Over Costa Brava
The Costa Brava, picture sandy beaches and caves met by blue waters. The coasts are met by a backdrop of pine forests, leaving this particular coast to be proclaimed as one of the prettiest costas of them all. With this title, the Costa Brava is a favourite holiday destination for many tourists; this means that this costa is well developed and equipped to handle its population density all year round. However, this does not mean you should rule out the Costa Brava if you are looking to find something peaceful and quiet. The Costa Brava has managed to uphold its status of allurement. Ranging from big cities and resorts to small fishing villages, it offers something different to all. The Costa Brava still lives up to it's reputation of being the most unspoilt, gorgeous coastalines left in Europe.
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With it’s beaches stretching across the coast of Girona, the Costa Brava is made up out of all the costal towns that lie between ‘Blanes’, a town that lays only 60KM (37miles) northeast to Barcelona all the way to the French border. Featuring the famed destinations of ‘Lloret de Mar’ and ‘Palamós’ to name just a two. With it’s shores met by the teal-coloured Mediterranean.
What To Do
The Costa Brava has a lot of sights to see, when it comes to cathedrals, national parks and museums. This Costa’s beauty is influenced a lot by its rich cultural history and nature. Take for example the medieval town of Begur, a hill top town that is only accessible for pedestrians by cobbled streets, featuring Moorish and colonial town houses, bars, boutiques and a fortress. This town looks over the coast and the countryside giving you views that are worth the trip.
Another possibilitiy are the Roman Ruins at Empuries. Showing the remains of a Greek town that was taken by the romans, it gives you a view of various forms of roman villas, an amphitheater and floor mosaics that are still mainly intact. These rare sites make these ruins one of the most treasured archaeological sites left in Spain.
If these aren’t exactly your cup of tea, there are so many more outdoor activities the Costa Brava offers, take for example the aqua Brava water park. This waterpark is home to Europe’s biggest wave pool. Suitable for all ages, this attraction serves for an action packed day out.
Aside from the national Spanish festivals, the Costa Brava has many local yearly events. To name a few are the following: In mid-February Costa Brava is flooded by the celebration of carnival. The town of Roses hosts several days of festivals that involve paella on the beach, fancy dress and of course a massive parade of floats. On the last day, they follow the Spanish tradition of burying a sardine on the beach as a sacrifice to the sea. Admission costs for carnival festivals are free.
A second event that takes place in April is the Intermón Oxfam Trailwalker. The idea of this is that people walk a full 100KM in 32 hours in teams of four. This event being comparable to the London Marathon: except instead of grey buildings and the London-eye, the views will include the green countryside of Catalunya. The proceeds of the event will go into raising money for Oxfam.
Further into the year, to celebrate the spring, Girona will host the annual flower festival. The old town of Barri Vell are engulfed by floral displays. Monuments, Courtyards and the narrow winding streets are turned into the most beautiful gardens, giving the town new life and a fresh floral scent.
On the 4 of July you will be able to hear the sailors sing traditional Cuban sea chantey. This sound will be coming from a stage set up at sea. Endless boats and beaches will be filled with people trying to get a good view of the stage and people drinking a local specialty called ‘cremat’, made out of flaming rum and coffee.
Another huge annual fiesta in Girona is that of ‘Sant Narcis’ also known as ‘Fires de Girona’. The concept of this festival is a parade of kings and queens that are made out of wood and waxwork dummies, fireworks are set off and the streets are alive with the sound of music, from street concerts to be exact. This festival celebrates Saint Narcis, the Patron Saint of Girona.
Accessibility Costa Brava
The main airport located in the Costa Brava is that of Girona airport (GRO). A second international and national airport nearby is that of Barcelona airport (BCN). You can also decide to take the train to Costa Brava if you are from Europe, the Eurostar and TGV’s give access to Costa Brava as well as many other holiday destinations. In The Costa Brava itself, most forms of transport are also possible. The main airport located in the Costa Brava is that of Girona airport (GRO). A second international and national airport nearby is that of Barcelona airport (BCN). You can also decide to take the train to Costa Brava if you are from Europe, the Eurostar and TGV’s give access to Costa Brava as well as many other holiday destinations.
The infrastructure of the Costa Brava is so formed that it is possible to travel by boat, bike, train and cars. Bus and taxi services are offered, however, due to parking being quite expensive and difficult in cities like Girona, many decide to bike, which Girona and the countryside around it is ideal for. Making it one of the favourite locations for many professionals to cycle. On the other hand, Girona is also known for it's specetacular hilltop destinations, another good bet would be taking the bus. If you are without a car, this option will be faster and cheaper than the train or taxi. Tickets are available online, in offices and with the busdrivers.