A region known as the ‘wild coast’ 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 to 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.
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.
Sunseekers and beach bums rejoice, the Costa Brava is home to some of the best beaches in Spain. Discover tranquil shores framed by pink rugged rocks, untamed Mediterranean foliage and grand pine trees. Home to some of the most notable Blue Flag beaches in the Mediterranean, the Costa Brava beaches are as tantalising as they are spectacular.
Immerse yourself in coastal vegetation as you take a quick stroll to any one of Costa Brava’s five-star beaches. Once you’ve arrived, bask in the glorious Mediterranean rays or take a refreshing swim in the ocean. There are even water sports, yoga and a host of activities to enjoy once you’re there.
Take the short trip to Begur and you’ll discover several quintessentially Spanish and affordable shops. Looking for that unique Spanish style? Begur has a handful of clothes shops that sell both light and fashionable garments.
Llafranc has a mixture of independent boutique shops and shopping centres. Buy designer clothes at highly affordable prices or pick up all the ingredients you’ll need to cook a mouth-watering Spanish come sundown.
Visitors to Costa Brava will find much to keep them occupied both during the day and when the sun goes down. Relax on one of the inviting beaches when the sun is at its highest and when night descends venture into Begur or Llafranc to sample exquisite restaurant cuisine and vibrant bars.
A favoured hotspot amongst visitors to Begur is the La Lluna bar. Quirky, with plenty of character, La Lluna is a Begur institution. Dance the night away in one of the many rooms split on multiple floors. Want to sample a part of Costa Brava history? Visit Hotel Llafranch. With a wholly one-of-a-kind atmosphere, this hotspot has hosted such celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor and Kirk Douglas in its time.
You’ll never be short of interesting and cheerful activities to put a smile on your face when visiting Costa Brava. Regardless of whether you’re particularly enraptured with arts and culture or awed by scenic natural beauty, Costa Brava has much to keep everyone occupied.
Walk along the winding streets of Girona and discover an area steeped in Jewish and medieval history. Having stood since the 11th and 15th centuries respectively, you’re certain to discover scenery right out of the pages of history. Want to see more of the coastline? Explore the bays in a kayak – perfect for that lazy afternoon, just make sure you bring your camera!
Home to several points of interest that visitors really should make a point of putting on their itinerary, Costa Brava has something for everyone. From seeing the ruins of ancient architecture to getting a round in at one of Europe’s most celebrated courses or enjoy a fun-filled family day at a waterpark, you’ll find much to keep you interested when visiting Costa Brava.
- Ruins of Empuries in La Escala – one of the most important Greek ruins in Spain, visiting the Ruins of Empuries in La Escala is a must-visit for anyone wanting to discover why the Romans named the region for their most-lauded leader, Julius Caesar.
- Catalunya in Caldes de Malavella – considered the best golf resort in Spain, Catalunya is just a ten-minute drive from Girona and is perfect for novice and experienced golfers alike.
- Travel from Roses to Cap de Creus National Park by Train – take Roses and Cap de Creus Expres. Admire the scenic surroundings and enjoy a hassle-free and immensely enjoyable journey.
- Scuba Dive in L’Estartit – explore the ocean floor and be awed by the crystal-clear aqua marine waters and diverse collection of ocean life.
- Waterworld Aqua Park in Lloret de Mar – take the kids for a day trip they’ll surely remember by visiting Waterworld Aqua Park. Perfect for when the beaches are overcrowded, take a picnic and enjoy a fun day out for the whole family.
Portugal - Algarve
Haven On Earth have been renting villas and apartments in the Algarve since 2005 building up an extensive range of villas with private pools in and around the prestigious resorts of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago. This area in the Algarve is so popular with clients returning year after year for the many days of sunshine, supberb food, sandy beaches and excellent facilites
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In vale do Lobo you have Barringtons, a very comprehensive health and leisure centre located within this resort aswell as a large tennis centre that hosts a number competitions for both ammature and experiences tennis players. The golf courses within Vale do Lobo are of a very high standard and top of many golfers list of courses to play. The Praca at Vale do Lobo has a number of restaurants, bars and late night clubs to entertain all ages and just a few steps from the golden sandy beach aligned with sunbeds where you can enjoy the many days of sunshine the Algarve benefits from.
There is a wide range of self catering accommodation available in Vale do Lobo from small 2 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom luxury villas with pirvate pools. If you are not sure what accommodation is right for you then send us as email or even better give us a call and we can work together in finding you the right holiday solution for you.
Quinta do Lago is located a few minutes drive south east of Vale do Lobo and home to an equaly impressive range of facilties including the exclusive San Lorenzo golf course and sought after Parque Atlantico hosting the most impressive villas in the country. We have villas in Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy yet none come close to the level of comfort you can buy into within the Parque Atlantico development. If you want a villa holiday in this area and are seeking something a bit special get in touch and we can guide you through the best of our villas.
There are many places to stay offering different levels of luxury in this area so why not send us an email or call us to discuss your holiday requirements and we can find you the best villa for your family or friends.
Vale do Lobo has an abundance of holiday villas with private pools within walking distance of the Praca where you have a selection of restaurants and bars and few steps from the beach. Our rental villas in Vale do Lobo range from the more traditional 3 bedrooms villas to the recently built modern villas with high spec interiors and larger private pools. If you are interested in our holiday rentals in Vale do Lobo then you can view our large range of villas in vale do lobo by clicking above or read more about this resort. Vale do Lobo
Quinta do Lago has a large number of luxury villas set amoungst superb golf courses, natural parks and a beaautiful stretch of beach. Our rental villas range from 2 bedrooms with communal pool to luxury 5+ bedroom villas in Parc Atlantico renound for its famous residents. With its own shopping centre, fabulous restaurants and beautiful beaches our villas in Quinta do Lago are very appealing for all budgets. If you are looking for holiday rental villas or apartments in Quinta do lago you can browse our selection by clicking above or contacting us here. Alternatively to view more information on Quinta do Lago click here: Quinta do Lago
Dunas Dourdas is located between Vale do Lobo and Quinta Do Lago set amoungst 70 acres of pine forest with comprehensive facilities and long sandy beach. Holiday rentals here consist of villas with private pools and a town-houses with the use of the resort pool. We have some lovely villas with private pools available for rent in Dunas Douradas as well as town-houses. We also have a number of apartments in Dunas Douradas close to the Roman themed resort pool and bar. There are also tennis courts here. To view the holiday rental we have in Dunas Douradas please click on the link above. For information on Dunas Douradas please click here. Dunas Douradas
Varandas do Lago is one of the newest additions to the "Golden Triangle" hosting a number of high quality holiday villas with private pools and high spec town-houses. Varandas do Lago is situated between Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago within easy reach of the popular Praca and quinta shopping centre. We have a number of holiday rentals in Varandas do Lago and to see a full list fo the villas in Varandas do Lago please click on the link above. For additional information on Varandas do lago please click this link. Varandas do lago
Sun lovers will be spoilt for choice with beaches and sunshine. The region benefits from blue flag beaches, approximately 200km of coast line ranging from coves, rocky beaches, cliffs and wide expanses of sand and a mild climate throughout the year with temperatures ranging from approximately 15 degrees in the winter and 30 degrees in the summer. The great climate also benefits the sporty types and the regions fantastic choice of golf courses makes it the ideal destination. Golfers will not be disappointed with the abundance of courses; two of the most luxurious resorts in the Algarve are Vale do Lobo with two 18 hole championship golf courses and Quinta do Lago with no less than 4 courses. Other courses can also be found in Vilamoura and Vila Sol. The golf courses in the Algarve offer spectacular landscapes, favorable climate and meet the needs of Golfers at all levels.
Other excellent sports facilities are also available for the sport enthusiast such as Tennis, with the Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy and the Jim Stewart Tennis Academy in Quinta do Lago, with other tennis courts and coaching available throughout the area such as in the centre Dunas Douradas. There are many other sporting activities readily available such as Horse Riding, Water Sports, Football, Gymnasiums and so much more.
For those looking for a relaxing holiday and wishing to indulge in a little pampering there are a great selection of Spas available throughout the region, for example the famous Barringtons Resort and Spa in Vale do Lobo. Families are very well catered for with a variety of Kids Clubs, theme parks and activities available as well as very secure resorts that benefit from 24 hour security to ensure that your holiday is a safe, relaxing and peaceful one.
The Algarve is also home to the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve that offers diverse landscapes and species of flora and fauna for all ages to enjoy and discover. You can follow the nature trails, of which there are two in Quinta do Lago, to learn more about the various species that inhabit this unique lagoon system spanning approximately 18,000 hectares.
You will be able to explore the culture of the region including its distinctive architecture, handicrafts and painted and its broad and diverse heritage that gives way to customs dating back centuries. In the Algarve you will also be able to have a taste of the region through the local cuisine as well as experiencing other cultures with the vast array of international cuisine that is on offer. You will find restaurants within the resorts of Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago and Dunas Douradas with many more choices in other towns of nearby Almancil and Vilamoura.
To make the most of the local attractions and what the Algarve has on offer, you may wish to consider car hire so that you are free to enjoy the region at your own pace. With so much to do in the Algarve including sporting and leisure activities, casinos, marinas, bars, cafes, restaurants, theme parks, shopping centres, beaches and so much more, you will find yourself returning again and again.