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Costa Brava translates to “wild coast” and this stretch of shoreline is located within the northern portion of Catalonia approximately 60 kilometres to the north-east of the city of Barcelona. This is a particularly popular tourist destination thanks to amenable temperatures, a rather steady climate and a host of splendid beaches to choose from. Costa Brava is also home to major cities such as Girona, Blanes and Begur. In fact, many British pensioners have retirement and seasonal homes within this region. What can you expect to enjoy during your upcoming holiday to Costa Brava?
Girona International Airport is the primary hub for those flying into Costa Brava. While El Prat Airport in Barcelona is another option, there will be an additional train ride of approximately two hours to arrive at this northern destination. As you may imagine, many major carriers are serviced by both of these hubs. Some airlines include:
Another convenient fact regarding each of these airports is that they are found upon a major RENFE railway line. So, travelling around the region is made much easier. Buses and metro lines also abound.
There are too many beaches to mention here and yet, a handful tend to stand out from the rest. Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar, Palafrugell, Empuria Brava and Tamariu are only a few. Another great aspect of choosing Costa Brava as your holiday destination is the fact that many of the more private stretches of sand can be accessed with only a short walk and yet, they are relatively free from tourists.
There are other attractions not to be missed within Costa Brava. As this area is located within the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, some spectacular views of the region as well as southern France can normally be enjoyed with ease. Trips to the interior instead reveal rolling green hills and seemingly endless miles of farms; ideal for a picnic as well as for a photo opportunity.
There are many museums and art gallersy found throughout Costa Brava. Some notable venues include the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia (Girona), the Salvage Maritime Museum (Sant Feliu de Guixols) and the Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres.
In terms of urban sights, it is wise to spend a day or two perusing the quaint streets of Girona; particularly a section known as the “Old Town”. Buildings here date from Gothic times and there have been several Roman ruins recently uncovered. Corner cafes and countless restaurants can be found within the city centre and a scintillating nightlife awaits.
We should note that the late autumn and the early spring can be rather unpredictable (hence the moniker of “wild coast”. Although it only snows in the higher elevations inland, the winds can be quite fierce around the coast. It is therefore a good idea to visit during the late spring or early summer. You will be nearly guaranteed agreeable weather conditions.