Costa Brava - General Information
To visit the Costa Brava and stay at one of our tourist apartments is a way to travel back in time, to learn and feel in your own skin what brought people from foreign lands, more than 2500 years ago, to fall in love with this place, where the tranquility of a small inhospitable cove coexists with the noise made by raging sea waves hitting against the cliffs, and where nowadays the hustle and bustle of the beaches contrast with the serenity of its many beautiful golf courses.
To visit the Costa Brava also means walking with your family through Medieval towns such as Pals, Peretallada, or Púbol among others, and discovering the beauty of the pine forests which seem to be hugging the sea out from steep cliffs from where you can also discover small coves where time seems to stand still.
Ultimately, it means letting yourself go with similar feelings to those that have led geniuses like Salvador Dali or Ferran Adrià to carry out their work, altogether unique, in their beloved land; the Costa Brava.
FriendlyRentals would like to invite you to know the Costa Brava whilst staying with family or friends in the best tourist apartments in the area.
Playing Golf in Costa Brava
Besides the possibility of practicing sports such as skiing, skydiving, biking and all kinds water sports, visitors shall find themselves staying in the area which adds up the greatest number of golf courses in Barcelona's area of influence.
Among others, some noteworthy golf courses are:
Costa Brava - Monuments
- Arabic Baths (Baños Arabes)
The building, popularly called Arabic Baths, is a Romanesque building built in 1194 inspired by Muslim-style bath imagery and architecture, in fashion at the time, but which closed down in the mid XV century. During the XVII century it was part of the local Capuchins' Convent, and in 1929 was handed over to the state for its restoration.
Entrance tickets costs 0.80€ per person in a group visit.
- Mallol House (Casa Mallol)
The Mallol House is a Modernist building situated in the Plaza de Catalunya of the municipality of Roses. It was designed by the architect Joan Marés in 1906, and brings together a multitude of curvilinear details and floral ornaments on its window panes, inspired in the Rose, the flower that gives name to the town.
At present it accommodates the Town Hall of Roses.
- Patxot House (Casa Patxot)
Located on the seaside promenade of the town of Sant Feliu de Guixols, it is currently headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation.
While remaining Modernist in style, it also displays some 19th century touches on its beautiful facade.
- Calonge Castle (Castell de Calonge)
Built during the first part of the second millennium, it now houses the Calonge Town Hall and has a beautiful courtyard surrounded by battlement walls that, thanks to its outstanding acoustics, is also used for outdoor concerts.
- Bisbal Castle (Castell de la Bisbal)
This castle, built around 1180, for a long time the Bishop's residence, was declared a monument of Historic and Artistic interest in 1972.
It is a historic example of Medieval civil works, and in front of the facade there can be seen ruins belonging to the ancient city walls that surrounded it.
- Trinitat Castle (Castell de la Trinitat)
Charles V laid the foundation stone of this defensive castle that is located on the Roses' cliffs. It is three storys high and has a star shaped foundation, and could lodge up to 350 people and all necessary supplies to withstand long sieges.
- Torruella Castle (Castell de Torruella)
Built between 1294 and 1302 A.D. under the reign of James II, it was never fully completed and only the imposing 13 meter high walls, the ditches, and the four majestic cylindrical towers of this square shaped castle were finished.
It is difficult to access but its silhouette can be seen from miles away, and without a doubt, the views of the Costa Brava seen from its walls are unforgettable.
- Saint Ferran Castle (Castell de Sant Ferran)
This 18th century construction located in the municipality of the town of Figueres, with an irregular star-shaped foundation and a double exterior wall, is one of the largest fortresses in Europe.
It's spectacular court, which is over 12,000 square meters in size, has been declared of Historic and Artistic interest since it opened to the public in 1997.
- Cloister of the Convent of Saint Domenec (Claustro del Convento de Sant Domènec)
This area of great beauty, preserves columns and capitals portraying scenes from the bible belonging to the former Convent of the medieval town of Peralada.
The cloister dates back to the XII and XIII century and is a must in any tour of the town.
- Creu de Cobertella Dolmen (Dolmen de la Creu de Cobertella)
The first Roses area settlers left their personal mark on the territory with the construction of buildings such as this funeral megalith.
In 1964 it was declared a monument of Historic and Artistic interest and it is just a short distance from the city center.
- Sant Pere de Rodes
Declared of national cultural interest, this impressive Romanesque monument perched on the far end of the north Empurdà coast has been completely restored and it houses both a research center that goes by the same name, and one of the headquarters of the Cap Creus Natural Park.
This archaeological site, which preserves remains belonging to the first inhabitants of the old greek settlement of "Emporion" and its Roman descendant, "Emporiae", is one of the most important preserved sites of the civilizations that once ruled the Mediterranean.
- Church of Saint Esteve of Canapost (Buckingham y Caballerizas Reales)
Located in the municipality of Forallac, this monumental church consists of two buildings joined together, one in preRomanesque style and another in a beautiful Romanesque style, where visitors can see the remains of mural paintings in excellent conditions.
- Church of Saint Julia of Boada (Iglesia de Sant Julià de Boada)
This church is a very well preserved and recently restored preromanesque temple. It is a small church, located in the small town of Palau-sator, with a single nave divided by a magnificent horseshoe arch.
- Girona Cathedral (Catedral de Girona)
Built on the ancient Roman enclave, and after serious doubts arising over its construction, finally in 1417 the risky decision was taken of continuing the construction of the central nave, which was originally planned as three separate naves, as one sole, unique and majestic one.
The result speaks for itself: one sole 23 meters wide nave, which in other words means the widest Gothic Cathedral nave in the world.
- Citadel of Roses (Ciudadela de Roses)
This enclave contains the remains of various civilizations that inhabited the area, while the whole monument is enclosed within a Renaissance bastion designed to protect the population from enemy attacks.
- Saint Feliu of Guixols Monastery (Monasterio de Sant Feliu de Guixols)
The mixture of Romanesque, Gothic and Neoclassical styles makes this a powerful monument; it is important to highlight the 10th century facade with its "Porta Ferrada".
- Medieval village of Pals (Núcleo medieval de Pals)
On a hilltop and around the famous Tower of the Hours, rises this medieval town that shows off the spirit of Medieval times everywhere from its streets and to its buildings, all in excellent condition.
From high up, the views of the Costa Brava are simply spectacular and entice travelers to visit it all.
- Iberian village of Ullastret (Poblado ibérico de Ullastret)
This village is home to the ruins, in excellent conditions, of the Iberian settlement of the area, dating back to the VII century B.C., and located just two kilometers away from the town of the same name.