In the Costa Brava region, each town and village contains treasures. Here’s a quick Costa Brava guide to the can’t-miss sights of the area.
Costa Brava is one of those mythical places that holidaymakers from everywhere want to visit at least once in their lives. In the same way as the Amalfi Coast, the Cote d’Azur or the Dalmatian Coast, Costa Brava is all about beaches, fine dining and holidays.
Situated between Barcelona to the south and the French border to the north, the Costa Brava is proudly Catalan. There are the Catalan culinary classics, like butifarra, fideuas, pa amb tomàquet. People also like to “fer vermut“, that is to say, drink a few glasses of the local vermouth on Sunday afternoon. But culinary art is far from being the only reason to visit the Costa Brava.
On to the six reasons to go to Costa Brava!
Costa Brava Guide: Figueres, For Art
Salvador Dalí is probably the most iconic artist of all Spain, and he was born in Figueres. And in his hometown, there is an immense surrealist structure, the Dalí Theater-Museum.
The artist has devoted himself greatly to the construction of this museum-theater and many of the ideas are his. There is a large collection of his works, in addition to his tomb.
The Theater-Museum is the most important work of art and the emblem of the small town of Figueres, but art and history permeate the entire city. There is the old and magnificent side of Spain lost times, for example at the Hotel Duran, in business since 1855. And there is the “biggest castle of Europe,” Castell de Sant Ferran, built in 1753.
Costa Brava Guide: Roses and Empuriabrava, For the Sea
What makes the Costa Brava a tourist destination, for tourists from all over Europe, is the sea. The Mediterranean is the foot and the base of the coast, and resorts are concentrated there.
In Roses, a small town between Cap de Norfeu and the Natural Park dels Aiguamolls, the coast is a spectacle. High and grand, rocky and rugged, it sometimes gives way to small isolated beaches. The village itself offers a nice little boulevard on the sea, and a short taxi ride north reveals several luxury hotels and restaurants, all with stunning views.
Just south of Roses, Empuriabrava is, in fact, the sea itself! It’s the largest residential marina in the world. With 24 kilometers of canals, the houses are built directly in the water. And, of course, Empuriabrava hosts one of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa Brava.
Costa Brava Guide: Costa Brava: Lloret de Mar, For Partying
In addition to being the largest city to be directly on the Costa Brava, Lloret de Mar is synonymous with clubbing. Fans of EDM, night birds and other revelers will definitely find a party to suit their envy here. There are huge beach resorts, clubs with some of the best DJs in Europe, beach parties practically every night, and a huge water park.
But that’s not why Lloret de Mar is on the Costa Brava guide. The botanical garden Santa Clotilde adapts to the rugged terrain of the coast in an exceptional way; the variety of Mediterranean plants is worth the detour!
Costa Brava Guide: Tossa de Mar, For History
The old town – Vila Vella in Catalan – of Tossa de Mar and its medieval streets is one of the most popular tourist attractions of all the Costa Brava. And for good reason: some structures of the city date from the 12th century, and the majority of the intramuros town was built in the 14th century.
The medieval castle of the city was built in 1187. The main beach of Tossa de Mar, in coarse sand, directly overlooks the castle. After dark, the castle is illuminated along its length, giving an enchanting aspect to the place.
We added Tossa de Mar to the Costa Brava guide because in addition to these three attractions, Tossa de Mar offers Roman ruins, a church dating back to 1775, and many other attractions related to the rich history of the city.
Costa Brava Guide: Campany, For the Wine
In Campany, a tiny agricultural village, there are five vineyards. It might be wise to spend more than a day exploring the wines produced in this small town.
Visiting the Celler Arché-Pagès, visiting the vineyards, entering the cellars and enjoying the wines made on site is an exceptional experience, whether you are a novice amateur or a seasoned taster. Visits are offered in several languages and it is possible to make an appointment for groups. Visiting Spain without visiting the vineyards is a sin!
Costa Brava Guide: Llançà, For the Fine Dining
It has now been several years since El Bulli, the world-renowned restaurant of the Adria brothers, closed its doors. It was located very close to Roses. Today, the Adria empire moved to Barcelona, where the brothers and their associates opened no fewer than six restaurants.
Today, on the Costa Brava, to have a good idea of what was El Bulli, we must rely on Paco Perez. This Catalan chef worked for Ferran and Albert Adria. Today, his restaurant Miramar, located in Llançà, has two Michelin stars. And having a meal there is an astounding experience.
The Costa Brava is a very popular place among European tourists. The coast is a microcosm of everything in the Mediterranean: wines, beaches, clubs, panoramas, luxury restaurants, seaside resorts. And it is very close to Barcelona! Difficult to miss your holidays in these circumstances …