Costa Brava

Costa Brava means ‘wild coast’ in English, and this area of Catalunya was so-called in a September 1908 newspaper article because of its rocky, winding coastline that features long beaches and hidden coves. It’s located between 90 minutes and two hours by train, bus or car from Barcelona. Formerly the most exclusive resort area in Spain, those days are no more thanks to extensive building development in some areas and an attempt to appeal to the masses. Yet the Costa Brava is still a peaceful, resplendent area with mountains, beaches (less crowded than those in Barcelona!) and a blend of Modernista buildings and old villages. Fans of scuba diving, watersports and sunbathing au naturel can all find their home away from home in the Costa Brava. Art enthusiasts can visit the Dalí Museum in Figueres, while those looking for a unique form of relaxation can enjoy the thermal baths at several hotels including the Hotel Balneari Termes Orión in Santa Coloma de Farners where the water rises naturally at 45 degrees Celsius. There are more than 200 local fairs and festivals that take place in the towns and villages of Costa Brava during the year, including the annual Medieval Fair held in November in Lloret de Mar and the music and arts festivals held each between July and August in the clifftop botanical gardens of Cap Roig and the Castillo de Peralada.

Here’s a quick roundup of species you’re likely to spot whilst diving in the Illes Medes or Illes Columbretes. more

Aug 1, 2016 9:22 PM Travel

Part 2 of our guide to the loveliest coves on the Costa Brava. more

Aug 1, 2014 11:07 AM THINGS TO DO

Cala—meaning creek, cove or small bay—is a delightful word, bursting with summer sun and turquoise waters, paradise bays and smuggler’s secrets. more

Jun 30, 2014 9:37 PM THINGS TO DO

Beat the crowds to the coast this month and experience the Costa Brava from another perspective, as Carol Moran leads us down a lesser-known, but well-beaten track. more

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The journey to the northern reaches of Catalunya may not be easy, but the culture and nature make these two day trips worthwhile more

May 6, 2013 12:00 AM THINGS TO DO

Archie and Nancy Johnstone

Photo provided by Tusquest Editors

In the Thirties, British couple Nancy and Archie Johnstone set up a small hotel in an as yet unspoiled Costa Brava more

Jul 31, 2012 12:00 AM IN THE CITY

Cruise ships

Photo by: Lee Woolcock

Friday 14th January

Hundreds of Costa Brava homeowners affected by Empuriabrava ruling - Record-breaking cruise ship year forecast - Oscar organisers say Catalan Academy not eligible to present candidates more


From the archives: the Costa Brava boasts an impressive number of places to tee off more

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Grec restaurant home

Cecilia Vázquez

Ah, summer— everyone's favourite time of year. It's no different in Barcelona and there's lots to do here between June and August... more

May 25, 2010 12:00 AM VISITING

In season this month are vegetables, seafood and snails more

May 1, 2010 12:01 AM , EATING AND DRINKING

Rally Costa Brava to start from Barcelona

Calling all classic car lovers: this year's Historic Rally Costa Brava will start from Barcelona on Thursday 11th March more


If you're in Barcelona for a little while, and want to explore some out-of-town places, the Costa Brava offers a fine range of outdoor activities more

Aug 28, 2009 1:21 PM VISITING

Hostal Sa Tuna

Photo by Tara Stevens

Hostal Sa Tuna, Costa Brava

Food blogger Tara Stevens blows the budget for a feast of fish and seafood on the beach more

Aug 6, 2009 10:14 AM Food and drink blog 1 Comments

Don’t limit yourself to crowded city beaches, when some great seaside alternatives are a short train ride away. more

Aug 1, 2009 8:00 AM , IN THE CITY 3 Comments

Casa Nun

Photo by Tara Stevens

Casa Nun, Cadaqués

Tara discovers you don’t need to spend a fortune to eat well on the Costa Brava more

Jul 30, 2009 12:25 PM Food and drink blog 1 Comments

Hot air balloon

Photo by Hannah Pennell

A hot air balloon is an unforgettable way to see (almost) all of Catalunya at once more

Jul 8, 2009 11:32 PM VISITING 1 Comments

Bike trails from family-friendly to hard-core more

Sep 1, 2008 2:00 PM LIVING

Butterfly park

Courtesy Empuriabrava Butterfly Park

A visit to this Costa Brava butterfly park brings you into very close contact with various winged creatures more

Sep 1, 2008 9:00 AM VISITING

Ava Gardner

Antoni Crosa Mauri

Film stars and glamorous celebrities played their part in making the Costa Brava what it is today more

Feb 1, 2008 10:00 AM IN THE CITY

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