If there’s a better place for an all-round beach jolly than the Costa Brava, we’re yet to find it. Snoozy seafront towns tangle between cool, cosmopolitan classics, with history-packed heart-throbs thrown in for good measure. Whether you’re looking for chilled out or out-and-about, there’s a Costa Brava resort with your name on it…
Girona is for city style
Pastel perfect and waiting to wow, this colourful city’s a metropolis of art, history and fashion. Wander along paved alleyways between sandy stone-built buildings and admire the cascading florals that drape from the window boxes above. If markets are your thing, Passeig de la Devesa is your street, so swing by here on Tuesdays or Saturdays to see what delights are in store. For hidden gardens and tucked away museums, make a beeline for the Jewish Quarter. Then when the sun sets, sip cocktails to the sound of the sax in one of Girona’s jazz clubs.
Tossa de Mar is for views, views, views
If you love beaches, you’ve struck gold here in Tossa de Mar – quite literally! These shimmering sands would give the Caribbean shores a run for their money, plus you have three to choose from! Platja Gran, which translates literally as ‘big beach’, is the most popular, most beautiful and most unique. Yep, that’s right, it’s overlooked by turreted medieval castle walls which date back to the 12th century and are a sight to behold! Fancy being transported back in time? The Vila Vella (old town), is the jewel in this town’s crown.
Lloret de Mar is for the lively types
If you like to be right in the heart of the hustle and bustle, then it has to be Lloret de Mar. In the town centre you can shop to your heart’s content in all the high-street favourites, while the weekly market offers up lovely local crafts like wicker baskets and frilly flamenco fans. Travelling as a family? Kids will love Gnomo Park, a fun-filled adventure park. Anyone with a passion for architecture should make Can Comadran their first stop. And when night falls, this is the city to be in. Head to the main strip for bars and clubs galore.
Santa Susanna is perfectly peaceful
Yes, Santa Susanna has an energetic side, but this is a spot that likes to take things slow. Parks such as Parc d'En Colomer and Parc de la Font del Boter (1km from the resort centre), are ideal for strolls and picnics. Souvenir seekers will be in their element perusing the weekly flea and antique markets, while the craft market takes place every evening from 7pm along the Avinguda del Mar. Look out for everything from ceramics to wonderful wooden figures.
Malgrat de Mar is fab for families
When it comes to attractions, Malgrat de Mar has well and truly nailed it. For starters, you’ve got Marineland – a water park and marine zoo in one! Then there’s Parc Francesc Macia, a quirky park complete with giant colourful structures such as cupcakes and croissants! And finally, there's the historic attractions that’ll enchant history buffs young and old. Sant Nicolau Church and Torre de la Vídua de Can Sala are two for the tick list.
Pineda de Mar is all about the authenticity
If you want to discover the Costa Brava, without the bravado, then Pineda de Mar’s the place! Speckled with clues from a time gone by, this traditional town is like a treasure chest of history that’s just waiting to be enjoyed. Travel through the ages with a visit to the 13th-century Can Cànoves, the 14th-century Can Jalpi and the 18th-century Chapel of Sant Antoni. Let the story of this sun-soaked costa unfold.
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Posted: 1st May 2019.