The Costa Brava is the easiest coast to reach from northern Europe. It’s the coast that begins right on the eastern end of the border between Spain and France, on the other side of the Pyrenees. This area is very easy to get to with your own car, simply crossing the border at Perpignan and taking the first exit towards the coast.
The coast is about 200 kilometres long and starts at the border town of Portbou. It then continues to the seaside town of Blanes. Along the way, there are some well-known and lesser-known places, some of which are popular with tourists, while others are smaller and authentic. Some examples are Roses, Empuriabrava, L’Escala, L’Estartit, Playa de Pals, Begur, Tamariu, Llafranc, Calella de Palafrugell, Palamos, Calonge, Platja d’Aro, S’Agaro, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Blanes.
Yes, the Atlantic coast of Galicia is also stunning, and the islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca also have beautiful parts, but the Costa Brava is still my favourite. This is because of the huge variety of things to do; the beautiful nature, the picturesque beaches, the inspiring hiking trails (Cami de Ronda) close to the coastline, the quaint villages and the many other sights.
The stretch from Playa de Pals (Platja de Pals in Catalan) to Tossa de Mar, passing through Begur, Palafrugell, Palamos and Platja d’Aaro, is varied, green and unpredictable and is definitely worth discovering. We recommend that you rent a holiday home in this region and discover how beautiful and varied it is for yourself!
Of course, the Costa Brava also include the area further inland, and here too are many places and activities that are worth a visit. The city of Figueres, for example,is less than half an hour from the beach and is home to the museum of Salvador Dalí, which is a special experience for children!
Other worthwhile places further inland include medieval Pals and Peratallada. Both villages have been beautifully restored and have fantastic restaurants where you can enjoy lunch outside in the courtyard.
La Bisbal is a town known for the production of colourful ceramics. And while you’re here, grab lunch or a drink at the famous Castell d’Emporda, offering great cuisine and a popular place for weddings.
In our upcoming blogs, we’ll tell you all about the beaches, activities, restaurants and other things that make the Costa Brava so unique and worthwhile!