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Things to do in Costa Brava

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The top 678 attractions in Costa Brava

Villages in Cadaqués
Cadaqués
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Located in Cap de Creus National Park, Cadaqués is a small town that is protected and hidden from the rest of Alt Empordà. It has the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the Pení Mountain on the other side. It is a place that started out as a fishing town and it now survives thanks to tourism. Its beaches, its small coves, narrow streets, the old part of town, the “rastell”, the white houses with blue windows…its tranquility, the breeze, the sea…What makes Cadaqués so special? It might be the place itself, or the hotel where you decided to stay in, or the beauty of the Cap de Creus. Sublime and incomparable. Whatever it is, it’s clear that many people have known how to appreciate it. Cadaqués has been the home of many important artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Federico García Lorca, Luis Buñuel, Marcel Duchamp, Josep Pla, Magritte and, of course, Salvador Dalí, among others. They were also captured by Cadaqués. I think no one is able to resist its peace and light. You can have a great day in town. You can stroll on the historic part of town, where each street could belong to an amazing painting. You can visit the church of Santa María de Cadaqués, built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Or you can go into de Cadaqués Museum that offers temporal exhibits related to the town. Other important places: Casa Serinyana, the beach or the Sant Badliri chapel from the 18th century. When you visit Cadaqués, what will make you fall in love with it?
Nature Reserves in Roses
Cap de Creus
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This experience’s title is in the form of a question because a film called ‘The Light at the Edge of the World’ was recorded in this area in 1971 with Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, Fernando Rey and Massimo Ranieri. It was based on the Jules Verne novel. Anyway, Cape Crues, the Creus Lighthouse, and the Natural Reserve form a fabulous triad, and is one of my favorite places in all of Spain. If you have the choice, it’s better to go in Spring or Fall, because it’s become too popular in summer. With all the summer tourist traffic, it has become impossible to find a parking place. There are two restaurant-bars next to the lighthouse. The one that’s actually built inside of the lighthouse is the bigger (and also the more expensive of the two). I recommend going to the building further away. The prices are better and the food is better. There are various hiking trails throughout the park. One will take you to Cadagues. Almost a 20 km trip (counting both ways). If you’re looking for adventure, you can sleep in Cabo and be the first on the Iberian Peninsula to see the sunrise!
Villages in Tossa de Mar
Tossa de Mar
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Tiny Town in Costa Brava with a medieval old town and a lovely wall. Full of bars with character and surrounded by the ocean, quiet, with good environment and great restaurants. Lovely village away from mass tourism in some coastal towns, Tossa is different ...
Beaches in Palafrugell
Calella de Palafrugell
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It's beautiful, brilliant and indescribable, full of peace and quiet. I upload pictures for you to enjoy Calella de Palafrugell in all its glory like we do every day when we go to work, we are privileged! Do not hesitate for a second, if you can, to see this wonderful paradise in winter.
Museums in Cadaqués
Salvador Dalí House Museum
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I’m not a fan of Dalí. I think he’s a completely overrated artist, with great aptitude but he ended up becoming a clown and greedy businessman. Saying this, the Theater Museum in Figueres is worth seeing and I really enjoyed my visit there. Its name describes just what it is – it’s a theater where you can see the representation of the life and work of the artist, as well as his death, as his body is buried there below the museum’s dome. I visited in November and there were a good amount of people at the museum. I’ve been told summer is intolerable. With the entrance ticket, you can see the small museum of jewelry designed by Dalí and the museum of Figueres. There’s a patio with an antique Cadillac car with an enormous statue and a mannequin inside as the driver. After the patio, you’ll head into a room with an enormous painting. Take a look at the pictures, as they’ll give you a better idea about Dalí’s work than I could ever describe.
Museums in Figueres
Dali Theatre-Museum (Teatro-Museo Dali)
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I don’t know if I can consider this a monument. I do think it’s one of the best works of the artist. It’s better to see the museum several times because with the quantity of works that Dalí did, one can become overwhelmed trying to take in everything at once. It’s best to do it little by little. We found works ranging from the beginning to his last paintings, as well as ingenious inventions, jewelry, lithographs, etc. Everything has a purpose: to express him and entertain us. A delight to visit.
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Villages in Pals
Pals
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Pals is first and foremost a color that contrasts with the landscape, seen on a sandy mound, dominating the humid plains covered by rice fields. The ancient city, built around the castle of which only the Romanesque Tower of the Hours is preserved, has an air that instantly transports you to the Middle Ages. There is a Gothic style prevalent in the church of Sant Pere de Pals and the Casa de la Vila. Pals is made for walking, to get lost in its winding streets, to climb to the summit and enjoy the view from there, if the weather is fine.
Castles in Tossa de Mar
The Castle of Tossa de Mar
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A coastal town to enjoy a nice day at the beach, good waterfront food. Or why not walk through its streets and its splendid castle, it's an all in one, perfect for the weekend. Away from the stress, the hustle of the big cities ... I recommend climbing to the castle viewpoint on the side facing the bay, it's amazing to sit on a stone bench, fresh country air gives a sea breeze ​​and watch the gulls fly!
Villages in Begur
Begur
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For me, Begur is one of the most beautiful villages in Gerona. Once you step through the arch, you're transported back to the Middle Ages by the streets, buildings, and hidden corners. There are plenty of restaurants, each more beautiful than the last. Just one thing: prices are a bit too high. If you arrive by car, it is best to park it at the entrance of the town, where there (at the time of writing) is a free parking lot.
Villages in L'Escala
L'Escala
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We dined at the restaurant l'Antonio. They have a terrace facing the sea and serve you quickly. We ate a salad and some tapas and the price worked out well. We would recommend it. Then we went to a cocktail at Okeanos and we will not be returning. Slow service and cocktails you can find in any supermarket (since they come from a prepared bottle) The best point was the ambience in the terrace with the coast of Roses in front.
Beaches in Palamós
Playa El Castell
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This is a place of natural interest belonging to the municipality of Palamos. We toured part of this area by bike and enjoyed the natural surroundings of meadows and forests on the way to the beach. Once at the beach, we left the bikes and walked along the walkways to savor the Costa Brava at its most tranquil. There are some old buildings remaining that remind us of the true spirit of the area.
Beaches in Tossa de Mar
Tossa Beach
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This beach is below the towers of the castle that strengthens Tossa de Mar. On this beach, there are good bathrooms, good fishing and good views. Tacristalina water is clean. Tossa de Mar is a great place for a holiday or a good weekend.
Harbors in Palamós
Palamos
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Hi, I'm from Malaga and I recently spent a few days in Girona where I had a wonderful time. We started in Palamos and then we moved down the coast but my memory is terrible and I can't remember the names of the places. Still, it was a great experience.
Churches in El Port de la Selva
Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery
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If you visit the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and its surroundings, you can have a great day in all respects: culturally, scenically and gastronomically. It's a Romanesque-style Benedictine Monastery which was built between 878 and 1022. It's located at the foot of Castle Verdera and has exceptional views of Llansá Bay and Port de la Selva and a few meters away is the Hermitage of Santa Elena (also Romanesque documented from 974). In the same monastery there is a restaurant which I recommend for the good value for money and the breathtaking views from their windows. I recommend making a reservation.
Beaches in Cadaqués
Cadaques Beach
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I had a great afternoon here between the streets and the smell of the sea! There are superb views, Catalunya is preciosaaaa! After seeing a beautiful sunset I enjoyed a magnificent barbecue near the sea, and a good glass of wine, it strengthens both the soul and spirit!!
Ruins in L'Escala
Ruins of Empúries
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Whilst walking along a tree-lined promenade, bordered by dunes, connecting L'Escala and Sant Martí d'Empúries, visitors can stumble upon the Greek and Roman ruins d'Empurias. The Greek section is situated in the lower area of this archaeological site, near the sea, while the Roman dominates the uptown area. The Roman town retains some of its walls, one of the doors and some of the major house walls and mosaics. These ruins were discovered in the early twentieth century and 25 percent of the city has not yet been excavated.
Cities in Blanes
Blanes
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Blanes is a place that I like quite a lot. So much so that I went there 3 years in a row. One reason I like it is because it's a city in Spain that's always pleasant and warm. The landscapes and places there are very nice. These photos were taken in Blanes, which as you can see, is beautiful. You won't be disappointed.
Islands in Torroella de Montgrí
Medes Islands
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There are many activities offered in L'Estartir, including kayaking, boating, snorkeling and diving. Thanks to the conservation of the site (you can not touch anything or come within five feet), it is still a splendid and beautiful place.