The Costa Brava is a top tourist area located on the northeastern coastline of Spain. Part of the province of Girona, the Costa Brava welcomes millions of visitors each year. This coastline stretches from Blanes in the south, northwards to the French border.
The literal translation for this Spanish Costa is “Rugged Coast”. A reference to the rugged landscape that runs parallel to the Mediterranean Sea.
Costa Brava – Rugged Coast
The Costa Brava is well known for several top tourist destination. These include Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar and the town of Blanes. Much of this area once relied on fishing as it’s primary source of income. This changed in the 1950’s and the beginning of the tourism boom. The Costa Brava was one of the first Spanish Costas to begin mass development. It’s since transformed itself into one of the top tourism destinations in Europe.
Costa Brava Tourist Resorts
The northern areas of the Costa Brava are different from the touristy areas located in the south. Most of the north is very Spanish and well known for it’s exceptional food.
You are unlikely to see many signs advertising an “English Breakfast” in the north. One thing both the north and south share in common is the the excellent Blue Flag beaches
Blanes lies 60 kilometres north of Barcelona. This town is the southernmost point of the Costa Brava. The history of Blanes can be traced back to before the Romans to around the 3rd Century BC.
Mountains overlook the beautiful beaches of Blanes. This is where you wil find the famous Sa Palomera Rock (picture above). This popular town is also well known for one of the biggest firework displays in Europe. Also the feast of Santa Anna and Sant Joaquim. These events take place on the last full week of July and can attract up to 500,000 visitors.
Lloret de Mar
Lloret de Mar is another top location on the Costa Brava which lies a few kilometres north of Blanes. This location is particularly famous for it’s superb Blue Flag beaches. In total there are over 10 beaches to choose from in this beautiful location.
The main beach is over 1600 metres and has a beautiful promenade running alongside. The promenade is ideal for strolls and taking in the local surroundings. Lloret de Mar offers much more than beautiful beaches. The Sirens of Santa Clotilde Gardens (picture above) is one of the top attractions. Church of Sant Romà and Castle of Sant Joan are two more super things to do here.
Tossa de Mar
Tossa de Mar lies to the north of Blanes and Lloret de Mar.
Some 100 km north of Barcelona and around the same distance south of the French border. Tossa de Mar is beautiful and with it’s history dating back to Neolithic period (around 4th – 1st Century BC).
There are three main beaches to top up the tan, they are Platja Gran, La Mar Menuda and El Codolar. One of the top attractions is the majestic Torreón or Castillo de Tossa de Mar (picture above). This imposing castle overlooks the whole town and beaches, definitely worth a visit.
Costa Brava Weather and Climate
The weather in Costa Brava is generally pretty good for most of the year. This is the case for most of the Mediterranean coastline of Spain. The hotter summer months are June, July and August. The average temperature can exceed 30 Celsius and not drop much below 25 Celsius. The temperature in the winter months from December – February is between 8 – 12 Celsius. Much of the rainfall tends to arrive in the autumn months of September, October and November.