Costa Brava

Costa Brava holidays

On Spain’s stunning Costa Brava, a string of all-action holiday resorts sit alongside quaint fishing villages, culture-packed cities and a wild landscape bursting with adventures. Tossa de Mar’s medieval walls, al fresco paella restaurants and Blue Flag sands have old-school Spain written all over them, while Lloret de Mar’s lively bars, brilliant beaches and wild waterpark are a big hit with fun-seekers. Style comes as standard on the cosmopolitan shores of Platja d’Aro and L’Estartit is a hotspot for all sorts of water sports. But seaside fun isn’t the only thing on the menu. Exploring dramatic countryside on two wheels, vineyard-hopping, the medieval delights of Girona and more than your fair share of fine dining are all here to enjoy too.

Language

Catalan & Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

starts from €1.50

3 course meal

from €7.95

Flight times

2.5hrs

Holiday favourites

If you’re looking to make the most of the coast, you’re in luck here. These shores come with resorts of all kinds, from the chilled chiringuitos along the coastline to fun-oriented towns typically ticking all the holiday boxes. Wherever you choose, sunbathing on gorgeous sands and swimming in gleaming waters is guaranteed.

Rugged coast

The Costa Brava isn’t known as the ‘Wild Coast’ for nothing. It’s famous for its dramatic cliffs and untamed natural beauty – both spanning right across the lush shoreline. But there are plenty of incredible golden beaches sprinkled out along the seafront, so pick a place to spread out those towels. Sporty types, you’ll be in cycling and water sports heaven around these parts.

Food, glorious food

Calling all foodies – this is the Costa for you. The surrounding region has the highest concentration of Michelin stars in all of Spain and is also home to one of the world’s best restaurants. Catalan cuisine is a moreish mix of mountain meets sea, often in a stew. And the lush mountain valleys here are home to flourishing vineyards that produce cava too.

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Begur

A place where medieval history combines with plenty of activities – like horse-riding and diving – Begur is the whitewashed hidden gem of the Costa Brava.

L'Estartit Holidays

L'Estartit

The 5km crescent of lush, gold-sand beaches and hidden coves are more than enough to entice you to visit L’Estartit.

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Tamariu

Named after the tamarix trees that scatter the resort, this traditional fishing village is a low-key choice for families, groups and couples, all looking for a pretty Spanish spot.

Beaches

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the area’s beaches. From lively, family-friendly golden stretches to quiet pine-fringed coves, the Costa Brava has it all. Tossa de Mar comes with two pristine Blue Flag beaches, while Lloret de Mar has five sand-and-shingle stretches to brag about.

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Platja Gran

Sights

This coastal stretch and the surrounding area has plenty to offer you if you’ve got an interest in history and culture. Think old town charm – and even a lighthouse! The breathtaking backdrop is enough to leave anyone in awe too, with vast expanses of unspoilt landscape.

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Benedormiens Castle

Benedormiens Castle

Platja d'Aro, Costa Brava

This impressive castle was originally built to protect Platja d’Aro against attacks from the Moors. It has a long history dating back to the 11th century. The castle has been beautifully restored and is now...
Bufalaranya Castle

Bufalaranya Castle

Costa Brava

Standing on the top of a small hill, the Bufalaranya Castle was built in the eighth century, remained in use until the 14th century and is now a Cultural Asset of National Interest. You can still see a tower...

Activities

Thrill seekers will be pleased to hear that there’s both a theme park and waterpark in the area. You can even catch a train to the bright lights of Barcelona or Girona. If you find it hard to sit still, you’ll enjoy Peralada’s offering of sports and activities including horse riding and golf.

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Eating and drinking

Spanish food is bursting with flavour, and with so much to choose from it can be hard to decide on a dish! That’s where tapas comes into play – little bite-size plates of tasty nibbles, often served with bread and great when teamed with a nice glass of local red!

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L'Estartit Marina

Shopping

Tossa de Mar is a good tip for picking up locally-made ceramics (they’re something of a speciality around here). In nearby Platja d’Aro, there’s a nice selection of upmarket boutiques to peruse. Most towns also have a regular market brimming with souvenirs and super-fresh picnic supplies.

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Heaps of shopping

Heaps of shopping

Pineda de Mar - 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...
A range of shops

A range of shops

Santa Susanna - Costa Barcelona, Costa Brava

This buzzing stretch of coastline has plenty of shops to cater for your holiday needs. Whether you want to pick up a leather handbag or shop for food for a picnic, you’ll find it here. There are shoe shops...

Nightlife

For high octane nights, Lloret de Mar is the place, with energy-packed clubs that are open from dusk till dawn. If you want things a little more low-key, Tossa’s atmospheric beachfront restaurants and bars will fit the bill – an idyllic spot to enjoy a cocktail and watch the sun go down.

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A great night out

A great night out

Costa Brava

When the sun goes down in Roses there’s plenty of nightlife. Choose from terrace bars with live music, romantic moonlit cocktails, traditional music on the beach or partying till sunrise in one of the clubs. Or...
Lively seaside bars

Lively seaside bars

Malgrat de Mar - Costa Barcelona, Costa Brava

There are lots of lively bars along Malgrat's seafront offering fun evening entertainment, from comedy nights to karaoke. Catch the game at Champions sports bar, enjoy a tasty cocktail at Sunset bar, sample the...
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