Costa Brava is a coastal area of Catalonia that starts in Blanes and ends up in the French border in Portbou. This coastal Mediterranean strip has an extension of 214 kilometers and it’s located in the province of Girona, the northern part of the Catalan Autonomous Community.
“The Costa Brava is a strip of 214 kilometers of Mediterranean coast in the northern part of Spain”
The area is full of magnificent beaches and unique little coves that make this place an ideal destination for many vacationers, there’s no doubt that you will be able to enjoy of a wide range of unique experiences in Costa Brava if you decide to visit it during your next holidays.
Here we can also find many charming villages that are responsible for the magical atmosphere of this unique region. Let’s have a look at the most charming villages of the Costa Brava.
In Cap the Creus we can find this beautiful fishing village that has inspired artists such as Salvador Dalí, to whom the town pays tribute with a bronze statue. Anyway the town was visited by many other important artists in history such as Duchamp, Picasso or Miró among others.
Cadaqués seems to be a perfectly painted picture, with a great bohemian atmosphere, white houses surrounded by an amazing landscape, where the sand, the mountains and the see merge into a wonderful synchronicity difficult to find in other places.
Figueres is another town you shouldn’t miss when visiting the Costa Brava. It’s the capital of a region called Alt Emporda and, just like Cadaqués, it owes much of its popularity to Dalí, as his museum is located in this town. The museum is impressive from the inside and the outside at the same time, its façade is crowned by some gigantic eggs that awake our imagination and desire to see what’s inside this magical place.
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This is another beautiful town that we find on our way through the rugged Costa Brava. While still maintaining its fishing tradition, the town has grown in recent years due to a major tourist and commercial activity.
Apart from its beaches and coves, its greatest monument is a majestic Benedictine monastery.The building, in Romanesque style, is especially known for the famous door Porta Ferrada, the oldest part of the building, which is from the tenth century. If you fancy hiking or cycling you should take a walk along the greenway enabled on the route of the old carrilet, a narrow and old railway that used to link the town with Girona.
As in the rest of the Costa Brava, the beaches of fine golden sand are the protagonists of L’Escala. This is one of the towns that we can find in the Bay of Roses, together with Roses, Sant Pere Pescador and Castelló d’Empuries. You should definitely visit this bay as it’s considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
“The Bay of Roses is considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world”
In addition to preserving the charm of the fishing villages of the Mediterranean coast, l’Escala offers much more as we can find the most important Greek archaeological site of Spain just two kilometers away; the ruins of Empúries, which are more than 2000 years old. A nice curiosity is that this place was the landing point of the Olympic flame in Catalonia in 1992, after a long boat trip from Greece.
Palamós is another town worth visiting in Costa Brava, even if it’s just for trying its exquisite red prawns, which have made this place famous all over the world. The biological richness of the Costa Brava is probably the main reason for the great quality of these prawns that have been fished in this area since the thirties. Moreover, the village also has a Fishing Museum, ideal for those who want to know more about the fishing tradition of this Mediterranean region.
As you see, there are many special spots and towns to visit in Costa Brava ¿Where are you going to start from?