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The Travel Guide to Costa Brava, Spain

Where to stay

Full of big family-friendly resorts with everything under one roof, the Costa Brava is one of the best places to visit in Spain for anyone with kids. But with the signature renovated historic hotels that Spain is known for, adults wanting a secluded and tranquil escape aren’t left out either.

Aiguaclara Hotel A renovated colonial mansion that dates back to 1866, this charming hotel is close to the best beaches and golf courses

Hotel Delamar Designed for adults who want to release their youthful side, this adults-only hotel is for daytime relaxing and nighttime partying

Salles Hotel & Spa Mas Tapiolas For peace and tranquility, this rural hotel is surrounded by nature and boasts a relaxing spa, gourmet Catalan restaurant and gorgeous suites

Hotel Playa Sol A coastal retreat offering postcard-worthy sea views in a warm and friendly Spanish village

Not interested in spending the night in Costa Brava? Then check out the Costa Brava day trip from Barcelona

Cultural highlights

Even though it’s mainly known for its purpose-built vacation resorts with tourist-oriented attractions in Spain, there are still a few gems for culture vultures. Whether you prefer modern contemporary art galleries or ancient historic monuments, you can find it all in the Costa Brava.

Dalí Theatre-Museum This art museum evokes the work and life of the famous artist and includes some of his greatest masterpieces

Ruins of Empúries Fascinating Roman and Greek ruins that date back to the 6th century BC

Parish Church of Sant Romà A blend of Catalan, Gothic and Renaissance styles, this colorful church is one of Lloret de Mar’s cultural gems

Museu Memorial de l’Exili A peaceful space designed for history, study, remembrance and critical reflection on the vast number of exiles that resulted from the Spanish Civil War

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Outdoor activities and attractions

When it comes to the most beautiful places in Spain, the Costa Brava is definitely somewhere high up on the list. So plan to head outdoors and take in the charming natural sights the next time you’re there.

Platja de Treumal A small and secluded beach that features soft golden sands lined by thick green trees on one side and calm aquamarine waters on the other

Cap de Creus National Park A real natural wonder overflowing with wild rugged coastlines, towering rocky cliffs, shimmering blue water and thick canopies that provide much-needed shade

Jardines de Santa Clotilde Elegant gardens that date back almost 100 years, showcasing wonderful green spaces, artistic sculptures, winding paths and tranquil squares

Aiguablava – Begur – Pals Walk One of the Costa Brava’s best-known walking trails, this path takes you along one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe

Top excursions

The Costa Brava boasts some of the finest historical landmarks in Spain and the best way to discover all the fascinating stories and details behind them is to sign up for an excursion. Don’t worry if you’re not really into history – there are plenty modern excursions, too.

Costa Brava and Medieval Villages Tour Take a trip back in time to Medieval Spain on this tour which includes visits to historical structures, a coastal walk and local cuisine

Hot Air Balloon Flight and Breakfast Soar above the ancient volcanoes of Catalonia and soak up panoramic views before indulging in a traditional Catalonian breakfast

Dalí and Costa Brava Tour This tour invites you to retrace Dali’s footsteps throughout the Costa Brava and visit one of his most famous art museums

Game of Thrones Walking Tour of Girona Visit six filming sites from the HBO hit series and learn all the insider gossip about the show from a local guide

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What to eat and drink

Thanks to its coastal location, a lot of the traditional cuisine in the Costa Brava focuses on local fish and seafood, usually caught that very morning for the ultimate freshness. But seafood-averse foodies don’t have to worry – there are plenty of meat-based and veggie dishes on offer throughout the region.

Pan Amb Tomaquet Slices of toasted bread rubbed with fresh tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt

Caracoles Snails boiled in broth with a medley of local herbs, spices, and orange peel, usually served as a tapa with a cold beer

Peix Fregit Freshly-caught tiny fish dusted in flour and deep-fried whole until light golden brown and crispy

Arròs Negre A creamy, hearty casserole made of rice cooked with stock, squid ink, garlic, onion, cuttlefish and shrimps or clams

Nightlife

Because it covers such a huge space, the Costa Brava has the perfect night scene to suit everyone. Whether you want to dance until the early hours, chill and chat with a cocktail, or watch a live band play, you’ll find the Costa Brava is one of the best places to visit in Spain for all that and more.

Lloret de Mar One of the region’s most popular vacation resorts, Lloret de Mar is filled with bouncing nightclubs heaving with party people

Tossa de Mar Slightly more laid back than Lloret de Mar, this resort has great cocktail lounges on the promenade and lots of karaoke and music bars around the Villa Nova area

Girona The place where local students hang out, Girona has its fair share of clubs with live DJs, as well as sophisticated jazz bars

Begur The best choice for a relaxed night out, this area is known for its chilled out bars with outside terraces that boast fantastic views