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Costa Brava

A region known as the ‘wild coat’ or ‘rough coast’, Costa Brava is situated on the coast of Catalonia in north eastern Spain and stretches from the town of Blanes 60km northeast of Barcelona to the French border. Long identified as a pristine European vacation spot, holiday-makers from across Europe are attracted to the region thanks to its Mediterranean climate, five-star Blue Flag beaches, and tourism set-up. A coastal region with a swell of outstanding natural beauty, teal-coloured sea and heady pine trees, not too mention year-round sunshine, the Costa Brava has evolved into one of the most attractive and accommodating holidaying hotpots in Europe – and throughout the world.

Costa Brava

Our holiday villas in Costa Brava cover the east of Girona and are dotted around Begur and Llafranc. The ideal coastal retreat, visitors are within easy reach of unspoilt sandy coves and a wealth of local amenities. An innately Spanish experience awaits you. Traditional restaurants, complete with terraced gardens, are a mere walk away in inviting Begur – and it’s here that you can enjoy 3km of white, sandy beaches.

The charming coastal town of Llafranc is home to a great selection of bars and eateries. Savour mouth-watering seafood or take a delightful evening stroll along the promenade. Walk along the headland path and you’ll quickly find yourself in Calella Palafrugell – a place where you’ll find much fine dining.

Costa Brava Beaches

Few areas in the Mediterranean – or the world for that matter – can compare to Costa Brava. Stretching from the town of Blanes, 60km northeast of Barcelona to the French border, the region has been holidaying hotspot for tourists the world over for decades.

What do holiday-makers come for? Well, one of, if not the, principal draw is surely the beaches. Idyllic bathing spots, year-round sunshine and a wealth of activities to try your hand tell only some of the story.

A mere two-hour flight from the UK you’ll find rugged pink rocks, untamed Mediterranean foliage, a teal-coloured sea and beaches framed by grand pine trees. Costa Brava is home to some of the most exquisite Blue Flag beaches in Europe – so unspoilt that it can be difficult to decided when one to choose.

Thankfully, our guide will help you to make that decision. Continue reading to discover our list of the Costa Brava beaches that you simply must visit.

Platja de Treumal

The archetypical Costa Brava beach, Platja de Treumal is as accessible as it is breath-taking. A mere five- minute walk from the centre of Blanes and is located at the foot of botanical garden, Platja de Treumal extends 400 meters across a protected natural landscape.

Stroll to the beach and you’ll be awed by patches of cacti along the Pinya de Rosa which perfectly personify Spain’s natural vegetation. In the summer, Platja de Treumal has a newspaper stand, secure parking and offers sunbeds for hire. The rest of the year it’s a peaceful spot where you can admire the lush surroundings and even partake in a yoga meeting. Just five minutes from the centre of Blane, the beach is easily within walking distance of accommodation.

Platja de Santa Cristina

Platja de Santa Cristina maybe close in proximity to Platja de Treumal, being separated only by coves, however, its aesthetic and appearance couldn’t possibly be more different. In the mid twentieth century, the beach almost became desolate largely due to the vast development projects that surrounded this area of natural beauty. Thankfully, the beach was not lost to the annals of time and today it has been reinvigorated and entertains thousands of tourists every single year.

Visit Platja de Santa Cristina and you’ll discover a delicate balance of wondrous natural beauty and tourist facilities. Intensely green pines still endow the southern flank of the beach and the odd fisherman’s cottage can still be seen dotted across the coastal landscape.

Sant Pol

Situated on the outskirts of Sant Feliu de Guixols, Sant Pol is the beach that invokes deep feelings of nostalgia among the locals as they reminisce across childhoods spent splashing in the sea and building sandcastles on the beach.

The last thirty years has seen the beach – and the surrounding area – become increasingly built-up, with the elegant Hostal de la Gavina standing proudly at the entrance to one of the most inspiring parts of the local area, the Cami de Ronda coastal path. With rockery and coves situated to the far south and a wealth of outdoor dining areas, Sant Pol is a picture-perfect beach that inspires all who visit it.

Platja del Canadell

Renown for being one of the beaches on the Costa Brava with the greatest number of towels per square meter throughout the summer months, Platja del Canadell’s enduring popularity is testament to its spectacular views and sun-basking coastal experience.

The summer may be a trifle crowded but visit anytime up to the end of June and Platja del Canadell is a true delight. The surrounding area may have been an old fishing village but over the years it has been transformed into a mecca for wealthy Europeans seeking summer sunshine.

Despite the developments over the years, the beach has lost none of its charm. Visit Platja del Canadell and you’ll be joined by vicarious fun-loving tourists who enjoy nothing more than a dip in the sea and then cooling off and having a spot of lunch or supper at one of the many restaurants and bars in the local area.

Cala Rovira

Somewhat off the beaten coastal path, Cala Rovira is one Costa Brava beach that’s generally quieter – even in the height of summer – being nestled in an alcove of spectacular scenic beauty.

Finding Cala Rovira may not be as simple as other Costa Brava beaches, but once you arrive, you’ll find the journey well worth it. Head along the Cami de Ronda coastal path until you pass the Cavall Bernat and you’ll be treated to a physical slab of beauty unlike any other.

White sands are complemented by an improbably greenish-blue sea. Perfect for some much-needed rest and relaxation, Cal Rovira is an idyllic hidden gem. Discover a small number of coves, Sa Cova, El Pi, Canyers and Belladonna and lap up aquatic and coastal marine life that’s synonymous with the region.

So, these are our picks for the beaches in Costa Brava that you can’t afford to miss. When planning a visit to the region, be sure to incorporate a visit to one or more in your itinerary!

Costa Brava Points of Interest

Visit the Costa Brava and you’ll find much to pique – and hold your attention. As one of the most-frequented holiday destinations in Europe, and indeed the world, Costa Brava has something for tourists of all ages regardless of how you plan to spend your holiday.

From the Island of L’Estartit to the Greco Ruins at Empuries and the Cape de Creus national park, there’s much to admire – and engage in when holidaying on the Costa Brava.

But what are the points of interest that keep tourists the world over coming back season after season, year-on-year. Well, if you’re interested in learning just what the Costa Brava can offer you, keep reading.

Ruins of Empuries in La Escala

Situated on the breath-taking Gulf of Roses, the Greco Ruins of La Escala is an archaeological site of one of the most important Greek ruins in Spain. An ancient Greek settlement of yesteryear, the region grew to become one of the biggest colonies in the Iberian Peninsula. The Romans went on to name the region after their most-lauded leader, Julius Caesar and designated the region as a city-state.

The region’s fascinating history doesn’t end there. The Greeks also much-covered the area and as a result, the ruins reveal two cities as well as a Necropolis. Surely a must-visit for anyone with a keen interest in history.

Play a Round of Golf at PGA-Tour Course Catalunya in Caldes de Malavella

The best golf resort in Spain is just a ten-minute drive from Girona. If you’re hoping to get a round or two during your stay in Costa Brava, or if you’re heading on a golf holiday, you really can’t miss the chance to pass up playing Catalunya.

Perfect for scratch golfers and beginners alike, Catalunya offers two picturesque courses to choose from, superb facilities and even practice grounds complete with conditions that not only mirror Mediterranean conditions, but conditions all over the world.

Anyone determined to improve their game can receive professional instruction. Catalunya has two academies, with one of the best golfers in the world, Sergio Garcia, directing the academy for younger players.

Travel from Roses to Cap de Creus National Park by Train

If you fancy travelling from Cap de Creus National Park in a different and nostalgic way – or are determined to pack a wealth of unforgettable memories into every moment of your trip to Costa Brava, then you really ought to take the charming cultural train Roses and Cap de Creus Expres.

Invoking those trainsets of childhood’s past, this comfortable train ride is a great way to explore the surrounding area. Gaze at your scenic surroundings as you climb the Bay of Roses. You’ll be treated to stunning landscapes, beautiful views of the sea and a magnificent view of local vineyards and the surrounding elements of Cap de Creus. Surely, the perfect way to travel on a romantic trip to Costa Brava.

Scuba Dive the Island in L’Estartit

If you love nothing more than exploring the ocean floor, you really need to scuba dive L’Estartit. Located close to Costa del Montgri and the Marine Nature Reserve of the Medes Islands, scuba diving L’Estartit is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What makes this a true adventure is the richness of the aqua marine waters and the biodiversity that lives within them. The waters around Archipelago are particularly impressive and sure to have even the most seasoned of divers wanting to come back again and again.

Diving equipment can be rented, though it’s important that you make sure that your travel insurance covers this. It’s also recommended that you book any scuba diving excursion with a Unisab PADI certified scuba diving centre – and remember the more experience they have the better – they’ll even be able to instruct you on where to go to find a cove, wreck or shoals of beautiful fish and other marine life.

Waterworld Aqua Park in Lloret de Mar

The Costa Brava has much to offer children and families. Should you fancy an excursion with the children, you can’t neglect a visit to the Waterworld aqua ark in Lloret de Mar.

This impressive water park is divided into three separate sections: one for children, one for families and for adventurous visitors. Here you’ll also find two restaurants, a smattering of eateries and even a picnic park.

There are free bush shuttles from Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar and Blanes which make getting there easy. On those days when the beach is overcrowded, or when children are becoming bored, a trip to the Waterworld aqua park could be a great chance to put a smile on you children’s faces and enjoy some much-needed family bonding time.

These five points of interest in Costa Brava should more than pique your attention – they should hold it. If you’re unsure of how to fill your time, why not choose one of these?

Costa Brava Activities

Each year the Costa Brava region attracts holiday-makers for a vast array of reasons. For families or young people, Lloret de Mar and Blanes are laden with activities, sandy beaches and a plethora of things to do from dusk till dawn.

Sightseers, or anyone with a keen interest in history can tour the walled medieval towns of Girona, Pals and Tossa de Mar, their eyes feasting on the unique cultural heritage of the region. Foodies can have their palates more than satisfied by visiting one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants the region offers. Culture vultures can tour some of the most famed art museums, sampling the rich tapestry of artwork Catalonia is famed for.

With so much choice to occupy your time, it can be difficult to decide what to see and do when you visit Costa Brava. Thankfully, we’ve got the lowdown on five activities in Costa Brava sure to please everyone.

The Dali Theatre Museum, Figueres

Few artists have enjoyed the enduring inspiration amongst people the world over than Salvador Dali. Even if you’re not family with his most celebrated work, The Persistence of Memory, you’ll likely have heard of the artist thanks to his idiosyncratic personality and distinctive style.

Born in Catalonia, the Costa Brava is inherently linked to Dali, helping to mould and define the personality of one of the world’s most talked-about artists. No trip to the Costa Brava would be complete with a trip to the Salvador Dali museum.

Exhibits are housed in a quirky, pink building with the architectural shape and style that makes it feel like a castle. Designed by Dali himself, the museum features his signature eggs and gold figurines on the rooftops and elaborate art installations inside.

The Winding Streets of Girona

Girona, the capital of the Costa Brava is a must-visit for anyone planning a trip to the region. With its 2000-year history and preserved medieval and Jewish and medieval quarters that have stood the testament of time since the 11th and 15th centuries, Girona is a feast for the eyes.

When in Girona you can’t neglect a visit to the Arabic baths, the Romanesque and Baroque cathedral. Providing a detailed insight into the history of the region, the buildings are easily some of the most notable landmarks in the region. Visitors to Girona will notice its 14th century walls and colourful houses that line the streets – some of the most unique architecture in the region.

Known as the City of Festivals, Girona hosts celebratory events throughout the year. If you’re lucky to visit the city, don’t miss an opportunity to join in the fun – the Temp de Flors festival in May is one festival that shouldn’t be missed!

The Cap de Creus Natural Park

In the northern part of Costa Brava you’ll find the Cap de Creus Peninsula and its scenically astounding natural park. Whether you marvel at the beauty of natural landscapes or are someone that barely steps out in nature, the Cap de Creus is somewhere that you can’t help but be in awe of.

Characterised by rocky coves, cliffs, small bays and forests, Cap de Creus is an ideal spot for those with affinity with nature. Tourists who visit Cap de Creus often engage in a spot of hiking or swimming. Traverse the part and climb hillside, reach the lighthouse and you’ll find some truly spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Enjoy a Spot of Wine Tasting along the Emporda Wine Route

Catalonia, and especially the Costa Brava, is acknowledged as one of the premier wine regions in the world. You only need to venture along the Emporda wine route to discover that!

Sip a rich and fruity red or quench your palate with a punchy and distinctive Rose and you’ll feel completely relaxed. Learn about the history of wine making in one of Costa Brava’s numerous wine museums or even take a tour of a vineyard. There’s even bicycle and kayak tours with winery stops en-route!

Kayak Along the Coast

One of the best ways to explore coastal areas of the Costa Brava is by kayak. Kick off from the shores for a leisurely trip around the bay and you won’t regret it – just don’t forget to bring your camera!

Anyone feeling adventurous and loves nothing more than a spot of underwater exploration shouldn’t forget to bring their bathing suit and a snorkel. The water is crystal clear, allowing you to explore aquatic life and natural underwater embankments.

The many beaches along the coast advertise kayaks for hire. Prices are also rather favourable – making it a great morning or afternoon out whether you’re with friends or solo.

These are just some of the fun and engaging activities that everyone can enjoy when visiting Costa Brava. The only question is how many can you fit in?

Costa Brava Nightlife

The Costa Brava is a region famed for its blue flag beaches, year-round sunshine, vibrant arts and culture scene, picturesque villages and mountainous landscapes. It’s also a region with exciting and intoxicating nightlife.

The region is known as the ‘wild coast.’ This aptly describes the coastline, but if one was so-inclined, it can also perfectly describe Costa Brava’s nightlife. Here you can visit one of the many bars and sample a cocktail or two, party all night long at some of the more famed nightclubs in the region or dine in restaurants with delectable cuisine.

So, before you board the plane and head to the region for your annual summertime jaunt, here’s a look at some of the nightlife in Costa Brava that you really should partake in.

Hotel Llafranch

Opening its doors in 1958, Hotel Llafranch quickly became a prime celebratory hangout. Nestled in one of the most charming areas of the Costa Brava, Hotel Llafranch is embedded amongst a mix of charming Mediterranean forests, hidden coves and charming medieval villages. The property has preserved its unique atmosphere and character to this day, making it highly favoured by tourists across Europe.

Spend an evening on the hotel terrace bar and you’ll be treading the same path as some of the screen greats from yesteryear did. In its time, Hotel Llafranch has hosted Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Kirk Douglas. Sip a glass of Tinto de Verano (chilled red wine and lemonade) and gaze out onto the surrounding bay in the company of your nearest and dearest – an experience that you won’t soon forget.

La Lluna, Begur 

Somewhere in between the wild and raucous nightlife in Loret de Mar and the sedate and tranquil surroundings of the Hotel Llafranch is La Lluna. A Begur institution, this quirky bar and nightclub was originally an old townhouse and retains much of its original aesthetic.

A favourite amongst night owls of all ages, La Luna features a series of interconnecting rooms split over multiple levels. Each environment is contained within heavy red velvet drapes, making visiting this nightclub and bar a unique experience. Music ranges from jazz and house to disco and blues. There truly is a tune that’ll have everyone on the dance floor.

However, this isn’t all that La Lluna has to offer. Venture around the area and you’ll find an abundance of bars and restaurants perfect for anyone intent on making the most of their time when the sun goes down in Costa Brava.

A night out in La Lluna that should be planned. The entertainment square is one of the biggest draws to the area. Here you’ll discover an abundance of nocturnal fun. Regardless of the scene that you’re into, the entertainment square is the place to be! Sample the delights of talented live musicians with a glass of sangria or tuck into delectable authentic Spanish dishes at one of the countless restaurants in the area.

Whether you’re out letting your hair down with friends or are simply looking to enjoy a casual family meal, you’ll truly be spoilt for choice when visiting the entertainment centre of La Lluna!

Terrace at Can Gelpi, Calella de Palafrugell

If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Costa Brava the you can’t afford to miss the Terrace at Can Gelpi, Calella de Palafrugell. Aside from the lunchtime menu that offers three courses with bread and wine for just 17 Euros, the Terrace at Can Gelpi de Palafrugell is a great place visit when the sun goes down.

Dine on the terrace and enjoy some of the best views the Mediterranean has to offer. Mere yards from the shore, you can relax and unwind listening to the sounds of the ocean and spend a romantic evening with your partner.

Famed for its cremat, a local speciality which infuses coffee with rum and spices, served on a flaming terracotta dish, this drink – and the atmosphere – keeps tourist coming back year-on-year.

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The area of the Costa Brava (Catalonia) we cover is East of Girona around the town of Begur and Llafranc. These coastal towns and village are scattered along 15km of the most beautiful coast in Spain offering the ideal escape for holiday makers to enjoy and explore the many unspoilt sandy coves. The town of Begur offers a variety of dining experiences from fine dining to the traditional tapas restaurants. Many of the restaurants are in traditional buildings and townhouses with terraced gardens offering a truly Spanish experience .

Begur is located approximately 3km from the beautiful beaches of Sa Riera, Aiguablava and Sa Tuna. Tamariu beach and village is situated just south of Aiguablava beach and north of Llafranc town and beach. Tamariu has a south facing sandy beach and promenade with restaurants and cafes.

The towns of Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell are close neighbours with just a 10 minute stroll along the coastal path between them. Llafranc has beautiful sandy beach and a wide range of restaurants in the including the Casamar hotel which now has a Michelin star. Calella de Palafrugell has a string of beaches and restaurants on the beach.

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Experience real siesta time in this unique part of Spain. We have personal knowledge of the region and will do our best to make your holiday or purchase a positively enjoyable experience. It will be a difficult choice between the enchanting coastal and inland villages but in a short time you can visit them all and enjoy the diversity that each brings.

The journey from Plajta de Pals down to Calella de Palafrugell will take you through the medieval hillside town of Begur providing many delightful bays such as Sa Tuna and Aiguablava and Tamariu with a great choice of bars and restaurants. Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell are buzzing every weekend throughout the year and host a large number of Barcelona residents during the summer months.

This unique cluster of coastal villages will entice Golfers, divers, culture vultures and more to this region, known to many as Barcelona’s playground.

Haven On Earth have been renting villas in and around Begur since 2001 and have a comprehensive range of villas and apartments within 3km of the coast from Begur down to Calella de Palafrugell. However, more importantly we will give you an honest appraisal of our properties and try to find the one which best fits your criteria.

All of these coastal villages and towns offer a different experience  and we recommend visiting them all during your stay. For more information on the individual areas, photos and details on accommodation within those areas click on the area links at the top of the website.

All of the team here at Haven On Earth have spent time in these locations and have visited the majority of villas we have for rent, so if you have any questions, no matter how small, we will either be able to answer you straight away or get the required information over to you as soon as possible.

If you are not familiar with this area please let us know and we can talk you through the different locations and help you decide the best area for you and your family.

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