The Costa Brava is home to lovely coastal resorts, exciting towns, traditional villages and huge stretches of beach...
It's not difficult to see why visitors fall for the charms of the region. Roughly beginning in Blanes, a little way north of Barcelona, and running to France's border with Spain, the Costa Brava draws all kinds of holidaymakers thanks to its variety of treasures. There are art museums to explore, party towns where music plays long into the night, quiet coastal villages that attract sun worshippers looking for relaxation, castles, and secluded coves where nothing can be heard but the gentle lapping of the waves. And beneath those waves are some of the finest diving opportunities off the Spanish coast. You really can't go wrong when you book hotels on the Costa Brava.
This vast area is home to plenty of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets...
From the hills of the interior to the resorts of the coast, the diverse range of destinations play host to an equally diverse mix of accommodation. On the Costa Brava, hotels that offer excellent spa and golf facilities can be booked. These hotels are often large and well-equipped with fantastic amenities. You'll also find perfect sunshine-holiday bases on the coast, with a good mix of luxury hotels and mid-range accommodation offering bed and breakfast, half board, and all-inclusive stays. There are many self-catering apartments and private villas along the Costa Brava too.
Stay in hotels in Lloret de Mar for the best of the Costa Brava's nightlife, while hotels in Tossa de Mar welcome guests looking for a more serene break in the sun. White-washed Cadaqués is a place where Spanish traditions and friendly hospitality rule, as is the pretty resort of Llafranc.
Hotels in Costa Brava destinations that are inland, such as Girona and Figueres, also cater for different types. These towns feature a mix of traditional, historic, and sometimes ultra-modern hotels, with some budget hotels and five-star hotels.
As the Costa Brava is near neighbours with the glitzy South of France, you can get a taste of somewhere like St Tropez, albeit with a Spanish flavour, in some of the resorts of the Costa Brava - you'll just get them at a fraction of the price. Be aware that many Costa Brava hotels close for the quiet winter season.
Well known as the home of Salvador Dali, the Costa Brava has more than beaches and bars going for it...
There is much to see and do along the roughly 150-kilometre coastline and inland. It's worth hiring a car during your holiday as this makes getting out and about both easy and cheap.
Top five attractions
See the three main Salvador Dali attractions: the Dali Theatre and Museum in his home town of Figueres; the Gala Dali Castle in Pubol, built for his wife; and his former home, now a museum, at Portlligat. You'll discover all you ever wanted to know about the surrealist painter.
See the ruins of this former Greek and then Roman site, which is a short distance from the town of L'Escala.
Aqua Brava Water Park
Family holidays will be made complete with the watery thrills of this park near Roses.
There are five main museums in Girona and if you plan to see more than one you can make massive savings on the cost of entry with a museum pass.
Cap de Creus
Close to Figueres is this stunning Natural Park - a wind-ravaged and rocky peninsula. Cadaqués is the best known of the towns here.
Typical of anywhere in Spain, the Costa Brava hosts a lively line-up of annual fiestas...
An excuse is never needed for a good knees-up in Spain. Here are the best of the annual events:
Cantada de Havaneres (Habanera Festival); July: This concert of traditional song is surprisingly popular, with thousands making the annual pilgrimage to be a part of the event. It might be best to avoid the town of Calella de Palafrugell for the duration of this event if you don't plan to see it, as hotels and restaurants will be very busy.
Fira d'Indians; September: During the 19th century, thousands of locals upped sticks and left for the Americas, particularly Cuba. When they returned, they brought traditions and styles back from the Caribbean and these zesty flavours are celebrated during this event.
Fires de Girona; October: This is Girona's main fiesta. You'll see towers of people (it's a tradition) and incredible processions. It's all crowned by a magnificent set of fireworks.