One of the many benefits of caravan ownership is getting to know the places that the tourists don’t see. And nowhere is that truer than on Spain’s Costa Brava. This stunning 200 km long stretch of coastline is famed for its crystal clear waters and golden sandy beaches but there’s plenty more to explore.
This spectacular coast offers great food, fascinating history and incredible art alongside those fabulous lazy beach days. Those of us with holiday homes on the Costa Brava already know some of its best-kept secrets. Isn’t it time you found out more?
Walk among the Greek and Roman ruins of Empuries and you’re walking in the footsteps of Emperors. Plus the views of the sparkling seas of the Mediterranean are spectacular.
But the Costa Brava isn’t all ancient history; medieval towns such as Peratallada and Besalù are filled with charm while Game of Thrones fans won’t want to miss the medieval quarter of beautiful Girona where the series was filmed.
The Costa Brava can be slightly cooler than some of Spain’s southern beaches, but that means you can enjoy them all year round. The climate is mild and warm with plenty of sunshine for enjoying the legendary shoreline.
You could spend ages exploring these stretches of wide golden sands from the trendy town beaches to unspoiled and hidden coves. We love Tossa de Mar for its spectacular scenery and choice of three superb beaches with great facilities. Plus the old town itself is absolutely unmissable.
If sport’s your thing then there’s no better place than the Costa Brava. Whether you fancy a round of golf on a world-class course, superb kayaking and snorkelling or some of the best cycling country in the world (Girona is where the professionals live and train) there’s no better part of Spain.
One of Catalan’s most famous sons is Salvador Dali, the surrealist who made a sofa out of Mae West’s lips and turned melted clocks into desirable objects. The Dali Theatre and Museum in his hometown of Figueras is the largest surrealist monument in the world and is packed full of his weird and wonderful artworks.
You might come to the Costa Brava for the beaches but you won’t want to miss the mountains. Discover gorgeous Pyreneean villages such as Beget and Oix and peaks up to 3,000 metres with commanding views of the surrounding area. Visit in the winter months and enjoy some super skiing at Vallter 2000 and La Molina. Explore by foot or on an e-bike to enjoy the spectacular scenery.
No trip to this part of the world is complete without exploring the local gastronomy. The Costa Brava is one of the most gastronomic destinations in Spain, with traditional cafes and Michelin-starred restaurants to tempt you.
You won’t want to miss a fully loaded paella with delicious local seafood, but you’ll also want to try other surf and turf dishes and local specialities including Xai Rostit Amb 12 Cabeçes d’All or lamb cooked with 12 heads of garlic and Suquet de Peix the traditional seafood stew that changes with the seasons. And no visitor should leave without tasting pata negra ham, pan con tomate or creme catalane!