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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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04 April, 2014

City review

Very clean, well kept. Very polite people. Houses and apartments in accordance with the landscape. Good standard of living. Hope it stays like that forever. Very pleasant to be around as it is not a noisy place. People look after the town extremely well.

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Beautiful coast line- hope unscrupulous developers stay far away from it !!
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24 February, 2014

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Cool combination of modoern and old. great food if you look further.

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not visited
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18 February, 2014

City review

Very nice village, beautifull beach.

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L'Estartit Costa Brava
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10 February, 2014

City review

Santa Cristina is nice but we don't expend lot of time. The house stay in the area, and just pass. Honestly the area was great,fantastic.

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Costa Brava area we know from a few years a go. For us, the best place in Spain!!!!
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10 February, 2014

City review

It was a nice place. Small city, near to the beach, mountains, and in 1 hour you arrive to Barcelona. Nice weather, great temperature, and lovely places near the city, no so far away.

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Costa Brava was lovely and amazing place in the Mediterranean coast.
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03 January, 2014

City review

Barcelona is a cool place to visit, plenty of things to do. Beautiful city, people we talked to were very friendly, which gave us a good idea of folks.

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Beautiful, and we got lucky with weather.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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30 December, 2013

City review

Nice town with a “local beach” modest but large and not busy. You will find little shop and stalls as well as big supermarket in the close outback. The area is delightful with a lot of places that are worth visiting (both on the sea and in the outback). The price of the life is not cheap compared to other Spain region but this seems to be one of the most expansive Spain area...

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Costa Brava is delightful with a lot of places that are worth visiting (both on the sea and in the outback). There are little village as well as big town interesting to be visited. The price of the life is not cheap compared to other Spain region but this seems to be one of the most expansive Spain area...
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17 December, 2013

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A very beaoutifol village.

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I like it!!!!!!!!!!!
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09 December, 2013

City review

Santa Cristina is not a nice village, no interest at all, but the house is direct in the golf course on a quite area, fantastic for resting with family and small children

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nice surrounding, 1 hour ride to Barcelona, 20 minutes to Girona and close to lots of nice villages, lots of activities can be enjoyed: biking, riding, sailing and all water sports.
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03 December, 2013

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Sils is à small but sweet, with character, village.

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Nice, lot to do, and space for relaxing
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02 December, 2013

City review

Love this place. Been many times.

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Clean beaches
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28 November, 2013

City review

It feels like a safe town, nice to visit. What one could be aware of is the risk of thefts, and the differences in prices of food in the touristic areas as compared to the more adjacent areas.

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07 November, 2013

City review

Barcelona is a great city.... It has everything, ehatever you may eant to do you can do it!!!

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Nice Mediterranean Beaches....
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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07 November, 2013

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great

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great
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06 November, 2013

City review

Found service staff to be disinterested and rude although a special mention should be noted for the bus drivers and staff of City Tours .... We always got greeted with big smiles ;-)

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Very picturesque, clean and very popular
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22 October, 2013

City review

We stayed at the beach, but a visit to the city was well worth it.

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The beach was great.
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22 October, 2013

City review

Lovely down, doesn't feel as touristic as most other places along the Costa Brava. Shops and restaurants were closing as it was end of season but we did manage to find a few good places to eat.

Coast review

Great for diving in the Ille Medes area. We found two fantastic dive business: Ocean Sub and Calypso whose staff was friendly and very helpful.
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16 October, 2013

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Nice small town

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Lovely area
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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14 October, 2013

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Lovely

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Lovely
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13 October, 2013

City review

It's not exactly Sitges, but the mean-looking/sounding barking dogs in every second house on that hill in Olivella were quite a pain. You never know whether they'll jump over to fence when you're walking or jogging by the houses. Besides, the concerto goes on and on, even in the evening. Besides that, the hills are fantastic for walking or - in my case - for running.

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At this season, we could enjoy the beaches of Castelldelfels almost on our own, which was fantastic. :-)
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