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The best towns to visit on the Costa Brava

Sometimes, the best destination is one in which authenticity is breathed and in which each place tells a different story. On the Costa Brava, its villages are those places where walking becomes a pleasure, just what it takes to spend a vacation of disconnection, enjoying the small pleasures of life.

Its vertiginous cliffs, rocky beaches, crystal clear waters and pine forests make this area an idyllic place. Here you will find old fishing villages, where the charm of the white houses and the boats that are still moored, create a spectacular image that reveals the charm that it had and that, fortunately, it still conserves. Villanovo have made a list of the most beautiful villages of the Costa Brava for you.

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1. Lloret de Mar

In recent years, this town belonging to the region of La Selva has been known, in large part, for its wide range of leisure and beaches, attractions that make this place have more and more tourists. However, Lloret de Mar hides much more than that. It is a fishing village whose architecture will impress you, as well as the magical landscapes that you can admire here.

On a cliff and with stunning views of the sea, the gardens of Santa Clotilde are anchored. There is no better way to enjoy a panoramic view of the coast than walking through these gardens full of fountains. The famous Roads of Round are itineraries that will allow you to cross the coast, and enjoy wonderful panoramas of the sea.

Separating the beaches of Fenals and Lloret de Mar is the castle of Sant Joan, located right on the top of a hill. There can not be a better frame for a photo! The church of Sant Romà, built between 1509 and 1522, will reveal the Catalan Gothic style.

2. L'Escala

This marvellous town that is projected before the sea and is located in the province of Girona, preserves the typical charm of the fishing villages of the coast. Its fine sand beaches form one of the main attractions of this place. However, there are many more things that make visiting it an entire experience that you will want to relive. And its abrupt coves and rocky massifs form natural landscapes that should not be missed if you decide to travel to the Costa Brava.

You can go on hiking or cycling routes to get to know the following natural sites: the Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park and the Montgrí Natural Park, the Illes Medes and the Baix Ter, which create a perfect environment for a holiday in direct contact with nature. A pedestrian walk will take you to discover the ruins of Empúries, an archaeological site where you can see some of the most important Greek remains of Spain. You will find yourself before what served as a gateway for Greeks and Romans to the Iberian Peninsula.

This town, known for hosting the famous statue of the Prince of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on its seafront, will amaze you completely.

3. Sant Feliu de Guíxols

This wonderful town of the Costa Brava that still retains its fishing tradition, has many elements that you will love to discover. In addition to the coves and beaches where bathing becomes a great little luxury, the Benedictine monastery you will find here will leave you speechless. It is, in fact, the best kept gem in this city.

This architectural ensemble still retains its oldest part: the Romanesque Porta Ferrada dating from the 10th century. In addition, you can also see the church of the Mare de Déu dels Àngels in this monastery, which currently houses the Museum of City History. History, art and incredible coves. Can you ask for more? Sant Feliu de Guíxols looks forward to your arrival!

4. Palamós

This town located in the region of Bajo Ampurdán is marked by a strong seafaring tradition and this is what its star product shows: the Palamós prawns that have been fishing for more than 80 years. Do not hesitate to sit at some of the tables of the restaurants located on the seafront to taste this dish that is internationally recognised.

Boreas, a ship sunk during the Second World War captures the attention of many divers who travel here to undertake the adventure of immersing themselves in these waters and appreciate something historic.

5. Calella de Palafrugell

In this town you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes. And, probably, this place is the one that best conserves the charm of a traditional town dedicated to fishing. The contrast of its white houses and the turquoise blue of its waters will amaze you completely. In addition, it is also probably one of the ones that best reflects what really characterises the Costa Brava: the coves of immense beauty and the rocky beaches with vertiginous cliffs.

In addition, here you can practice snorkelling and enjoy a seabed that has much to offer you. We recommend you to visit this paradise in low season to avoid the waves of tourists that can, in a certain way, distort the beauty of its landscapes.

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6. Cadaqués

An old town dotted with picturesque white houses and a bay where small boats float is the image that best describes the town of Cadaqués. In addition, many of the places that you will find there were, in the past, the houses of the fishermen who lived in this small town.

Its environment is unbeatable, since it is located in the Natural Park of Cabo de Creus, so you can admire landscapes that will leave you speechless. In addition, there are beaches and little frequented coves that will give you the peace so desired by so many during the holidays.

If you are passionate about art, you will like to know that the name of the great painter Salvador Dalí is inevitably linked to Cadaqués, since this was his place of residence for a long time. In fact, you can visit the one that was his home, the Salvador Dalí House Museum, located in Portlligat.

7. Figueres

It is located in the North of the province of Girona and is the capital of the Alt Empordà. In this small town Salvador Dalí also left his mark. And it is that the Theatre of Figueres was the place that Salvador Dalí designed to locate his work. It is part of the Gorgot Tower, the only remaining building of what was a medieval wall.

The church of Sant Pere, which dates back to the 10th and 11th centuries, is also worth a visit. And if you want to surprise children, do not hesitate to take them to the Toy Museum of Catalonia. It exhibits more than 4,000 pieces, many of them accompanied by children using them, which will allow you to place each toy chronologically. It will be very interesting to know how the way in which the little ones have fun has changed.

8. Blanes

Strolling through the old town of this charming village will evoke past times full of history where small white fishermen's houses populated this place and the Catalan bourgeoisie used it in the summer as a holiday destination.

The botanical gardens of Blanes are, to a large extent, the key to its success. And it would be a sin to visit this town and not know the botanical garden Marimurtra and the tropical garden Pinya de Rosa, two of the most important in the European continent. Climb up the hill of Sant Joan to finally access the castle of the same name will allow you to enjoy a unique view of the coast of Blanes. In addition, you can walk through one of the few fishing ports of the Costa Brava that still have activity.

And if you decide to visit Blanes in the month of July, you can attend one of the most famous fireworks festivals in the world. Are you encouraged to enjoy this incredible show with your family?

9. Tossa de Mar

Travelling in time and experiencing a radical change of scenery is what you can do in the town of Tossa de Mar, called in Roman times, Turissa. Here you will find prehistoric vestiges that are witnesses of the medieval, Roman and modern era that has lived in this place. When contemplating its landscapes you will understand why this town is called the Blue Paradise and has been the refuge of great intellectuals.

You will enjoy incredible coves and beaches among the mixture of scents of pine, rosemary and the sea. It will be the perfect time to unwind and enjoy an incredible vacation. In addition, you will have the opportunity to contemplate its castle, the only medieval fortification still on the Catalan coast. It was declared a National Historic Artistic Monument in 1931. Do you intend to miss the opportunity to see this historic wonder?

10. Begur

If you decide to visit the charming village of Begur, you must know that the star element is its medieval castle, dating from the ninth century. This space contains a story that you will love to discover, as well as offering stunning views of the Empordà coast. You can also admire the defense towers that are still there.

The first weekend of September is celebrated with the Fair of the Indianos where you can find musical shows, cultural activities and overseas products, among others. It evokes a time when many Begureans emigrated to Cuba in the 19th century.

And, of course, you can not visit Begur without enjoying its wonderful coves and beaches where you will have the feeling that your holidays could not be more perfect.

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Map of the towns in the Costa Brava

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