According to securitypology, the Costa Brava is Spain ‘s most northeastern coastal area. Partly because the Costa Brava is the closest to the Netherlands of all Spanish destinations, tens of thousands of compatriots come here every year to celebrate their holiday. They can choose from a large number of seaside resorts such as Roses, L’Escala, Blanes, L’Estartit, Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar and Platja d’Aro. The pleasant Mediterranean climate is one reason to go on holiday here, the impressive coastline that forms a combination of rocks, cliffs, caves and beaches is the second reason. Those who book a sun holiday to the Costa Brava need not limit themselves to sun, sea and beach. There are numerous attractions in the region that are worth a visit.
Top 10 places of interest of Costa Brava
#1. Salvador Dalí
This artist was born in Figueres, near the Pyrenees. His art mainly had surrealism and thus influenced Freud himself. The Spanish royal family was so fond of Salvador Dalí that he was ennobled by King Juan Carlos. Several museums and works by Salvador Dalí can be found in Spain. The Dalí Foundation has spawned 3 museums with works by this master. They can be found in Figueres, Púbol and Portlligat. Much of his work can also be found in the United States, including in the Guggenheim.Due to the enormous interest in the Dalí museum, booking tickets in advance is recommended. Thanks to the Dali Museum skip-the-line tickets you can enter immediately. With the ‘free cancellation’ option you can cancel free of charge until the day before your visit.
The picturesque and chic village of Cadaqués is known for its artists, such as Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Federico García Lorca. Salvador Dalí, the Spanish artist, also had a villa just outside Cadaques near Portlligat. This is now a museum “Casa-Museu Salvador Dalí”. It is wonderful to rent a boat and explore the coast. A visit to the Cap de Creus National Park should also not be missed. There is a beautiful hiking trail from Cadaques to this park.Due to the enormous interest and the limited number of places for the Casa-Museu Salvador Dalí, booking tickets in advance is recommended. Thanks to the Dali House skip-the-line tickets you can enter immediately. With the ‘free cancellation’ option you can cancel free of charge until the day before your visit.
Your eyes are probably too short in this big city. Many alleys and streets have hidden gates where there is always something to discover. The streets of the old guilds take you to old oil and wine markets. In the Jewish quarter Calle de la Forç you get the feeling that time has stood still. Until the end of the 15th century, this was even seen as the most important Kabbalistic center of western Europe. Now in the middle of this district is the city museum Museu de la Ciutat with mainly the history of Gerona.
coasts The coast of Costa Brava is praised for its beautiful but also rugged coastline. Costa Brava also literally means ‘rough coast’. This also makes Costa Brava different from other coastlines in Spain. In the many bays you can also find caves where you can sometimes sail a bit with a boat. It is recommended to take a boat trip along this special coast with its extensive beaches.
#5. Parc Natural de l’Aiguamolls de l’Empordà
This very beautiful natural park is located around the Gulf of Roses and has freshwater and saltwater marshes and lagoons. Many species of birds see this park as a refuge. Because of the swamp area you will find many reptiles and amphibians. It is also possible to stay in or near the Parc Natural de l’Aiguamolls de l’Empordà.
#6. Tossa de Mar
This pearl of the Costa Brava has a very beautiful coast. The old center of Tossa de Mar is surrounded by fortress walls and towers in which elements from the Middle Ages can be found. The medieval town of Vila Vella rises above the bay. The new district of Vila Nova is also definitely worth a visit.
With its 4 km long beach, Roses is a great place for a beach holiday. There are many different types of water sports to practice. Roman and medieval remains can be found in the 16th century fortress Ciutadella at the city entrance. For beautiful photos of the sunset in Roses you have to climb. On the slope of the Puig Rom is a castle ruin. From here you can see the snowy peaks of the Pyrenees.
The Costa Brava has a number of castles that you can visit. There is the castle ‘Castell Gala-Dalí’ in Púbol. This is the castle that Salvador Dalí gave to his wife to spend her last years. Now it is possible to dine in that castle.
Castell La Ciutadella in Roses, Castell de Sant Joan in Blanes, Castell de Montgrí in Torroella de Montgrí and many more.
Those who like to hit a ball on the golf course in a wonderful climate can go wild in the Costa Brava. There are more than enough golf courses (11×18 holes) where you can go. Serres de Pals, Girona Golf, Peralada Golf, Empordá Golf and Golf Costa Brava.
#10. Amusement parks / water parks
There is plenty of entertainment for the whole family in the Costa Brava. Many amusement parks and water parks make Costa Brava a pleasant holiday region. There is Aquabrava a large wave pool, Marineland a water park with dolphin and sea lion shows, Gnomopark the gnome park for the little ones, Parc Animal de Sobrestany an animal park. This is just a small selection of the amusement parks on the Costa Brava.