The Costa Brava is a top tourist area which lies in the northeast of mainland Spain. Part of the province of Girona, the Costa Brava attracts more yearly visitors than most areas of this country. Girona, Lleida and Barcelona form the second largest of the Spanish regions, Catalonia. The beautiful coastline here stretches from Blanes in the south, northwards to the French border.
The literal translation for this Spanish Costa is “Rugged Coast”. A reference to the rugged landscape that runs parallel to the Mediterranean Sea.
The Costa Brava is well known for several top tourist destination. These include Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar and the town of Blanes. Much of this area once relied on fishing as it’s primary source of income. This changed in the 1950’s and the beginning of the tourism boom. The Costa Brava was one of the first Spanish Costas to begin mass development. It’s since transformed itself into one of the top tourism destinations in Europe.
Popular Tourist Resorts & Towns On The Costa Brava
The northern areas of the Costa Brava are different from the touristy areas located in the south. Most of the north is very Spanish and well known for it’s exceptional food.
You are unlikely to see many signs advertising an “English Breakfast” in the north. One thing both the north and south share in common is the the excellent Blue Flag beaches.
Blanes lies 60 kilometres north of Barcelona. This town is the southernmost point of the Costa Brava. The history of Blanes can be traced back to before the Romans to around the 3rd Century BC.
Mountains overlook the beautiful beaches of Blanes. This is where you wil find the famous Sa Palomera Rock (picture above). This popular town is also well known for one of the biggest firework displays in Europe. Also the feast of Santa Anna and Sant Joaquim. These events take place on the last full week of July and can attract up to 500,000 visitors.
Lloret de Mar
Lloret de Mar is another top location on the Costa Brava which lies a few kilometres north of Blanes. This towns boasts some of the best nightlife in this part of Spain and many super beaches.
Lloret de Mar offers much more than beaches and nightlife though, this area has lots of top attractions also. The Sirens of Santa Clotilde Gardens (picture above) is one of the best places to visit during your stay. Church of Sant Romà and Castle of Sant Joan are two more super things to do here.
Tossa de Mar
Tossa de Mar lies to the north of Blanes and Lloret de Mar. This town is 100 km north of Barcelona and around the same distance south of the French border. Tossa de Mar is beautiful and with it’s history dating back to Neolithic period (around 4th – 1st Century BC).
There are three main beaches to top up the tan, they are Platja Gran, La Mar Menuda and El Codolar. One of the top attractions is the majestic Torreón or Castillo de Tossa de Mar (picture above). This imposing castle overlooks the whole town and beaches, definitely worth a visit.
The excellent video below will give you a great insight into this beautiful stretch of Spanish Coastline.
Costa Brava Weather and Climate
The weather in Costa Brava is generally pretty good for most of the year. This is the case for most of the Mediterranean coastline of Spain. The warmest months to pay a visit here are June, July and August. The average temperature will often exceed 28 Celsius and not drop much below 23 Celsius. The temperature in the winter months from December – February is between 8 – 12 Celsius. Much of the rainfall tends to arrive in the autumn months of September, October and November.