Costa Brava is a coastal region in Spain’s Catalonia province. The term literally translates to wild or rough coast; hence, you have an idea of what to expect when you travel to Costa Brava. But that does not hide the fact that this region is notable for its natural and unspoilt beauty. It is a peaceful escape for those wanting to enjoy an idyllic vacation in Spain.
The reputation of Costa Brava as a holiday destination in Catalonia, Spain started in the 1950s when the national government established the plan to develop the region. Today, most of the tourists who travel to Costa Brava come from France, UK and the Northern Europe. Aside from the modern developments in the region, the beautiful beaches, summer-like climate all year round, and favorable exchange rate (for foreign tourists) combine to make it one of the top destinations in the area. In the past decade, tourism has overtaken fishing as the number one source of economy in Costa Brava.
In terms of geography, Costa Brava is marked with rough cliffs and terrains, small bays, large plains, and beaches. The region is also made up of several fishing villages and resort towns. Meanwhile, the inland portion of Costa Brava is where the capital of commerce is for the province of Girona.
For those planning to travel to Costa Brava, expect a typical Mediterranean climate. The average temperature is mild and temperate. The summers are dry and winters are moderately cold. The average temperature in Costa Brave ranges from as low as 7-degree Celsius to as high as 28-degree Celsius. The hottest months are July to August.
Before you travel to Costa Brava, here are some practical information you need to know:
• There are two official languages in Costa Brava: Spanish and Catalan. However, the locals habitually speak Catalan more than Spanish.
• The official currency used in Costa Brava is the Euro.
• It is not unusual to pay for purchases via credit card. Most restaurants and commercial establishments accept top international credit cards.
• There are several festivals held annually in Costa Brava. During the summer, this is when you will find most events taking place in Costa Brava.
• Due to its proximity to the ocean, seafood fares largely in top cuisines in the region. Some of the staples include prawns, monkfish, blue fish, rock fish, and anchovies.
Blanes: This is a town in Costa Brava famous for its coves, botanical gardens, and mountain views. It is popularly referred to as the “gateway to Costa Brava”. Your travel to Costa Brava wouldn’t be complete without visiting Blanes.
La Fosca: This is a small village located in Costa Brava and facing the Mediterranean sea. It is located at the northern side of a large bay and is visited by tourists who enjoy sailing, wind surfing and swimming. Near the bay, you will also find the ruins of Castillo de Sant Esteve de la Fosca.
Cadaques: Considered as an artist’s paradise, this town in the region of Costa Brava sits on a bay near the Cap de Creus peninsula. You can reach this town after a little more than two hours’ drive from Barcelona. Apart from its natural beauty, Cadaques is best known for its contribution to local art history.
Callela de Palafrugell: This small resort town is another favorite among tourists who travel to Costa Brava. This used to be a fishing village, but has now been converted into a resort town with several well preserved natural coves.
Travel to Costa Brava: Resources
- Costa Brava Photos: Best of the World
- Costa Brava Beaches
- Escaping Crowds in Rugged Costa Brava, Spain
- Why Spain is Good for Slow Travel
- Costa Brava: Culture, Excitement and A Place to Breathe
- Off The Beaten Track in Catalonia