Girona and Costa Brava

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Girona, located in northeastern Spain, is a breathtaking region renowned for its stunning coastal landscapes and vibrant Mediterranean charm. Stretching along the Catalan coastline, Costa Brava captivates visitors with its picturesque beaches, hidden coves, and crystal-clear turquoise waters.

The region boasts a diverse mix of natural wonders, from rugged cliffs and dramatic rock formations to lush green hills and pine forests. Costa Brava also offers a rich cultural heritage, with charming coastal towns and medieval villages that exude history and tradition. Visitors can explore the enchanting streets of towns like Cadaqués and Tossa de Mar, or immerse themselves in the artistic legacy of Salvador Dalí, who found inspiration in this captivating region. Whether indulging in delectable seafood cuisine, basking in the Mediterranean sun on pristine beaches, or embarking on exhilarating outdoor adventures, Girona presents an idyllic escape that seamlessly blends natural beauty, cultural allure, and relaxation. Given it’s relatively compact size, it’s the perfect self-drive destination.

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Girona: Where The Pyrenees Meet The Mediterranean Sea

Despite their modest size on a map, there’s a world of opportunities to discover in the vibrant Costa Brava and Girona Pyrenees – a special destination that’s easy to reach – with cheap, direct flights from the UK to Girona (and just 60-90 minutes from Barcelona by car).

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Guests, Not Tourists

Costa Brava warmly embraces visitors with its welcoming and friendly atmosphere, where hotel service goes above and beyond to ensure a delightful and inclusive experience for all who explore the captivating region.

Platja D'Aro Beach, Costa Brava

220KM of Coastline

Costa Brava’s coastline, including the renowned Cami de Ronda coastal path, offers breathtaking views and opportunities for memorable seaside adventures including fantastic beaches and coves and the chance to snorkel, dive or kayak.

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Eight Natural Parks

Costa Brava’s protected natural areas range from the mountains to the sea, from dense forests to the Mediterranean coast and wetlands to volcanoes, making it an incredible destination primed for hiking and cycling.

Platja D'Aro Beach, Costa Brava

Charming Seaside Village & Medieval Towns

Costa Brava is adorned with picturesque seaside villages such as Cadaqués and Calella de Palafrugell and enchanting medieval towns including Peralada and Pals, each exuding its own unique charm and offering visitors a glimpse into the region’s rich history and coastal allure.

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Girona

Girona, a captivating city in the heart of Costa Brava, enchants visitors with its medieval architecture, vibrant culture, shopping attractions and a labyrinth of narrow streets that invite exploration, making it a popular city break destination.

Platja D'Aro Beach, Costa Brava

The Dalí Triangle

The Dali Triangle takes art enthusiasts on a captivating journey through the surreal world of Salvador Dalí, featuring three remarkable museums that showcase the artist’s extraordinary works – the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, the Salvador Dalí House-Museum in Portlligat and the Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol,

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Food & Wine

The regions’ culinary wealth makes it a real pleasure to sit down in a restaurant and taste its surf and turf cuisine, with such treats as chicken cooked with langoustines, rabbit and clam rice dish, squid with meat stuffing, always washed down with excellent D.O. Empordà wines.

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Wellbeing

Here, you can immerse yourself in activities that blend pleasure with therapy, such as indulging in mindfulness, forest immersion, rejuvenating yoga sessions, invigorating chi kung practices and soothing thermal treatments. And let’s not forget the delightful experiences of savouring gourmet healthy cuisine, which will nourish both your body and soul.

Experiences in Costa Brava & Girona Pyrenees

Embarking on captivating coastal hikes along Costa Brava’s scenic paths, cycling through Girona’s picturesque province via greenways, indulging in the exquisite flavours of D.O. Empordà wines, skydiving over the breathtaking bay of Roses, savouring culinary delights in Michelin-starred restaurants, immersing in the vibrant ambiance of musical festivals, exploring the wonders of scuba diving, or discovering the enchantment of astronomy… These are just a glimpse of the genuinely authentic experiences that await visitors in their quest for unforgettable holidays in the mesmerising Costa Brava.

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Food & Wine

Costa Brava boasts delightful vineyards, an abundance of Gastronomic boutique hotels and more than 2,000 local and 18 Michelin-starred restaurants.

Experiences you can enjoy include:
  • Delight in sensory wine tasting
  • Visit a fish auction
  • Join a food tour in Girona
  • Discover seven Catalan cheesemakers in an idyllic setting in Mas El Mir

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Hotel Aigua Blava in Begur, Costa Brava

Beaches & Coves

With 220km of coastline, Costa Brava is a sailing, kayaking, diving and snorkelling paradise.
Experiences you can enjoy include:
  • Explore the heart of the Cap de Creus Natural Park by boat
  • Take a guided kayaking trip – look out for the coastal caves
  • Discover secret coves and traditional cuisine
  • Hike Montgrí Natural Park and marvel at its cliffs, fauna and flora

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Nature

With over 550 heritage sites of outstanding interest listed in the province of Girona, the range of cultural tourism options attracts millions of visitors seduced by the region’s rich, intense historical and artistic heritage.

Experiences you can enjoy include:
  • Join a guided tour of Salvador Dalí’s Figueres home where he lived in his younger years
  • Visit the beautiful Marimurtra Botanical Garden in Blanes
  • Walk the historical bridges of Vall de Núria route
  • Explore the Old Town heritage of Llançà
  • Follow the historical trail of Peralada

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Wellbeing

What could be more therapeutic and soothing than meditating in a Girona Pyrenees forest, yoga by the sea or soaking in an idyllic spa pool.

Experiences you can enjoy include:
  • Enjoy a spa day and the fine wines at Hotel Peralada
  • Surrounded by pines and the sand, relax at adults-only Hotel Cala del Pi on Platja d’Aro
  • Invite your friends to a stay at Montjuïc Boutique B&B close to Girona Old Town for a yoga getaway
  • Experience a magical night under the stars at Hotel Terraza

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Hotel Stays to Inspire You

We’ve selected a few of our favourite luxury hotels – all set in glorious locations and offering a unique charm and delectable cuisine, to showcase the best stays you can enjoy when visiting Costa Brava.

Hotel Santa Marta, Costa Brava

Hotel Santa Marta

Lloret De Mar
Hotel Santa Marta, located in the breathtaking Costa Brava region, is a hidden oasis of tranquility and luxury. Nestled along the pristine coastline, this charming hotel offers a perfect blend of Mediterranean beauty and warm hospitality. The hotel’s stunning architecture harmonises seamlessly with the surrounding natural landscape, providing guests with magnificent views of the azure sea and lush gardens.

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Mas Lazuli, Costa Brava

Mas Lazuli

Pau
Mas Lazuli Hotel is a captivating retreat nestled in a serene and picturesque setting. This exquisite establishment offers a harmonious blend of natural beauty, luxurious accommodations, and impeccable hospitality. Surrounded by lush landscapes and breathtaking views, Mas Lazuli Hotel provides a peaceful escape from the bustling world.

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Can Buch Costa Brava at night

Can Buch

Girona
This charming boutique hotel is housed in a beautifully restored Catalan farmhouse, blending traditional architecture with modern comforts. Surrounded by lush gardens and beautiful landscapes, Can Buch Hotel offers a peaceful retreat for guests seeking peace and serenity. The individually designed rooms and suites exude warmth and character, providing an inviting ambiance.

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Mas El Mir

Ripollès
Featuring a bar and views of mountain, Mas el Mir is a country house situated in a historic building in Ripoll, 27 km from Vall de Núria Ski station. This country house features a pool with a view, a garden and free private parking. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a children’s playground.

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Camiral Golf & Wellness, Costa Brava

​Our Longlist Dedicated to Unique Stays in Costa Brava

Given we only had limited space with which to share a small selection of hotel accommodations, we thought we’d do this topic better justice by way of a stand-alone article. So take a look at our unique stays long-list via the link below. From boutique properties nestled in charming coastal towns to luxurious resorts perched on cliffs with stunning sea views, Costa Brava’s hotel scene caters to diverse tastes and preferences.

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Visiting Costa Brava Throughout the Year…

  • Costa Brava in spring offers blooming landscapes, creating a picturesque backdrop for exploration. While average temperatures are around 22°C in May, coastal towns are less crowded at this time, allowing for a relaxed and peaceful experience. Spring is an excellent time for outdoor adventures, such as hiking along the coastal paths or cycling through the beautiful countryside
  • Summer in Costa Brava promises endless sunny days and warm temperatures of up to 29°C, creating the perfect setting for beach lovers to bask in the sun and enjoy the refreshing Mediterranean waters for snorkelling, diving and kayaking. Summer is the ideal time to indulge in the region’s delicious seafood cuisine, with beachfront restaurants serving up freshly caught delicacies. If staying further inland, explore the charming villages and their outdoor markets and join in with local traditions and festivities
  • Autumn in Costa Brava treats visitors to a breathtaking display of fall foliage, as the region’s landscapes transform into a vibrant tapestry of golden hues. The weather at this time is mild and pleasant – temperatures in October can average about 22°C. It is a perfect season for wine lovers, as the vineyards of D.O. Empordà showcase their autumn colours and offer wine tastings of the region’s renowned vintages
  • During the winter, why not head to the northernmost parts of the region to experience a winter wonderland of snow-capped mountains. The Girona Pyrenees become a paradise for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, with numerous ski resorts offering a range of slopes suitable for all levels of experience. Enjoy hearty mountain cuisine featuring local specialties like warm stews, cured meats, and artisanal cheese. Relax too and rejuvenate in thermal spas, where visitors can soak in natural hot springs and indulge in wellness treatments

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