When you think of Spain what’s the first thing that comes to mind - sunshine, sea views and endless amounts of fun? If that’s exactly what you imagine a Spanish holiday to be then make sure you’re not left disappointed and book your trip to Costa Brava today. This sun-soaked region on the north east coast of Spain has everything you could hope for from your summer getaway. Literally translated as ‘Wild Coast’ this unique stretch of seafront land boasts some of the most stunning and dramatic coastal landscapes in the Mediterranean. Here you’ll find rugged, rocky cliffs and mountains alongside exotically beautiful beaches and thick pine forests, plus, did we mention the year round bright sunshine? Just a two hour flight from the UK, Costa Brava is ideally situated for easy family holidays and it’s easy to see why the region has remained a firm favourite with British tourists for decades.
Costa Brava holidays
If you’re looking for a traditional Catalan vibe outside Barcelona, quaint whitewashed towns or vibrant resorts, you’ve come to the right place. Along the Costa Brava coast, you’ll find Calella de la Costa – a contrasting town made up of a traditional old quarter and a bustling town centre. Whichever side of town you’re heading to, there is a distinct laid-back feel and a myriad of clubs, bars and restaurants to discover.
For small-town charm, find yourself a place to stay in Tossa De Mar. With its traditional cobbled streets and an ancient castle, this area is one of the prettiest in the region and a great spot to settle on your holidays in Costa Brava. A sparkling gem on the Costa del Maresme, Pineda is perfectly placed for lazy breaks. Down by the water, you’ll find a quaint harbour with white sandy beaches stretched out the length of the coast – a great place to take a dip in the sea.
Family Friendly Spots
If you’re embarking on your holidays in Costa Brava with the kids or you’re just looking for thrill-seeking adventure, pay a visit to Port Aventura. The country’s biggest park, it is crammed full of white-knuckle rides and spectacular shows. Work your way around the five themed zones, embarking on whooping rollercoasters and plummeting adrenaline rides. If you’d rather something tamer, take a ride on the spinning teacups or take your pick from the shows – from can-can cabarets to acrobatics shows.
For quieter times on your Costa Brava holidays, take a trip to Santa Clotilde Gardens. Built at the start of the 20th century, they are set against the backdrop of a series of hillside terraces and are a great example of Italian Renaissance style. Meander your way through cypress trees, sculptures, fountains and ponds for a relaxing antidote to the hustle and bustle of the town centre.
Beautiful beaches and warm sands are sure to be an attractive notion on your holidays. Whether you want to bathe on the beautiful Mar Mernuda Beach with a cocktail in hand or strip off on the rocky sands of Boadella Beach – a favoured spot for naturists. If you fancy a spot of sailing, pay a visit to Platja Gran where you’ll have the opportunity to travel on a glass-bottomed boat. The ideal way to view a wealth of marine life without getting your feet wet, it will also keep the children amused for the afternoon.
Whether you like to spend your holiday days taking a leisurely stroll around medieval villages or being swept off your feet in busy, lively city centres you won’t be disappointed by the resorts of Costa Brava.
In recent years, Barcelona has gained a reputation as one of the trendiest cities in Europe, thanks to its thriving arts and nightlife scene. Parts of this Catalonian city are crowded and exciting and there are cool shopping opportunities along the famous street of Las Ramblas. For incredible sightseeing opportunities visit the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell and for the chance to sample the very latest innovations in food and drink try the fashionable Boqueria Market.
Places to visit in Costa Brava
Away from the crowds of this vibrant city, winding roads lined with vineyards and vast red rockery lead from Barcelona to its neighbour; the picture perfect town of Girona on the banks of the River Onyar where you ca simply relax and unwind. For something more energetic Tossa de Mar is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Costa Brava. This seaside city comes complete with hundreds of hotels and first-rate facilities including golf courses, recreation centres and water sports centres, while just a stone’s throw from this bustling resort there are historic villages waiting to be explored. Regencos is a quaint medieval town with plenty of historic sites to admire and the traditional village of Pubol is a favourite with keen foodies thanks to its rustic, family run restaurants and authentic cuisine.
The top of every tourist’s to do list in Costa Brava should be to pay a visit to the many stunning beaches of the region. The shorefront here is rugged and filled with jaw dropping stretches of sand, but what else would you expect from the Wild Coast? Tossa de Mar is home to two Blue Flag beaches complete with family friendly facilities while Lloret de Mar has five sand and shingle beaches, all of which are known for their water sports facilities.