When I think of summer in Spain, my mind immediately thinks of the Costa Brava. A coastal escape only a few short hours away from Barcelona, it’s the perfect destination for a week of relaxing. When it comes to things to do in the Costa Brava, there are many beach towns and countryside villages to visit.
My favorite part of the area was finding small beaches and coves, each unique in its own way. We’d spend the long days under the sun, swimming in the turquoise waters, and snacking on goods from the market.
At night, we would retreat back to Begur for dinner, enjoy a glass of local wine, and call it a night. If you’re Spain-bound and looking to get out of the city, then here are my tips for a trip to this stunning region.
Where to Visit in Costa Brava, Spain
One of the more central towns in Costa Brava, I loved this hilltop town that overlooks the area. The old town is wonderful to explore, with small boutiques and restaurants. Since it is so central, it’s my first choice for staying in Costa Brava. Here’s a recap a recap post from my time there.
After descending onto the coast from Begur, this small fishing village sits right on the water’s edge. On a cala or cove, it has a small beach area with a rocky coastline. We spent a few hours here and enjoyed one of the best lunches at Sa Tuna restaurant.
If you’re already in Sa Tuna, you could take a coastal walk along the oceanside to this town. It’s a great thing to do in Costa Brava and you have wonderful views along the way.
The stairs may be steep but it’s worth it for the crystal waters. It’s a good beach to visit in Costa Brava if you want to camp out for the day and relax. Be sure to bring your own shade and food as there are no facilities here.
One of the gems of Costa Brava is the famous town of Girona. I spent a week or so here a few years back and fell in love with history and architecture here. It’s also a food capital of the region so you have plenty of restaurant options. I would even consider coming here for a night or two while in Costa Brava.
Playa Cala Aiguablava
Another picturesque cove to cozy up in for the afternoon.
Costa Brava Hotels
When visiting Costa Brava, I would recommend picking one central location to visit the area. When I went, we stayed in Begur which was perfect for visiting the region. Hotels in Begur like Hotel Aiguaclara or the boutique hotel called Cluc Hotel are great for their design and service. The Cluc Hotel has cozy rooms and some of the best reviews in Brava.
Other hotels in the Costa Brava area that look amazing are Hotel Lavida that has a stunning swimming pool and is one of the best luxury hotels in Costa Brava. The Hotel Sant Roc is an excellent choice for a beach holiday as it’s near the ocean and has access to the coast. Their hotel restaurant comes highly recommended for views as well. Other hotels to consider include Hotel la Plaça de Madremanya, and Hotel Mas de Torrent.
Alternatively, take a look at Airbnb as there are incredible rentals available, like homes in the countryside with outdoor swimming pools and seaside condos. Be sure to use this link for $40 off your first stay.
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Things to Do in Costa Brava
Take a Day trip to Girona
If you’re looking for a full day out in Costa Brava to tour around, then head to Girona. There is plenty to do here with sites like the Cathedral of Girona and the Girona Art Museum.
Visit Tossa de Mar
One of the most beautiful ancient towns in Costa Brava, it’s a wonderful village to explore. I’d recommend arriving earlier in the day to avoid the crowds.
Spend the day at the beach
There are plenty of beaches and are all very family-friendly. One of my favorites is Sa Tuna or Platja Fonda.
See the Dalí Theatre and Museum
For art lovers, this is right where you want to be. Located in Figueres, this is the hometown of Dalí and he is also buried here. The museum is a beautiful introduction to him and his art.
Visit Medes Island
A group of seven islets off the coast, it’s a good spot to go snorkeling and swimming.
Monastero de Sant Pere de Rodes
If you’re looking to visit a local monastery, come here for a visit and tour.
Marimurtra Botanical Garden
One of the most stunning gardens on the Mediterranean, it’s worth a visit for the afternoon.