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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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08 November, 2014

City review

We stayed in Sa Riera, a small village about 5-10m from Begur. Begur itself was a lovely larger town with lots of restaurants and shops. Very tasteful and picturesque.

Coast review

There are lots of coves on the Costa Brava, but we really didn't need to go further than Sa Riera as we had a lovely beach right in front of the apartment. But, the Costa Brava was tasteful and lovely. Fishing villages, some larger beaches, but not built up and overcrowded.
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27 October, 2014

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The beatifull place to spend holidays!

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Wonderfull beaches and sea!
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17 October, 2014

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WE WERE NOT IN BEGUR BUT ABOUT 10 MINUTES DRIVE AWAY.IT IS A LOVELY OLD UNSPOILT TOWN WITH MANY EXCELLENT BARS AND RESTAURANTS.

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BEAUTIFUL PART OF THE COUNTRY WITH MANY EXCELLENT BEACHES, COVES AND COUNTRYSIDE. NICE PEOPLE AND WONDERFUL FOOD AND DRINK.WOULD THOUROUGHLY RECOMMEND.
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06 October, 2014

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Charming

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Beautiful scenery
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06 October, 2014

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Beaches were great.

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Lovely scenary
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25 September, 2014

City review

very built up area,great big beach,has old part of town with plenty of bars,resturants and shops

Coast review

plenty of big beaches in bay of roses,but we preferred the small coves of cap de creus,ie cala de montjoi and others
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21 September, 2014

City review

Palamos is very nice and beautiful city with a lot of activity to do there. La Fosca is near Palamos. It is quiet and with stunning views. There is a castle in La Fosca and diving is also available.

Coast review

Beautiful coasts with amazing views.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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21 September, 2014

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Beautifully relaxing ambience - clean and tidy. Lots of interesting restaurants and beaches to discover.

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Fabulous beaches - plenty of space - clean and tidy sands.
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21 September, 2014

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L'Estartit has everything you need within walking distance,a good range of shops restaurants and bars. If you hire or travel by car parking is easy with the extensive beach parking.

Coast review

The Costa Brava area has a range of beach resorts to cater for all needs, from sandy beaches to rugged headlands. There is extensive opportunities for all water sports; including glass bottom boats for those who wish to see marine life close up
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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13 September, 2014

City review

Dirty city, everything broken, thief on the beach, very dirty water lots of dogs poo on the street. You have to be very careful, they are like a landmines. If you like swimming with old condoms and rubbish in water, poo on the street, thiefs and no atractions: Blanes is perfect place to stay

Coast review

Best city Lorret del mar. Nice and clean.
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10 September, 2014

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Nice place, beautiful castle and seashore. A lot of tasty restaurants and cafe.

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Everything was good
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05 September, 2014

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Good

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Good
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25 August, 2014

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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.

Coast review

It is simply great. We enjoyed sun and beaches, hiking and museums. Great experience. We will surely go back.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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18 August, 2014

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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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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!

Coast review

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

City review

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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