The best beaches on the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava has many great beaches from the isolated, hard to get to bays and coves on the Cap de Creus to the popular sandy beaches of Begur and Palafrugell. With over 200kms of coastline from Portbou in the north to Blanes on the southern tip there is a beach for everyone. Here is a selection of our personal favourites.

Aiguablava beach, Begur.

Aiguablava beach Begur

Aiguablava beach, Begur

The beautiful turquoise waters of Aiguablava make this one of the most beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava. The beach has a few restaurants, toilets and showers. Large car park nearby.

Platja Castell, Palamos

Platja Castell, Palamos

Platja Castell, Palamos

With over 300m of fine sand, this is one of the largest and less busy beaches in the Palamos/Palafrugell area.

Tamariu beach, Palafrugell

Tamariu beach, Palafrugell

Tamariu beach, Palafrugell

One of the most popular beaches of the whole Costa Brava, Tamariu beach has beautiful clear waters and fine sand. There are also a choice of restaurants to choose from on the beach front.

Cala Taballera, Port de la Selva

Cala Taballera, Port de la Selva

Cala Taballera, Port de la Selva

The largest beach in the Cap de Creus peninsula. The Cala is a good two hour hike from Port de la Selva and well worth the effort.

Platja del Ros, Cadaques

Platja del Ros, Cadaques

Platja del Ros, Cadaques

The beaches of Cadaques are not huge but this is one of the best and has great views of the Cadaques seafront in the background.

Sa Sabolla, Cadaques

Sa Sabolla, Cadaques

Sa Sabolla, Cadaques

Sa Sabolla is a pleasant 45 minute walk from Cadaques in the direction of Cala Nans and the lighthouse. Pebbles rather than sandy and a great place for a swim.

Cala Joncols, Roses

Cala Joncols, Roses

Cala Joncols, Roses

Roughly half way between Roses and Cadaques Cala Joncols makes a great stop off for a swim if you are walking the coastal “Cami de Ronda” between the two towns.

Portixol beach, L’Escala

Platja de Portixol, L'Escala

Platja de Portixol, L’Escala

Portixol beach is a great sandy beach sitting half way between the charming coastal village of Sant Marti d’Empuries and the larger town of L’Escala. There are a number of similar lovely sandy beaches each side of Portixol and a selection of restaurants within walking distance.

Cala Montgo, L’Escala

Cala Montgo, L'Escala

Cala Montgo, L’Escala

Just on the southern edge of L’Escala Cala Montgo is a lovely sandy bay with great views of the Montgri national park. There’s also a couple of nearby restaurants to choose from.

Sa Riera, Begur

Sa Riera, Begur

Sa Riera, Begur

Another of our favourites, Sa Riera in our opinion, is the best beach of Begur. With a large area of sand and a handful of restaurants to choose from the beach offers space yet at the same time a sense of intimacy.

Llafranc beach, Palafrugell

Llafranc beach, Palafrugell

Llafranc beach, Palafrugell

Similar to the nearby Tamariu beach, Llafranc has a lovely sandy beach and a number of beachside restaurants to choose from.

Cala Estreta

Cala Estreta, Palamos

Cala Estreta, Palamos

Cala Estreta and El Crit beaches are on the Cami de Ronda coastal path and are a nice walk from either Platja Castell or from Calella de Palafrugell to the north. Isoloated and with no bars or shops these are a great beaches to escape the crowds.

Sa Conca, S’Agaro

Sa Conca, S'Agaro

Sa Conca, S’Agaro

With numerous facilities, you can access it both by car and on foot, via a pleasant stroll along the coastal path. It has a blue flag and a few metres away from here is also the Port d’Aro marina.

Here is a map showing the locations of our favourite beaches on the Costa Brava

Costa Brava boat charter

The Costa Brava coastline is well known for its crystal clear waters together with its numerous hidden bays and coves. Many of these elusive coves are only accessible by sea making boat charter a popular pursuit on the Costa Brava.

The main ports for boat rental on the Costa Brava are Roses in the Alt Emporda and Palamos in the Baix Emporda although it is also possible to hire boats in Cadaques.

Roses is located on the edge of the Cap de Creus peninsula and makes a great base from where to spend a day exploring the bays and coves of the Cap de Creus with perhaps going ashore at Cadaques for lunch.

Restless Spirit

The restless Spirit on the Cap de Creus

The coastline from Palamos to the beaches of Begur is also very interesting with plenty of hidden coves and sandy beaches where to anchor and swim. A little further north from Begur at L’Estartit is where one finds the Medes Islands which are protected from fishing and are rich in local flora and fauna and are popular with divers.

If you do not have a Skipper’s licence this restricts the type of boat you can hire to smaller, less powerful boats. The vast majority of boats available for hire on the Costa Brava come with skipper included in the price.
Here are a selection of boat charter companies located on the Costa Brava:

Restless Spirit based in Roses https://www.restlessspirit.cat/en/
Boats Mediterrani based in Roses http://www.boatsmediterrani.com/alquiler-barcos-roses
Roses Yachts based in Roses http://www.rosesyachts.com/es
Aventura Nautica based in Roses http://www.aventuranautica.com/
Charter Sant Isidre based in Cadaques http://www.chartersantisidre.com/
Cadaques boats based in Cadaques http://www.cadaquesboats.com/web/index.php?lng=uk
Cadaques rent based in Cadaques https://www.cadaquesrent.es/en/
Palamos boats based in Palamos http://www.palamosboats.com/
General Nautic based in Palamos http://www.generalnautic.com/
Llauts i Velers based in Palamos http://www.llautsivelers.com/
Boat rental Palamos based in Palamos http://www.boatrentalpalamos.com/
Vela Nomada based in Palamos http://www.velanomada.com/

The Costa Brava coastal path

From Port Bou at the north all the way down to Blanes, the Costa Brava coastline is connected by a series of coastal paths linking all the major towns and villages. This network of paths, “Cami de Ronda” in Catalan, covers over 200km and takes a total of nine or ten days walking at an average of 20/22kms/day.

Cala Guillola

Cala Guillola, Cap de Creus, Cadaques

In October 2013 I spent four days walking between Port Bou and Sant Marti d’Empuries. In October 2014 i picked up again from Sant Marti and spent another four days walking to Sant Feliu de Guixolls. Traveling light with just a medium sized rucksack i booked hotels in advance and usually arrived at my destination by mid afternoon after setting off in the mornings after breakfast at around 09.00am.

As we live in the Girona province i had already visited most of the main towns and villages along the Costa Brava but i was really keen to explore some of the less well known areas and discover little hidden bays and coves. I chose October as this is a relatively quiet time for us at Charming Villas and the weather is generally still good, not the intense heat of the summer and still T.Shirt weather for us Northern Europeans!

For my first four days of walking I drove to the small train station at Camallera where i left my car and took the train to the frontier town of Port Bou.

Day 1. Port Bou – El Port de la Selva.
This stretch of the Northern Costa Brava was relatively new to me. I had visited Llanca and Port de la Selva on various occasions but the rest of the coastline was a mystery. The train station at Port Bou was huge and pretty quiet. This frontier town used to be an important hub between Catalonia and France but now its glory days of commerce and movement are a distant memory. I didn’t hang around in the town and quickly caught up with the red and white stripped markings showing me the way to follow.

Port Bou beach

The beach at the town of Port Bou, Costa Brava

From leaving the beach at Port Bou the route takes me up and over a headland and i don’t hit water again until I reach Colera. Similar to Port Bou, Colera was a small coastal town which looked totally shut down on a week day in mid October. On I walked through fields and pine forests catching glimpses of blue to my lef until I come to Port de Joan, a little bay just before Platja Garbet

Port de Joan, Garbet

Port de Joan, Garbet

I got a bit stuck here as the red and white stripes I had been following suddenly disappeared. I back tracked and could not pick up the track. Eventually i realised that the route took me around the base of the cliffs, around the corner to the long sandy “Platja Garbet” beach. From here i passed through the town of Llanca and followed the well marked path to Port de la Selva.

Day 2, Port de la Selva – Cadaques.
I was really looking forward to this stretch through the Cap de Creus headland. Wild and wind beaten, this is where Dali spent a lot of his time gaining inspiration from the terrain. From the moment i left Port de la Selva behind me i didn’t see another soul until i reached Cadaques a few hours later. I took a little detour down to Cala Tavallera which is about a third of the way into the day’s walk.

Cala Tavallera

Cala Tavallera

The rest of the day was somewhat foggy and i couldn’t see very much but nevertheless i enjoyed the walk into Cadaques.

Day 3, Cadaques – Roses
Another enjoyable day walking the Cap de Creus in relative solitude. Before arriving in Roses one passes a series of beautiful little bays, the first being Cala Joncols.

Cala Joncols

Cala Joncols, Cap de Creus

After crossing the headland of Cap de Norfeu one encounters a few more bays of which Cala Montjoi being the most well known due to the world famous chef Ferran Adria and his ground breaking Number 1 restaurant in the world, El Bulli. The walk into Roses was quite pleasant with some nice little beaches on the outskirts of the town but personally Roses is not my favourite town on the Costa Brava and I find it a bit tacky in places.

Day 4, Roses – Sant Marti d’Empuries.
The walk out of Roses was probably my least favourite stretch of the whole walk. There was some nice bits but i didn’t really start to enjoy it until i reached the natural reserve of the Aiguamolls De L’Emporda which is a famed wildlife reserve with many rare wild birds. The route then takes you along the Fluvia river, crossing at Sant Pere Pescador and through farmland until reaching the charming coastal village of Sant Marti d’Empuries.

Sant Marti d'Empuries

The beach at Sant Marti d’Empuries

From Sant Marti i took a taxi back to the train station at Camallera and picked up my car and headed home to Besalu.

Day 5, Sant Marti – L’Estartit.
In October 2014 I was ready to go back and continue from where i left off the previous year. This time i drive directly to Sant Marti and leave the car parked up.

Cala Portixol

Cala Portixol, Sant Marti d’Empuries

Once you arrive at Cala Montgo you leave the the hussle and bustle of L’Escala behind you until you get to L’Estartit.

Cala Montgo, L'Escala

Cala Montgo, L’Escala

The terrain is pretty stoney undefoot most of the day. There’s two little bays to stop off at before arriving at L’Estartit, Cala Ferriol and Cala Pedrosa.

Cala Ferriol

Cala Ferriol, L’Estartit

Day 6, L’Estartit – Begur
Day six starts off with a pleasant barefoot stroll along the sandy beach until reaching the river Ter which flows into the sea. The book i was reading stated that you could wade through this but upon reaching the river found that this was impossible. So the only option was to walk along the side of the river to the first crossing point at Torroella de Montgri then head back towards the beach and along to Begur. There is another option which takes you through the Emporda countryside and villages of Palau Sator and Pals before reaching Begur but i prefered to take the coastal route.

Sa Riera beach, Begur

Sa Riera beach, Begur

Day 7, Begur – Palamos
This is quite a long one but worth it for the breathtaking scenery along the way. First up is the view down to Platja Fonda and Aiguablava.

Platja Fonda, Aiguablava

The view of Platja Fonda and Aiguablava

The beach of AiguaBlava, Begur

Aigua Blava, Begur

From Aiguablava the route takes you inland and brings you out at the lovely little bay of Tamariu.

Tamariu, Costa Brava

The beach at Tamariu

After Tamariu the path takes you past the small cove of Cala Pedrosa, up to the lighthouse of El Far de Sant Sebastia then down again to Llafranc. For lunch you could either stop here in Llafranc or the next little coastal bay of Calella de Palafrugell.

The route now takes you through the Cap Roig headland where you will find the off the beaten track Cala Estreta.

Cala Estreta

Cala Estreta

As you approach Palamos the first beach you will come accross is the great Platja Castell.

Platja Castell, Palamos

Platja Castell, Palamos

The coastal path takes you past a few more small bays before arriving on the main seafront of Palamos.

Dat 8, Palamos – Sant Feliu de Guixols.
A pleasant, quite flat day of walking passing many lovely little bays.

Cala del Forn, Costa Brava

Cala del Forn, Costa Brava

Cap Roig, Costa Brava

Cap Roig, Costa Brava

Platja Sa Conca, Costa Brava

Platja Sa Conca, Costa Brava

I mean to get back and finish the last stretch down to Blanes so watch this space.

The best place to stay on the Costa Brava?

We are often asked by people who are coming to the region for the first time which area along the Costa Brava is the best place to stay. There’s lots of great places to choose from and this blog post is to help people get a better idea of what area might be best for them.

Probably the most popular coastal area is the Begur and Palafrugell region and their beaches which include Sa Riera, Sa Tuna, Aigua Blava, Aigua Xelida, Tamariu and Llafranc.

Sa Riera, Begur

Sa Riera, Begur

Like most of the Costa Brava this area is very family orientated and laid back. It is popular with local Catalans and Spanish as well as with other Europeans and increasingly North Americans who are discovering the region.

The beaches can get pretty busy during July and August and unless you are within walking distance to a beach you may have to leave your villa quite early in the morning to find a good parking place.

Cadaques is another popular destination. A beautiful old fishing town, Cadaques is where Salvador Dali lived for a large part of his life. His old house in the little bay of Port Lligat is now a museum and open to the public.

Cadaques

Cadaques

There is only one road in and out of Cadaques which is quite narrow and windy through the Cap de Creus headland. This inaccessibility is the main reason why Cadaques has retained its charm and avoided the developers. So because of the nature of the access to the town I always suggest to people that Cadaques makes a great base if you plan of parking up the car and sitting back and relaxing. The town is quite compact and all of our villas in Cadaques are within walking distance of the centre with its restaurants, bars, shops and beaches. There is a quite special and unique ambience to the place. However nice Cadaques is, I would not recommend it for people who plan to spend a large part of their time driving around and exploring the region.

Empuries

Greek/Roman ruins of Empuries

Sant Marti d’Empuries is off the beaten track and a favourite of ours. This tiny coastal village has a few restaurants and shops and is right on the beach. With nice sandy and un crowded beaches this is the place we normally go to ourselves if we are having a day at the beach. For those of you interested in history there’s the ancient Greek and Roman ruins and neighbouring Empuries. L’Escala which has a larger selection of bars and restaurants is only a 20 minutes walk along the seafront.

If bars, disco’s and partying you are after then Lloret de Mar is where you should go. Otherwise avoid it.

Other areas of the Costa Brava worth considering include Port de la Selva, Roses, and Palamos.

 

 

The best Costa in Spain?

Which is the best Costa in Spain is a question we are asked from time to time. Spain has no less than 13 Costas to choose from, 9 of which are on the Mediterranean coastline from the Catalan Costa Brava in the north and on the border with France down to the Costa del Sol on the southern tip of Spain.

The Costas of Spain

Spanish Costas

We have visited most of the Costas and for us the hands down winner is the Costa Brava. In fact we liked it so much we decided to come and live here!

There’s a number of reasons why we love the Costa Brava so much. From its intimate hidden coves, the climate, the people, its culture, the food, its medieval villages and the all round general ambience make the Costa Brava the best coastal region in Spain.

The Costa Brava was the very first Costa in Spain to welcome holiday makers back in the 1950’s and 60’s and for many people the Costa Brava conjures up images of tacky package holidays, fish and chips and sangria and for the first decade or so this is what people came here for. But because of the rugged nature of the Costa Brava coastline the developers quickly moved further south in search of flatter, more accessible land to build their high rise apartment blocks and for the most part left the Costa Brava behind. So today the Costa Brava is perhaps one of the better preserved Mediterranean coastal areas with little fishing villages, unspoilt coves and a distinct lack of large hotels and apartment blocks and package holidays.

Aigua Gelida, Tamariu

Aigua Xelida, Tamariu

With the exception of Lloret de Mar you will not find package tourism, loud all night bars or drunken teenagers on the Costa Brava. There is a more laid back family orientated culture here with holiday makers from a wide selection of countries from all around the world and local Catalan and Spanish people who have second residences in the area.

The temperatures on the Costa Brava do not reach the heights of those on the Costa del Sol although an average of the mid 30’s in July and August is hot enough for most people.

The province of Girona has a lot more to offer the traveller than just a fantastic coastline. There’s loads of things to see and do in the region from visiting unspoilt medieval villages, the Dali triangle, visiting the beech forests of the extinct volcanic region of La Garrotxa or a nice walk around the lake of Banyoles.

A view of Banyoles lake along a jetty

Banyoles lake just after sunrise

Then of course there’s the food! With a great selection of fresh local products at their disposal Catalan chefs are recognised worldwide as innovators from the record 5 time No1 restaurant in the world El Bulli to the current No1, El Celler de Can Roca in Girona. But it is not just all about Michelin star restaurant food as the general standard in the region is very good.

The best bits of the Costa Brava? The area around Begur and Palafrugell with its small bays and coves is very popular as is the Dali famed Cadaques. We also like the coastal village of Sant Marti d’Empuries which does not get as crowded as Begur or Cadaques and has nice beaches and a few decent restaurants to choose from.

The beach of AiguaBlava, Begur

Aigua Blava, Begur

 

Costa Brava water parks

The Costa Brava has three water parks suitable for a great family day out.

Aquabrava in the northern section of the Costa Brava is a water park which has no less than 18 attractions to choose from http://www.aquabrava.com/

Aquabrava

The Anaconda

Water World close to Lloret de Mar is a well known water park which was first opened in 1985. http://m.waterworld.es/ The park has around 20 rides and is a firm favourite for all the family

Water World Llorett de Mar

Water World Lloret de Mar

Aquadiver is another water park situated close to Platja de Aro with around 15 rides for all the family. http://m.aquadiver.com/

Platja d'Aro

Aquadiver, Platja d’Aro

 

 

Cala Sant Francesc, Blanes

Cala Sant Francesc, Blanes

Cala Sant Francesc, Blanes

The lovely little bay of Cala Sant Francesc just to the north of Blanes is one of the nicest intimate beaches on the whole Costa Brava. With its aquamarine waters and fine sand, Cala Sant Francesc is a very popular beach during the summer months.

Cala Sant Francesc, Blanes, Costa Brava

The beautiful beach of Cala Sant Francesc, Blanes

Cala Sant Francesc also has some rock pools which are great for children to explore and search for marine life. There is also a great restaurant, Cala Bona, which is right on the beach. It does get quite full during summer and tables should be booked in advance.

Luxury villa, Cala Sant Francesc, Blanes, Costa Brava

Luxury villa Cala Sant Francesc, Blanes, Costa Brava

Charming Villas Catalonia lists a great luxury villa with views over the Cala Sant Francesc which is one of the most sought after locations on the whole Costa Brava.

Platja Fonda, Begur

Platja Fonda, Begur

Platja Fonda, Begur

The Begur coastline stretching from Platja de Raco in the north to AiguaBlava in the south offers the beach lover some great choices of beach. Perhaps one of the best of these beaches is Platja Fonda.

Platja Fonda, Begur

A Spring day in Platja Fonda beach, Begur

Not as big as Sa Riera and lacking restaurants, shops and bars this is perhaps a somewhat less crowded option suitable for serious beach lovers.

Platja Fonda, Begur, Costa Brava

Platja Fonda beach, Costa Brava

The clear turquoise waters and the lack of mass tourism make this a great choice of beach for those looking to simply enjoy swimming and sunbathing.

Platja Fonda, Begur

Platja Fonda beach, Begur, Costa Brava

스페인 코스타 프라바 (Costa Brava) 럭셔리 빌라

챠밍 빌라 카탈로니아(Charming Villas Catalonia)는 스페인의 바르셀로나와 카탈로니아의 코스타 브라바(Costa Brava ) 지역에 있는 최고 수준의 빌라들과 휴가용 주택들의 임대를 전문으로 합니다.

스페인 휴가 렌트

바르셀로나 럭셔리 빌라

카다케스(Cadaques)와 코스타 리바의  베거(Begur)에 있는 최고급 해변가 빌라들 부터, 엠포르다(Emporda) 시골지역의 숨겨진 매력적인 농가까지, 저희는 코스타 브라바가 제공할 수 있는 최고급 럭셔리한 빌라와 휴가용 임대 주택들의 리스트만을 보유하고 있습니다.

스페인 최고의 해변가

코스타 브라바 럭셔리 빌라

저희는 여러분이 카탈로니아(Catalonia)에서 최대한 좋은 시간을 보내기를 소원하기 때문에, 저희 서비스는 매우 개인적이며 상세합니다.여러분의 요구에 부합하는 최고의 매물을 선택하는 것을 돕는 것이 저희의 유일한 관심입니다. 또 저희는 여행정보, 가야할 곳과 피해야 할 일, 개인 요리사, 자전거 렌트, 식당 예약 등등 과 같이 저희 고객들이 추천하는 서비스들과 함께 일하길 원합니다. 저희는 지로나 (Girona)에 있는 El Celler de Can Roca같은 세계 최고의 식당 자리 확보를 도울 것입니다.

챠밍 빌라 카탈로니아(Charming Villas Catalonia),

 

 

Luksus Villaer på Costa Brava i Spanien

Charmerende Villaer i Catalonien har specialiseret sig i udlejningen villaer og ferie feriehuse af høj standard i Barcelona og Costa Brava regionen beliggende i Catalonien, Spanien.

Luksus villaer i Costa Brava.

Villaer med privat pool i Spanien

Fra luksus strand villaer i Cadaques og Begur på Costa Brava til charmerende gårde, gemt væk I Emporda landskabet, vi har kun en liste over de allerbedste luksus villaer og ferie leje boliger som Costa Brava har at tilbyde.

Villaer med privat pool i Spanien

Sommerhus i Spanien

Vores service er meget personlig og detaljeret, og vi vil have dig til at få mest muligt ud af din tid her I Catalonien. At hjælpe dig med at vælge den bedste ejendom, som matcher dine behov er kun et aspekt. Vi vil også gerne arbejde sammen med vores kunder og tilbyde tjenester såsom rejseinformation, hvad man skal se og hvad man skal undgå, private kokke, cykeludlejning, restaurant reservationer og meget mere. Vi kan kokke, cykeludlejning, restaurant reservationer og meget mere. Vi kan også hjælpe med at sikre et bord på nummer et restauranten i verden, El Celler de Can Roca i Girona.