Costa Brava is in the area of Spain called Catalunya. With rugged cliffs, pine forests, hidden coves and dream beaches, this is one of Spain's most picturesque areas. It's the land of sea, light, north winds and fishermen. Costa Brava is the coast of the Catalan province of Girona, the other important geographical feature of which is the Pyrenees. Its name is often translated as "wild coast," but "brava" carries a hint of something more than "wild," "savage," perhaps, even "mean."
History and art in the form of archaeological sites, monasteries, churches, bridges, monumental sites, fiestas and age-old celebrations, all give a unique charm to the holidays in Costa Brava. Whitewashed fishing villages; crystalline seawater; underwater paradise areas and nature reserves with deep green, untouched landscapes; small coves, hidden between rocky outcrops - are all found here. Most popular tourist towns are Lloret de Mar, Cadaques and Roses. Costa Brava is proud of its traditions, birth-place and source of inspiration to Salvador Dali, and home to impressive monuments and a wealth of history.
Thanks to its excellent climate, Costa Brava tourism destination has been one of the most sought-after for tourists from all over the world for decades, enjoying a wide range of cultural activities all year round. Costa Brava is one of the first places in Spain that was exposed to "mass tourism". The development is today strictly controlled by the government, and the area is well preserved. The peak season for Costa Brava tourism is in the month of August.
The best month to visit is June. From 15 October to 15 May you are out of season - many things are closed down. In January and February there are cold spells, and from time to time some snow in the hills, so Costa Brava tourism is not very popular then.
Costa Brava offers a great variation of activities for the visitor. The coast is very popular for the diving possibilities. In almost every Costa Brava tourism destination you find diving centers that can arrange diving trips, or give tuition. Sea kayaking is a sport that has increased very rapidly in popularity. Several places on the coast are where you can now enjoy this sport. Many small coves on Costa Brava are only accessibly from the sea side. A kayak is the ideal transport to get there.
The larger yachts have to anchor at a certain distance; the kayak can be lifted ashore. The mountains of Costa Brava are not far away either. Here you can practice the typical adventure sports. There is a well marked route system in the Pyrenees for walking. For the enthusiasts there are guided tours along the whole of the mountain range, across the Iberian Peninsular.
Concerts, festivals and popular celebrations fill Costa Brava's towns and villages with music, color, and joy. Come and savor a rum cremat as you listen to habaneras, the traditional songs on summer nights in Calella de Palafrugell. Discover the spectacular firework competition in Blanes, or visit the unique Peralada Castle during its internationally renowned music festival.
Everything about Costa Brava guarantees a superb holiday for you and your family!