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Costa Brava

Living the Mediterranean

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Coves of deep blue sea, beaches of golden sand, natural parks, medieval towns, the works of Salvador Dalí… This is the tempting combination of Girona’s Costa Brava. 

This is the area of Catalonia from Blanes to Portbou with fascinating cities like Girona and old fishing villages with little whitewashed houses like Cadaqués. Undoubtedly a great place to enjoy the pleasant climate of the Mediterranean, visit some of its Michelin-starred restaurants, or follow the Empordà D.O. Wine Route. The Costa Brava is always a good choice for a holiday destination.

Photogenic beaches and nature

Longing for the sea? This area has over 200 kilometres of coastline, with Blue Flag beaches, tourist resorts like Lloret de Mar, the bay of Roses (one of the most beautiful in the world) and enchanting coves between cliffs in Tossa de Mar, Torroella de Montgrí, Begur or Calella de Palafrugell. If you’re looking for landscapes where you can disconnect from your everyday stresses, the Costa Brava is perfect with three natural parks: Cap de Creus, Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, and Montgrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter. Did you know that the Medes islands are famous around the world as a scuba diving location? Other ideas you might like: taking a boat trip on Banyoles lake (one of the largest in the Iberian Peninsula) or visiting one of the fairy-tale botanical gardens of the area, like Marimurtra (Blanes), with sea views.

Home of Salvador Dalí and fine dining

Figueres was the birthplace of the Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, and today you can see the eccentric Dalí Theatre-Museum here, with many of his most important works. Girona is also home to two more important locations if you want to know more about this genius painter: the Salvador Dalí Museum House in Cadaqués (the most picturesque village anywhere on the Costa Brava) and the Gala-Dalí Castle Museum, in Púbol. A tour of the Costa Brava should also include some of its spectacular medieval villages further inland, like Pals or Peratallada, and a stop in the city of Girona, recently a setting for the series Game of Thrones. More culture to tempt you? Try the ruins of Empúries, a former colony town of the Greek and Roman civilisations. The other strong point of this part of Spain is, of course, its famous cuisine. The restaurants around Girona have accumulated around 20 Michelin stars, including culinary temples like Celler de Can Roca.

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