
an exelent region .estartit perfect area for touring costa bravan lorret and tossa de mar only an hrs drive away
Confirmed stay: 22 September 2013
8 out of 10

Lorna

Long Melford, Sudbury
Great holiday for families and young couples. If you want a quite non commercial get away this is not the place to go.
Confirmed stay: 17 September 2013
3 out of 10

Mark

Cambridge
Little the beach was unappealable resort unwelcoming. The pool was the only nice feature and a visit to marineland
Confirmed stay: 16 September 2013
9 out of 10

Gary

monmouthshire
clean great beaches friendly people
Confirmed stay: 16 September 2013
6 out of 10

Alison

Cardiff
The beaches are lovely and seemingly safe for children.
Confirmed stay: 16 September 2013
10 out of 10

Steven

brixworth
stunning area,there is nothing else to say about this area,great beaches and people,plenty to see and do.
Confirmed stay: 16 September 2013
8 out of 10

Stuart

Puysserampion, France
Plenty to see and do without British pubs.
Confirmed stay: 15 September 2013
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