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Its climate, quality of life, beautiful coves and wide range of services make the Costa Brava one of the Mediterranean’s most attractive tourist and residential destinations.
 

· The Beauty of the Costa Brava

Along the 240 km of coast that make up the Costa Brava, there are many charming towns and villages, from medieval towns like Pals and Peratallada, which are very close to each other, to Tossa del Mar with its beautiful walls.
 

These include charming locations, such as Empúries, an ancient Greek and Roman city whose ruins overlook the sea. Next to Empúries is L’Escala, which is located to the south of the Golf de Roses and offers quality family tourism in a peaceful setting, as well as its famous anchovies!
 

The towns of Calella de Palafrugell, Llafranc and Begur, fishing towns that still preserve their original character, boast some of the best beaches on the Costa Brava. Begur, crowned by its castle, has beaches like Sa Riera, Aiguablava and Cala Fonda. In Llafranc it is well worth visiting the Far de Sant Sebastià, a precipice overlooking the sea.
 

On much of the Costa Brava the Caminos de Ronda have been restored. These trails were originally a path alongside the sea that enabled fishermen to reach inaccessible coves. They are now one of the best options for hiking in the province of Girona. They include stairways and viewpoints that run from the welcoming S’Agaró to the wild Cap de Creus, passing through the most idyllic corners of the Costa Brava. The stretch from Palamós to Calella de Palafrugell is the most beautiful and inaccessible section.
 

Further north is Cadasqués, which is located in the Cap de Creus natural park and which charmed Dalí and many other artists over the years. Nearby, in Port Lligat, is the Dalí museum-house where the artist lived and worked for much of his life, although to see more of his works, we must travel to Figueres. Here the Salvador Dalí theatre-museum is dedicated exclusively to the artist.
 

Finally, there is the capital Girona, where the Cases d’Onyar are especially charming. These houses, painted in bright colours and with the Cathedral and Sant Feliu at the end, are the most emblematic image of Girona.


 


· A passion for gastronomy and hospitality

The wide variety of restaurants on the Costa Brava means there are dishes for all tastes. 
 

You will find everything from fine-dining restaurants that are among the best in the world such as El Celler de Can Roca and Carme Ruscalleda’s Sant Pau, both with three Michelin stars or Les Cols and Miramar with two Michelin stars, to restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine like Els Tinars which uses local, seasonal produce and where you can enjoy traditional Catalan dishes and delicious seafood.
 

This is just a small part of what the area has to offer; the cuisine is accompanied by scenery of great charm and beauty in places like Can Roquet and others located in the main squares of the towns and villages, in narrow streets in fishing villages, by the sea, next to a Romanesque church, and so on.
 

This gastronomic offer is complemented by a wide range of hotels that has progressively grown since the start of tourism in the early 20th century.
 

These include: the Hostal de la Gavina with a modernist style combined with Mediterranean elements; the Hotel Perlada Wine Spa & Golf which, thanks to its location, is ideal for enjoying the area’s most important cultural and artistic heritage; the Sallés Hotel & Spa Cala del Pi; the Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa for a relaxing stay; or, further north and with views of the Bahía de Roses, the Hotel Vistabella, which is ideal for a short break or a holiday as its location enables you to choose whether to unwind or visit the one of the many attractions nearby; and the recently opened Hotel Alàbriga with its stunning views of Sant Pol beach.



 

· Nature and Sport

It is important to note that the Costa Brava has much more to offer than just sun and sand; it is worth trying the other sensations and experiences it has to offer, for example its range of sports. 
 

These include everything from kayak excursions, which take you into huge coves that are not accessible from the land, or sailing and windsurfing classes, and you can rent any type of vessel to explore the whole of the coast or even fly over the water on a Flyboard. 
 

One activity that is very popular thanks to the beauty of the Costa Brava’s seabed is diving. Las Medes has a major nature reserve, making it a paradise for lovers of this activity. There are also other highly regarded locations such as Cap de Creus, Ses Negres in Begur and the Ullastres in Llafranc.
 

Girona’s regions have a wide range of high-end golf courses open all year round and located by the sea or in more mountainous and wooded areas. For people starting out in this sport or who just want a more relaxed outing, there are magnificent 3-par and pitch and putt courses.
 

How about horse riding? There are excellent horse riding routes where you can enjoy the scenery or you can take riding classes on the finest Spanish thoroughbreds. We can advise you on the best centres for your needs.
 

Another possibility is to explore El Carrilet, an extensive network of fully-signposted rural trails which are away from the major roads and so are ideal for exploring on foot or by bicycle while you enjoy the scenery in peace and discover the heritage hidden in it.
 

Other options include tennis, quad biking, paintballing and a long list of other activities for travellers to enjoy. 
 



 

· Around the Costa Brava

Leaving the province of Girona, there are amazing places a few kilometres away like, for example, the city of Barcelona.
 

Barcelona, located on the Mediterranean coast, is a cosmopolitan city of great cultural, commercial, financial and tourist importance. Barcelona is one of Europe’s most visited cities, by tourists who want to discover the capital and by people attending conferences, meetings and the many exhibitions held in the city.
 

It also has an impressive cultural offer, including interesting museums like the Joan Miró Foundation and the Picasso Museum, although the art that fills the city can best be appreciated by walking around its fascinating streets.
 

Visitors to Barcelona should not miss the famous Sagrada Familia, the striking Parc Güell or La Pedrera, which are some of the spectacular features with which Antonio Gaudí decorated the city.
 

Another trip that should not be missed is Montserrat, a rocky outcrop traditionally regarded as Catalonia’s most important and significant mountain. On this mountain we find the sanctuary and the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat, dedicated to the Virgin of Monserrat, popularly known as la Moreneta because of the colour of her skin.
 

If you want to go shopping, we recommend stopping in Roca Village where you can enjoy an exclusive shopping experience in a world of over 100 leading brands at good prices all year round.
 

If you want to combine shopping with skiing, the best option is to visit Andorra, located in the heart of the Pyrenees. Here you will find the best places for shopping, relaxing and skiing, the sport par excellence, as there are many snow activities to enjoy in the mountains in winter.




 

· Family Leisure

One of the Costa Brava’s most distinctive features is the wide range of activities to do with the youngest members of the family.
 

As well as the activities mentioned above, the area also features theme parks that will delight children and grown-ups. These include Marineland Catalunya, a marine zoo and water park where you will find an impressive dolphinarium, or if you prefer just water parks, there is Aqua Brava (Roses), Aquadiver (Platja d’Aro) and Waterworld (Lloret de Mar).
 

If your children prefer adventures like Tarzan in woodland with zip lines and climbs, try the El bosc dels impossibles adventure park.
 

If you travel to the Tarragona area, you will find ‘Port Aventura’. At this park, one of the most famous in Spain, you can enjoy a multitude of spectacles and attractions for all ages, including some of the highest and fastest roller-coasters in Europe.


 

· See you later / Hasta pronto

The aim of these words has been to capture our country’s soul and offer an overview of what it, and in particular the Costa Brava, has to offer, selecting the places that best sum up the area’s personality and where you can enjoy the most exclusive and fascinating locations, activities and services. 
 

In a few moments, the traveller has been taken around the main attractions, ranging from cultural elements to scenic ones. This is why we have tried to make our clients feel at home, and we invite you to solve any uncertainties or doubts you might have about our beloved Costa Brava.


 

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