One of the most beautiful coastal regions in Spain, Costa Brava is full of hidden gems, from beaches off the beaten track to artwork inspired by one of the world’s most famous artists. If you’re thinking of heading to Costa Brava sometime soon, we’ve got a handful of great places for you to check out.
Travel inland along Costa Brava’s winding roads and you’ll eventually reach the small town of Begur. Surrounded by lush hills and home to charming architecture, Begur is the perfect place to fritter away an afternoon; the Castell de Begur, Begur’s ancient castle atop a hill overlooking the town, is definitely worth a look.
If you fancy cooling off, the sandy beaches of Sa Tuna and Sa Rascassa are only a short drive from Begur. These charming coves boast restaurants only meters away from the sea, where you can feast on authentic Catalan dishes. A little further along is the beautiful Aigua Blava beach, perfect for seafood lovers.
The medieval town of Pals may be small, but it packs a punch. Hours can be spent admiring the town’s cobbled streets, soaking up the laidback atmosphere and visiting the old clock tower, Pals’ main tourist attraction. There are plenty of quaint cafes and restaurants along the way if you need a pit stop!
Pals also boasts three miles of beautiful Blue Flag beach, ideal for families and couples. It’s also a hot spot for surfers and windsurfers, so if you’re feeling adventurous this is the perfect place to put your water sports skills to use.
This hidden gem has gained a reputation over the years as being a rather expensive gem, too. Home to countless boutiques selling designer clothing, Llafranc is the perfect place to escape for a little indulgence. Lovers of seafood will enjoy dining out in Llafranc, with some of Costa Brava’s most delectable seafood restaurants on offer.
However, if you’re looking for something to do that doesn’t cost bucketloads then head to the beach for some much-earned rest and relaxation.
With the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali having been fans of this seaside town, you can expect an authentic Catalan experience in Llafranc.
PÚBOL, FIGUERES & PORT LLIGAT
Speaking of Dali, did you know some of his work can be found scattered around Costa Brava?
A good place to start is Figueres. The birthplace of Dali, this is where he built the famous Teatre-Museu, designed to be a ‘great surrealist object’. One look at it, and you’ll agree it is certainly that! The museum features a large selection of his work, including sculptures, collages and paintings.
Then there’s the tiny medieval town of Púbol, which was home to Dalí’s wife and muse, Gala. In fact, he gifted her the focal point of the whole town: a castle! The Castell de Púbol has since been turned into a museum, housing many of Dali’s original works.
Lastly, there’s Dali’s house in the small seaside village of Port Lligat near Cadaqués, which has now been turned into the Casa Museo Salvador Dalí for everyone to enjoy.
CAP DE CREUS NATURAL PARK
Just a short 15 minutes’ drive from the Casa Museo Salvador Dalí is the Cap de Creus Natural Park. The easternmost point of mainland Spain sticks out, head-on into the sea breeze. The rocky landscapes are breath-taking and there are a few hidden beaches too, so keep your eyes peeled. It’s a beautiful spot for a picnic and well worth the drive, which is an adventure in itself with the narrow, winding roads.