What’s in a name?
Costa: Spanish for coast.
Brava: Spanish for wild, rugged, fierce.
A dynamic, craggy coastline stretching for 200 kilometres from Blanes to the French border, the Costa Brava is gloriously wild and encompasses everything from long sandy beaches to tiny secluded coves sheltering crystal clear waters shimmering under the Spanish sun.
Fringed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean and pine-clad hillsides, the Costa Brava is awash with natural beauty and home to some exceptional coastal walks.
This stunning Catalonian costa is speckled with charming seaside villages and fascinating architecture from Roman ruins in Tarragona to the surreal in Figueres, the birthplace of celebrated painter Salvador Dalí. There are countless little pueblos to explore but we must give a special mention to Malgrat de Mar, a 14th century maritime town we love so much that we chose to live there (see above video).
The Costa Brava is also wonderfully peaceful. Out of the peak months it is not unusual to have the beach almost entirely to yourself, and when the summer season swings around the region is pleasantly animated but not over-run. You will always be able to find a quiet spot to lay down your towels!
Of course, there are lively resorts too: the ever-popular Lloret de Mar attracts bountiful European tourists who flock there to enjoy the all-inclusive hotels, world-class golf courses and rocky coves peppering sandy beaches.
There are plenty of activities on offer in the natural playground of the Costa Brava, including ample opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, diving and sailing. Marineland and Waterworld are also popular with families. If you’re not in the mood for aquatics there are infinite villages and fragments of coastline to explore on foot or two wheels – or why not head to the hiking trails up north where the peaks of the Pyrenees tower to 3,000 metres? If you’re visiting over winter and early springtime you can also indulge in a spot of skiing. There really is something for everyone!
When you’ve worked up an appetite, tantalise your taste buds with Catalonian cuisine. The region has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred chefs in Spain in addition to delectable, locally produced wines – all at a very reasonable price.
Barcelona is just 60km away from the Costa Brava at its southernmost point (that’s an hour on the train from Malgrat) so you can easily surrender to the lure of the big city and soak up the rich culture, beautiful parks, tasty tapas and stunning architecture. We recommend a stroll around the Gothic quarter, a visit to La Boqueria food market on La Rambla and bar-hopping in Gràcia.
Tempted? Take a look at our holiday villas and experience the Costa Brava for yourself!
*Video by Ian Beck
*Image by Camping Sant Pol