This particular coastline offers some excellent stretches of beach, from beautiful coves such as 'Platja de Santa Cristina' just outside Lloret de Mar and long stretches of beach from Cala Blanes to Calella. The north coast of Costa Brava ofers some fabulous private coves, granite cliffs, fertile hills and sheltered stretches of sadu beach, such as Bagur, Calella de la Palufrugell and Ampuriabrava. Watersports are readily avaiable along the main stretches of beach, from windsurfing to pedaloes, and trying your luck on a banana boat!
Wherever you're staying in the Costa Brava, you'll have a good range of souvenir shops and boutiques to keep you happy. Throughout all the resorts, you'll find shops selling typical souvenirs like cheerful ceramics, embroidered goods and leather so you can stock up with reminders to take home. Bustling Calella offers excellent boutiques along its main pedestrianised street, whilst in Malgrat and Pineda de Mar there are fewer shops, but still enough for leisurely browsing. Don't miss the area's colourful street markets selling crafts and foodstuffs and for heavy-duty shopping, take a trip to Barcelona's high fashion stores.
Unsurprisingly, the Costa Brava's food centres on the fish and seafood caught in its local waters, with most delicacies chargrilled or oven-baked in salt. Treats to watch out for include sarsuela, a spicy stew, mouth-watering seafood paellas laden with fresh shrimps, and fish and meat dishes in romesco sauce, a tasty fusion of almonds, tomatoes and garlic. For dessert, indulge in crème catalana - crème-brulee infused with cinnamon - and when you're sitting in the sun, sip on Catalonia's home-produced cava or everyone's favourite, sangria - a chilled-out combination of brandy, wine and lemonade.
Nightlife in the Costa Brava varies from resort to resort, although you'll always have the opportunity to relax over dinner watching a glorious sunset or the moonlight playing on the waves. In quiet resorts like Pineda de Mar, most entertainments come courtesy of hotel shows and in Malgrat de Mar, you'll find a number of discos and bars along the seafront. In livelier spots like Calella, lots of music bars and nightspots tempt partygoers as do weekly displays of the sardana, Catalonia's traditional dance.
Lloret de Mar,
Malgrat de Mar,
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a city full of interesting sights, from the Church of the Holy Family, Barcelona FC football stadium, Olympic stadium, Parc Guell and the fabulous colourful fountains - these are just a few of the amazing sights. Stroll the palm-lined promenade of Las Ramblas with its street cafés, Hard Rock Café, and the many 'human' statues. For shoppers there are a huge selection of different street stores to browse around, and there are many tapas bars to sample.
Montserrat is a symbol of Catalonia, and is located in the incomparable setting of the natural park of the Masif of Montserrat. This impressive monastery contains the 'Moreneta' (Black Madonna), the patroness of Catlonia. The Benedictine community, formed by the monks have served the Morenta for almost one thousand years. A trip here is a cultural day not to be missed.
A typical Catalan country house invites you to a taste of Spain - a 'real' Spanish night out. Whilst enjoying a meal with flowing wine, you wil get the chance to watch a superb flamenco show. Later you can also dance the night away to the live band.
Costa Brava is also known as the wild and rugged coast for its lush, green setting and clear waters, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. This northern coast is made up of quaint towns and coves. If you feel like exploring - why not hire a car and take a trip to the stunning Cadaques, located approximately 60 kilometres north of Gerona, the views are amazing.