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Costa Brava translates to "wild coast." It is located on the north-eastern coastline of the Spanish peninsula, in the autonomous region of Catalonia. In times of constantly rising flight prices, this breathtakingly scenic region remains within easy reach.

Weather of the Costa Brava

The average summer temperatures on the Costa Brava, are generally between 21°C -28°C, with the water temperature reaching upto 24°C. In summer, the sea breeze levels out the intense heat of the day. This coastal region attracts many windsurfers, particularly in the resorts of Roses and L'Escala. Overall, the climate of the Costa Brava is very pleasant. Each year they enjoy an average of 200 sunny days.

Geography and nature of the Costa Brava

The coastline of the Costa Brava is approximately 220 kilometers (140 miles) long. It begins at the Pyrenees on the French-Spanish border and ends at the mouth of the Tordera at Blanes. Southward follows the Costa del Maresme, in the province of Barcelona. The city of Barcelona is set on the southern edge of the Costa Brava, just 60 kilometers (40 miles) away.

Parallel to the coast run mountain ranges called, "Sierra's. They create dramatic scenery as they slope off towards the sea. Between the headlands you will find wonderful little beaches and coves, some of which, are accessible only by boat. On most of the larger bays are the holiday resorts. Particularly attractive landscapes are the peninsula Roses and Cadaques Cap de Begur, and not least the coast between Sant Feliu de Guixols and Tossa de Mar. The rocky coastal mountains are crowned with pine, cork oaks and acacias.

Not all of the Costa Brava coastline is so "wild". At Golf de Roses, there are large flat sandy beaches as far as Ampuriabrava and Sant Pere Pescador. South of Lloret de Mar, the country is hilly.

Arts and Culture of the Costa Brava

Most of the attractions on the Costa Brava are set inland:

  • The fortress of Peralada, was originally built in an Augustinian convent. Now Peralada is a museum, a casino and in summer often used for international cultural events.
  • The Romanesque abbey ruins of Sant Pere de Rodes
  • The Castell de Sant Ferran has the longest ramparts in Catalonia
  • In Figueres is the Salvador Dali Museum
  • The completely preserved and restored old town of Pals
  • The excavation of the Iberian settlement in Ullastret
  • The Cathedral, Arab Baths, traditional old town and museums in the provincial capital of Girona.

On the coast you will find:

  • The Dali Museum in Cadaques and Dali´s country house in Portlligat
  • Excavations Ruinas de Empuries above L'Escala
  • Relics of a Benedictine abbey, the port and Art Nouveau villas in Sant Feliu de Guixols
  • The completely intact, medieval city walls in Tossa de Mar.

On the Costa Brava there are important natural parks:

  • Natural Park Cap de Creus in the district of Alt Emporda
  • Nature Park Aiguamolls between Roses and Empuriabrava L'Escala
  • Albera Natural Park at the foot of the Pyrenees

Last but not least

  • Barcelona, the largest city on the Mediterranean, which many say is the most beautiful city.

Economy of the Costa Brava

The traditional economic activities on the Costa Brava used to be fishing and cork. Both industries are still active. Other economic activities in Catalonia are agriculture, viticulture, paper and metal processing, ceramics and textiles. All are operated inland, not along the coast.

For 60 years on the Costa Brava, tourism has been the main source of income. The boom in large hotel complexes during the 1960´s first promoted the wide beaches between Lloret de Mar and Blanes. It started with cheap package holidays promoting beaches and nightlife. Having spread their wings, the major touroperators no longer offer such large programmes along the Costa Brava. The resorts and the hotel owners have improved the quality significantly and today the Costa Brava is the ideal destination for guests travelling independantly and there is a lot of variety available.

In 1998, 18 million customers travelled to the Costa Brava. The 43% majority of foreign visitors were French, followed by Germans, Italians and British citizens.

Sports in Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is a paradise for cyclists, especially in the north area of Tossa de Mar. For walkers, there are excellent hiking trails, especially beautiful in the Natural Park of Cap de Creus and the coastal mountains between Platja d'Aro and Palamos.

Golf is becoming increasingly popular, especially as the Costa Brava coast boasts such a unique landscape. Several golf courses are set in Pals, Platja d'Aro and Lloret de Mar.

Sailing and windsurfing are available in some areas, for example, in Roses, Palamos and Platja d'Aro. Dive sites are set within the small islands (Illes Medes) of L'Estartit and Sant Feliu de Guixols.

In tourist centres, guests will find entertainment of all kinds, including mini golf, tennis, horseback riding, go-karting and much more. The "corrida" or traditional Spanish bullfight, is rapidly losing popularity. Tossa de Mar is the first resort on the Costa Brava to have already banned bullfighting. Others will doubtless follow.