Spain’s rugged Costa Brava

Running north from Barcelona all the way to Spain’s border with France, the Costa Brava or ‘Rugged Coast’ is one of the most beautiful of all the Spanish Costas. This is the coast of Catalonia, where hidden coves reach out to wizened headlands and smart seaside resorts rub shoulders with old fishing towns. The sea here provides some of the best diving and snorkelling in Spain, along with abundant fish and seafood that is caught, cooked and served the same day in outstanding restaurants and eateries up and down the coast.

Away from the sea, the Costa Brava boasts some of the best wineries in Catalonia, as well as the jewel in its crown: Barcelona. If you aren’t spellbound by Antoni Gaudi’s flamboyant and outlandish creations here, you can’t fail to be impressed by the creative genius of Salvador Dali, whose work can be seen at the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres.

The Costa Brava is packed with things to do and places to see, from visiting quaint fishing towns to Catalonia’s thriving capital, Barcelona. 

You can’t visit the Costa Brava and not visit the Catalan capital, Barcelona. This culturally impressive city grabs your attention from the get-go with buildings such as La Pedrera, the magnificent cathedral the Sagrada Família and the Parc Güell with its iconic dragon. These cultural icons showcase the skill of visionary architect Antoni Gaudí, one of Catalonia’s favourite sons.

If you want to soak up the natural splendour of the Costa Brava, head to Montseny Natural Park which forms part of the Montseny Massif mountain range. This spectacular nature reserve is 50 minutes by road from the seaside town of Lloret del Mar and if you love walking and hiking in the great outdoors, this wild landscape is definitely the place for you.

La Bisbal d’Empordá is the pottery capital of Catalonia - be sure to buy one of its signature green mugs or bowls as a memento of your trip. While pottery and ceramics may steal most of the limelight, La Bisbal has another tasty surprise up its sleeve. The town supplies some of Barcelona’s classiest restaurants and is particularly noted for its delicious sausages.

The sun tends to shine all year round on Spain’s Costa Brava. If you plan to travel in the summer, you can look forward to an average temperature of 24oC in July, which may soar into the 30s on particularly hot days. In July and August the Costa Brava enjoys an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day.

The Costa Brava is 1 hour ahead of the UK.

Yes. Major credit cards are widely accepted and there are ATMs in the larger towns and cities. If you prefer to use cash, the local currency is the Euro.

Flights from London to the Costa Brava take just over 2 hours.

The Costa Brava is served by two airports, Barcelona and Girona.

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