Costa Brava holidays 2020
Whether you want to let your hair down until the early hours or admire rugged coastlines, forest-covered mountains and deep blue waters then a holiday on the Costa Brava in Spain might just be for you. Beyond its geographical allures, the price tag on a Costa Brava holiday is nothing to sniff at, and it constantly comes in as one of our cheapest holidays.
One of the first Spanish coastal areas to become popular with British tourists, the Costa Brava is a superb ‘home from home’, with year-round favourable weather shining down on familiar surroundings of lively bars, clubs and restaurants. In recent years however, visitors have come from far and wide to marvel at the Costa Brava’s stunning natural sights and rich heritage.
Here, in the province of the magnificent Girona - where your flights into the Costa Brava will land, but also worth checking out itself - you’ll find medieval walled towns alongside stylish resorts popular with Barcelona’s stylish weekend trippers, nature reserves, museums and remote beaches. There’s plenty waiting to be discovered on a Costa Brava holiday in 2020.
Costa Brava at a glance
Discover the best beaches
We love Calella de Palafrugell and Playa de Aiguablava
Amazing all inclusive resorts
Lloret de Mar boasts some pretty great all inclusive hotels
Perfect for watersports
The Wild Coast is popular for all kinds of watersports
Sample the local food
Sample fresh Catalan food at its best
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Dalí’s seaside home in Portlligat is a must-visit
Costa Brava has shallow-water beaches and a wealth of family-friendly hotels
Top resorts in Costa Brava
Lloret de Mar
Lloret de Mar is a popular holiday destination located along the shoreline of the Costa Brava in Spain and full …from £104 pp
Holidays to Catalonia’s colourful capital of Barcelona blend seaside bliss with architectural treasures. With history, culture and world-class cuisine, Barcelona’s …from £106 pp
If you’re looking for a lively beach resort for your 2020 cheap holiday, Calella on the Costa Maresme is for …from £141 pp
Santa Susanna epitomises the essence of Spain. Stunning beaches, authentic town centres, and exquisite food and drink are what visitors …from £129 pp
Malgrat de Mar
A holiday spent in Malgrat de Mar is sure to be a holiday to remember. With its stunning beaches and …from £118 pp
Pineda de Mar
Running on empty? Dreaming of a relaxing break in the sun? Head to Pineda de Mar, on Spain’s beautiful Costa …from £157 pp
Things to do in Costa Brava
Sun, sea and Sangria are very much the order of the day on a Costa Brava holiday, however there’s far more to explore from a culinary point of view. From gourmet restaurants in Girona, to local favourites in Tossa de Mar, to something more traditional in Platja d'Aro, the Costa Brava has a culinary favourite. There’s everything here from Michelin-starred restaurants to the simplest of beach cafes. The most important thing is that great food here is excellent value for money.
Catalan cooking consists of whatever can be sourced locally and fresh, so expect to feast on fish stews, Iberico ham and delicious tapas. Typical Spanish dishes such as paella are plentiful here, as is local wine and beer to wash it all down with.
The Costa Brava is famed for its nightlife, much of it centred on the lively resort of Lloret De Mar. There’s classy cocktail bars, late night pubs and clubs and terrace-topped hangouts aplenty waiting to show you a great time. Places such as Revolution, Disco Salero and Hollywood Dance Club come recommended, but you’ll probably find that you just go with the crowd. In places such as Cadaques and Callela you’ll come across the likes of the Terrace at Can Gelpi that looks out directly onto the beach with the sound of crashing waves. Try a cremat, a concoction of dark rum, coffee and spices. Both resorts have bustling streets and lots of bars.
What our local experts say
Hidden places in the Costa Brava
The Costa Brava, with its plunging ochre cliffs, verdant pine forest and turquoise coves, is easily the most beautiful stretch of coastline on the Spanish Mediterranean. It attracts hundreds of thousands of holiday-makers every year, and its biggest resorts offer gorgeous beaches and non-stop action. But, if you want to ...Continue reading
Our essential guide to Pineda de Mar
Gorgeous beaches and lots of authentic Spanish appeal have made Pineda de Mar a favourite with holiday-makers, particularly with couples and families. It’s a laid-back, low-key resort, which is perfectly located halfway between the Costa Brava and Barcelona, so there’s plenty to see and do right on the ...
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Your Costa Brava questions answered
Absolutely! Costa Brava has spectacular beaches with crystal-clear waters and fine sands. Add to the pristine coves, a rich variety of hotels and plenty of restaurants and you’ve got one of Spain’s top destinations.
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