Travel guide Costa Brava
By plane to Barcelona, then to the Costa Brava
The Costa Brava is the northeasternmost section of the Spanish Mediterranean coast in the region of Catalonia
and a perfect destination for everyone. However, the journey by car to the accommodation or to a private holiday home on the Costa Brava is long, as it leads completely through France
. The journey by plane is easier and faster. El Prat de Llobregat Airport in Barcelona
is served by all major and smaller airports in Germany. From the capital of Catalonia, you can reach a private holiday apartment on the Costa Brava in just under an hour by bus or rental car - depending on how far south or north the affordable Catalan holiday home is located on the coast. Rent a cozy holiday accommodation or a holiday home, one of the fincas or an apartment with a pool now and enjoy a relaxing holiday with your family between sandy beaches and breathtaking seaside resorts in the sun.
Wonderfully Mediterranean climate on the Costa Brava
The Costa Brava boasts fantastic summer weather on the sandy beaches from June to September. When autumn has already arrived in Germany, daytime temperatures on the Costa Brava still average 24 degrees in September. In June, the average daytime temperature is just as high. In July and August, the average temperature climbs to 26, 27 degrees. Rain is an absolute exception for holiday accommodation or an apartment or an affordable holiday home on the Costa Brava. In summer, it rains about five times a month - and even then hardly. The rainiest months are October and November with statistically just under 50 mm of precipitation per month. Guests planning a hiking holiday in Catalonia
in the hinterland of the Costa Brava are well advised to visit in spring. From March to May, temperatures range between 15 and 20 degrees, and the days are mostly dry and sunny.
Massive on the outside, magical on the inside: The Cathedral of Girona
is not only the capital of the province of the same name but also the seat of the diocese of the same name. The main and episcopal church of this diocese is the centrally located Cathedral of Santa Maria in Girona. Girona was once built as a Roman fortress called Gerunda in a terraced layout. Near the northern city wall was the religious area of the fortress. Today, the massive cathedral stands at this location, making it visible from almost everywhere. According to legend, Charlemagne built a temple here after his Carolingian troops drove the Moors out of Girona. He is still honored in the cathedral today, and the "Tower of Charlemagne" stands on the north facade. Around the year 800, the temple was converted into a Catholic cathedral and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. From 1010, the Romanesque church building was built at this location. However, Girona developed splendidly, and the population grew. Thus, at the beginning of the 14th century, new buildings and conversions began. These continued until the 18th century. Coming from the Onyar River, you climb the massive, baroque staircase up to the cathedral square. From the outside, the cathedral with its single bell tower appears massive, but inside, a completely different picture: light, almost magical is the impression, with lots of gold gleaming from altars and side aisles.
Paella and fish from the surrounding area
Fishing was once the most important economic sector on the Costa Brava. Nowadays, tourism has taken over, but the fishing industry remains alive thanks to the former. Guests on the northern Catalan coast enjoy nothing more than fresh fish and delicate seafood, such as mussels, scampi, or squid. Mussels and scampi are also typically found in the great Spanish specialty that has its home on the Costa Brava and is a must in any traditional kitchen: paella. In addition to the classic paella with rice, fideua is also very popular on the Costa Brava. This is prepared with noodles. The vegetables from the hinterland of the Costa Brava combine what the region stands for. This becomes clear in their name, Mar i Muntanya, sea and mountain. Chicken and langoustines are cooked together in the casserole, and the flavors blend. Alternatively, typical Catalan meatballs, game, or pork are combined with lobsters, fish, or mussels.
Discover the Costa Brava by land and sea
Starfish, corals, and the colorful fish world. With so much excitement to discover, a family vacation in the destination Catalonia
with its own accommodation or house with pool, one of the fincas, one of the villas, or apartment on the Costa Brava can only be a success. You can immerse yourself in the magnificent underwater world from L'Estartit between Lloret de Mar
and Figueres with a glass-bottom boat without getting your feet wet. Not only the sea has much to discover, but there is also much to explore on land. A trip with the Carrilet, a small tourist train, is fun for children. This train visits various places of interest, such as the famous ruins of Empuries. The highlight for big and small visitors to the Costa Brava remains the beach. Particularly beautiful stretches can be found around Empuriabrava
. Splashing in the pleasantly warm Mediterranean, building sandcastles, having fun together, and creating memories with the family on the Costa Brava. Numerous excursion destinations are already waiting for you! Visit the seaside resorts of Palafrugell, Begur, Blanes, Calella, L’Escala, or the municipality of Castell-Platja d’Aro. Hike between fishing villages, rugged, jagged bays, rough rocks, and alleys and explore the Catalan surroundings. In the heart of the Costa Brava, right on the beach of Platja de Pals and in the natural area of Montgrí-Baix Ter and Medes Islands, you can also take beautiful excursions.
Ancient cities, modern party hotspots
The breathtaking Costa Brava is a magnificent region and destination of contrasts: wild nature, idyllic sea, old, winding cities full of culture, new party centers full of life. The foothills of the Pyrenees are in many places just 50 kilometers away from the beach. A holiday that combines hiking and sunbathing is therefore pre-programmed on the Costa Brava. The Parc Natural de la Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa, a volcanic national park, offers a unique natural experience for relaxed hiking. The quiet towns and villages on the coast also invite you to stroll and linger. The most beautiful fishing village on the Costa Brava is Cadaques, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí.