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Costa Brava Guide
The Costa Brava – or Wild Coast – is located just north of the Catalonian capital of Barcelona and runs along 160km of the coastline to the border with France. Encompassing rocky bays, beautiful beaches, delightful fishing villages and bustling cosmopolitan tourist resorts.
The Costa Brava basically breaks down into four separate regions; La Selva, Girones, Baix Empordá and L´Alt Empordá and basks in around 2500 sunshine hours per year. As well as great beaches the area boasts a rich cultural heritage and offers visitor loads to do and see. From beautiful botanical gardens in Blanes through to the former home of Salvador Dali in Port Lligat.
Throughout the year the Costa Brava hosts a succession of colorful fiestas and festivals. And during the summer months of July and August there are some excellent events to enjoy. Such as the annual festival of Our Lady of Carmen, which takes place in both Lloret de Mar & Palamos on July 24th and which features a maritime procession bearing the icon of the patron saint of local fishermen. Making this the ideal spot for a memorable break.
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Towns & Villages
To truly experience this wonderful coastline we strongly recommend you visit the main tourist attractions.
Costa Brava Holiday Accommodation
Platja d’Aro is one of the most popular resorts in the Mediterranean. Combining a rich historical heritage that dates back as far as the 1st century BC with a modern and dynamic atmosphere. Along with a seemingly endless selection of stunning beaches and quiet coves, three of which enjoy blue flag status.
Away from the coast tourists and residents alike can enjoy a wide selection of top quality restaurants, excellent shopping facilities, a medieval market and wonderful natural attractions, such as the Gavarres mountain range.
Sant Antoni de Calonge is located a couple of kilometers just along the coast from Palamos. Like many other towns in the Costa Brava it effortlessly combines a rich historical pedigree, best epitomized by its medieval castle, the church of Sant Martí, with more modern day facilities and amenities such as a wealth of buzzing little bars, shops and restaurants.
Calonge offers one of the best selections of picturesque coves on the Costa Brava. Most notably along the Cami de Ronda, where secluded rocky bays run as far as the town of Platja d'Aro, as well as a fine selection of sandy beaches. All set against the sort of stunning mountain backdrop that has become synonymous with the Costa Brava.
This selection of attractions are those we consider to be a the 16 main attractions of the Girona coastal region. They represent a small cross-section of the culture, history, landscape, gastronomy and social events of the area.
Cap de Creus Natural Park
A peninsula in the north of the Costa Brava which, since 1984, has been considered a protected natural park.
It covers the municipal areas of El Port de la Selva, La Selva de Mar, Llançà, Cadaqués, Palau-saverdera, Pau, Roses and Vilajuïga. It has a very rugged coast, with deep waters, and plenty of tiny islands, high cliffs, reefs of stark, eroded rocks, small hidden bays with transparent water. Inland You’ll find meadows and forests.
Sant Pere de Rodes
In the municipality of El Port de la Selva, you’ll find the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. The monestary rises majestically from the middle of the mountain overlooking the entire peninsula of Cap de Creus.
Built in the 10th century, it is the greatest example of Romanesque art in the Girona region and the sheer majesty of the architecture and the beauty of its surroundings makes it a delight for the senses.
Cadaqués was a favourite of both Picasso and Salvador Dalí who were drawn to the area's incredible light and sea breezes. Facing the Mediterranean Sea at the head of a crystal clear bay, the former fishing village of Cadaques has been developed carefully over the years and retains much of its charm. The village is situated on the edge of the Cap de Creus Peninsula, where the Pyrenees mountains meet the sea.
Archaeological site at Empúries
You don’t have to be particularly interested in history or archaeology to appreciate the excavations of Empúries. The Greeks settled here during the sixth Century B.C. and later the Romans selected the place for their settlement.
The excavations are less than two kilometres from L'Escala and can be reached by foot comfortably along the beach promenade.
The mediaeval villages of Pals and Peratallada
Pals - The small picturesque town of Pals could easily be considered the most outstanding medieval town in Catalonia. The ‘Fiesta Mayor’ takes place during the first week in August and each Saturday there is a flea market. Pals does attract a large number of visitors so if you can schedule your visit for a weekday you will enjoy it more.
Peratallada - Declared a historic-artistic monument, most of the buildings are built from stone carved from the fosse or moat which still encircles parts of this small fortified medieval town. The privately-owned Castle of Peratallada is the dominant structure in the center of the town, with a 13th century Romanesque church dedicated to Sant Esteve (Saint Stephen) outside the town walls. Peratallada is known for its old stone buildings and rutted stone streets and passageways. The ‘Fiesta Major’, is held every year in early August with concerts and activities and there is a also a medieval festival in the autumn.
Also well worth a visit
• Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park
• The Medes Isles and the Montgrí massif
• Pottery in La Bisbal
• Old Town Centre of Girona
• Iberian settlement at Ullastret
• The small bays of Begur and Palafrugell, and Sant Sebastià lighthouse
• The Old Town of Tossa de Mar
• The Botanical Gardens of the maritime Selva
• The Dalinian Triangle
• Banyoles Lake
• Torroella de Montgrí and Peralada music festivals