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Written by Tanmayee on September 14, 2020 Share on

Best things to do in Costa Brava, a coastal beauty in Spain

Spain has been tourists favourite destination since long. You’ll surely have a great time regardless of whether you’re a history buff, beach-lover, foodie, or an adventure-junkie. Its stunning medieval architecture, breathtaking scenery and beaches, Michelin-starred restaurants will make you fall in love with Spain. There are several must-visit destinations in Spain and one such destination is the rugged coastline in the Girona Province, Costa Brava. Stretching from above the city of Barcelona to the French border, Costa Brava is the most beautiful of all three main holiday coasts in Spain. Home to unspoiled coves, striking seascapes, cute little seaside towns, and outstanding restaurants there’s so much to explore and enjoy in Costa Brava. We’ve listed out some of the best things to do in Costa Brava that you can include in your itinerary. 

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Best things to do in Costa Brava

Girona, the capital of Costa Brava

Girona in Costa Brava
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There’s history in every nook and corner of Spain, even in a coastal place like Costa Brava. Girona, the capital of Costa Brava, has a history dating back to 2000 years ago. Located on the banks of Onyar, Girona is home to well-preserved medieval and Jewish quarters between the 11th and the 15th centuries. You’ll find stunning Arab baths, Roman and Baroque cathedrals, and the city’s most famous riverfront and its colourful houses. There’s more to Girona besides history. Every summer, in the month of May, it hosts one of the best flower festivals –  the Temps de Flores. Girona is definitely one of the best things to do in Costa Brava. 

Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres

Dali Theatre-Museum
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As you might already know, Spain is the birthplace of several world-famous artists known for their world-famous paintings and other works. An artist associated with the Catalonian province is Salvador Dali. When you’re in Costa Brava you’ll find several Dali attractions, but the most special one would be the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres. If you’re an art-lover you’re in for a treat. This place holds the largest collection of Dali’s work from renowned pieces such as El Greco and Marcel Duchamp, fascinating installations the size of the room and pieces from every phase of his career. Even if you were never an art lover, you’ll surely fall in love with it, when in Spain. The Dali Theatre-Museum offers some of Dali’s brilliant masterpieces and to witness that is surely one of the best things to do in Costa Brava. 

Roses

Gulf of Roses
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Who wouldn’t want a nice beach day, relaxing under the sun, and enjoying the scenery, right? The best thing to do in Costa Brava is to head to the most picturesque seaside holiday destination, Roses. This town has been popular among locals and tourists for its splendid beaches, unique location and breathtaking sunsets. The main attraction here is hands down the beaches. It’s home not to one but many beaches. You’ll fall in love with how stunning, clean, and wide these beaches are. Most tourists and locals visit Roses for the variety of beaches the place has to offer. There are beaches for families with small children, for people preferring seclusion and tranquillity, for people who want long or small beaches, you name it they have it. And after a relaxing day at the beach, you can dive into the town’s rich nightlife. 

Cap de Creus Natural Park

Cap de Creus Natural Park
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The Cap de Creus Peninsula and the Cap de Creus Natural Park are probably the most beautiful landscapes you’ll find here. Located north of Costa Brava, the Cap de Creus is hands down one of the best things to do in Costa Brava. This place is outlined by its eerily-shaped rock formations, small vegetation, tiny coves with transparent waters, small bays and forests. There’s so much that you can do here. You can go for a hike or a swim at the cove or you could head to the Cap de Creus Lighthouse to witness some spectacular views. 

Cadaqués

Cadaqués in Costa Brava
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While you’re at the Cap de Creus Peninsula, be sure to visit one of the most charming and picturesque towns in Costa Brava, Cadaqués. If you’ve followed Dali’s artwork, then you’d know where he got his inspiration from. It’s none other than this beautiful little town on Cap de Creus. The landscapes in and around the Cadaqués inspired much of Dali’s work. Besides the striking landscape, Cadaqués is also characterized by its narrow alleyways, lovely art galleries and some outstanding seafood restaurants. All you seafood lovers out there, you must try the food here. Do not forget to try out their famous delicacy, the fideauá, a Catalan-style Paella, and you’d not want to stop eating. 

Watersports in Costa Brava

Watersports  in Costa Brava
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One of the best ways to explore this Catalonian region is through water sports. Costa Brava is a 200-kilometre stretching coastline that it houses about 30 PADI diving centres and 17 marinas.. Why would you miss out on taking part in these water sports in such a beautiful coastline? Any water-based activity that you can think of, be it adventurous or relaxing, you will find it in here. From Kayaking to waterskiing through cruises and sailing, everything will be available here. If you want to add some fun to your itinerary then you must go for these watersports and trust me you’ll have a great time! 

Empordà Wine Route

Empordà Wine Route
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Ah, what’s Spain without some wine tasting, right? Spain has been one among the top wine destinations in the world. And in Spain, Catalonia and in particular, Costa Brava has been considered the best place for some amazing wines. Especially the Emporda Wine Route. The DO Emporda Wine Route is one among the treasures of Costa Brava. You’ll find yourself discovering wine-making secrets, appreciate the history, taste delicious wines, and indulge in its strikingly beautiful landscapes that link the mountain to the sea. Winetasting at Emporda is one of the best things to do in Costa Brava. 

Although this might not be an exhaustive list of the best things to do in Costa Brava, you would know by now how amazing it is. This list of best things to do in Costa Brava should help you in planning your itinerary. If you don’t have the time, you can choose from the pre-made Spain Packages and book your vacation with Pickyourtrail! Leave us a WhatsApp enquiry for further doubts.

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