Catalonia is located in the European country of Spain and is regarded as a self-governed community comprised of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. Within the province of Girona is the resplendent coastal region of Costa Brava (which means “Rugged Coast”). Costa Brava is a heavenly reprieve boasting warm water beaches and a wealth of activities to enjoy.
Costa Brava’s fortunate location along the Mediterranean Sea and sprawling patches of beach have given the region a large following of loyal tourists. The Pyrenees Mountain Range acts as a barrier separating the Iberian Peninsula from Europe and creating a stunning backdrop to the Costa Brava coastline. There is virtually one season; summer months are hot and winter months are warm, making the idyllic region a great place to visit year-round.
Spanish languages Catalan and Castillan are indigenous to Costa Brava with Castillan being the primary spoken language. The towns and villages of Costa Brava vary in style and stature, pointing to the region’s unique, medieval heritage.
Visitors have several enchanting villages they may choose to explore, many boasting a rich seafaring tradition. The historic town of Roses, which borders France, dates back to 8th century B.C.; Lloret de Mar is home to resorts and nightlife; Begur is a medieval town complete with a stone castle that will carry guests away to life in bygone centuries.
Visitors to Costa Brava may stroll the enchanting cobble stoned streets, visit the Spanish boutiques and shops, and indulge in savory local cuisine. Catalan dishes are both fresh and inventive and sourced with locally produced ingredients. Visitors will feel like locals as they dine on authentic Catalan fare. Some of Catalan’s more traditional tapas and dishes include Pa Amb Tomaquet (bread rubbed with tomatoes and topped with oil and salt), Escudellla (Catalan meat stew), and Fideuas (Catalan paella). Rich, flavorful sauces such as Romesco and Aioli are often served alongside Catalan meals.
While there are numerous reasons travelers choose to vacation in Costa Brava, the gorgeous, golden beaches are among the most enticing. Many of Costa Brava’s beaches are considered ‘Blue Flag’ beaches indicating their high water quality from an environmental standpoint. With over 300 beaches to choose from, vacationers will not be short on sun, rest and relaxation.
The province of Girona is filled with adventurous offerings for adventure travelers including golfing, tennis and a diverse trail system for mountain bikers and hikers. History and archaeology enthusiasts will enjoy the region’s various museums including, the Banyoles Regional Archaeology Museum, which showcases venerable collections and exhibits highlighting the province’s medieval roots.
Also located in the Girona Province is Figures, a pastoral town that is tucked against a backdrop of the Pyrenees. The town is perhaps best known as the birthing place of famous world renowned artist, Salvador Dali. Dali’s surrealist works of art defied time and space and are believed to have influenced the artists of the Renaissance. The town of Figueres erected the Theater Museum in Dali’s honor which is home to several exhibits and paintings by the celebrated artist.
No matter what you choose to do on your vacation to Costa Brava one thing is for sure, your time will be memorable and your trip photos will be vibrant. To learn more about the coastal paradise visit Spain Guides, TripAdvisor, Spain-Holiday or Frommer’s.[contact-form-7 id=”4″ title=”Contact form 1″]