Draw an image of the beach, paint a picture of the sun, sketch the islands as they float, highlight the mountains. Do you see a summer in your head? Add chilly winds and stormy clouds, a bit of hail and some icy sounds. The summer is gone but not the beach, because there is always a winter in Costa Brava.
Along this coast through boats, and Renfe-SNCF en Coopération trains, where cold nights and windy sights await, you´ll realize that there's something beautiful about cold waters. The towns that lay along the 5000-miles-coastline Mediterranean seashore of Spain and France are many, and the things to do in Costa Brava are as deep as the seashore. Whether you're a fan of the empires, a lover of the arts, or a mermaid at heart, the “wild coast” will welcome you. Here are fragments of an endless list of possibilities and options you can choose from. Pack your bags, the storm is blowing in the holidays.
History and Culture
From the Iberian Era to the Romans, the Greeks, and the Spanish Civil war, the history of Costa Brava is known to date back to 2500 b.c, so it shouldn't be a surprise that one of its biggest treasures is its history. Yet riches come and riches go, it´s culture was built on something for free. Costa Brava´s beauty is known to attract many artists. Marcel Duchamp, Federico Garcia Lorca and Pablo Picasso are just some of the many that fell in love with its charm. One artist in specific, Salvador DalÍ, is known to have resided there. His house is now one of the main sites of attractions and top museums in Catalonia. There are plenty of other museums located there as well. Each is unique in its own way and they’re all planted along the coastal path of Costa Brava.
Cadaqués town views
Begin with Dali at the Dali House Museum and discover his delightful tale, a true love story in art and trust, when once upon a time he found his muse in Cadaqués. It’s a fascinating inspiration and a true motivation of beauty, love and history.
When you’re finished with the tale, leave to the trail of the Ruins of Empuries in the heart of Costa Brava, found in the province of Girona, Spain. A network of walls, columns, streets, houses, mosaics, and spectacular paintings created in the 6th century by the Romans and the Greeks. Visit the God of Medicine and the Amphitheatre where long ago they prospered in vain.
Ruins of Empúries
An unexpected addition would be to go on a cork mission and be blown away a little at the Cork Museum in Palafrugell. Which is dedicated entirely to the interpretation of all the local heritages and the areas that relate to the cork industry in Catalonia. Yet if you’re not so sure you’re a history buff, the coast itself is an impressive sight. So be a lover of the nature or fall in love with nature and have another peek of the view.
Hikes and Parks
The region of Costa Brava is known to have many hike routes to discover. Whether you hike professionally or have never hiked before, the options are plenty. Along the coast there are short and long paths and hike trails, and these paths are great ways to explore the beauty that overtakes the area and perceive a higher, much different view of the sea.
Camí de Ronda
The most famous route is “Camí de Ronda”, and it is perhaps the easiest hike that stands throughout the coast. It is full of pine forests, coves, villas, and beaches, all astonishing sights and breathtaking views. The route is known to go 10 to 20 meters high above the sea level and continues to stretch below the ground at times. It begins from “Torre Valentina” and ends at “Platja d’Aro”. The hike takes around an hour to walk, and you can hike until you reach Cap Roig.
Another famous route that takes a little bit longer is “The Megaliths of Roses”, which stands from Montjoi and stretches until the Dolmen of Creu d’en Cobertella, the tallest monument in Catalunya. Unlike the “Camí de Ronda”, along this hike you’ll discover relics and stone huts of the past, as well as a magical view of the bay of roses. This path takes about 2 to 3 hours to hike.
The longest route however, is “Along the Coast of Roses”. It begins at Almadrava and ends at the Montjoi Creek. Although this sight is more famous during the summertime, it is definitely recommended during the winter as well. The beaches and creeks that you’ll stumble upon throughout your walk will be many, but you will find relics of the past and the bunkers and tunnels of the army base that were located there long ago as well. This route takes around 5 hours to finish, but you’ll definitely feel the most alive when you’re at the top.
Typical paella in Costa Brava
Costa Brava is known to be famous for one major thing: the food. Because spectacular sights can exhaust you, it is essential to know the whereabouts of the best places to eat. Below is a list of some of our favorite restaurants. Before you head there however click here if you are interested to learn more about the culture of the dishes on the menus.
El Celler de Can Roca, Girona
Address: Can Sunyer 48, 17007 Girona
Contact: 972 222157; elcellerdecanroca.com
Prices: tasting menu (five courses and two puddings) €170; Optional wine pairing by Josep Roca €55, festival menu 11 courses and three puddings €195
Opening times: 1pm-3pm, 8.30pm-10.30pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays, Easter, August and Christmas. Reservations essential and the further ahead you can book, the more likely you are to get a table
Restaurant Ibéric, Ullastret
Address: c/Valls 11, 17114 Ullastret, Costa Brava
Contact: 972 757108; firstname.lastname@example.org
Prices: average €40 - €45 per person
Opening times: lunch 1-4pm, dinner 8-11pm. Closed all of January and on Thursdays in winter. Reservations strongly recommended.
Address: Muntanya de Sant Sebastià s/n, 17211 Palafrugell
Contact: 972 301639; hotelelfar.com/en
Prices: seasonal monthly menu €34, a la carte €30-€40 per person
Opening times: lunch 1pm-3.30 pm. Dinner 8pm-10.30pm.
Whether you choose to go on a long hike, a short one and be mesmerized by the spectacular sights, enjoy the foods, or discover the history and the culture of our past and go above, Costa Brava will take your breath away. So don’t wait till the summer, get on a Renfe-SNCF en Coopération train and make your own summer along the chilly coast of Costa Brava.