Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava holidays

If you’re looking for a classic beach holiday with nature at your fingertips, then the Costa Barcelona and Costa Brava have your name on them. The Costa Barcelona has a collection of beachside spots to enjoy, all within easy reach of the culture-packed Catalan capital. With its mountain backdrops and hidden coves, the Costa Brava is perfect for both beach and sports lovers.

ALEGRIA Pineda SPLASH
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Pineda de Mar - Barcelona, Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

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  • Splash park with slides
  • Adults only sun terrace
  • Close to the beach
  • Modern style
  • Perfect for families
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Costa Encantada Aparthotel & Resort

Lloret De Mar – Barcelona, Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

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  • Fun for all the family
  • Large pool area
  • Great range of facilities
  • Spacious rooms
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Language

Catalan and Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

around €1.25

3 course meal

around €30

Flight times

2.5-3hrs

Something for all

This part of sunny Spain has been a tourist favourite for decades. There are resorts of all sorts along the Costa Brava, from the traditional cobbled streets of Tossa de Mar to sun and fun-oriented holiday towns like Lloret de Mar. Wherever you choose, sunbathing on gorgeous golden sands and swimming in crystal clear waters, 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 from 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.

Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava resorts

Salou – Barcelona

From waterparks to theme parks and palm-lined promenades to sun-bleached beaches, Salou is a dreamy Spanish pick for an exciting coastal adventure.

Lloret De Mar – Barcelona

Good times are what Lloret de Mar is all about, from chilling out on the beach to dancing the night away.

Santa Susanna – Barcelona

If postcards could come to life, you’d find this bubbly resort on the cool Catalan coast would be bursting off the page.

Calella - Barcelona

Three bronze sandy beaches and a pretty promenade make this sun-drenched town a popular choice with everyone.

Sitges – Barcelona

Enchanting from the very first glimpse, Sitges is bursting at the seams with historical charm.

Malgrat De Mar – Barcelona

Showing off with a brilliant Blue Flag beach to rival them all, heaps of leisure facilities and a bustling central promenade, Malgrat De Mar is high on the list for classic family fun.

Pineda de Mar - Barcelona

One of the major towns along the Catalan coast, Pineda de Mar, is worth visiting if you fancy seeing the real deal in the Costa Brava.

PortAventura Salou – Barcelona

Experience thrilling rollercoasters and absorb Catalan culture on the coast of rural Spain.

Vilanova La Geltru - Barcelona

Not too far from Barcelona, Vilanova La Geltru’s become popular with families for its wide range of attractions and close proximity to the tempting shore.

Caldes De Malavella

Known for its amazing thermal baths built by the Romans, Caldes De Malavella is the place to be if you’re keen on spas.

Beaches

This Costa mixes mix the lazy pace of seaside life with the buzz of the big city when it comes to beaches. There are plenty of beautiful stretches sprinkled along the shore – think wide, golden sands, teal waters and bar-packed proms. If you’re looking for a laid-back affair, head to Santa Susanna or Sitges for some of the best spots.

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Brilliant beaches

Brilliant beaches

Sitges, Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

Sitges is the perfect spot for beach bunnies with an incredible 17 beaches to hop between! From family favourites like the scenic Platja de Sant Sebastià, to the main gay beach Platja de la Bassa Rodona and...
Platja Gran Calella

Platja Gran Calella

Calella - Barcelona, Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

Stretching across 1.5km of golden sands, Platja Gran Calella is Calella's largest beach. Visit the La Gavina restaurant for fresh fish dishes, and enjoy a drink at one of the seven bars along the waterfront. If...

Sights

Along the Costa Barcelona, Calella has a lovely lighthouse worth a visit and neighbouring Pineda de Mar has an 18th century castle to explore. Ancient watchtowers in Malgrat and Santa Susanna, provide the perfect vantage points when you want pretty pictures, and of course, Barcelona comes with back-to-back attractions too.

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The Marina

The Marina

Vilanova La Geltru - Barcelona, Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

The Vilanova Grand Marina is considered to be the 10th most beautiful port in Europe. The port was designed exclusively for luxurious super-yachts, but if you're not lucky enough to own one you're welcome to...
Calella Lighthouse

Calella Lighthouse

Calella - Barcelona, Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

Standing 50 metres tall, set against the landscape of Calella's beachfront, Calella's nineteenth-century lighthouse is a ten-minute walk along the seafront. Visit for a panoramic view of the city and the sea,...

Activities

Theme park, waterpark, water sports? Thrill seekers will be in their element in the Costa Barcelona. But staying active in Barcelona doesn’t have to be at the extreme. Leisurely strolls will conjure up beautiful sights on every corner, creating the perfect opportunity for the budding photographer to capture some postcard-worthy snaps.

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Marineland

Marineland

Malgrat De Mar – Barcelona, Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

Spend a fun-filled day at Marineland - a water park and marine zoo rolled into one. Ride and race down the exhilarating slides and meet the resident dolphins, sea lions, penguins and exotic birds. There's also...
PortAventura World

PortAventura World

PortAventura Salou – Barcelona, Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

Get set for non-stop fun in the sun at Spain’s biggest and best amusement park! This epic attraction combines a thrilling theme park, a Caribbean-style waterpark and Europe’s only Ferrari Land, all...

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.

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Family-friendly restaurants

Shopping

Barcelona leads the pack when it comes to shopping in these parts. Further down the coast in Sitges, there’s a nice selection of independent boutiques to peruse. Most towns also have regular markets brimming with local produce, crafts and souvenirs too.

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La Rambla

La Rambla

Vilanova La Geltru - Barcelona, Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

Shop till you drop around the hundreds of stores on Vilanova's atmospheric La Rambla, the tree-lined pedestrianised main street running for more than a kilometre between the Old Town, and the sea front. When...
Heaps of shopping

Heaps of shopping

Pineda de Mar - Barcelona, Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

Shop for unique souvenirs at the quirky shops and boutiques around Pineda de Mar's charming main square, or look for local crafts at the Friday market on the promenade. There are also plenty of supermarkets...

Nightlife

Sitges is famed for its colourful nightlife and has an interesting array of cool bars to choose from. Head into Barcelona for the rooftop scene and stacks of beach clubs or, check out Villanova’s cellar bars for a taste of the best regional wines.

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Dos de Mayo Street

Dos de Mayo Street

Sitges, Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

Sitges is the Catalan coast's answer to San Antonio and the all-night party really gets started in the lively gay and straight bars on Sitges' legendary Dos de Mayo Street. Things don't start hotting up here...
Al fresco drinks by the sea

Al fresco drinks by the sea

Vilanova La Geltru - Barcelona, Costa Barcelona - Costa Brava

Locally-produced wines and cava are on the menu at the cellar bars of Vilanova La Geltru. If you want to enjoy your drink above land, you'll also find a number of beach bars and lively outdoor terraces on the...
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