The turquoise water and romantic coves, little towns blessed with charm and possibly one of the best coastline walks you will ever experience. All to be found on the Costa Brava. Since I have already visited all three Spanish principals holiday coasts I can honestly say: this one is the prettiest. This destination has been waiting in the very long queue on my holiday bucket list because of its reputation for high number of low cost tourism and ‘english breakfast’ being served everywhere. Yes, you can find all above, but if you choose your place to stay wisely you will experience not only stylish hotels and spas but charming seaside, fantastic restaurants and most spectacular scenery.
We started our trip in Begur, one of lovliest spots along the costa brava. It is a perfect destination for those who look for spa like holidays. Begur is a colourful town, with narrow streets of Moorish and Spanish architecture topped with a medieval castle that has views along miles of coastline and Pyrenees. This small town also offers attractive places to eat and four charming beaches just short drives away.
Begur was our base for a week, were we had chosen a spa hotel and made trips to different beaches and places every day. After a week we moved south near Platja D’oro and stayed there for another week discovering a small stretch of beautiful coast and tiny beaches around.
After very short consideration we have decided that the the places/beaches we loved most are as listed below.
Voted the best in Catalonia, very family-friendly, away from mass tourism and it has everything you could want: two restaurants, water bikes, snorkelling and diving to golden sand and shallow water. Perfect for you and for kids.
The sandy beach at this quietly exclusive yet unflashy bay is great for sun-soaking, diving or snorkelling and there are boats and kayaks for rent, as well as sailing courses. Packed with small promenade, few restaurants and small boutiques, it is also worth to hike around and to have even more wonderful sea views…
This small, horseshoe-shaped bay is perfect for boating and snorkelling and great for children. There’s a diving centre as well as motorboat and kayak rentals. The pedestrianised promenade directly behind the beach is lined with good number of fish restaurants, cafés and bars.
Hidden bay of Sa Tuna is one of the prettiest around Begur and a favourite amongst those not fond of getting sand between their toes! The pebbly beach of Sa Tuna has a couple of very good restaurants and a lovely feel of being untouched by mass tourism. Perfect for relaxing day on the beach with a break for great sea view lunch. There is a small walking path with good views to do if you want it too.
Cala Cap Roig
Small, sandy beach with something more than a sea view. This is kind of unicorn place with the Cap Roig on the side, beautiful water, amazing walks around and splendid hotels. Beach has a bar and parasols and seats to rent.
All these places were a big surprise to me. It is not how I imagined Costa Brava, in fact, the reality was much, much better. Ok it is not as dramatic as Amalfi Coast or as spectacular as Cote d’Azur but it is so charming and family friendly and much cheaper.