In the northeast of Catalonia, the Costa Brava is the tourist name given to the Catalan coast of the province of Girona. Stretching between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, this highly touristic destination in Spain during the summer, is empty in the low season. Its magnificent coves, including those of Begur and Palafrugell, are appreciated, alternating cliffs, light sand and lush vegetation on clear waters. The Costa Brava offers much more than just its seaside pleasures. You will have to visit the medieval cities of Tossa de Mar, Púbol and Pals, and the ruins of Empúries, follow in Salvador Dali's footsteps and discover the Jewish quarter of Girona. Natural resources are not to be outdone. The Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park offers a mosaic of ecosystems, ponds, marshes, beaches and pastures. You can observe more than 300 species of birds including the stork, kingfisher or summer teal, symbol of the park. Discover the botanical gardens in green and blue, the Marimurtra garden in Blanes, the tropical garden of Pinya de Rosa and the gardens of Santa Clotilde in Lloret de Mar. Plant lovers will not miss those of Cap Roig, in Calella de Palafrugell, a magical setting that hosts the famous Festival Jardins de Cap Roig.

But it is the seven islets of the protected Medes archipelago, less than a kilometre from the coast, that offer the most spectacular landscapes. It is a paradise for divers who come to observe corals, Posidonia meadows and fish. From here we reach the castle of Montgrí and its viewpoint.

What to visit sur la Costa Brava Espagne?

When to go to sur la Costa Brava Espagne?

Prices vary according to the tourist seasons, but also according to the days of the week. There are weekly and weekend rates. For the Costa Brava the high tourist season is in July, August, September and during Holy Week. For the hinterland and the Pyrenees of Girona it is, of course, in winter during the ski holidays. Both regions have inverted rhythms and it can be interesting to play them. You should also know that during major events, such as festa major, prices rise in seaside resorts. The most pleasant periods to stay on the Costa Brava are during the mid-season, in October and April-May-June. During the low season, from November to March, the seaside pleasures are not on the programme, but the destination has other assets. Overall, the best times to visit the Iberian coast are spring and autumn because the temperatures remain very pleasant and there are not many tourists. At the height of the summer heat it can be pleasant to reach the coolness of the hinterland mountains

How to go to sur la Costa Brava Espagne? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Stays organized on the Costa Brava occupy long lists on Internet booking sites. You have a lot of choices. Be aware of promotions. Some moments and seasons make really low price offers. If the most numerous proposals concern the summer, you can find stays throughout the year. Theme stays (diving, hiking, heritage, etc.) are also offered by specialized professionals (more expensive but more intimate).

You can come alone to the Costa Brava without any worries. You can land in Girona, or arrive by train. In summer, book your accommodation. You can stay in the backcountry at a lower cost, while taking advantage of a strategic location to visit the region. Renting a vehicle, if you did not come with your own, is an effective solution.

You have a choice. Bus lines connect cities, villages and seaside resorts. The train serves the different stations of the Costa Brava well. There are also small tourist trains in the most popular sites. The road network is developed and includes autovías and autopistas. Do not confuse: the first are four-lane expressways (speed limited to 100 km/h) while the second are highways (speed limited to 120 km/h). The main highway is the AP-7, known as the "autopista de la Mediterrània". Car rental is also very common. The price of fuel is lower than in France. Most rental cars run on unleaded gasoline. Gas stations generally close at 9pm and very often on Sundays. Finally, in general, Costa Brava taxi fares are much higher than those in the interior or in major cities, or you can take a sea cruise or cruise with your own boat along the Costa Brava

Prepare for your trip sur la Costa Brava Espagne

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

Prices vary according to the tourist seasons, but also according to the days of the week. There are weekly and weeken...
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Weather forecast

The coastal climate is obviously Mediterranean. Summers are hot and dry and winters are very mild (about 10°C). Mild...
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Budget

The currency is in force on the Costa Brava as in the rest of Spain, a European country, and the euro. All credit ca...
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Formalities

As Spain is in the European Community, a valid identity card is sufficient to stay on the Costa Brava. Don't forget...
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Health

No malaria or dengue fever on the Costa Brava. But still mosquitoes so plan ahead to protect yourself. On the beach,...
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How to travel by yourself?

You can come alone to the Costa Brava without any worries. You can land in Girona, or arrive by train. In summer, boo...
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How to get organized?

Stays organized on the Costa Brava occupy long lists on Internet booking sites. You have a lot of choices. Be aware o...
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Getting around

You have a choice. Bus lines connect cities, villages and seaside resorts. The train serves the different stations of...
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