A guide to the REAL
Costa Brava Lifestyle!

The Costa Brava has plenty of unspoilt treasures despite its continued popularity as a summer destination. Discover more in this Costa Brava guide written by insiders.

Pines and rocky coastline on the Costa Brava

In the summer months Catalonia’s best-known stretch of coastline remains as popular as ever. Both locals and overseas visitors flock. Located in the province of Girona in the very northeast of Spain, the Costa Brava stretches from the mouth of the Tordera river, near Blanes, all the way up to the French border. And along the way this 150 km coast varies dramatically.

Love rocky coves with pebble beaches and pine covered cliffs plunging into the sea? The Costa Brava has it covered.

Or do you dream of sand stretching into the horizon and long lazy days in the sun? You’ll find that on the Costa Brava too.

Life here is all about long summer evenings spent on the terrace with great food. It means a bottle of wine shared with family and friends. And chatting into the early hours with the sound of laughter.

But it is also the tramuntana wind gusting powerfully off the Pyrenees. Maybe believe the locals when they tell you it can drive you mad!

It’s also chopping firewood for winter. And eating hearty soups and stews. It means mushroom festivals and calçotades, wine fairs, craft beers and artisanal cheeses.

Port de la Selva: Cap de Creus in the northern Costa Brava has distinctive rock formations

So here you’ll learn about the real Costa Brava so you can enjoy the area to the full, from the pine topped cliffs of La Selva to the stark beauty of Cap de Creus with its remarkable rock formations. In fact, just like in the photo above.

So who is this guide to the Costa Brava for? You’ll probably find Costa Brava Lifestyle useful if you are…

  • Planning a beach holiday in an area with plenty of unspoilt natural beauty but also want access to more comprehensive facilities.
  • Looking to buy a holiday home – or move permanently – somewhere with a more relaxed lifestyle, some sunshine and great food.
  • Already living in the Costa Brava area and want English language tips and advice on life here.

On Costa Brava Lifestyle you can forget about mass tourism and high rise buildings. Yes, the Costa Brava can be that in places. But today the planning laws are strictly enforced on the coast and building right on the seafront is strictly prohibited.

Along the coastline there are numerous unspoilt villages where you can get away from it all. On top of that there are areas that have been designated natural parks and where building is completely prohibited.

So let’s get started with an overview of the Costa Brava. We’ll begin with some Costa Brava basics:

The Costa Brava has dozens of towns and villages along its coast. From the town beaches of Blanes to the pine covered cliffs around Begur and the rocky coves in Cap de Creus, the coastline is diverse with something for everyone. Here we take a look at the top resorts on the Costa Brava:

When you think of the Costa Brava you probably think of the beach. But with centuries of history the region has a whole lot more to it than that. Here are some of things you can do in the Costa Brava to get you started:

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the website then get in contact and I’ll get back to you. And if it’s something that might be useful for other people I’ll add your question and my response to the website.

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