Costa Brava

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The rugged landscape of the famous beaches and fishing villages that stretch along the coastline are not the Costa Brava´s only attraction. The spectacular natural surroundings of the Parc dels Aiguamolls de l’Empordà and Cap de Creus, the Illes Medes and Banyoles lake; the Medieval past preserved in spots such as Pals, the old quarter in Girona and Romanesque art in Sant Pere de Rodes; surrealist art in works by Salvador Dalí in the so-called Dalí Triangle… the regions of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà, La Selva, Gironès and Pla de l’Estany all offer visitors a wealth of holiday options.



Beaches, monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, Teatre-Museu Dalí in Figueres.

Combine sun and beach tourism with occasional visits to the area´s cultural gems.
  • Region: Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà, Gironès, Pla de l'Estany, Selva
  • Province: Girona
  • District: Agullana, Aiguaviva, Albanyà, Albons, Amer, Anglès, Arbúcies, Armentera, Avinyonet de Puigventós, Banyoles, Bàscara, Begur, Bellcaire d'Empordà, Bescanó, Bisbal d'Empordà, la, Biure, Blanes, Boadella i les Escaules, Bordils, Borrassà, Breda, Brunyola, Cabanelles, Cabanes, Cadaqués, Caldes de Malavella, Calonge, Camós, Campllong, Canet d'Adri, Cantallops, Capmany, Cassà de la Selva, Castelló d'Empúries, Castell-Platja d'Aro, Cellera de Ter, Celrà, Cervià de Ter, Cistella, Colera, Colomers, Corçà, Cornellà del Terri, Crespià, Cruïlles, Monells i Sant Sadurní de l'Heura, Darnius, El Port de la Selva, Espolla, Esponellà, Far d'Empordà, Figueres, Flaçà, Fogars de la Selva, Foixà, Fontanilles, Fontcoberta, Forallac, Fornells de la Selva, Fortià, Garrigàs, Garrigoles, Garriguella, Girona, Gualta, Hostalric, Jafre, Jonquera, Juià, L'Escala, Lladó, Llagostera, Llambilles, Llançà, Llers, Lloret de Mar, Maçanet de Cabrenys, Maçanet de la Selva, Madremanya, Masarac, Massanes, Mollet de Peralada, Mont-ras, Navata, Ordis, Osor, Palafrugell, Palamós, Palau de Santa Eulàlia, Palau-sator, Palau-saverdera, Palol de Revardit, Pals, Parlavà, Pau, Pedret i Marzà, Pera, Peralada, Pont de Molins, Pontós, Porqueres, Portbou, Quart, Rabós, Regencós, Riells i Viabrea, Riudarenes, Riudellots de la Selva, Riumors, Roses, Rupià, Salt, Sant Andreu Salou, Sant Climent Sescebes, Sant Feliu de Buixalleu, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Sant Gregori, Sant Hilari Sacalm, Sant Joan de Mollet, Sant Jordi Desvalls, Sant Julià de Ramis, Sant Julià del Llor i Bonmatí, Sant Llorenç de la Muga, Sant Martí de Llémena, Sant Martí Vell, Sant Miquel de Campmajor, Sant Miquel de Fluvià, Sant Mori, Sant Pere Pescador, Santa Coloma de Farners, Santa Cristina d'Aro, Santa Llogaia d'Àlguema, Sarrià de Ter, Saus, Selva de Mar, Serinyà, Serra de Daró, Sils, Siurana, Susqueda, Tallada d'Empordà, Terrades, Torrent, Torroella de Fluvià, Torroella de Montgrí, Tossa de Mar, Ullà, Ullastret, Ultramort, Vajol, Vall-llobrega, Ventalló, Verges, Vidreres, Vilabertran, Vilablareix, Viladamat, Viladasens, Vilademuls, Vilafant, Vilajuïga, Vilamacolum, Vilamalla, Vilamaniscle, Vilanant, Vila-sacra, Vilaür, Vilobí d'Onyar, Vilopriu
  • Size: 3612
  • Inhabitants: 648086
  • Web: http://www.costabrava.org

Geographical location

The Costa Brava brand extends throughout the regions of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà, La Selva, Gironès and Pla de l’Estany. They occupy the northeast end of Catalonia.

Climate

Economic activity

History

History and heritageThe oldest traces of history can be seen in the Iberian settlement of Ullastret, perfectly excavated, restored and displayed, and in the archaeological site of Empúries, one of the most important on the Iberian peninsula connected to Greek and Roman colonisation.The monumental legacy of the Romanesque period is wonderfully illustrated by the architecture of the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other Romanesque sites are the collegiate church of Santa Maria de Vilabertran and the monastery of Sant Quirze de Colera.Evidence of Medieval architecture can be clearly seen in the old quarter of Girona, which has one of the country´s best preserved Jewish quarters, and in the Cathedral of Santa Maria. Other interesting and well-preserved towns include Pals and Peratallada, and the old walled town centre in Tossa de Mar.

What to see

The oldest traces of history can be seen in the Iberian settlement of Ullastret, perfectly excavated, restored and displayed, and in the archaeological site of Empúries, one of the most important on the Iberian peninsula connected to Greek and Roman colonisation.The monumental legacy of the Romanesque period is wonderfully illustrated by the architecture of the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other Romanesque sites are the collegiate church of Santa Maria de Vilabertran and the monastery of Sant Quirze de Colera.Evidence of Medieval architecture can be clearly seen in the old quarter of Girona, which has one of the country´s best preserved Jewish quarters, and in the Cathedral of Santa Maria. Other interesting and well-preserved towns include Pals and Peratallada, and the old walled town centre in Tossa de Mar.

What to do

The appearance of the beaches, often in the shape of peaceful coves with coarse sand and calm waters, attracts visitors to the coastline of the Alt and Baix Empordà and La Selva regions. The rugged outline of the rocks and cliffs surrounding them, and the pine forests stretching almost down to the sea give the Costa Brava its unique character. The main tourist centres include the towns of Roses, L’Escala, L’Estartit, Blanes, Lloret de Mar, Platja d’Aro, Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Palamós, as well as the seaside towns of Cadaqués, El Port de la Selva and Palafrugell. The quality of the sand and the water is acknowledged by the many blue flag beaches along the Girona coast. Respect for the environment is also illustrated by the EMAS validation obtained by several beaches in the towns of Roses and Calonge. The beaches of Lloret de Mar and Fenals have also been awarded the Q Certificate for tourist quality. The Costa Brava has seventeen marinas and two water sports resorts, in L’Estartit and the Illes Medes and in the bay of Palamós and Sant Antoni de Calonge. The Cap de Creus Natural Park offers a view of the Pyrenean mountain range as it becomes submerged by the sea. The rugged coast is home to over 300 species of fish, with meadows and forests inland where you can watch migratory birds. The area´s second natural park, the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park, is a wetland area covering practically 5,000 hectares between the Muga and Fluvià rivers, with a huge biodiversity of flowers and bird species. Other valuable nature areas are the Medes islands (a wonderful place for scuba diving), the Banyoles and Sils lakes or the mountain ranges of Cadiretes (Tossa de Mar), Montgrí (Torroella de Montgrí) and Les Gavarres (La Bisbal d’Empordà). The flowers put on a spectacular show in the botanical gardens at Marimurtra and Pinya de Rosa, in Blanes, and at Cap Roig and Santa Clotilde, in Calella de Palafrugell and Lloret de Mar, respectively. Culture also plays a major role on the Costa Brava. Specifically, L’Empordà is internationally known for being the birthplace of Salvador Dalí. The Dalí Triangle comprises the museum and the houses where the surrealist artist lived. Figueres, home to the Teatre-Museu Dalí, one of the most visited museums in Catalonia and where a large part of his work is preserved; the castles of Púbol, and the house at Portlligat, in Cadaqués.

Other key cultural events on the music festivals in Torroella de Montgrí and Peralada, which every year draw a fine selection of composers and performers of all types of music.

Surroundings

The appearance of the beaches, often in the shape of peaceful coves with coarse sand and calm waters, attracts visitors to the coastline of the Alt and Baix Empordà and La Selva regions. The rugged outline of the rocks and cliffs surrounding them, and the pine forests stretching almost down to the sea give the Costa Brava its unique character. The main tourist centres include the towns of Roses, L’Escala, L’Estartit, Blanes, Lloret de Mar, Platja d’Aro, Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Palamós, as well as the seaside towns of Cadaqués, El Port de la Selva and Palafrugell.The quality of both the sand and the water is acknowledged by the many blue flag beaches along the Girona coast. Respect for the environment is also illustrated by the EMAS validation obtained by several beaches in the towns of Roses and Calonge. The beaches of Lloret de Mar and Fenals have also been awarded the Q Certificate for tourist quality.The Costa Brava has seventeen marinas and two water sports resorts, in L’Estartit and the Illes Medes and in the bay of Palamós and Sant Antoni de Calonge.

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