Pine forests, ancient buildings, fishing villages and holiday resorts are the backdrop for the stunning Costa Brava, where visitors lounge on golden sand, tuck into tasty tapas, and shop till they drop in beautiful Barcelona.
Running along the Catalonia coastline, between the city of Barcelona in the south and Port Bou in the north, the Costa Brava offers a variety of appealing holiday options.
The mix of quaint villages, perfect package-holiday resorts, and inspirational cities means you'll never be short of things to do on Costa Brava holidays. But the region's sunny beaches also make it a great place to just relax and soak up the sun.
Holidays on the Costa Brava are easily accessible from the UK, with flights direct into Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO) and a flight time of only two hours - perfect for families with restless youngsters.
And the diverse attractions on offer means than every kind of holidaymaker will have their pleasure buttons pushed. While party-loving night owls should head for the lively resort of Lloret de Mar and couples will be won over by Barcelona's cool clubs and culture, young families will probably prefer the quieter atmosphere of Tossa de Mar.
Accommodation choices vary up and down the coast too, although standards are generally high.
Choose from a range of self-catering apartments and private villas, or opt for a hotel stay that includes breakfast, half-board lodging or even the all-inclusive experience. But whatever your choice, don't miss the local and authentic flavours at the coast's wonderful restaurants and cafés.
Attractions on the Costa Brava include museums in Cadaques, the castle and old town of Tossa de Mar, and the gloriously secluded beaches and coves that provide your own private seaside paradise - if only for an afternoon. And hiring a car is a great way to get out and about.
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The coast's northerly position means that temperatures are a little lower than those at the more southerly Costas, making it a better choice for young families. Average daytime highs peak in July and August at a shade over 25C, while spring and autumn are cooler and autumn can see some rainfall. In winter, when visitors mostly flock to Barcelona, daytime temperatures average at 10C.
Epiphany, Three Kings; January 6: Be in Barcelona for one of the best events of the festive season in Spain. Children are treated to sweets and gifts during costume parades through the streets.
Gastronomic week in Tossa de Mar; September: The area's finest food is celebrated during this event. Be sure to try cim-i-tomba, a traditional Catalonian fish and potato stew.
Lloret de Mar market; every Tuesday: Pick up a bargain at the popular resort's bustling weekly market.
Best of Costa Brava holidays for...
Families: Travellers with children appreciate the delights of Tossa de Mar, which offers beach fun alongside history, tradition, and excellent food.
Shopping: Revitalise your wardrobe with some Spanish bling from the excellent shops of Barcelona.
Nightlife: Lloret de Mar is nightlife central on the Costa Brava, with a wealth of bars and clubs that go on into the early hours.