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Costa Brava in Spain | So much more than just a party destination

On holiday to the Costa Brava in Spain† I can hear you thinking, 'Why? Isn't that for young people who dive into the disco every day and then sleep off their daze all morning and afternoon?' That's right, it is. But the Costa Brava has so much more to offer than that. Medieval towns, beautiful nature and a beautiful coastline with rocks and bays. We are happy to tell you more about it.

The Spanish coast

The entire Spanish east and south coast is a popular destination for sun, sea and sand lovers. Due to the Mediterranean climate, the summers are dry and warm, which is wonderful! Spain has no fewer than 12 costas on the Mediterranean Sea, each with its own beauty. Because there is so much to tell about each Costa, we start at the top with the east coast: the Costa Brava.

Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is a 200-kilometer-long coastal strip that runs from the town of Portbou, just beyond the French border, all the way to the famous seaside resort of Blanes. The translation of Costa Brava is rugged, wild coast and that describes the landscape perfectly. 

Beaches Costa Bravac

It is clear that there are plenty of seaside resorts on the Costa Brava: Lloret de Mar, Blanes, Tossa de Mar and Platja d'Aro, just to name a few. What appeals to us are the small, quiet bays with rock formations. Here are some fun tips.

Bay Costa Brava
Rocky cove on the Costa Brava

Sa Caleta is a small beach near Lloret de Mar. This idyllic bay, with a beautiful medieval castle on top of the rock face, is beautiful. Don't forget to bring your snorkel gear when you take a dip in the sea.

Cala del Pi is located in the area of ​​Platja d'Aro and is a lovely little beach to spend a few hours. You have a view over the clear blue Mediterranean Sea and the overgrown rocks, which you can climb and then dive into the sea.

Platja fonda is, like Sa Caleta and Cala del Pi, surrounded by rocks. Again you will find beautifully clear water here. Please note: this beach consists mainly of pebbles.

Also read: Spain | Beautiful places in the north of the Costa Brava

Medieval Villages Costa Bravac

Just a few kilometers inland from the Costa Brava are beautiful medieval villages. Two famous places are Pals and Peratallada, here you will find beautiful village squares, arcades and old houses. These historic villages contrast enormously with the fully built-up large seaside resorts and are therefore definitely worth a visit. In addition, you are here in the DO Ampudán wine region and you can immerse yourself in the delicious Catalan cuisine. So enjoy.

Peratallada Costa Bravac
A street in Peratallada

Camping on the Costa Brava

To experience the Costa Brava in the purest possible way, it is wonderful to stay at a campsite. Waking up in nature with the sound of the sea in the background. In addition, it is also just convenient to drive from the Netherlands to Spain by car, camper or caravan. Here you will find an overview of nice campsites on the Costa Bravac.

Also read: Traveling with the camper (11) | Tips and sights eastern Spain


Although Barcelona is not on the Costa Brava (it is part of the Costa de Ponent) it is worth a visit to this bustling city. Why? Because of the many sights and beautiful architecture. In any case, do not miss the following places when you are in Barcelona.

Sagrada Familia

This monumental church is the icon of Barcelona. The church was designed by Atoni Gaudi, the main architect of the city. The construction of Sagrada Familia started in 1882 and has not stood still since (with the exception of the Spanish Civil War). You will therefore most likely find this beautiful building in scaffolding, but the church is expected to be finished in 2026.

The famous Sagrada Familia

Park Güell

The Park Güell city park is known for Gaudi's special works of art. One of the most famous works of art in the park is the colorful mosaic staircase with salamander, but there is much more to discover.

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas is the most famous street in Barcelona. It is very touristy here, but it is still worth taking a look at one of the many stalls. Just off this street is Placa Reial, a large palm-lined town square, surrounded by beautiful buildings.

Staying in Barcelona

There are countless accommodations in Barcelona, ​​from luxury hotels to B&Bs and boutiques. Although these are conveniently located in the center, you also pay the top price here. Do you prefer to relax after a busy day in the city? Then take a look at campsites around Barcelona.

All in all, enough reason to visit the Costa Brava! With its beautiful bays, medieval villages and, as icing on the cake, bustling Barcelona. vamos!

Also read: Traveling through Spain with the camper during the corona crisis | Our experiences

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