Costa Brava towns with beaches
Blanes, Tossa de Mar, Palamos, Lloret de Mar, Calella de Palafrugell and Tamariu are the towns with the best beaches in Costa Brava. The soft, sandy, blue flag beaches that you picture when you think of Costa Brava. If you are looking for secluded beaches, base yourself either in Calella de Palafrugell or Tamariu.
My pick for the best town to stay in Costa Brava is Palamos town.
The beaches around Palamos are secluded and pristine as enlightened local residents have opposed the mindless development. Platja de Castell, is easily the best of them. As it is in the middle of a nature preserve, it has been protected from development. For all we know, Platja de Castell may be the last undeveloped beach in Costa Brava.
As an undeveloped beach, the facilities are minimal but adequate. You can hire a sun lounger and an umbrella at reasonable charges. There are two small snack bars on the beach. While you can walk along the coastal road from Palamos, you can also drive to the beach. There are parking facilities around the beach for €5 per day.
For my money, the crystalline waters of Platja de Castell make it the best diving site in Costa Brava. There is also an excellent Kayak school at the beach. Palamós is the Costa Brava’s main fishing port. While at Palamos, do go for the fish tour organized by the Fish Museum. Thus, you have a lot to do even as you enjoy walking along the fine white sand beach.
Costa Brava towns for family holiday
Costa Brava towns like Blanes, Tossa de Mar, and Begur are popular as family destinations. Lloret and Platja d’Aro have water parks for children.
My favorite for a family holiday is Roses bay. The bay of Roses is one long sand beach that has been split into a set of smaller beaches. Roses is not only secluded but also centrally located making it easy to plan short trips to keep children engaged. The Dali Museum of Cadaques is just 30 minutes away. You can reach Girona in less than an hour from Roses.
The blue flag La Punta beach in the town of Roses is perfectly suited for families.
Costa Brava towns for golfers
Playa de pals is the Costa Brava destination for golfers. Golf Platja De Pals, the oldest course in the Costa Brava is set amidst beautiful pine woods. The course has often been rated as one of the best courses in Europe.
Costa Brava town for nightlife
Costa Brava is not known for its humming nightlife and glitzy neon-lit discos and bars. In fact, most of the towns in Costa Brava can be pretty quiet in the evenings. For the best nightlife, head to Lloret de Mar, the nightlife capital of the Costa Brava. Disco Tropics, a large disco right in the center of the town is my favorite as it offers everything a nightclub should - free entry, cheap drinks, and great music.
I find the northern end of Costa Brava more interesting. The best base for you to see the Costa Brava is the resort town of Roses.
Roses is a fishing town that got converted to a beach resort town. A very scenic town, it is said that the city was founded by Greeks who came from the lovely island of Rhodes tempted by the beauty of Roses.
With Roses as base, it is easy to go on day trip to
- Dali Triangle
- San Pere de Rodes (monastery) and Greek ruins of Empuries
- Olot (famous for its Volcanoes)
- Natural park of Els Aiguamolls
- Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, a birdwatchers’ paradise.
If you love privacy and hate crowds, secure a secluded holiday home from Escapada Rural. They list vacation rentals that are in off beat locations [Rural Costa Brava]. For me, rural setting is a blessing. They are cheap, set in a location that do not attract crowds even in summer. Once you hire a car, you can be as mobile as you want to be.
For the best experience of Costa Brava, stay at more than one place. That way you will get to see a lot more diversity and it is also easier to get around.
My recommendation is to start in the north at Cadaques and come slowly south and finish at town of Sant Feliu.
- 1.5 days at Cadaqués
- 2 days at Sant Martí d’Empuriés. You can combine the beach, seaside activities, culture, and gastronomy and you would take your time from Cadaqués to arrive there around mid-day the first day.
- 1 day at Calas d’Aiguafreda region where there are coves and a port
- Half a day at the Cap Roig gardens to continue until Sant Feliu
- I would stay the 2 half days at Sant Feliu . One day doing the Via Ferrata and for the rest just discovering the village and enjoying the beach!
I often travel with my family and it is a hassle to pack and unpack for us with a child. So we prefer to stay in Girona city and visit other destinations as day trips.
Last time around we visited:
It is for me the stylish place you can not miss in Costa Brava. It is a sparkling white village, in nature, mountains and facing the Mediterranean sea. It is 90 minutes from Girona and also has the Dali house museum. The drive to Cadaques is lovely, it is steep with stunning cliffs. Take your pick from here and decide what you want to do.
Sant Martí d’Empuries y las Ruïnes d'Empuries
An old village along the sea which offers traditions, gastronomy, and history with some ruins of more than 2000 years ago. Only 45 minutes from Girona.
Idyllic place, one of the most beautiful coves of Catalunya. A site to be amazed by the dazzling blue of the sea. An hour from Girona
Jardins de Cap Roig
Feeling Nature and seafront with a wonderful view that you can not miss, slightly in the heights of the hills. Less than an hour from Girona.
Sant Feliu de Guixols y Via Ferrata
If I would have to recommend one of the touristic station of Costa Brava I would say this one. It is not so famous, not so crowded and …. known for an unique Via Ferrata above the sea - literally, it means iron road, rock climbing vertical faces of rocks overlooking the sea - very safe with instructors. It is a unique experience to be lived ! Only 45 minutes from Girona.