The Costa Brava is full of small and big beautiful towns. Discover them here!
You'll take away some great memories of your visit to Begur. The landscape is sure to feature prominently since this area boasts some of the most spectacular beauty spots on the Costa Brava. The beaches and coves, sheltered by vegetation, will make you feel like you're in paradise. The historical centre, crowned by the mediaeval castle, or the little Romanesque town of Esclanyà, give you a sense of the exciting history of Begur. You couldn't ask for better surroundings, with coastal footpaths ideal for hiking and an array of water sports on offer. Begur has it all, and you’ll have an unforgettable experience.
Once you get to Blanes, you are in the Costa Brava. Sa Palomera Rock,right in the middle of the long beach, marks the beginning of the Costa Brava. This is why it is known as the Portal to the Costa Brava. This is also where the charms of a former fishing village start, where the traces of its history live hand in hand with the restless life of a modern, dynamic, but welcoming town.
CALELLA DE PLAFRUGELL:
All the towns that form part of the municipality of Palafrugell have a special charm, but when you visit Calella de Palafrugell you'll discover that it sounds wonderful as well. Listen to the waves of the Mediterranean in a town that has preserved its seafaring spirit like no other. Listen to the silence, peace and calm of the beaches and coves, authentic paradises hidden away from it all. And listen to music on summer nights, with the traditional performance of havaneres (colonial sea shanties) and the prestigious Cap Roig Festival, two essential experiences to be enjoyed in this stunning setting.
Calonge is one of many towns in Baix Empordà with more attractions than you can count on the fingers of both hands. To start with, you have mediaeval Calonge in the shape of an exceptional old quarter with the arcaded Carrer Càcul, Plaça de la Doma and Plaça Major, where the castle awaits you, forming an integral part of the town. Enter and visit the square, the Renaissance palace and the keep. Then you have Sant Antoni de Calonge, the Calonge of coves and beaches, where footpaths wind their way around the coast. And there's an even more ancient heritage to see in Calonge: the dolmens scattered along the Ruàs valley and the Iberian settlement of Castellbarri. And make sure you don't miss the festive Calonge, with highlights including the New Wine Festival and the mediaeval market.
he history books refer to Castelló d'Empúries as the mediaeval capital of a county that experienced a long golden age. The town's mediaeval past remains evident in many of its streets and in buildings such as the basilica of Santa Maria, the Palace of the Counts or the Llotja (sea exchange building). But this mediaeval character really comes to the fore during theFestival Terra de Trobadors (Land of Troubadours), featuring period music, jousting, a mediaeval market and many other activities. On top of all this history, the town also boasts plenty of scenic attractions, with the Empordà wetlands as a backdrop, so you've got plenty of reasons to explore it.
It is said that Empuriabrava is the little Venice of the Costa Brava. In this large residential marina (one of the biggest in the world), the locals make their way along a network of waterways rather than streets. Here you can enjoy beaches to suit everyone, gentle activities such as walks in the Empordà wetlands or adrenaline-fuelled ones such as kitesurfing or skydiving, not to mention the wonderful mediaeval architecture of Castelló d'Empúries.
L’Escala is one of the Costa Brava’s main tourist destinations. It’s easy to see why. It is set in unbeatable surroundings with the Montgrí massif, the Empordà wetlands, small and large beaches, and tiny coves nestled between rocky cliffs. There are all sorts of activities going on in the town, such as sardana dancing, performances of havaneres (colonial sea shanties), the Anchovy Festival, the Fish Suquet (stew) Gastronomic Days and so much more... There are plenty of sports on offer as well, such as mountain biking, hiking, diving, etc. And as for cultural experiences, how does a visit to the Greco-Roman ruins of Empúries sound? L’Escala is a seaside town full of life; come and experience it for yourself!
Where the Montgrí massif dips its feet in the sea you'll find L’Estartit, the coastal area of Torroella de Montgrí. This is a town whose seafaring past can still be savoured and where the beaches and coves share the limelight with the Medes islands. Beach lovers will enjoy the five kilometres of fine and shallow sand on the town's main beach. If you prefer rocky coves, head to Calella cove. If you want a little of both, discover the Pedrosa cove, hidden away between pines and rocks. And if you're a scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiast, you have the underwater paradise of the Medes islands, one of the best nature reserves in the Mediterranean.
It is said that the Palafrugell coastline in Baix Empordà forms the core of the Costa Brava, and that's where you'll find Llafranc, a tourist town whose seafaring and fishing past remains evident. Feel the white sand of its beach, revel in the landscape as you walk along the coastal footpath linking Llafranc to Calella, and climb up to the Sant Sebastià lighthouse to enjoy stunning views. The writer Josep Pla, a native of Palafrugell, said that Llafranc was a “truly relaxing place”. It is that and so much more. Come and discover it!
If you’ve never heard of Llançà, just shut your eyes for a moment and imagine a small Mediterranean town surrounded by protected natural landscape: on one side, the Cap de Creus Natural Park, with stunning beaches and dreamy coves; on the other side, the Albera mountain range, with plenty of trails to explore. Imagine yourself alone or with friends and family, enjoying water sports, discovering architectural gems or savouring a tasty dish of fresh fish. All of this and so much more is possible in Llança. Be sure to come with your eyes wide open, there’s so much to see!
LLORET DE MAR:
Lloret de Mar is a perfect combination of sun, beach, culture and leisure time activities. You can enjoy this municipality on the Costa Brava, bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, as you like and with whom you like. If you are looking for peace and quiet, get away from it all in Boadella Cove, stroll along the coastal paths or disconnect in any of the nooks and crannies of thegardens of Santa Clotilde. If what you are looking for is fun and adventure, there are a whole host of water activities, hiking routes or bicycle routes to wear you out. If you are looking for a good cultural offer, there is a long list of Modernist buildings for you to visit. Get to know the part of Lloret de Mar that most interests you.
Palafrugell is one of the star attractions of Baix Empordà and the Catalan coastline. Its beaches (Tamariu, Llafranc and Calella) are set in the quintessential landscape of the Costa Brava, sheltered by cliffs with their crystal-clear water. Your photos will look like picture postcards. Combine wonderful swims in the sea with strolls along the coastal footpath linking Calella and Llafranc, stopping off at the Sant Sebastià lighthouse, a must-see attraction. From there the views are stunning. And to explore the life of the town, wander the streets and alleys following in the footsteps of the writer Josep Pla, a native of Palafrugell.
Palamós grew around the port. In fact, the economy of this town in Baix Empordà is still sustained by the commercial, fishing and tourism activity of its port. However, its attractions go beyond the port and fantastic beaches. This is a town that will captivate you with its megalithic monuments, its Iberian settlement and its old quarter, not to mention the beauty of a sweeping landscape that takes in theGavarres massif and offers you stunning views of the Costa Brava.
The town of Pals is associated with many words and sensations: mediaeval, with the walled old quarter protected by the clock tower; sea, with a long, sweeping beach that invites you to take a dip with the backdrop of the Medes islands; birds, which fly over and make their nests around the ponds Basses d’en Coll, a protected area between wetlands and dunes; and rice, cultivated in acres upon acres of paddy fields and the star ingredient of many local dishes. Make sure you don't leave Pals without savouring the experience of a great rice stew.
Platja d’Aro is one of the tourist towns par excellence in Baix Empordàand one of the main Costa Brava destinations. It offers round-the-clock entertainment with no shortage of leisure options and activities. In the morning, for example, you can go for a swim at the main beach or at one of the nearby little coves. The early evening is a good time for strolling and shopping, making the most of the cooler temperatures. When the sun goes down it's time to enjoy the terraces, bars and restaurants. And if you get the chance to come back in October, there's plenty of beer on tap in the Autumn Festival, better known as the Beer Festival.
PORT DE LA SELVA:
In the north of the Costa Brava you'll find the Cap de Creus Natural Park, and on the north coast of the Cap de Creus peninsula and headland you'll find El Port de la Selva. Despite attracting many tourists to its beaches and coves in the summer, it has retained its character as a quiet little fishing village. It's also the perfect setting for nautical sports and for exploring the mountains that hug the Mediterranean along coastal footpaths and other trails. One of your walks really should include a visit to the 10th century monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, one of the most magnificent examples of Romanesque architecture in the counties of Girona.
Roses could be summed up as a Mediterranean fishing and tourist town in the north of the Costa Brava but the charms of this place seem endless: from contemplating a sunset on the beach to discovering the historical legacy of the Citadel; from enjoying all kinds of sports (both nautical and otherwise) to savouring a tasty fish suquet (stew) or an excellent rice dish; from experiencing local traditions such as the carnival, havaneres (colonial sea shanties) or sardana dancing to... the sky’s the limit!
S’Agaró, one of the little towns in the municipality of Castell d'Aro, is an architectural jewel by the sea. This is one of the legendary and most exclusive areas of the Costa Brava. At the turn of the 20th century, the noucentista architect Rafel Masó was commissioned by the Girona industrialist Josep Ensesa i Pujades to build something very special: an elite housing development with a distinctive noucentista style. Over a century later, S'Agaró is still a Mediterranean treasure. La Senya Blanca, Hostal de la Gavina, Domus Nostrum... each house forms part of an indivisible architectural complex declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest. Stroll along the coastal footpath that passes through the complex and pay attention to all the details; you're sure to agree that it's deserving of this status.
SANT ANTONI DE CALONGE:
If you enjoy travelling as a family, Sant Antoni de Calonge, in Baix Empordà, is the place for you. A long sandy beach awaits you. In the summer, when the Active Summer programme gets under way, it's non-stop action for the kids with over 500 activities designed just for them (and for you!). But if you're looking for somewhere to have a relaxing dip in the sea, you won't have to go far to find coves hidden among the rocks: Cala Roquetes Planes, Racó de les Dones, Racó dels Homes, Cala del Forn, Cala Cristus-Ses Torretes or Es Monestri beach. There are plenty of options to choose from, combine and enjoy.
SANT FELIU DE GUÍXOLS:
When you come to Baix Empordà you just have to visit Sant Feliu de Guíxols. The Benedictine monastery with its Porta Ferrada (Iron Gate) is one of the town's great landmarks. But so are the beaches and coves nestled between the cliffs (check out Cala Canyetes, Port Salvi or Sant Pol), the coastal footpaths, the carrilet (narrow gauge railway) greenway, the Pedralta rocking stone... The options are endless. And if you decide to visit in the summer, try to catch the Porta Ferrada Festival, with a wide variety of music, theatre and dance performances.
In Tamariu it's all about the beach and coves, an oasis of calm in winter or glistening under the radiant sun in summer, and set in stunning surroundings. Follow a road of endless twists and turns from Palafrugell (the municipality to which it belongs) to reach this hidden paradise of coarse sand and abundant vegetation. If you're patient, you won't regret making the journey. You're sure to enjoy the coves of Aigua-xellida, Pedrosa or Els Lliris, not to mention Aiguadolç, where after a nice swim and some sunbathing you can cool down at the spring after which it's named. A walk along the coastal footpath to the Sant Sebastià lighthouse will give you the chance to enjoy a wonderful panoramic sea view. Can you already imagine yourself heading to Tamariu?
TOSSA DE MAR:
Tossa de Mar, in the Selva region, has one foot in the sea. The walls of the ancient town almost reach down into the water and beaches and small hidden bays among pine forests and cliffs envelop this fishing village. Its streets are full of history. From the Roman Turissa, to the mediaeval Torsa, to the Tossa of today that opens its arms and invites you to visit its beaches, its nature, its culture and its gastronomy as well as a whole host of other activities. What else can one need?