The Costa Brava is one of the most-visited coasts of Spain. Located in the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula in Cataluña, Costa Brava is easily accessible by the travellers searching for perfect and cheap holiday destination. Costa Brava has been a top destination for budget travellers for a long time now. It is a perfect last minute holiday destination.
The best thing in the Costa Brava region is that everyone can find the most suitable holiday place here. From a sleepy fishing village to an always-busy holiday resort or a family paradise, from top luxury hotel to a cheaper pension, you can find here your perfect holiday place quite easily. The fact that the transportation of Costa Brava is quite great along the coastline also adds a lot to its charm.
Costa Brava has many well-known beachside holiday towns the best of which are:
• Begur: Lesser known to the huge crowd of tourists, this is perfect for a relaxed beachside vacation.
• Blanes: The southernmost resort city of Costa Brava, Blanes de Mar is quite popular for beach tourism.
• Calella de Palafrugell: This city is a beautiful fishing village with great sites.
• Lloret de Mar: The biggest resort and destination for millions yearly, Lloret has a huge nightlife and the highest number of hotels as well. Its central beach is especially beautiful surrounded by rocks on the sides, and one of this includes a hill with a small bastion. Lloret is also great for families and it is rather cheap.
• Los Palamós: Being lesser-known, this is a great hideaway for those wanting a relaxing time in Spain.
• Tossa de Mar: A relaxed holiday resort, Tossa de Mar is great place for water sports and relaxed family holiday
Apart from these cities, there is so much more to see at the Costa Brava. For example, you can see the beautiful Old Town of Girona and the nearby lying Barcelona – one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If you rent a car, you can find some beautiful small villages on the coast, which are otherwise quite hard to visit. Costa Brava is popular for its great pine forests along the coast that give great chance for walking and hiking. Moreover, if you stay here, it is almost obligatory for you to take part in one excursion that goes up in the Pyrenees to visit the beautiful monastery of Monserrat.
Budget tips: Car rental is quite cheap here, especially if you dedicate some time to finding the best company for you. In addition, the affordable buses regularly go to Barcelona and all around the Costa Brava.
What makes Costa Brava a great last minute holiday destination?
The Costa Brava has beautiful beaches, landscape and a great climate most of the year paired up with some great resorts. Thanks to its closeness to Barcelona, even city travellers come to spend time on the Costa Brava. Plus, there are always some great late holiday deals to be found at UK travel agencies.
Getting to Costa Brava:
Air: The airport of Girona serves Costa Brava and UK Spain UK Costa Brava flights arrive here in high numbers especially between spring and autumn. Thomson, Thomas Cook operate seasonal budget flights to Girona, while Ryanair flies to this destination all year long.
Bus: Scheduled international buses arrive in Girona and Lloret as the two top destinations. Charter buses of travel agencies have more targeted buses that go down along the coastline until reaching Blanes.
Car: Costa Brava is relatively close to France; many tourists arrive here by car. The roads are of good quality and the toll for the highways is not too high either.
Travelling in Costa Brava:
If you arrive with family and do not plan to go outside the city apart from visiting Girona, Barcelona and to take part in a couple of arranged excursions, you will not need a car. However, this region is especially great to see with a rented car, because so many of the seaside villages cannot be accessed any other way. You can find many car hire companies in the Girona Airport and in Lloret although they operate in all the touristic cities of the Costa. Costa Brava has an electric train line that goes along the coast taking passengers and commuters to Barcelona. There are plenty of people in this region who go to work or to school in the city. One way takes about 1.5 hours; A ticket is around EUR 10 for a single journey.
When to visit Costa Brava?
The nicest time to visit is from May to mid September.
Why visit the Costa Brava?
Being the best touristic region of Spain, it is easy to access, has great beaches and offers lots of fun attractions and activities.
Top Five Places To See in Costa Brava:
Salvador Dali Theatre Museum –
Catalunia is the birthplace of world famous artist Salvador Dali and the region does its best to represent the life and the works of Dali to the visiting public. The Salvador Dali Theatre Museum is located at Figueres, birthplace of the artist. This museum is the second highest visited in Spain and its unique shape and form will instantly show you where you can find it! Dali himself built the museum and you can find lots of his artwork here in all size and sort. For more information, look up the website of the museum.
Opening Hours: From July to September, it is open from 9 am to 8 pm. In low season, it is open from 9.30 am to 6 pm.
La Garrotxa National Park
One of the biggest National Parks of Europe, this national park is in Olon. The terrain of the area was highly volcanic long time ago, but today, you can see 30 cones in its area. From Batet Plateau, you will get a great view to the Pyrenees; do not miss visiting Mt. Montsacopa, which offers great views to the park. Visit Santa Pau – this old village is located inside La Garrotxa National Park. For more information, visit the website.
The old city centre of Girona
Girona is the main city of Costa Brava; while it is not located along the shore, it offers a great experience, once you decide to visit it. The old town part of the city is very picturesque with some beautiful examples of Catalonian architecture. You also should not miss visiting the Girona Cathedra, the Monumental Staircase of 86 Steps, which is the No.1 attraction here, being built in 18th century and walk around its Rambla and Balisteres streets that are packed with tapas bars, shops and restaurants. You should not miss tasting the local churros and the horchata (almond milk).
This picturesque small and relaxed fishing village is famous for Salvador Dali living here with his wife Gala. You can visit the house where the happy couple lived and where Dali was working on his next artworks. Lligat lies close to Kadakas.
Bay of Roses
This is one of the most beautiful sites and villages of Costa Brava with its wonderful landscape. With its perfect view to the snow peaks of the Pyrenees, this is a place you really should not miss visiting! Once you are here, check out the Bahia de Rosas, the Botanic Garden and its great coastline and beach Platja de Santa Margarita Bay.
Top Three Beaches in Costa Brava:
• Lloret de Mar: The beach of Lloret is perfect for a beach holiday.
• Tossa del Mar: This beach also has a medieval fortress standing on its bordering hill.
• San Antonio: This is the best beach of the Costa Brava for surfers to enjoy a relaxed time.
Other places of attraction in Costa Brava:
• Old Town of Girona
• Jewish Quarter in Girona
• Medes Islands for diving