Costa Brava Areas

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Alt Empordà (Inland)


This part of the region includes the whole area surrounding the city. One of it's cultural gems is the most extensive museum to be dedicated to the work of Dali. The TEATRO MUSEO DE SALVADOR DALÍ is located in the artist's hometown, Figueres.

Moving further north towards the Albera boundary of the region, we find interesting towns such as Espolla, Vilamalla, Cabanes, Navata, Darnius. Perelada particularly stands out with its medieval centre and castle, in which the well known and loved summer festivals are held.

As well as enjoying the natural and artistic beauty of this area, sporting visitors can also take advantage of some of the best golf courses in Europe, for example in Torremirona or Peralada.

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Baix Empordà


The Baix Empordà area is situated inland in the South central area of the region and surrounds the capital, La Bisbal d'Empordà.

It is in this part of the region where you can experience the true essence of the Medieval legacy of the Costa Brava. Passing through some of the villages, one might think that time had stopped 600 years ago, coming across buildings and monuments that have stayed intact to this day.

This area is made up of towns such as La Bisbal de l’Empordà, Monells, Cruïlles, Corçà, Castell d’empordà, Forallac, Peratallada, Palau Sator, Ullastret, Torrent, Rupià, Celrà, Flaçà, Parlavà, Ultramort, Vilopriu, La Tallada, Colomers, Vergès, Torruella de Montgrí, Bordils and Cervià de Ter. Here you'll also find the town Púbol in the borough of La Pera, which is home to the CASA-MUSEO CASTILLO GALA-DALÍ, a building which demonstrates Dali's creative genius, chanelled through his adoration for his muse, which lead him to become the most eminent surrealist painter of all time.

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Begur - Palafrugell


Calella, Tamarui, Aiguafreda, Aiguablava, Sa Punta, Llafranc, Fornells, Sa Tuna and other tiny hidden coves… you’ve found the area of the Costa Brava which contains the most beautiful beaches. The pine woods and the mountain taper to the Mediterranean as though they’d been lifted straight from a painting, and the jutting cliffs mix with small oases of sand, blue water and limitless beauty.

This is a beautiful zone of fishing villages, in which the traditional low buildings, and clusters of restaurants, terraces and bars have been conserved. In these establishments, you can enjoy the best of Mediterranean gastronomy.

Take the time to enjoy the impressive views to the north and south from the Sant Sebastiá lighthouse. In its outdoor terrace, you can also relax with a refreshing beer or the succulent fish dishes of the area.

An impressive selection of the best characteristics of the Costa Brava, concentrated into barely 15 km and surrounded by mediaeval villages, golf courses and everything else you can imagine. This area is sure to make you enjoy a phenomenal holiday in the Costa Brava.

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Empordà


The diverse villages of Empordà are sprinkled close to the coast, and excellently connected to the beaches, France and Barcelona. The area offers castles, convents, old farmhouses, stone constructions, and magnificent villas with swimming pools; as well as the perfect conditions for enjoying a sensational holiday in the Costa Brava.

Architectural pearls in mediaeval villages, perfectly conserved through 600 years of history: feats of design have transformed these buildings into (for example) small museums which sing the praises of local Catalan culture.

This area is perfect for familial, group and romantic getaways in areas which have housed kings, bishops and princesses.

Well linked up to other important places, these destinations offer everything you need to have (be it with friends, family or a loved one) the best holiday of your life in the Costa Brava.

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Empuriabrava


This marvellous town comprises more than 24 km of working canals, making it the biggest inland residential wharf in Europe. It is found right in the middle of Roses bay.

Empuriabrava is surrounded by beaches to the north and south. This, as well as the natural park created by the fenlands of the Muga River and a tendency towards houses and apartments with terraces and individual moorings, lends this village an incredible character and beauty.

Next to the attractive marina, with its numerous supermarkets, bars, restaurants, and beaches, you can find the famous Empuriabrava aerodrome. The magnificent meteorological conditions of this enclave of the Costa Brava have enabled thousands of Europeans to fly through the air for the first time: this is one of the top skydiving centres in the world.

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Girona


Girona includes the capital of this Privince and the surrounding areas. The city itself has all of the charm and activity of a big city, but without the crowds! As well as providing tourists with a vast selection of shops and restaurants, the historical center is a must see. The Cathedral is famously recognised as having the widest Gothic nave in the world and is one of the finest specimens of Gothic architecture in Spain. The Jewish Quarter or Call is one of the best preserved in Europe and is a major tourist attraction. The reconstructed city wall provides visitors the opportunity to walk around the old city from an elevated vantage point.

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L’Escala


The Costa Brava in its purest form, this small anglers’ village has evolved and developed its coastline, beautiful beaches and seafront while managing to conserve the essence of its fishing harbour.

Situated on the southern extremity of Roses bay, it offers beautiful, wild beaches, as well as a leisure port from which to enjoy a boat ride across the extensive shoreline. This is also a great point of departure for the northern towns of Cadaques, Roses and Empuriabrava, as well as L’Estartit and Pals in the south.

As well as all these opportunities for fun, it is also possible to enjoy unforgettable trips out to mediaeval villages, golf courses and other outdoor centres of interest. Many of these are barely 30 minutes away.

Don’t forget to order some anchovies with your beer or coke, as this fish has contributed to the fame of this small village.

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L’Estartit


This attractive town in the Costa Brava enjoys an incomparable setting. Wide, spacious beaches of fine sand are complemented by an infinity of rocky coves, which are perfect for diving excursions.

The Medes Islands, which lie opposite the town’s coast, are of great interest to tourists, divers and biologists alike. This group of 7 rocky islets has been declared an underwater reserve due to its biodiversity, and is considered one of the most important attractions of the Costa Brava.

Infinite bars, restaurants and leisure centres allow you to enjoy the Costa Brava – its sea, its people and its gastronomy – in full, whether with friends or family.

A few kilometres into the interior of L’Estartit lies the majestic Torruella de Montgrí castle, various mediaeval villages and even golf courses. The fabulous Pùbol museum/castle is also nearby. Here, the genius Salvador Dalí used his talent to create an artistic centre in honour of Gala, his spouse and muse.

The perfect place for enjoying your holidays in the Costa Brava.

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Lloret


This cosmopolitan coastal village is found in the south of the Costa Brava and about an hour away from Barcelona, to which it is well connected by roads and motorways.

Although it’s best known for its varied nightlife, the truth is that the attractive beaches of Lloret mostly attract families. It’s the perfect place for enjoying the sea and sand with children, as well as trying the delicious local dishes in the infinity of restaurants and bars of the area. You’ll find numerous outdoor terraces here, where you can enjoy a cold drink, refreshing beer or tasty ice-cream.

The adjoining towns of Tossa and Blanes are also famed for family tourism, a reputation which complemented by nearby water parks, go-karting tracks and many other open-air activities, which allow you to get the most from your holidays in the Costa Brava.

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Pals


Over the years, the excellently-conserved, attractive mediaeval core of the centre of Pals has been extended towards its large, attractive beach (which is probably the most beautiful sand beach in the Costa Brava). In homage to the unique natural attraction of the area, the space between these two nuclei now contains, among other things, three golf courses.

Windsurfing schools, restaurants, sun and beach, cycling excursions, golf, horse-riding… The fun that can be had in Pals is endless. In this zone of the Costa Brava, family tourism is king, and children are the main players.

The area is undoubtedly well connected to the interior, with L’Estartit to the north and Begur to the south. Accommodation in the area of Pals has some of the best and most varied destinations of the Costa Brava in easy reach.

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Platja d'Aro


No other place in the world is quite like the area which comprises the villages of Platja d’Aro, Palamós, Sant Feliu de Guixols and Sant Antoni de Calonge.

A top-drawer tourist destination for more than 50 years, one of the highlights of this zone is the large, clean and popular beach. You can find an infinity of bars, restaurants and outdoor terraces along the seafront, which make this area a real gem.

The long high street in Platja d’Aro is also a reference point for all the Costa Brava. Here, you can find all the top-name brands you would expect from a major shopping centre in a large city.

Accommodation with communal swimming pools can be found close to the beautiful natural leisure port of the village. The area is bordered by pretty hills, which are covered with Mediterranean pines. These mark the limit-point of the zone, from which you can get to any location in the Costa Brava in under one hour.

A perfect choice for your holidays in the Costa Brava.

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Roses - Cadaqués


At the end of Roses bay, you find yourself in the Cap de Creus peninsula, a natural park which is the very essence of the Costa Brava and where the villages of Roses, Cadaqués and Port de la Selva are located.

In the rugged path which runs though these three towns, you’ll find some of the area’s most beautiful coves, which were often frequented by the King of surrealism, Salvador Dalí. In Cadaqués, you’ll find Port Lligat. This is the stunning fishing house in which this artistic genius lived, which has been conserved here and turned into a museum. In Roses lies the incredible Montjoi cove, which contains the gastronomic cathedral of the best chef in the world: Ferran Adrià. Along the road to Port de la Selva, you’ll find the vast lookout point of the steep Cap de Creus, followed by the mediaeval Monastery.

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