Costa Brava

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Costa Brava
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Head to the Costa Brava

In northeast Spain, Catalonia extends from the French border to the Ebro delta. It includes the natural parks of Els Ports, Lleida, and Saint Joan de Toran to the west. Jewel of Catalonia, the Costa Brava is known for its beautiful landscapes, between gorgeous coves, preserved natural parks, and charming villages. As it is the Spanish continuation of the beautiful Vermeille coast in France, it is easy to get to from the Pyrénées-Orientales by the road that connects Perpignan to Girona and Barcelona. The richness and variety of the architecture, history, and culture of the Costa Brava are only matched by its gorgeous nature. The old center of Girona and the city of Figueres are a must-see during any visit to the Costa Brava. Figueres houses the surprising Salvador Dalí theater-museum, with surrealist architecture. The Costa Brava has many gorgeous and picturesque villages that are definitely worth the detour, often along winding roads. This is the case for beautiful Cadaques, also home to Dalí, as well as Roses, Pals, Peratallada, Calella de Palfrugell, Blanes, Lloret de Mar, and L’Escala. Definitely don’t miss the medieval town Tossa de Mar, the residential marina Empuriabrava, also called the “Venice of Spain”, La Bisbal d’Empordà, the capital of ceramics, the Iberian village of Ullastret, Empuries, a Greco-Roman site, and the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, all either historically or architecturally significant. The Costa Brava also has beautiful scenery that you can explore just by walking or with more athletic activities. Some of the most beautiful sites on the Catalan coast are the Lake of Banyoles, the calanques of Begur and Palafrugell, and the Cap de Creus, Aiguamolls, and L’Empordà natural parks. Off the Costa Brava, the Medes archipelago is accessible from the port of L’Estartit. Nature lovers will also enjoy taking refreshing walks through the gorgeous botanical gardens of Cap Roig, Blanes, and Lloret de Mar. A paradise for water sports and sunbathing, the Costa Brava also has large, lively urban beaches and beautiful calanques.