The Costa Brava
Often translated as "wild coast,"the Costa Brava is the coastal region of north eastern Catalonia stretching 153km along the shoreline of the Catalan province of Girona, from Blanes to the French border.
While parts of the Costa Brava coastline lent itself to tourist developments on a large scale on the 1950s and 60s during Franco’s dictatorship, other parts have retained a more traditional look and have become "hidden gems" for visitors.
The coast is enchantingly serpentine, with wild sea-cliffs hiding secluded coves and pine groves running down to the water’s edge, contrasted here and there with extensive stretches of sandy beach.
Some places, like the white washed towns of Port de la Selva and Cadaqués, which are close to the French border, are totally untouched by mass tourism. Same can be said of the many delightfull coastal towns between Roses and Tossa de Mar such as Begur, Aigua Blava, Tamariu, Llafranc, Fornells or Calella de Palafrugell.
Away from the coast the land rises dramatically and becomes a region of cork and oak forests punctuated by traditional Catalan villages and market towns. Holding sway over it all is the beautiful medieval city of Girona, boasting one of Spain’s finest old quarters.
The Costa Brava has an amazing historical heritage, and you’ll find everything here from the remains of the earliest Iberian settlements at Ullastret and stunning Greco-Roman ruins at Empúries, to the more immaculately preserved medieval villages inland: Pals, Peratallada, Monells, Cruïlles...
Artistically this is Dalí’s country, and the home of the Dalí triangle – the Dalí Museum at Figueres, the Castell de Pubol at Púbol and the home/workshop he and Gala shared at Port Lligat near Cadaqués.
This stretch of the coast is also a foodie’s paradise. Traditional Catalan cooking is rustic and hearty with great stews and fabulous roasted meats. And then there are the Michelin-starred restaurants and fine dining establishments. In fact, Catalonia has one of the highest concentrations of top-class restaurants in Spain and you’ll often pay significantly less than you might elsewhere in Europe. The Costa Brava’s Alt Empordà region is also an up and coming wine-growing area and there are some superb local wines.
Last but not least, the Costa Brava is also fast becoming a golfer's dream holiday destination with no less than ten high standard golf courses to choose from in the area.