Holidays in Costa Brava
The sun-soaked Costas are some of Spain’s top destinations for summer breaks, and Costa Brava is no different. Between the shimmering beaches with honey-coloured sand are quaint towns and top hotels jam-packed with things to do. White-knuckle banana boat rides, museums or water parks – the choice is yours. Whether you’re coming for wild nights out or kid-friendly attractions – holidays to Costa Brava have a little of everything.
Spring for slightly cooler temperatures.
Costa Brava is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
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Heading south towards Barcelona, the golden beach resort of Blanes is the place to paddle in the warm water, stretch out on the silky sand or wander along the sun-drenched seafront. Relaxed and incredibly beautiful, it’s classic beach break material. If you like a little culture mixed in with your sunbathing, nearby Calella is popular for its historic charm, with charming old architecture clustered between villas and shops. Looking to get away with mates? Lloret de Mar is perhaps Costa Brava’s most energetic resort, where it’s all about wild water sports by day and bar-hopping all night.
Nightlife hotspot Lloret de Mar is the number one choice for big nights out, with something new to try every night and sunny days jam-packed with beach games and banana boats. If lying on a beach is more your scene, blissfully relaxed resorts like Blanes provide the softest, sandiest spots to sit back and let your worries drift away. Resorts like Calella are a favourite with history buffs and anyone who wants to take their camera for a walk, with lots of sights to see and tasty cuisine to try.
It’s no secret that the beaches in Costa Brava are its biggest attraction. Beach life goes hand-in-hand with the hot Mediterranean climate, whether you’ll be pulling up a sun bed and working on your tan or getting stuck into different water sports. Popular activities include hiring jet skis or taking a boat out on the water. The beaches are the best place in Costa Brava to relax, play games, and simply stroll along, marvelling in their beauty. Pick from active beaches packed with bars and activities, or seek out the hidden gems and find a tiny cove to call your own.
Beyond the beach, Costa Brava’s attractions include adventure out in the coast’s beautiful scenery, which you can explore on foot, by bike or even on horseback. In the town, you can visit museums dedicated to the region’s most famous son, Salvador Dali. Many of the resorts have historic town centres that sightseers will love, filled with charming whitewashed villas and old churches. There are plenty of things for kids to do in Costa Brava, with local family attractions including exciting water park Waterworld and Port Aventura, one of the country’s biggest theme parks.
With the heady mix of sunny days and long, warm nights, Costa Brava pulls in the summer clubbing crowd. Resorts like nightlife capital Lloret de Mar is the best place to go in Costa Brava for a top choice of bars, clubs and pubs. Keep an eye out for offers and promotions and join in with the theme nights, fancy dress and pub crawls – you can do something new every single night. For a night out with a difference, head to the beach and hop on a boat party for a night of drinking and dancing on the water.
Clubbers: Spend balmy Spanish nights in waterfront bars and clubs until you see the sun rise over the beach
Families: Choose from quiet little beaches, action-packed marinas and take day trips out to the local attractions
Beach lovers: Soak up the Mediterranean climate at any of the resorts along the coast, all boasting award-winning beaches and guaranteed daily sunshine
Language: The language spoken in Costa Brava is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Costa Brava is the Euro (€)
Local time: Costa Brava is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Girona-Costa Brava Airport
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours
Tourist Information: Further Costa Brava tourist information can be found at http://en.costabrava.org
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Cost Brava.
Temperature: 30°C in July and August.
Best time to go: Spring for slightly cooler temperatures.
Costa Brava’s Mediterranean climate means hot summers and plenty of sunshine, with peaks of 30°C in July and August. The best time to go to Costa Brava is May and June for guaranteed sunshine and an average temperature in the comfortable mid-20s – perfect beach weather.
By tourist train: Costa Brava is known for its tourist trains, a fun and easy way to get to the beach or explore the town. The trains are ideal for sightseeing in comfort, particularly if you have young kids or have difficulty walking.
By bus: For some resort-hopping or just a quicker way to get to the beach, use the area’s bus service for the cheapest and quickest method of getting around.
By car: If you’re planning on heading further afield, nothing beats hiring your own car to experience the coastal roads at your leisure. Plenty of hire car companies operate in the area and at the airports
The big one: Getting the year off to an energetic start, the whole country celebrates Carnival in February, and Costa Brava’s celebrations are just as wonderful as any. Expect parades, fancy dress, dancing and eating lots of botifarra (Catalan sausage).
For music lovers: The region has a calendar of events and concerts throughout the year, with big names like the Castell de Peralada International Music Festival bringing opera, ballet and outdoor concerts to the coast.