Inspiring scenery awaits you in Costa Brava on the Spanish coastline from the town of Blanes to the French border. Explore the wind-swept cliffs, charming beaches, and secluded coves of this rugged and awe-inspiring coastline hugged by the Pyrenees. With the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea as a panoramic backdrop, stay in seductive medieval villages and dine on some of the finest cuisine on earth. Costa Brava is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe and, since blossoming as a luxury tourist destination in 1950s, it is dripping with every kind of luxurious delight. Visit in the summer to enjoy the Spanish sunshine on pristine golden beaches, or go there in spring for fine weather scented with the beautiful bouquet of wildflowers from the flourishing meadows. Even the fall is a great time to visit, with its harvest of olive and grape festivals, lively markets, and seasonal specialties that will delight the epicurean.
The narrow streets of Calella de Palafrugell.
The wild and surreal nature of Costa Brava has inspired many artists throughout history, most notably Salvador Dali. Dali’s surrealist art has left its mark on Costa Brava in towns like Figueres and Cadaques. Or in Port Lligat you can explore more about this eccentric artists’ life in Costa Brava by visiting the house where he lived for fifty years, which is now called the Casa-Museu Dali. Art reflects life in the beauty of Costa Brava’s gorgeous beaches with its rich historical architecture and beguiling culture. Spend all day in the sparkling sea enjoying water sports at Platja de Pals, or walk through lovely nature reserves like the wild Cap de Creus, an incredible peninsula in the East of Catalonia that features unique rock formations and picturesque coves as well as quaint little villages like Calella de Palafrugell on the coastline. Here, every type of adventure activity is catered for, including mountain biking and rock climbing. To truly see the grandeur of this fascinating coastline charter a luxury yacht and sail in the azure waters of the Mediterranean.
The golden sands of the Calella de Palafrugell coastline.
Romantics can find plenty to enjoy, from visit idyllic fishing villages and hidden coves. In the lovely towns of Costa Brava you will find a wealth of art and culture. Cadaques has all the glamour of being on the Mediterranean seafront, with whimsical medieval buildings to complete the scene. One of the best sights is the Gothic church Església de Santa Maria, which will surround you in sixteenth century history. Take some time to get lost in the winding little streets that entwine themselves around the town. You will find ample shopping opportunities in the unique boutiques, but for the best shopping, head to Blanes. Tossa del Mar is a walled medieval town that is definitely worth a visit, it is often called the most beautiful place in Costa Brava. This old marine town captures the essence of Catalonia. Lloret de Mar is a quaint little village built around a beautiful beach. Walk along the lovely promenade, filled to the brim with cute cafes and rustic seafood restaurants facing the surf. The walk winds itself along the coastline and continues as far as Garbi Point, where you can then climb the stairs up the cliff to the Castle of Sant Joan, with its incredible view of the surrounding area.
View of Blanes beach from above.
Costa Brava is renowned throughout the world for its creative and blissfully delicious food. Costa Brava was put on the culinary map by the famous chef Ferran Adria. Here you can find an eclectic mixture of tapas, Michelin-starred restaurants, traditional Catalan cuisine, and contemporary creations. Find the best quality ingredients and food from all over Costa Brava in the vibrant markets that are held several times a week in every town along the coast. Or step into the charming beachside cafes and superb seafood restaurants. El Far is a spectacular restaurant located just steps away from the lighthouse above the bay of Llafranc. It boasts one of the most unbelievably beautiful panoramas that you can find in Costa. They specialise in seafood and more unusual surf and turf dishes like meatballs with cuttlefish. Choose between the refined terrace and indoor restaurant or the more informal conservatory to find the perfect fit for your perfect night. The best place to eat in Cadaques is Compartir, which serves expertly prepared innovative food that, as the name suggests, is designed to be shared. Enjoy dishes with artistic presentation and a bounty of delightful tastes. You will not be disappointed by this challenging and ingenious cuisine. Sit in the courtyard for a romantic ambience. Restaurant Sant Pere del Bosc is a magical destination with a view over Lloret de Mar. The menu is short and concise but you will love the scenery. Relax in opulent grandeur as you dine on the finest gastronomic creations you can imagine, all perfectly executed and brought to your table by knowledgeable and attentive staff. This is the taste of Costa Brava.
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