Santa Susanna epitomises the essence of Spain. Stunning beaches, authentic town centres, and exquisite food and drink are what visitors have flocked here for decades for. Situated in the Costa Brava region, Santa Susanna offers some of the best beaches you'll find in Northern Spain. In addition to the beach, the area also nearby towns with vibrant medieval centres. Sample some delicious Catalonian food at the many locally run restaurants, and try the salted cod salad and the homemade stew to experience cuisine like the locals do. There's also a range of activities perfect for those travelling with children. Head to the nearby National Park to experience some of northern Spain's best mountain biking or simply take a walk in the rustic countryside. It is also a wonderful destination for couples. Head to Barcelona to soak up the cosmopolitan vibe of this cultural epicentre or head to Tossa de Mar to explore the 12th-century town centre and the remains of the city fortification. Book a holiday to Santa Susana in 2018 and experience the best of the Costa Brava, and have the holiday of a lifetime.
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Santa Susanna is a great choice for those who want to explore the wider region of Catalonia. There are plenty of amenities which, when combined with this traditional charm, make for an excellent holiday destination in 2018. The old town, which was once part of the Castillo de Palafolls region, still retains much of its medieval charm, and is dotted with monuments and ancient buildings each with their own tale of the past. The nearby town of Tossa de Mar has an extensive network of walls which run next to the beach and around a small selection of the old town. There’s also a quaint history museum situated near the seafront and a lighthouse on top of the hill. A number of information boards scattered around the town inform visitors of its Roman past.
While on holiday in Santa Susanna you can expect to find all your Spanish favourites. However, Santa Susanna is part of the Catalonia region – the area has its own distinct take on cooking and you can sample some of the regions best gastronomical delights on your visit. Some of the specialities of the region include salted cod salad with tomatoes and onion, a delicious stew made with meat and vegetables, and also a seafood casserole. The famous type of garlic mayonnaise, aioli, originated in the region and is extra delicious when is made locally with fresh garlic and an abundance of olive oil.
Santa Susanna is home to a range of restaurants which serves everything from local Spanish cuisine to Chinese, Mexican and Italian. There are several high-end restaurants including El Hogar Gallegos and Victor Trocho restaurant. But if you're looking for a more casual affair, head to Pub Eureka Corner or the Drunken Duck. If you want to stop for a coffee and some cake, then Bohemia or Bad Joan are both centrally located and reasonably priced options.
Santa Susanna is an excellent destination for those who are travelling with children. The temperate climate means it's always time for the beach. The kids can be kept busy building sandcastles and swimming in the warm Mediterranean. The nearby National Park is also perfect for those who like to hike, mountain bike or horse ride. This wonderful natural environment is just a matter of minutes away from Santa Susanna and can be easily reached by public transportation or by hiring a car. Parc Adventure is an excellent choice if you're feeling a little adventurous. The theme park offers paintballing, caving, climbing and archery, as well as a chance to experience high wires and zip wires. If you want to take things up a notch, then you can always head to the indoor skydiving facilities. Considered to be one of the best in Europe, and often used by professional skydivers, you can feel the adrenaline pump around your body as you emulate freefalling in their professional wind tunnel.
There is an excellent National Park located just inland from Santa Susanna. It’s a wonderful place to head for a day of trekking or cycling, and to see a different part of the region which often remains undiscovered by visitors. There are several routes you can take in the park, covering a range of fitness abilities. It’s always advisable to plan your route in advance and travel with plenty of water. Pala Moss is the Costa Brava's primary fishing port and is also home to an excellent fish museum. You can register to take part in the cooking course which incorporates the deliciously fresh ingredients which have just been brought ashore. Almost a third of the Costa Brava region is a protected nature reserve. You can see this area in all its blooming glory by taking a boat trip along the Costa Brava coastline. If you choose to partake in a full-day boat trip, you'll drop anchor in a sheltered and secluded bay where your chef will cook you some traditional Spanish paella before setting sail again in the afternoon. Don't forget your sun cream.
The Costa Brava region of Spain is well known for its fantastic beach facilities. Accessible, clean and family friendly – you’ll struggle to find a better beach destination anywhere in Europe. As well as the long strip of sand that surrounds the Santa Susanna area, there are also several of the beaches in the wider Costa Brava area located nearby. The beaches surrounding the town of Loretta de Mar are particularly of interest for those looking for a rustic Spanish experience. At the far end of the red beach is a fascinating castle, which is well worth the walk down the sandy shores to experience. The region’s beaches are well catered for. With a range of cafés, restaurants and other facilities, you won't struggle to access everything you need for a family day at the beach. The vicinity of Tossa de Mar, one of the quaintest in northern Spain, also has a lovely beach where you can escape the crowds and enjoy some pure serenity.
The Costa Brava is known for its al fresco nightlife. Santa Susanna has a nice selection of cocktail bars and pubs scattered around the town where you can enjoy an evening drink after dinner. If you want to while away the evening on the beachfront, Bendy Sand Beach club is a great choice. They serve wonderful cocktails and it has a cosy atmosphere. A few streets back from the promenade is the Drunken Duck. This British-style pub is popular with visitors and stays open until the early hours.
The old town in Tossa de Mar is also a bustling with people after the sun sets. They have many open terraces which are perfect for enjoying drinks in the warm Spanish weather. If you want to take in the sights and sounds of the capital of the Catalonia region, Barcelona, it's only about an hour away by car or public transportation. If you do decide to head to Barcelona for the evening, then you'll be absolutely spoilt for choice with endless bars, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Santa Susanna and the wider Costa Brava region are perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway. From shopping in the wide boulevards of Barcelona, to dining in the artisan restaurants of the medieval villages, there’s a wide array of activities perfect for those travelling with just their partner. Santa Susanna is the ideal destination if you're looking for relative serenity paired with plenty of places to eat, drink and keep yourself busy of an evening. The quiet old town is ideal for romantic walks and the many family-run restaurants are well suited to a romantic dining experience. Couples visiting Santa Susanna on holiday should also take the opportunity to explore the lovely nearby towns and villages. Tossa de Mar is one of the most underrated destinations in Spain. The old town here dates back to the 12th century, and you can still explore the extensive city wall which was built as the city's primary fortification against invaders.
The Costa Brava is known to be one of the most culturally rich regions in Spain. In fact, Salvador Dali spent much of his life here. You can view many of Dali's wonderful pieces of work at the Dali Theatre Museum. Many of the exhibits here are also highly engaging for children. It’s a great way to get them interested in the arts. If you want to visit some of Gaudi's spectacular constructions, then the city of Barcelona is just over 60 kilometres away from Santa Susanna. Girona is another excellent destination for lovers of culture and heritage. The pedestrianised medieval centre is home to a wedding cake cathedral, old defensive walls and also a bridge that was designed by Gustaf Eiffel, who most famously created the Eiffel Tower.