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Costa Brava and Barcelona Holidays

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With its mountain backdrops and hidden coves, the Costa Brava is perfect for nature and beach lovers. The Costa Barcelona coast also has a collection of beachside spots to enjoy, all within easy reach of the Catalan capital.

Rugged coast

The Costa Brava isn’t called the ‘Wild Coast’ for nothing. It’s famous for its dramatic cliffs and untamed natural beauty. But there are plenty of beautiful beaches sprinkled along the shore, too. 

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The Costa Brava comes with resorts of all sorts, from the traditional cobbled streets of Tossa de Mar to sun and fun-oriented holiday towns like Lloret de Mar. Wherever you choose, sunbathing and swimming come guaranteed. 

Colourful Costa Barcelona

Not only does this coastal strip offer up its fair share of classic seaside havens, but it’s only a stone’s throw away from the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. In Sitges you’ll find a vibrant, eclectic town with a traditional vibe, while Calella boasts beautiful Blue Flag beaches backed by a picturesque nature reserve.

Best beaches

From lively, family-friendly golden stretches to quiet pine-fringed coves, the Costa Brava has it all. Tossa de Mar comes with two Blue Flag beaches, while Lloret de Mar has 5 sand-and-shingle stretches to brag about. If you’re looking for a more laid-back affair, head to Santa Susanna on the Costa Barcelona.

Top sights

Barcelona comes with back-to-back attractions, from the winding alleys of the Gothic quarter to the surreal spires of the Sagrada Familia cathedral, Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece. If jaw-dropping mountain views are your thing, make for the medieval monastery of Montserrat, about an hour’s drive from the city.

Out and about

Thrill-seekers will be pleased to hear that PortAventura, Spain’s biggest theme park, is just along the coast. It boasts a waterpark, an 8-loop rollercoaster and its own bit of beach. You’ll find it about an hour’s drive south of Barcelona, just behind La Pineda.

Eating and drinking

Catalonia’s independent spirit really comes across in its cuisine. In place of paella, expect fideuas, a tasty dish made with seafood and short noodles instead of rice. The local meat, fish and vegetables are all first-class thanks to the region’s lush fields and abundant seas. The local red wines and cava are top-notch, too.


Barcelona leads the pack when it comes to shopping in Spain. You can pick up everything from designer clothing to hand-painted ceramics. Art is big business, too, especially in the independent galleries near the Picasso and Contemporary Art Museums. Most of the coastal towns have a regular market brimming with souvenirs and super-fresh picnic supplies.


Barcelona is home to some seriously chic clubs but there’s plenty of fun to be found in the resorts along the coast. For something high octane, Lloret de Mar is the place, with energy-packed clubs like the Colossus. Sitges is famed for its colourful nightlife and has an interesting array of cool bars and clubs to choose from.

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Costa Brava and Barcelona

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Where is it?

Backed by the Pyrenees, the Costa Brava coastline stretches 300 kilometres or so along the Mediterranean on the northeast corner of Spain. It’s part of the region of Catalonia, whose capital city Barcelona sits at the heart of the Costa Barcelona coast, just south of Costa Brava.

At A Glance

  • Language

    Catalan and Spanish
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    GMT +1 hour
  • Beer

    around €1.25
  • 3 course meal

    around €30
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