Costa Brava Destination Guide
The Costa Brava (Wild Coast) is located within the Catalonia region. There is 160 km of picturesque, unspoiled sandy beaches, a rugged coastline with hidden coves and private inlets as well as small fishing villages and medieval towns.
There are plenty of historical monuments, museums and galleries. This was, after all, the birthplace of the famous artist Salvador Dali. Some of the more well-known villages are Lloret de Mar and Blanes, although it is the more traditional whitewashed fishing villages sprinkled along the coast that are worth going off the beaten track to explore. The Costa Brava certainly has its fair share of historical buildings, sites and ruins including Greek, Roman and even Palaeolithic. Just on the outskirts of L’Escala, you will find the ruins of Empuries. It has a unique blend of architectural styles due to its acquisition from the Greeks by the Persians, and then the Romans. Blanes is thought of as the gateway to the Costa Brava. Although once a quiet fishing village it is now a busy resort, drawing in a multitude of visitors each year.
There are some very interesting historical sites and attractions as well as the Marimurta botanical gardens and its quaint harbour. Lloret de Mar is said to have some of the best pubs and bars as well as historic buildings, museums and annual festivals and events. The climate is hot and sunny. It has an average annual temperature of around 17 degrees Celsius frequently rising up to the mid-’20s. The waters are crystal clear, it is no wonder water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, diving and snorkelling are popular past-times. Costa Brava has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin star-awarded chefs in all of Spain and there is certainly no shortage of cafes and bars from which to sample the delicious local cuisine and wines.
Girona – Costa Brava Airport is located just over 12 km from the city of Girona.