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Facts

Inhabitants 664000
Nearest airport Girona, Barcelona
Max. temperature 35 C
Min. temperature 18 C


The Costa Brava 

The Costa Brava is located in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, covering the coastal towns and villages of the beautiful province of Girona in Catalonia.

Many who do not known the region, think only of built up resorts such as Lloret de Mar and Blanes. The truth however, is that the Costa Brava is home to some of the most delightful towns, villages and beaches in Spain.

The Costa Brava has an intricate coastline of over 300 kilometres washed by the Mediterranean Sea, and backed by the high Pyrenean mountains. It is a diverse region of extraordinary natural beauty and has a very deep artistic and historical heritage.


History & Culture
The Costa Brava has for many years attracted the artistic and cultural community; its natural beauty giving inspiration to famous artists such as Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso.

The region is a wealth of architectural, monumental, cultural, artistic and gastronomic treasures. Romantic routes exist which trace the regions culture, heritage, sports and cuisine at a leisurely pace.


Languages
The two official languages are Catalan and Castilian. Most of the indigenous population speaks Catalan regularly, and the entire population understands and speaks perfect Castilian.

Towns and Villages of the Costa Brava

Roses is an essentially Mediterranean town with a notable tourist and seafaring tradition. The town itself dates back to the 8th century BC. It is located in a unique natural environment in the northern area of the Costa Brava, it is less than 30 km from the French border, 65 km from Girona and 160 km from Barcelona.

Once a small fishing town, the seaside resort of Blanes still retains some of its original charm; the resort boasts a four-kilometre stretch of coastline with wide sandy bays and small rocky coves, most of which are well served with water sports and other tourist facilities.


Tossa de Mar is a pretty town with cobbled streets, constructed around a magnificent ancient castle, located in the Spanish region of Catalonia on the Costa Brava. The beautiful mountainous hinterland with lush green valleys, gorges and natural springs creates a stunning backdrop. There is also a bustling beach life in this attractive resort, which appeals to couples and families alike.

Lloret de Mar is situated in the southern part of the Costa Brava, 70 kilometres to the north east of Barcelona. This is one of the Mediterraneans most popular resorts and certainly the liveliest holiday spot on this stretch of the Spanish coastline. The former fisherman’s village covers 48 square kilometres, and has five main beaches along a 7 kilometre of coastline.

Begur is a pretty medieval village with cobbled streets and whitewashed houses draping the hillside below the ruins of a stone castle.

The medieval town of Pals is located on the Costa Brava, to the east of the city of Girona. 
Situated on top of a hill, overlooking Platja de Pals, this charming town with its cobbled streets, craft shops, traditional restaurants and bars is a great place to visit in Catalonia.

South east of Girona, roughly midway between Lloret de Mar and Begur, is the fabulous
beach-side resort of S'Agaro. Elegant S'Agaró sits alongside cosmopolitan Platja d'Aro, where a recognised circular route skirts the peaceful streets of the old town. Castell d'Aro is the historical centre, and has preserved all its medieval charm. 


Calella de Palafrugell
is an attractive resort, well known for its various rocky coves, sandy beaches and excellent fish restaurants. The area is becoming better known thanks to the annual International Jazz Festival held in the extensive gardens of Cap Roig, just to the south.

Beaches
The beaches of the Costa Brava vary from beautiful stretches of golden sand, to tiny coves, backed by pine-clad hillsides.

Salvador Dali was inspired by the picturesque coves which are typical of this coastal region, the spectacular scenery at Port Lligat inspired much of his work. The wonderful village of Cadaques, is home to the Cap de Creus Nature Reserve which forms a series of beautiful tiny unspoilt coves.

Cuisine
The gastronomy of the Costa Brava is rich and
varied. Principally it is the typical Mediterranean diet of fish and seafood with fresh vegetables, olives and olive oil rice and pasta.

We recommend that visitors try some traditional
Catalan dishes whilst on holiday, especially delicious are 

Escudella I Carn D'olla, vegetable broth with pork, veal and chicken. Pa Amb Tomàquet, 

simply rustic bread, can be toasted, rubbed with tomato pulp and dressed with oil and
salt; these delcious breakfast can also be served with ham, sausage or tortilla.

Coca is a very thin dough baked with onions,
peppers and other vegetables served with and meats, or fish (especially sardines).

Climate
In keeping with its geographical diversity, there are numerous climates and microclimates, depending on the altitude and the proximity of the sea. In general, the area enjoys a mild temperate and Mediterranean type climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters.



 

 



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Reviews for Costa Brava

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Based on 538 reviews.

   
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25 August, 2014

City review

Pretty and pleasant. Plenty of restaurants.

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Stunningly beautiful.
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18 August, 2014

City review

We were in the residential area of the Lloret de mar, with a small beach. I fully recommend the area.

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It is simply great. We enjoyed sun and beaches, hiking and museums. Great experience. We will surely go back.
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18 August, 2014

City review

Llafranc is a nice old town, largely unspoilt. Some good restaurants and a smattering of shops. good for water sports. Very busy in august, with very crowded beach and quite a lot of evening noise.

Coast review

Very built up area.
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18 August, 2014

City review

The best holiday resort in Costa Brava? It certainly would be if it had a sandy beach and it might be without it. Has an upmarket and historic feel whilst remaining reasonably priced.

Coast review

Beautiful coastline and stunning beaches with crystal clear water. Beaches are small though and can be over crowded. Resorts are beautiful with a spanish feel and none of the 'egg-and-bacon' bars that crowd some other spanish resorts popular with brits. Popular with visitors from UK, France, Russia and Sweden.
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15 August, 2014

City review

A great little town with multiple restaurants and close to Roses, Peralada, Cadaques, and Figueres. A great location to stay!

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Cost Brava is close to the French border and easy to reach for us. It's beautiful Spain at it's best with friendly people everywhere.
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10 August, 2014

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Lively place with a wide variety of services. Well kept area with good beaches.

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Nice area
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04 August, 2014

City review

we stayed outside the city

Coast review

especially the smaller beaches were great...a bit too many Dutch (we are Dutch as well)
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01 August, 2014

City review

A very nice city with a wonderfull atmosphere of quieteness, amicability. Regardless to lots of tourists it does not give a feeling of a typically beach-and-hotels touristic place. On the contrary, you immmerse in the atmosphere of the town, becomes an integral part of it.

Coast review

A picturesque zone with beaches at any taste. Perfect highways to travel by car.
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28 July, 2014

City review

I stayed in suburb, and have been in Tossa twice for my rest time. Only few people, working in touristic bisness spoke English, and none except one spoke Russian

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Fantastic
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23 July, 2014

City review

Playa d'Aro is a nice place for beach holidays. The beach is clean and not too crowded (but we were there in June), lots of places to eat.It is pretty touristy though, and does not give you much impression of the local atmoshpere - but for that you can take a ride to Palamos or elswhere - there are lots pretty little towns and villages not far from this place.

Coast review

Most beautiful coast ever - I want to come there again and again
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21 July, 2014

City review

A lovely place with nice beaches and not too many tourists. This was our third visit to Llafranc, and we'll be back!

Coast review

We love the small beaches in this area, and Llafranc is also situated close to other nice places, such as Calella de Palafrugell, Begur, Tamariu and Pals. We also love the city of Girona which is situated just and hour's drive away.
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16 July, 2014

City review

OK city, mice beach

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Best beaches I have visited in the mediterranean sea. No sellers walking around on the beach selling cheap stuff you dont need.
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15 July, 2014

City review

Roses itself if fairly "touristy" with the usual clothes and trinket shops. The town beach is nice and was not overly crowded. The area we stayed in was Mas Fumats which was on the side of a hill offering a breath taking view of the Bay of Roses in one direction and the mountains in another. I would recommend this over the in town hotels. The adjacent nature preserve offered very nice hiking.

Coast review

Sand beaches. Parking often a bit of an issue. Water cool but swimable.
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08 July, 2014

City review

Wonderful little city. Lots of tourists, but not as many as Lloret de Mar, and has a less "party" feel to it. This would be a city ideal for family vacations. There are lots of activities offered for touristic purposes, and lots of option for relaxation. In the last week of June, there was a farmer's market set up right on the beach, followed by San Juan celebration.

Coast review

Travelling around the cities using the bus is very cheap and convenient. I would highly recommend visit other cities like Lloret de Mar (and the botanical gardens there).
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06 July, 2014

City review

Great little resort with plenty of character and a lovely pine fringed promenade. Pleanty of good quality restaurants and delightful starting point for coastal walks.

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Stunning, pretty and wild
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05 July, 2014

City review

Was a great place to stay. Some of the bays we visited were so busy and one would not have been able to get away if staying there, whereas here, the beach was expansive, and accommodation in a quieter part of the beach. There were also some wonderful little restaurants in the nearby countryside which were very reasonably priced.

Coast review

A great play to explore - say beautiful bays very close to Playa de Pals.
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03 July, 2014

City review

Il est très beau Tossa de Mar.

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C'est génial avec enfants.
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24 June, 2014

City review

Nice beach, plenty of restaurants, close to many great little resorts. June is a good time to go - not very busy and temperatures very warm, but bearable.

Coast review

Beautiful coast north of Cadaques. Joncals, Port Lligat etc.
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18 June, 2014

City review

Picturesque small town with beautiful small beaches. Nice restaurants and shops. You can rent kayaks, go on boat trips etc. Very peaceful, safe area. Short drive to many interesting places.

Coast review

Beautiful area. Lots to see within short distances.
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16 June, 2014

City review

Ok, alot to do.

Coast review

Nice beaches. Good paths at the shore line to exercise.
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