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Touch down on Costa Brava holidays and it quickly becomes clear why it translates to the ‘wild’ or ‘rough coast’. The staggeringly rugged shoreline has pockets of turquoise coves and huge fluffy white sand beaches that never go out of fashion. Stretching from just north of Barcelona to the border with France, the sunny climate of the Costa Brava and its postcard-perfect beaches made it one of Spain’s very first package holiday destinations. In fact, savvy sun-worshippers have been descending on this got-it-all corner of Spain since the 1950s.
Costa Brava holidays blend old and new
The modern and traditional go about their lives happily hand-in-hand on the Costa Brava.
Picturesque fishing villages cling to the rocky shoreline, their crumbling fishermen’s houses and narrow lanes giving them an old-world charm. Modern, all-inclusive Costa Brava holidays are easy to find in resorts such as Blanes and Lloret de Mar, while upmarket hotels, spas and golf courses provide luxury Costa Brava holidays by the (gold-plated) bucket load.
Postcard-worthy towns such as Tossa de Mar and La Pineda tread a very tricky line, managing to be popular tourist holiday destinations with a range of amenities without sacrificing their traditional appeal.
Both are firm favourites for those in search of cheap holidays to the Costa Brava in 2020.
Away from the coast
A Costa Brava holiday doesn’t have to mean sandy toes.
Girona, the regional capital, is a vibrant little city with a beautiful medieval centre, great shopping and authentic tucked-away tapas bars.
In the north of the Costa Brava, the Gulf of Roses harbours an important nature reserve.
For a taste of the ultra-modern, visit the flashy marina of Empuriabrava, where you’ll find gleaming superyachts, bars, restaurants and a buzzing nightlife scene.
The Costa Brava is also up to its neck in history and culture.
Roman archaeological sites, imposing castles and walled medieval towns such as Begur, Peratallada and Tossa de Mar are woven into the scenery.
And if you didn’t know much about Salvador Dalí before you visit the Costa Brava, you certainly will before you leave. It’s the birthplace of Spain’s most famous artist; his home in the beautiful and bohemian village of Cadaqués has been preserved for all to visit. There is also a museum dedicated to his life and works among the quaint little jumble of houses of Figueres.
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A favourite of sun-worshippers and travellers looking to unwind, Costa Brava is a classic, affordable beach break destination. Here's where to stay, what to do and where to eat on a budget.Read moreabout How to do the Costa Brava on a budget
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