The inland city of the Costa Brava, Girona is a great jumping off point but also a place to visit in its own right. Medieval wealth built up a thriving metropolis many centuries ago. There is much of that still to be found today, with streets winding in and out of the maze that is Girona. While it’s not Barcelona, Girona offers up a pretty lively scene for these parts of Catalonia. Eat, drink, shop, explore, that’s the name of the game here. Not many tourists stay overnight at Girona as it is visited as a day trip from Barcelona.
Recommended hotels in Girona
Nord 1901, a four-star choice in the heart of the city, has rooms starting around €90/night. Get a room overlooking the pool for a peaceful atmosphere. And head down for a dip to keep cool. The location is perfect, you’re centrally located to attractions as well as restaurants and bars. Breakfast is served in house but there is no dining room for later meals, though you really should be going elsewhere anyways! Rooms are clean and comfortable.
Hotel Ciutat Girona is quite a comparable stay, though if you’re visiting in cooler weather you’ll enjoy the fact that the pool and Jacuzzi are indoors. There are also gym and spa facilities on premise. The rates are equal to that of Nord 1901, starting at €90/night. You’re just a short walk from everything you’ll want to see in Girona. There is nothing left to be desired in this hotel with comfortable rooms and included breakfast.
Girona is famous as a biking holiday destination. Many of the hotels in Girona go out of their way to be friendly to cyclists with amenities that they care.
Coastal towns of Costa Brava
Tamariu is one of the best town to stay in Costa Brava . Unspoiled white beaches, pristine diving and snorkeling, the noise of the city far, far away. Tamariu has roots in the fishing industry and its ties to the sea remain strong. However, if you’re not keen to take the plunge there is plenty to keep you occupied on dry land with restaurants, bars and shops to while away the day.
Recommended hotels in Tamariu
As with much in Tamariu, Hotel Hostalillo, is just steps from the beach. With its location comes some pretty wonderful views across the bay. Enjoy them from either of the two restaurants, the lounge or the terrace bar. Up the ante and grab a room with a sea view as well. A big breakfast is served here. The staff is incredibly accommodating and will do everything they can to make your stay as perfect as possible. This hotel is often quite full but you can get rooms around €60/night if you plan ahead.
With rooms overlooking the bay, Hotel Tamariu is a tranquil oasis you’ll never want to leave. The owners and staff make this place feel like home and will go out of their way to make your stay comfortable. Breakfast is included and comes with hot and cold fair. The restaurant also serves up dinner which can be included in the price of your stay at just €25 extra per person per night.
Calella de Palafrugell
With eight beaches to choose from it’s no surprise the draw that Calella de Palafrugell has to young and old alike. From singles and couples to families and retired folks you’ll run across everyone enjoying life in this familiar town. It’s beach in the day time and drinks come evening. You’ll fall in love with this precious white pueblo of the Costa Brava.
Hotels in Calella de Palafrugell
Hotel Mediterrani offers sea view rooms, sangria at the outdoor terrace, an excellent breakfast with plenty of variety, and friendly, helpful staff. The hotel is modern, clean, and eveyrhting appears well taken care of. The hotel offers sun lungers on the terrace and it also has an on site restaurant which offers meals throughout the day. This is definitely an excellent choice for your stay in Calella de Palafrugell.
It’s hard to go wrong along the Costa Brava with almost every hotel sitting steps from the beach and offering views across it. That’s exactly what you’ll get at Hotel Sant Roc. Be sure to get a room with views of the bay and a terrace, if you can snag it. Enjoy the garden on site, have a drink at the bar as you watch the waves crash. Eat breakfast in peace and quiet and just enjoy everything this lovely little town has to offer you.
Perhaps the most famous of the Costa Brava cities it’s on everybody’s list for a reason. It’s picture perfect enough to have many perfect pictures painted of it. Cadeques was the inspiration of many a famous artist from Dali to Picasso. You can find a great deal of Dali history in the surrounding area as well as some beautiful parklands.
Cadaques is visited as part of Dali Triangle tour. As part of Dali Triangle tour, it makes sense to stay at Girona than at Cadaques.
Recommended hotels in Cadaques
Modern, refurbished, quiet rooms overlooking the ocean can be found at Hotel Playa Sol. The breakfast here is excellent and the service impeccable. Extra points are awarded for being able to park on site, though it does come at an additional fee. Enjoy the outdoor pool and its bar and restaurant, the spa area as well as the tennis court. If you’d like to stay at Hotel Playa Sol plan well in advance, rooms get fully booked early on.
Hotel Boutique Horta d'en Rahola has flowers dribbling off its every surface. The pool is wonderfully relaxing and the garden seems to be a secret it’s so peaceful. Breakfast is served here by wonderfully helpful staff who are always smiling. The rooms are clean and nicely furnished, some have terraces which you should try and book if you can. A great option for a perfect stay in Cadaques.
Calella de Palafrugell is a good choice to keep kids occupied. Sometimes small towns grow boring for them with little to do, but not here. The see, the shops, the beaches, you’ll have plenty of fun for the whole family with a stay in Calella de Palafrugell!
It is not possible to choose just one location to recommend as the ultimate romantic getaway on the Costa Brava, each place is as wonderful as the next. However, if you are looking for a bit of nightlife and goings on you’ll want to go to Girona, the biggest city in the area. If you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, head to Tamariu, where things are quiet and oh so relaxed. You’ll have plenty of privacy for an intimate, romantic getaway.