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Spain | Beautiful places in the north of the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is a coastal strip Spain of 200 km long. This starts at the French border and continues to Blanes. In this blog I take you to the most beautiful places of the Costa Brava north.

L'Estartit is a beautiful place in the middle of the Costa Brava. It is located in the province of Girona. In my other blogs I write about the tips and places of interest in L'Estartit and where you in L'Estartit can eat well. Are you coming by car and do you want to see more than just L'Estartit? Then there are many other beautiful places on the Costa Brava to visit in the area! You will find a few real recommendations in this blog.

Sangria, but where does this picture belong?

Torroella

The town is a 6 km drive from L'Estartit Torrella de Montgri. If you drive towards L'Estartit, you will pass through this town. In my other blog I'll tell you what you can do here and where you can eat!

Torroella

Girona

The great city of Girona (location here) is a 45 km drive from L'Estartit. This city has its old center on a steep hill, so you can enjoy walking through the narrow streets and the steep stairs. At the top of one of the stairs you will find La Catedral de Santa Maria, well worth it.

Paaseig de la Muralla is also recommended. You walk a walking route over the city walls with a beautiful view of the city! And the Onyar river with its colored houses cannot be missed during your tip to Girona.

Rio Onyar, Girona

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

in peratalla

At a 20 km drive from L'Estartit, in the south of the Costa Brava north, you will find the medieval village in peratalla. You will find old churches, beautiful entrance gates, a clock tower, large squares, shops and restaurants. You can climb the bell tower, which gives you a great view of Peratallada. Walk through the streets and alleys and be amazed by this beautiful village.

View clock tower in Peratallada

On the main street, the Carrer Mayor, you will find the restaurant La Cort (location here). Here you can enjoy a delicious meal on the terrace at the rear of the restaurant, overlooking a small square, but you can also walk inside to take a look.

Alley in Peratallada

Pals

Pals is 15 km from L'Estartit. A beautiful spot on the Costa Brava.
Pals, like Peratallada, is known for its medieval center. Here you can also stroll through the alleys and streets with souvenir shops and restaurants. In Pals you will find many ceramic shops with very nice items for the home.

View Pals

In Pals, take a look at the viewpoint Mirador Josep Pla. From this point you have a beautiful view over the Illes Medes, Massís del Montgrí (a mountain massif), the heights of Canigó and the Sierra de l'Albera in the Pyrenees and the sea. 

Figueres

For Figueres (location here) you have to drive a bit further from L'Estartit, namely 40 km, but definitely worth it. Figueres is the birthplace of the famous artist Salvador Dali. You can of course visit the Dalí Theater and Museum here, but in Figueres you will also find the Museu del Joguet de Catalunya, a toy museum with toys from different time periods. 

Figueres is a nice city to walk through, with its beautiful squares and nice streets with many shops and restaurants.

Esglesia de Sant Pere, Figueres

Roses

Roses is a seaside resort 60 km north of L'Estartit, in the north of the Costa Brava. The beach of Roses is 4 km long and a promenade runs along this beach. If you walk (or drive) down the boulevard, you will come to a fortress, Castillo de la Trinidad. At the fort you have a great view over the bay. A tip: check the opening hours if you want to take a look inside, so that you don't go there for nothing.

View Roses, near Castillo de la Trinidad
View Roses, near Castillo de la Trinidad

Roses has a nice center with some large shops, but in the alleys you will find smaller shops and restaurants.

In a narrow street behind the boulevard we found Las 3 Caravelas (location here). A colorful, creative and small restaurant with delicious food! Choose the daily menu with various fish dishes and you will leave happy. The choice is limited, but the dishes are freshly prepared and are slightly different than usual. Also order the sangria here, in my opinion the best in the area! Highly recommended!

Restaurant Las 3 Caravelas

L'Escala

A 15 km drive from L'Estartit to the north L'Escala. L'Escala is a fishing village on the Costa Brava and very popular with tourists. The center has narrow alleys, nice souvenir shops and good restaurants. In the center of L'Escala you will also find a beach, La Platja, with cozy bars and cafes around this beach.

L'Escala, Costa Brava north
L'Escala, Costa Brava north

Would you like to eat for a small price at a restaurant with a Michelin star? Then put on nice clothes and go to Mas Concas. This restaurant is located outside the center, about a 3 km drive (location here). On arrival you wonder if you're okay and when you leave you definitely want to go back!

Michelin restaurant Mas Conccas, L'Escala
Michelin restaurant Mas Conccas, L'Escala

Tips for me?

Do you have any good tips for me for beautiful places on the Costa Brava that are not listed here? Let me know!

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Moniek

Moniek, 32 years old and I love to travel! I still have so much on my bucket list, Barcelona, ​​Indonesia, Peru, USA, Iceland, you name it! Hopefully one day we can tick everything off.

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