The Costa Brava is the coastal area of Catalonia that begins in Blanes and ends at the border with France, exactly in Portbou.
It limits to the north with Costa Vermella and to the south with Costa del Maresme.
It is a coastal strip with an extension of 214 km and is comprised of the Catalan regions of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and La Selva. It is located in the province of Girona
Cap de Creus Natural Park.
It is one of the most important natural areas of Catalonia. It is located in the most eastern point of the entire Iberian Peninsula.
The space, both terrestrial and maritime, of the park covers 13,886 hectares and receives 435,000 visitors each year. The strong winds that cross the zone, especially the tramuntana, and the waves have been shaping this part of the coast, forming a very abrupt profile. And all the territory we found sparse vegetation but a very rich fauna.
Natural Park of Els Aiguamolls de l’Empordà.
It is a set of marshes generated at the end of the course of the Muga and Fluvià rivers. Since October 1983, it has been considered a Natural Interest Site. The Park has an extension of approximately 4730 hectares, of which 825 are a strictly protected integral natural reserve. Its main interest lies in the richness of the ornithological flora and fauna, especially migratory.
Small archipelago, are practically the only islands of the coast of Catalonia and are formed by the elevations of the mountain range of Montgrí. There are a total of seven islets, with rocky bottoms and underwater caves that make it a perfect place to practice scuba diving. The zone is considered a reserve for its rich ecosystem, favoured by its proximity to the mouth of the River Ter.
The Ses Negres Marina Reserve is located in Begur, right in the centre of the Costa Brava. It extends along 1300 meters of coastline, between the coves of Sa Riera and Aiguafreda. It presents a total area of 80 ha, which includes the cliffs that surround the Begur Mountains.
In the area of the Costa Brava, there are several botanical gardens that exhibit both local plant diversity and tropical species, not native to the area. The gardens of Cap Roig, the historic park of the Castle of Perelada in 1877, Santa Clotilde in Lloret de Mar. Botanical Garden Marimurtra in Blanes and Botanical Garden Pinya de Rosa also located in the municipality of Blanes are the most important in the region.
Coves and Beaches
The beaches of the Costa Brava are characterized by the quality of its waters. Many of these have been attributed the Blue Flag, an unmistakable symbol of clean water and free of contamination. Another feature of the Costa Brava is the small coves or hidden beaches, surrounded by vegetation, due to the erosion of the sea on the cliffs. Some are only accessible from the sea and many others can only be reached by coastal roads that run along the coast in some municipalities, the Camino de Ronda.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the regions of Girona have become one of the main centers of gastronomic pilgrimage in the world. In fact, it is no secret that the center of avant-garde cuisine is located in the Cap de Creus on the northern stretch of the Costa Brava, where El Bulli de Ferrán Adriá (in Cala Montjoi) has created a new school.
The regions of Girona have always been a reference of good cuisine: avant-garde cuisine could not have arisen without historical background, without local products, without the raw materials of the region from its agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, production of olives, livestock, fishing, etc.
How to get...?
The Girona-Costa Brava airport leaves you just steps from the Costa Brava. You can find many low cost flights. Here is the link to the Aena website of the Girona-Costa Brava Airport:
The offer is complemented by the aerodromes of Cerdenya and Empuriabrava.
From the Girona-Costa Brava airport you also have an air taxi service. The most exclusive and fastest way to connect with the main national and European destinations.
Barcelona airport is also nearby, if your idea is to visit Barcelona, this option is interesting, it gives you the link to Barcelona airport, El Prat:
If you do not want to drive, or there is no problem. Wherever you go, you can move around the Costa Brava with the taxi companies at your fingertips.
When looking for your trips, consider the comfort of the buses that connect the towns of the Costa Brava.
Here are the links to the websites of the companies that offer these services:
If you prefer to move at your own pace along the Costa Brava, you can rent a car, comfortably, in the different companies that operate in different towns of the Costa Brava.
If you want to get to the province of Girona by train, you have an excellent option with the high-speed train (AVE and TGV), stopping at Girona and Vilafant stations. You can also count on the rail network to move through different municipalities of the Costa Brava. For your convenience, I provide the link to the train website:
If you arrive by sea, the Costa Brava also welcomes you with open arms. If you want to come by cruise, the port of Roses is an excellent option. The other option is the port of Palamós.
When you get to the mainland you can start enjoying the environment.