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Costa Brava

Did you get lost on internet while looking for information about your unforgettable Costa Brava holiday destination?

Take advantage of the rental company of your holiday home! Here, you’ll find a collection of popular and hidden places on the Costa Brava. And something extra: useful information.

I bet you can’t wait to discover everything what you can do on the Costa Brava. BUT, I’m warning you! The Costa Brava is more than just a popular party scene!

In the crystal clear sea water of the Costa Brava, there are lots of possibilities for water sport lovers. On the mainland of the Costa Brava, it’s full of great cultural landscapes and there are plenty of historical and architectural treasures. The Costa Brava thinks about everyone: there’s an amazing night-life, lots of different types of trips, water parks and many more.

There’s always something to celebrate, on the Costa Brava. I’m not talking about a party-hardy with a beat box, but about cultural festivities on the Costa Brava.

The most famous festivities on the Costa Brava are: Carnaval (in February/March), Semana Santa (the week before Easter), the spectacular fireworks competition in Blanes (in the middle of July) and, during the summer, the National Festival of Porta Ferrada (one of Catalonia’s most ancient festivals).

Make a toast to the cheerful cultural ambiance on the Costa Brava. And, you don’t want to miss anything during your visit on the Costa Brava? Mission possible! Continue reading how to have a perfect holiday on the Costa Brava! No time for detailed information? Check out theTop 10 things to do on the Costa Brava.

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A profitable day out on the Costa Brava: you get more than what you see!

What do you love doing on your holiday?
Have fun together with your children at the theme and water parks of the Costa Brava.

To some people, the Costa Brava offers an energetic holiday, but to others, it’s a synonym of relax. While you sport, you’ll enjoy the most amazing views of the Costa Brava. Just as in golf courses and other entertainment possibilities, the Costa Brava is very rich in…. the terror of most men…SHOPS! Every village on the Costa Brava has its own shopping street. But the Costa Brava has so much MORE.

Relax and rest are easy to get on the Costa Brava. You can have from great massages till inspiring walks on the mountainous areas of the Costa Brava’s inlands.

You can’t miss an exploring trip to the most visited coastal villages on the Costa Brava. Or, on the opposite: you should visit the Costa Brava’s picturesque villages and its beautiful nature.

Getaways on the Costa Brava: theme and water parks

To change a bit from the beach or the cultural day trips, try an exciting day out in a theme or water park on the Costa Brava.
- Agua Brava Park – Water park in Roses
- Aqua Diver – Water park nearby Playa de Aro
- Gnomo Park – Theme park nearby Lloret de Mar, on the road to Blanes
- Marineland – Water park and zoo (with dolphins, sea-lions and exotic bird shows) in Palafolls
- Water World – The biggest water park on the Costa Brava, in Lloret de Mar

Places to impulsively shop on the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava has many cheerful shopping streets, where you can, for example, get a nice souvenir. Every now and then, you’ll find boutiques with clothes, shoes and accessories. BUT if you want more variation, try the fantastic huge shopping centres of the Costa Brava:

- Barcelona – There are many shopping centres all around the city.
- Espai Gironès – You’ll find it on the motorway exit of Girona and Salt. It has more than 120 shops, a bowling centre, cinemas and a playground.
- Centre Comercial Mataró Park – It’s the biggest shopping centre in Mataró and in the whole Costa del Maresme.
- Montgrí Comerç – It’s a shopping centre in Toroella de Montgri
- La Roca Village – The Costa Brava presents: purchasing luxurious brands with the biggest discounts (on previous collections).
- Playa de Aro – Hundreds of shops in one of the biggest open air shopping centres on the Costa Brava.

Weekly markets on the Costa Brava

Merchants build up their stands once a week, in many villages on the Costa Brava. The markets usually begin around 8 am and people start packing up around 2 pm. The results are that you can enjoy every day of a different market of fresh fruit and vegetables, accessories, clothes, etc. Here’s a list of the main markets on the Costa Brava:
- Monday – Blanes, Cadaqués*, Olot and Torroella de Montgri.
- Tuesday – Castelló d’Empúries*, Lloret de Mar, Girona, Palafrugell, Palamós, Pals, Verges and Figueres (fruit, vegetables and fish)
- Wednesday – Banyoles, Begur, Sant Antoni de Calonge and Sant Pere Pescador
- Thursday – Tossa de Mar, Calonge, l’Estartit, Figueres (clothes, fowl, vegetables, fruit and fish)
- Friday – La Bisbal, Playa de Aro and Port de la Selva*
- Saturday – Banyoles, Girona, Palafrugell, Pals, Figueres (fruit, vegetables and fish), Empuriabrava* and Villamalla*
- Sunday – Palafrugell, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Figueres (on the 1st Sunday of the month, there’s a flea market), la Jonquera*, l’Escala* and Roses*
*These are the biggest ones.

Sports at the coast or inlands of the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is a Mecca for sporters. One of the most fascinating coastal areas, on the Costa Brava, is the archipelago of Illes Medes (Islas Medes or Medes Islands), nearby l’Escala. It’s an ideal place to dive, snorkel or take a boat trip.
Beach water sport Cala Canyelles Lloret de Mar Costa Brava Spain
Cala Canyelles: Water sports at the coast of the Costa Brava

Pals is a magnet for wind surfers. Besides this, just as in other coastal villages on the Costa Brava, you’ll find many other water sports and entertainment activities. Some of these are kayak, water ski, jet ski or/and canoes.

Golf is a very popular sport in Spain. On the Costa Brava, you’ll find 10 golf courses and 9 pitch and putt varieties. The favourites are: Golf Catalunya-Caldes (Caldes de Malavella), Glub Golf Costa Brava (Santa Cristina d’Aro) and Golf Club Peralada (Peralada).

Mother Nature will reward you with her best views if you have a stroll on the coastal paths (el Camino de Ronda), of the Costa Brava. Or while you have an impressive cycling trip in the inlands, from Olot to Sant Feliu de Guíxols (la Ruta del Carrilet).

From the air, the Costa Brava looks magnificent! You’ll sight rock formations, large sandy planes and green hills. Fly on an air balloon, a helicopter or go hang gliding at Empuriabrava.

The Costa Brava has 5 sport resorts. During the summer, you’ll find amazing localities to have a walk or try adventurous sports. When the snow season starts, all these resorts are changed into winter sports spots.

The trendiest coastal villages on the Costa Brava

Some of the coastal villages on the Costa Brava have an unfair bad reputation because of mass tourism and wild night-life. This is just another reason to come to the Costa Brava and discover the truth! The most acclaimed villages are: Blanes, Empuriabrava, l'Estartit, Lloret de Mar, Palamós, Playa de Aro and Roses.
- Blanes
The most southern village on the Costa Brava has very beautiful beaches and, nearby the harbour, a unique symbol called “la Palomera”. Because of its two impressive botanical gardens and its old village centre, Blanes is absolutely an added value to the Costa Brava.

- Empuriabrava
Empuriabrava is the “Catalan Venice” on the Costa Brava. Many houses are surrounded by channels and there’s, by the way, one of the biggest harbours in the world.

- L'Estartit
L’Estartit is very appealing thanks to its very large sandy beach and the big amount of entertainment spots. In l'Estartit, you’ll also find one of the treasures of the Costa Brava: the amazing diving paradise Illes Medes (Islas Medas or Medas Islands).

- Lloret de Mar
Party in the great night-life of Lloret de Mar and discover two of the greatest, but still unknown, places of Lloret: Cala Banys and Cala Canyelles. If you think that visiting historical rests is interesting, go to the Roca Grossa and don’t forget to have a walk on the path that goes from Sant Clotilde to Tossa de Mar.

- Palamós
Palamós is a calm fishing village famous to fish the best shrimps. The harbour is still very important and has one of the biggest fishing fleets of the Costa Brava.

- Playa de Aro
This touristic village has many facilities and is, because of that, prepared to satisfy all your needs. Its beach is waiting for you, just as the cheerful and high quality restaurants, bars and terraces, where you’ll enjoy your well deserved holiday.

- Roses
Roses is the first fishing harbour located on Spain’s north coast. Reasons why you’ll fall in love with Roses: it has an amazingly calm beauty, steep rocks and cheerful small beaches.

Tossa de Mar Costa Brava Spain
Beautiful Tossa de Mar invites you to discover the unknown part of the Costa Brava

Costa Brava, characteristical historical villages

The Costa Brava’s history is extremely interesting, because of its multiple multicultural treasures. We suggest you to visit the most typical villages of the Costa Brava: from small places like Banyoles, till the artistic village of Cadaqués. You can also visit the city of Dalí, Figueres, the capital of the province, Girona, or villages like la Bisbal, Palafrugell, Peralada, Tossa de Mar, S’Agaró or Ullastret.
- -Banyoles
Banyoles is world famous, though nobody remembers its name and you probably neither. During the Olympic Games of 1992, Banyoles was on the spotlight during the rowing competition, which was celebrated on its lake. Banyoles is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of fields and small hamlets. Or, in other words, it’s the ideal departure point to have a walk or a cycling trip.

- Cadaqués
Cadaqués is a picturesque village where many artists and intellectuals live. You’ll find art galleries everywhere and you’ll enjoy from quirky cube-shaped houses, like Dalí’s former house, till churches with amazing details in baroque style.

- Figueres
The main street, called la Rambla, will convince you with is breath-taking neoclassical and modernistic buildings. The greatest building of all is the Teatro-Museo Dalí, with many art works and paintings from the one and only Salvador Dalí.

- Girona
The Cathedral of Girona is the highest building of the old centre, the Barri Vell. If you go there, you’ll be surrounded by medieval walls and Roman gothic and baroque style buildings. Besides all this, and just like in Besalú, there’s also the possibility of visiting the Jewish quarter, el Call Jeu. The most impressive results of the Jewish culture are the Banys Àrabs, from the 12th century.

- La Bisbal
La Bisbal is famous because of its ceramic’s production, its shops and its workshops on the main street.

- Palafrugell
The former fishers’ neighbourhoods don’t exist anymore and have become touristic areas. But there are still many places to relax: have a quick walk from Calella de Palafrugell, passing Llafranc and ending at Tamariu or visit the nearest village called “Pla”. There, you’ll find a museum dedicated to the cork industry (in the middle of the village centre).

- Peralada
Peralada is a small medieval village with an impressive castle, el Castillo de Peralada. The castle used to produce wine on the underground and in its cellars. And for the adventurous fortune seekers there is the "Casino Castillo Peralada'.

- Tossa de Mar
Tossa de Mar is a medieval village with a fortress and a maze of small alleys. You’ll find there many walking routes that will lead you to historical buildings and museums, like the Casa Flaguera, at the beginning of Vila Vella (the old defence towers and walls).

- S'Agaró
The Costa Brava’s jet set goes to S’Agaró. It’s a luxurious area to see and to be seen.

- Ullastret
Ullastret was the most important Iberian settlement of the Costa Brava. These ruins are relevant because of its big dimensions and its well preservation (people lived there from the 6th till the 2nd century B.C.).

The Costa Brava’s high lights and historical/cultural heritage

The Costa Brava has rocky coasts, long beaches and green inlands, which reach till the Pyrenees. The relatively simple sea-bottom is filled with beautiful coral and an impressive nature reservecalled les Illes Medes (Islas Medas or Medes Islands). The breath-taking nature of the Costa Brava is enormous. The Cap de Creus, the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l’Empordà and the botanical gardens, in which the Costa Brava is very rich at, certainly add more value to it.
- Cap de Creus
The highest point of the Costa Brava is at the Parc Natural del Cap de Creus. It’s also the place of residence of many types of birds. While you have a walk or enjoy a sensational sunset there, you’ll feel the peaceful atmosphere of the Costa Brava.

- Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l´Empordà
The partially protected nature reserve “els Aiguamolls de l’Empordà” has fascinating walking routes. If you want to watch birds, the best moment of the year is autumn or spring. You will, with no doubt, find one of the 323 types of birds on the Costa Brava.

- Illes Medes (Islas Medas or Medes Islands)
In front of l'Escala’s coast, you’ll find the Medes Islands. From there, you can dive or snorkel or admire the Costa Brava’s biggest submarine treasures from a glass bottom boat. Allow your senses to be lifted while you observe the beauty of la Meda Gran; or head for the southern islands Carall Bernat and Gran.

- Botanical gardens
The Costa Brava has beautifully designed botanical gardens. Some examples of botanical gardens are: el Jardí Botànic de Cap Roig (in Calella de Palafrugell), Pinya de Rosa (in Blanes), Santa Clotilde (in Lloret de Mar), Marimurtra (in Blanes) and the Jardins de la Francesca (Girona).

But don’t forget the historical/cultural heritages. In the inlands of the Costa Brava, there are many more than you expect. High lights on the Costa Brava which you shouldn’t miss are: the archaeological ruins of Empúries, the Roman monastery, the medieval villages Pals and Peratallada and the wine area of Empordà.
- Excavations in Empúries
Go back in time in Empúries. In the 6th century B.C., it was the Greeks trading point and, in the year 218 B.C., the Romans built a military headquarter. There are floors made of mosaics, stylish columns and ruins of the Greek city “Neápolis” (new city), which were buried under a thick low of sand. The ruins will come back to life in the audiovisual area of the archaeological museum, where you’ll also find expositions of excavated art and instruments.- Sant Pere de Rodes
In Sant Perde Rodes, you can visit one of the most important Romanic buildings of Spain, the monastery Sant Pere de Rodes, with its beautiful views. The Cap de Creus and the French border are not far away from this monastery. Are you coming in July/August to the Costa Brava? Then, you’ll be part of the yearly musical event in the monastery (classical music concerts).

- Pals
Pals is a traditional medieval village, where you can still see the defence walls. You’re going to feel like in the Medieval times because of the many medieval buildings. Together with the graceful fountains, cheerful squares and architectural details on the facades, you’ll feel like in a fairy tale.

- Peratallada
The cheerful old village of Peratallada is known because of its old stone buildings and the maze of stone streets and alleys. Inside the old village, you’ll discover many hidden restaurants, small boutiques and artist’s houses. Outside the three parts of the thick defence walls, you’ll find the Romanic church of the 13th century.

- Wine region Empordà
The wine region Empordà is responsible of a sparkling quality wine production and diverse wine cellars. How do they make this wine? Castillo Perelada will show you their cellar and garden, while the wine museum shows you the wine’s history.

Trips in and from the Costa Brava

Get to know everything about the Costa Brava without reading 10 touristic guides. Luckily, the people from the travel agency will tell you all the information you need and the latest news. In most of the holiday destinations on the Costa Brava, you’ll find local travel agencies, which organize different kind of trips in the area.

Our suggestion is to take the guided trips to Barcelona, Montserrat and Cremallera, the village tour of Rupit, el Far and Besalú and the world of Dalí. Do you want to experience the most exciting roller coasters, nonstop water fun and high quality entertainment? Go to the amusement park (inclusive water park): Port Aventura!

If you want more action, you can try diving or having a jeep or quad safari. On a hot day, you’ll probably prefer something refreshing, so you can also enjoy a fresh breeze on the Catamaran Cruise or on a boat trip.

The evenings on the Costa Brava aren’t boring at all! There are many restaurants and bars but, if you want some variation, the Costa Brava has something special for you: get into the Costa Brava’s atmosphere in a flamenco show or in a medieval evening.
- Andorra
You’re already on a holiday in a foreign country. But, what can be better than visiting 2 countries during your holiday on the Costa Brava? From the Costa Brava, you can easily drive into the amazing inlands. You’ll see beautiful green hills, old lava ruins and, every now and then, a typical house. With the Pyrenees on your right side, you’ll arrive at the mini country Andorra. Andorra is an amazing ski resort, which is very famous because of its tax-free shops. If you like to shop, the main street is the ideal place for you! And, besides all the shops, you can also have an amazing photo safari, with the most beautiful surroundings.

- Barcelona
Barcelona Aquarium – Come to the Aquarium to have a unique experience and discover the Mediterranean undersea world. Wander between all types of fish and water animals and cross the 80 metres long glass tunnel. It’s a breath-taking experience. One thing is for sure, you won’t get bored in the Barcelona’s Aquarium, there are 35 big aquariums divided into 6 different themes.
Barcelona Camp Nou Experience – Take an exceptional tour around the FC Barcelona football stadium. You’ll also visit the museum, where there are the most famous cups and the shoes of Johan Cruijf, the changing-room and the duck out.
Barcelona Experience – While you have a tour around Barcelona’s high lights, you’ll get to know the newest trends and historical details.
Barcelona by Night – For those who love the night, there’s a midday-evening excursion to Barcelona. At noon, you’ll have the panoramic tour of Barcelona and, in the end of the trip, you’ll visit the bottom of the mountain Montjuïc. During the breath-taking fountain show, many colourful fountains will dance cheerfully at the rhythms of classical music.
Barcelona Zoo – Do you want to see tigers and lions, without going on a jeep safari? Come to Barcelona’s Zoo. This zoo is unique because of the great variety of animal species (more than 450!). You’ll see from felids, reptiles and different types of monkeys till dolphins! And on top of it, there’s also entertainment for kids.

- Dali’s world
One of the most visited museums in Spain, is the Theatre – Museum Dalí (in Figueres). You won’t get tired of gazing the striking building, with Dali’s master pieces on the floor, the walls, on the ceiling and in unexpected places in the garden.

Dali’s former house is located in Port Lligat (Cadaqués). It’s where Dalí got inspiration for many of his works. If you reserve, you can have a tour inside the house. And, besides that, Port Lligat is also a lovely place for nature lovers and art fanatics.

Casa – Museo Castell Gala Dalí (Puból) is wonderful. Wander through the castle and enjoy the paintings and other art works; just as the world famous elephant sculptures in the fascinating garden.

- Montserrat and Cremallera
The religious historical village of Monsterrat is the spiritual centre of Catalunya. This more than 1.000 years old Benedictian monastery yearly attract many visitors. Its boys choir performs daily around 13 o’clock (except on school holidays). The most exciting piece of art in there is the Black Madonna “La Moreneta”, which is named just as the stone sculpture from the holy Virgin Maria, in the monastery “Santuario de Lluc” in Mallorca. The village is situated in the Montserrat National Nature Park and that’s why it’s ideal to have a walk.

- Port Aventura
Entertainment parks are for young and less young. The park is composed by different thematic areas, with roller coasters, water coasters and many more. There’s also been thought about young kids; there’s nothing more annoying that being told that you’re too young to go on an attraction! That’s why Port Aventura, has made a special area just for the youngest between us! And, in Port Aventura, there are many places to eat or have a drink, so, don’t worry, you won’t die of the thirst or hunger.

- Rupít, El Far and Besalú
A rural village tour where you’ll land in a total different world. You’ll visit nearly uninhabited areas, breath-taking mountain sights and the beautiful medieval village of Besalú. Because of all the walking and impressions, you’ll probably desire a meal. A place that you won’t forget is the priest’s restaurant. After eating, you’ll get a free tasty liqueur. Mmmm…

- Spanish evening (La Masia / La Siesta)
Singing, guitar and passional flamenco are the symbols of Spain. Full of emotions, the flamenco is a way in which feelings get free: from sadness to happiness. Enjoy all this beauty while you have a delicious dinner or an appetizer with snacks.

- Spanish medieval evening (Castillo Medieval)
The medieval evening is par excellence a top Burgundian evening! Young and old will enjoy the magnificence and the splendour. The duke and duchess will welcome you, together with the beautiful maids that will serve your food, while the knights and their loyal horses take care of the medieval amusement. The evening will be completed by the whirling of the flamenco dancers and musicians on the stage.

- Beach party
Do you want an all-inclusive day out on the Costa Brava’s coast? You’ll sail with a party boat to a secret location. Once you arrive on the deserted beach, it will be PARTY TIME! Float on the sea with the flyfish or fly on the waves on a speed boat. Everything is possible! Of course, the animation team will also organize blistering games. And to make the atmosphere even better, you’ll listen to the hottest summer tunes while you eat and drink whatever you want.
Departure points: Lloret de Mar, Blanes, Malgrat de Mar, Santa Susanna and Calella.

- Catamaran Cruise
Chill out and relax on the Costa Brava on a catamaran. The crew will take care that you have fun and enjoy the sun and the sea. Once you’re on the water, fun starts. During the cruise, the catamaran will stop so you can snorkel, jump out of the boat or just idle on one of the rubber rings.
Departure points: Lloret de Mar, Blanes, Malgrat de Mar, Santa Susanna and Calella.

- Jeep safari
The Costa Brava is not a jungle, so you won’t see lions, tigers or elephants. Boooring? Nope, you’ll experience many exciting moments on the Costa Brava. During an adventurous jeep safari, you’ll penetrate the virginal inlands of the Costa Brava. In just a half day, or whole day, you’ll discover a new side of the Costa Brava. Do you want an extra adrenaline shot? Drive the jeep yourself!Of course, this will depend on several aspects like the amount of years that you’ve had your driving license, your driving skills, the number of persons on the jeep, etc. Don’t forget to take your driving license with you!

Costa Brava’s beaches

Beach Cala Castell Palamós Costa Brava Spain
Cala Castell a beach mostly visited by localson the Costa Brava
After a day out in Barcelona or a breath-taking cycling tour through the inlands, you’ll probably desire an ordinary beach moment. The Costa Brava has many beaches where you can picnic, have a beach volleyball game or simply get tanned on a sun lounger. The beaches have fine sand or fine course sand. In most of them, you’ll also find an information board, in which you’ll see that, for example, dogs are not allowed to go on the beach. If you want to walk with your dog on the promenades and boulevards, it’s possible if you hold it with a leash.

Some of the Blue Flag qualified beaches on the Costa Brava
- Aiguablava (Begur) – Costa Brava’s romantic beach with some fish restaurants.
- Blanes:
Blanes – 625 metres long beach with all kinds of services.
Cala San Francesc – It’s a romantic bay situated between Lloret de Mar and Blanes.
- Cadaqués – It’s a coastal area composed by many beaches and bays. You’ll also find a small bay reserved only for nudists.
- Calella de Palafrugell – It’s one of the most romantic beaches on the Costa Brava. It’s divided into three smaller beaches: Can Calau (60 metres), Port Bo (55 metres) and Port Malespina (50 metres).
- Castell (nearby Palamós) – It’s one of the only beaches on the Costa Brava that’s not touristic at all.
- Lloret de Mar:
Lloret de Mar – It’s a 1.300 metres long beach with coarse sand. During the summer period, it has all the main services, inclusive a mini club for the kids.
Cala Canyelles – It’s a 400 metres long beach with SOS, parking, water sport facilities, restaurants and a harbour.
Fenals – It’s a 775 metres long beach with many restaurants, bars and parking.
- Playa l'Amadrava (Roses) – It’s a small beach with a parking, restaurants, bars and it’s also accessible for disabled people.
- Mas Pinell (Toroella de Montgri) – It’s a 3.100 m long beach, which is ideal for (wind) surfers.
- Tossa de Mar:
Cala Codolar – It’s a 90 metres long beach with bus service, parking and showers.
Cala Giverola – It’s a 175 metres long calm beach where you can hire sun loungers and parasols.
Mar Menuda – It’s a 180 metres long beach with an SOS post, parking, bars, restaurants and it’s also accessible for disabled people.

Food and drinks: The gastronomic kitchen and some special suggestions of the Costa Brava

Gazpacho gastronomic kitchen Costa Brava Spain
Gazpacho with lime lime marinated prawns, a specialty of the Costa Brava in Spain
Everywhere in Spain, so also in the Costa Brava, restaurants and bars offer typical Spanish dishes. Think about the refreshing 'gazpacho' on a hot summer day. This type of food is like a cold tomato soup, but it looks much tastier than what you are probably imagining!

You can have as many types of tapas as you want. Or you can make a combination of these small snacks, like 'calamares' (fried squid rings), 'gambas' (prawns), with 'pan con tomate y ajo' (bread with tomato and garlic) and cheese chunks.

And who doesn’t know the famous 'paella': a rice dish with fish, vegetables and, sometimes, meat. The preparation of this delicious meal (if you like rice) is more complicated than its description. When making paella, the pan (also called paella) is very important.

Now that you’re on the Costa Brava, you’ll probably want to experience something from this coastal area. The Costa Brava’s kitchen knows many fish and seafood meals. For people who love meat, a stay on the Costa Brava is also great because the most popular meal is a pork sausage. Of course, there’s also chicken and other types of meat.

Sweets, sweets and… more sweets. In the category desserts, the 'crema catalana' is our best suggestion.

The real traditional gastronomy is located in the inlands and in the smaller fishing villages. Nevertheless, the bigger coastal towns also try their best to show you from international meals till very national ones.

The night-life on the Costa Brava

The most famous night-life resort on the Costa Brava is Lloret de Mar. If you want fun and entertainment, you can visit the Gran Casino Costa Brava. Besides, you’ll also find more than 100 pubs, big and famous clubs and disco pubs, which, in the summer, will make you party the 24 hours of a day.

Just 5 kilometres to the south of Lloret de Mar, you’ll find the last village on the Costa Brava: Blanes. It’s a peaceful village that’s very loved by families. But you should know that also in Blanes there’s a very exciting night-life!

Playa de Aro also joins the team of partying villages of the Costa Brava. But just as Blanes, Playa de Aro is an amazing village for young people and families (with kids) to have a great holiday evening.

To those who like to gamble with style, there are 2 casinos on the Costa Brava. In Lloret de Mar, there’s the Gran Casino Costa Brava, which is located in a very modern designed building. And, in the opposite direction, in the north of the Costa Brava, you’ll find the Casino Castell de Peralada. In this place, you’ll be surrounded by amazingly beautiful designed gardens. While you spend your evening on the roulette table or in another gamble section, there’s a beautiful evening oncoming in the beautiful castle of the 14th century.

Travel information during your stay on the Costa Brava

What do you know about the Costa Brava’s location? It’s not that important, but it’s a bit sad if you don’t know where you’re going on a holiday. That’s why we’ve got this short IQ-moment.

The Costa Brava is the first coast on the Western north coast of Spain. It’s located from Port Bou till (and including) Blanes. Besides this, it’s situated in the province of Girona, which is a part of Catalunya (one of the 17 autonomic regions of Spain).

Every part of the Costa Brava has its own specialty. The different areas are divided into the so-called comarcas (region): la Selva, el Baix Empordà, l’Alt Empordà, el Pla de l’Estany and el Gironès. These, where discovered in the 20th century by many important artists and are, nowadays, the 2nd residence of the rich people from Barcelona.

Costa Brava’s weather and climate

The Costa Brava is very privileged with its very nice mild Mediterranean climate. This free service will give you warm summers with an average temperature of 28 degrees. Every now and then, it rains; though this is more likely to happen in April or May.

Are you coming to the Costa Brava sometime between October and April? Then you’re coming to a soft winter area. The average minimal temperature is just 3 degrees, in exchange for the average maximum temperatures, which is 21 ºC. The Costa Brava sounds better than what you thought, eh?

Sometimes the Tramuntana wind blows on the Costa Brava. The bad news is that this kind of wind is really cold. But don’t worry, because while there’s Tramuntana the Costa Brava sky looks more blue than ever and, after the wind, comes the good weather!

Transport: From A to B through the Costa Brava

In terms of transport, the Costa Brava won’t disappoint you. Some roads are not that perfect, but the Barcelona and Girona airports are very well connected to the Costa Brava. We recommend you to use a (hired) car. What do you need to hire a car? A valid ID, driving licence and money, of course. Many times, a deposit by credit card is asked before hiring the car. Don’t forget to get a car insurance! Parking in Spain can sometimes be a bit complicated; for example, you can hit someone’s bumpers!

Cheap Train Costa Brava Spain
Discover the Costa Brava and the rest of Spain by train Costa Brava Spain
Buses and trains are relatively cheap public transport. The connections between the coastal villages are quite good. For those who like challenges, you’ll find the links of the bus companies’ websites, like Pujol or Sarfa, really useful. You can also keep it easy. In each bus station, you’ll find a touristic information office (Oficina de Turismo), where you can get informed about the actual time schedules of the concerning region.

To and from Blanes, Figueres, Girona, Llançà and Portbou, you can travel by train to, for example, the most visited city in Spain: Barcelona. You can find the actual time schedules and more useful information at the train stations, the touristic information point (Oficina de Turismo) and on the website of Renfe.

Taking a taxi can be really comfortable for short distances to the centre or when, late at night, you want to go back to you holiday home. Taxis are quite cheap. Keep in mind that it’s a bit more expensive during the evening/night, during the weekends or when you’re travelling with suitcases.

Do you want to travel with complete freedom to unknown places on the Costa Brava? Scooters and motorbikes are great ways of transport. It’s also the best way to avoid traffic jams! It’s not compulsory to wear motorbike clothing, but we recommend you to take care of your own protection; besides the helmet, casco, which is obligatory. Just as when hiring a car, to hire a motorbike or scooter, it also requires an ID and driving licence. And be sure that you’ve got all the necessary insurances! Sometimes, they take your ID as a deposit to hire the motorbike; it’s your own decision to accept this or not.

Time zone of the Costa Brava

GMT/UTC +1: Central European time
GMT/UTC +2: from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October

Money matters

- Currency
€ euro

- Credit Card or withdrawing money with your bank card
Generally, there’s no problem in paying by credit card. BUT, don’t forget your pin code, because it’s regularly asked, just as your Identification Document!

- Cash and withdrawing money
We recommend you to always have some cash with you. In most of the villages on the Costa Brava, you’ll find many cash machines and, in bigger towns, you’ll also find offices, where you can get cash from Monday till Friday from 08:30 till 14:00. Some banks are also open on Thursday afternoon from 16:30 till 19:15.

Some banks have cash machines inside their office. This is the safest way to withdraw money, because the counter of the bank is locked.

How many times a day can you withdraw money from a cash machine? Of course, this depends of how much money you have on your bank account. Hahaha. Besides this, every bank card has its own rights, which depend on which option you took in your bank and it also depends on the bank you chose to withdraw money on the Costa Brava. The maximum amount of cash allowed to take is usually between the 1.200 € and the 1.500 € a day. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t spend this amount while shopping!

- What happens if you lose your bank card or it gets stolen?
Did the cash machine not return your card? Contact the bank or if the cash machine is outside the bank and it’s open, go inside the office.

Have you been robbed? Don’t take any risks and call immediately your bank to block your card. Later on, go to the police station to ask a theft report. Don’t forget to take your identity card or any valid identification document with you to report to the police.

How can you get money? With Internet banking, you can transfer money to one of your relatives or friends’ accounts, so you can still use your own money. If this is not possible, the bank can inform you about other possibilities.

- Tips
Economical crisis or not, a tip is still considered something polite. When you give a good service to someone, you surely appreciate an extra 5 or 10%. And so does the attendance!

Health information

- Drinkwater
Tap water is safe on the Costa Brava. Nevertheless, it tastes a bit to chlorine, and it can affect your intestines. To prevent is better than to cure during your holiday, so drink bottled water, which you’ll find in supermarkets, petrol stations and in many other places.

- Medical help
For first aids medical help you can go to a medical centre. The biggest villages have doctors and medical centres.
Medical Center Costa Brava
Centros Médicos Cataluña Costa Brava y Costa Maresme Costa Brava Medic
Free phone number: +34 900 13 12 11 T: +34 972 660 813
M: +34 626 598 930

- Drugstore
The drugstore is indicated by a red plus surrounded by green.

Hospitals in the Costa Brava

Blanes Girona Palamós
Hospital Comarcal de Blanes Hospital de Santa Caterina Hospital de Palamós
Cala Sant Francesc, 5, 17300, Blanes Dr. Castany, s/n, 17190, Girona Hospital, 36, 17230, Palamós
T: +34 972 353 264 T: +34 972 182 600 T: +34 972 600 160
Hospitalitat de la Mare de Deu de Lourdes Girona
Carretera Santa Eugénia, 25, 17005, Girona
T: +34 972 402 376
Hopsitalitat de la Mare de Deu de Lourdes Girona
Antic Roca, 38, 17005, Girona
T: +34 972 244 806
Hospital Universitario de Girona Doctor Josep Trueta
Avda. Franca, s/n, 17005, Girona
T: +34 972 940 200
F: +34 972 940 270
E: hospital@htrueta.scs.es

Emergency numbers on the Costa Brava

Ambulance 061
Fire station 080
Police station 112

'Phone Service for Foreign Tourists' 34 902 102 112
The number is for declaration of eg burglary, theft and loss of documents / property. Languages: German, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

To call to and from the Costa Brava

- How can you call to the Costa Brava?
1. Ensure that the (mobile) phone number that you want to call has a region number.
Example: 987654321
2. Put the Spanish land code (0034 or +34) before the (mobile) phone number.
3. And you’re ready to call!
Example: 0034987654321

- How can you call from the Costa Brava to X
1. Be sure of the country or region cod is included.
Example: 0123456789
2. Put the telephonic prefix of that country before the (mobile) phone number. If the (mobile) phon number starts with a '0' take the '0' out.
3. And you’re ready to call!
Example: 0031 123456789
Be aware the phone number in this example starts with a '0' and is taken out when you call from abroad!!

- Several land codes
Balearus +375 or 00375
Belgium +32 or 0032
Denmark +45 or 0045
Germany +49 or 0049
France +33 or 0033
Ireland +353 or 00353
Italy +39 or 0039
Luxemburg +352 or 00352
Netherlands +31 or 0031
Norway +47 or 0047
Portugal +351 or 00351
Sweden +46 or 0046
Switzerland +41 or 0041
Unitd Kingdom +44 or 0044

Fly or drive to the Costa Brava

So, are you ready to have fun in a relaxing summer holiday on the Costa Brava?
The Costa Brava has very good connections, so stop by... by car, bus, train or plane!

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  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
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  • 5 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
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