Costa Brava

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Spain is the second most visited country in the world, and it has the same position in the ranking of income from the tourist sector. Spain is also the country with the most cities and places labeled as “World Heritage Site”, including marked cultural and geographical contrasts for all tastes.

Inside our borders, the Costa Brava is always a favorite destination, helping to make Catalonia the most internationally visited Spanish region. Its enviable climate, with 2,500 hours of sun per year, and landscape and beaches have contributed greatly in helping to reach that rank.

As a crossroads for the different inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula, it comprises an area recognized for archeological deposits, and of wide historical and cultural heritage, but also a region of special attraction for famous people and vanguardist artists.

The greenness of its landscapes and beautiful gardens combine with its beaches of golden sand and contrast the abrupt precipices giving on to the sea. It is, moreover, a region with curious traditional celebrations, and very different museums, including those inspired by Dali, one of the artists who fell haunted by the spell of this land.

The Costa Brava is formed by the coast of the Girona province, which stretches until Blanes in the South and the Pyrenees in the North, with more than 200 km. of shore between both extremes.

The temperature, unlike other zones of Spain or Europe, does not differ much throughout the year. It possesses a Mediterranean climate, tempered and gentle, characterized for dry and warm summers and moderate winters. The yearly average oscillates between 14 and 20 degrees centigrade, making the zone a perfect place to not only spend the summer, but to live or establish a second residence, that can be paid off in turn by renting during the remainder of the year.

Further, the Costa Brava includes and is surrounded by many other important and interesting cities. As we have said, it is placed in a geographically privileged zone allowing it to be both well connected and possessing a dense transport network, of train, bus, car, sea or air.

In this way, taking as reference the city of Blanes, we can say that it is just 65 kilometers from Barcelona, 95 from France and 240 from Andorra. Furthermore, Girona, with its historic center, is lies only 40 km away., and, given its position as point of transit between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe, any other European city can be reached easily and directly.

Should you not have a car, there are numerous modes of transport at your disposal: cruises, tourist trains that travel around the city, group excursions with guided tours, and a variety of routes.

Among the wide range of services that the Costa Brava offers there includes health resorts, thermal baths, saunas and Spas, if your intention is to relax at any time of year and to recover the calm that the big city steals from us.

If, on the contrary, you like a more “active rest”, there is a series of sports that are practiced in the zone: golf, cycle touring, horse riding, skiing, hunting, fishing, hillwalking, and numerous aquatic activities like scuba-diving, swimming, windsurfing, kite-surfing and sailing.

The zone also has adventure centers to unload any accumulated tension through intense emotions, among which it should be mentioned the famous water-park of Lloret de Mar, where entertainment and adrenalin are guaranteed.

However, this doesn’t mean that what the Costa Brava has to offer is just about a vacation of sun, sea and sand, nor just a cultural retreat, escape to the countryside, or gastronomic adventure. You don’t want to disconnect completely? No problem; there are convention centers and professional fairs for those who desire a business environment..

There are also various shopping routes; few cities can boast having so many attractions and yet manage to remain financially accessible.

But, above all, among the cities of the Costa Brava that deserve to be emphasized are Lloret de Mar, Blanes y Tossa de Mar.

Despite their relatively small size, these cities comprise in a small area many of the facilities of bigger cities. In them you will find the most important discos, dance halls and casinos, theaters and auditoriums, as well as shows and festivals in the open air.

LLORET DE MAR

A town with 40,000 inhabitants, it is one of the most visited places of the Mediterranean Spanish coast. Its water-park, Water World, is one of the biggest in Spain. Here you can find the biggest and more famous Spas of the Costa Brava. It is a town full of restaurants, pubs, discos and dance halls, where many famous DJ’s go, together with the biggest casino on the Spanish coast. Its very beautiful beaches of sand will catch your attention, as well as the statue of “la dona marinera”, the Gothic church of Sant Romà with modernist additions, the archeological deposits of its Iberian and Roman past, like the Iberian village of Castellet of III century B.C., and the castle of Plaja (in reality, a private residence that dates from the year 1935, constructed for the Catalan industrialist of the same name).

BLANES

Of similar size, this ancient town is today known for its night life, with more than 4 km. of beaches of great beauty, with several botanical gardens of exotic plants, a marine zoo with popular dolphins shows, a tourist train that makes a tour across the town, and many more attractions. The most elevated point of the town is the medieval castle of Sant Joan, XI century. The islet united to the coast of Blanes through an isthmus symbolizes the beginning of the Costa Brava in the South.

TOSSA DE MAR

The town is very small, with barely 5,000 inhabitants, but this didn’t prevent its outstanding beauty catching the attention of many tourists, until such a point that several important films have been shot in the town and many painters have immortalized it in their pictures. Although in the beginning of the past century only the richest could afford to rest here, today its prices are much more affordable. Its beaches are of a mix of thin and thick grain sand. The Vila Vella is a medieval walled enclosure from the XII century, built to avoid the regular pirate attacks. The colorful route of the guard path is well preserved and nearby you can find a Roman villa from the IV century.

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