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The coastal region of Catalonia is waiting to be explored and what better place to start your holiday than in the Costa Brava? Located in the Girona province, Costa Brava holidays will expose you to Romanesque ruins, botanical gardens, and numerous national parks. A cultural trip that will appeal to all tastes, this Spanish holiday destination is a hit among young people, families, and older couples.

With such a variation of things to keep one satisfied, there is no wonder why millions of sun worshippers jet off to the Catalonian coast every year. Its landscape is made up of gardens, castles, villages, and beautiful bays, making a holiday to Costa Brava a preferred choice among nature lovers, historians, adventurers, and beach bums.

There is more than one sight to witness when you are on holiday in Costa Brava, with the majority of attractions scattered along the shoreline. Whether you jet off in search of Salvador Dali's former home or to stroll alongside the Lake of Banyoles in the northeast, the 'rugged, wild coast' will definitely appease your curiosity.

Top resorts in Costa Brava

Lloret de Mar
Deposit from €49 per person

Lloret de Mar from €142 pp

Santa Susanna
Deposit from €49 per person

Santa Susanna from €162 pp

Barcelona
Deposit from €49 per person

Barcelona from €139 pp

Most popular hotels in Costa Brava

Santa Susanna Resort Hotel
Santa Susanna Resort Hotel
Santa Susanna Resort Hotel

Santa Susanna, Costa Brava

from €249 pp
Els Llorers Apartments
Els Llorers Apartments
Els Llorers Apartments

Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava

from €145 pp
Guitart Gold Central Park Aqua Resort
Guitart Gold Central Park Aqua Resort
Guitart Gold Central Park Aqua Resort

Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava

from €261 pp
H.TOP Calella Palace Hotel
H.TOP Calella Palace Hotel
H.TOP Calella Palace Hotel

Calella, Costa Brava

from €167 pp
Amaraigua Hotel
Amaraigua Hotel
Amaraigua Hotel

Malgrat de Mar, Costa Brava

from €312 pp
Hotel Europa Splash & Spa
Hotel Europa Splash & Spa
Hotel Europa Splash & Spa

Malgrat de Mar, Costa Brava

from €226 pp
Tahiti Playa Hotel
Tahiti Playa Hotel
Tahiti Playa Hotel

Santa Susanna, Costa Brava

from €255 pp
H.TOP Royal Beach Hotel
H.TOP Royal Beach Hotel
H.TOP Royal Beach Hotel

Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava

from €181 pp

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At a glance

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
  • Average flight time: 2h 30m

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

Regardless of how long you plan on staying on holiday in Costa Brava for, you won't get bored of exploring the coastal region. Even when you are done visiting Costa Brava's main attractions, all it takes is a car, bus, or taxi ride to one of the nearby resorts for an even deeper insight into Catalonian culture.

Smell the aromatic fragrances of tropical plants from around the world when you visit Jardin Botanico Marimurtra. This botanical garden overlooks the ocean and is positioned next to the Gran Casino. Nearby is Marineland Catalunya, the imposing ruins of a Romanesque monastery, and the Castle of Pubol. Famous painter Salvador Dali once lived inside the castle-turned museum with his wife!

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

When it comes to food and drink, Spain guarantees a mouthwatering gastronomic experience. Classic Catalan dishes are served at area eateries like Restaurant La Gruta and Els Brancs, where you can pair fine wines with local artisan cheeses. Some of the local cuisine you simply must try when on holiday in Costa Brava includes Gazpacho (chilled soup), Pulpo a la gallega (octopus seasoned with salt and paprika), and Tortilla Española (Spanish omelette). During your stay in this part of Spain, consider experiencing the Empordà Wine Route to learn about wine production in the region.

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For Families

For Families

Families who jet off on holiday to Costa Brava can enjoy a picnic on the banks of the scenic Lake of Banyoles. Another natural attraction that appeals to groups and families is La Devasa Park, where a twice-weekly market is held. Should there be a historian in your group, the Ruines d'Empuries is definitely worth a visit. Positioned on the seafront, this Greco-Roman city is just a short drive from Parc Aquatic Water World.

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

A day trip from Costa Brava to Barcelona is an absolute must for anyone who seeks adventure. A handful of national parks are dotted around Costa Brava, including Cap de Creus National Park. Trek along the hiking trails and witness spectacular rock formations here.

If you are eager to see the mountain region up close, consider arranging a 4x4 Jeep safari tour or if you prefer to engage in challenging activities, visit Costa Brava Parc d’aventura. This park features a zip-line and 14 games, some of which are suitable for children aged three years and above.

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

You might be surprised to discover just how beautiful the beaches of Costa Brava actually are. With their rugged mountain backdrop, crystal clear waters, and surrounding greenery, it is not surprising that the landscape inspired a great deal of Salvador Dali's artwork.

During your Spanish getaway, pack a bag and admire the Bay of Roses from Empuriabrava beach. Finding a patch of sand to sunbathe on will not be a problem since the beach is 90 metres wide and over 1,500 metres long. Tamariu is another unspoilt beach and it features a promenade, much like El Canadell. The pebble beach at El Port de la Selva is worth a visit, as is Cap de Creus with its natural rock pools and Sa Caleta, with its hilltop castle.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

When the sun sets, the Costa Brava comes alive, as live music and entertainment venues open their doors to partygoers from all corners. Although this destination is not necessarily a party paradise it does offer its fair share of bars and nightclubs, with nearby Lloret de Mar being the to-go place for late night drinking and dancing. Some places that deserve a special mention include Bar Strada, Disco Tropics, and St. Trop' Disco.

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For Couples

For Couples

Spend a romantic day in Empuriabrava, which has been described as the "Venice of Spain". As the world's biggest residential marina, there is no wonder why it has earned this nickname. Couples can often be seen floating along the canals in a boat and stopping off at one of the many Mediterranean style restaurants for a candlelit dinner. Another way to enjoy your holiday in Costa Brava with a partner is to meander along the footpath at the Cami de Ronda, ahead of watching the sunset from Montgri Castle.

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Culture

Culture

The more informed you are on the subject of Catalan culture, the more enjoyable your holiday in Costa Brava will likely be. Immersing yourself in the surroundings is to immerse yourself in Catalonia culture, which is focused heavily on tourism and hospitality. Well-known for its gastronomic culture, the Costa Brava is a part of Catalonia that remains true to its roots, despite being a tourist hot spot. Monuments, museums, and coastal festivals make this region as fascinating as it is beautiful.

Once upon a time, Catalonia or what is otherwise known as the 'Land of the Castles', was conquered by Rome. A popular maritime trading goods destination, the culture of this region is celebrated every September 11 for the national day - La Diada. Much of the natural environment has been preserved perfectly and if you spend some time in a village like Baix Empordà, you can learn about authentic Spanish customs, such as bullfighting and Flamenco dancing.

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