If you are visiting Barcelona in the spring or summer, escaping the heat of the city for a day can seem like a wonderful idea! The Costa Brava (´fierce coast´) is the area of coast to the north of Barcelona, a gorgeous stretch of sandy beaches and small fishing villages that provide the perfect antidote to rushing around sight-seeing. However, some parts of the coast have become very developed over the years; Lloret de Mar is the most important tourist resort and can be overflowing with visitors in the summer months. There are endless restaurants, bars, casinos and water sports available but bear in mind it is a busy spot and not a suitable destination if peace and tranquillity is what you are seeking. Other smaller but popular resorts are Blanes, Tossa de Mar and L´Estartit.
There are still many small and unspoilt places to visit though; the coast between Roses and Tossa del Mar has many picturesque coastal towns such as Begur, Tamariu and Aigua Blava which are far more traditional and very relaxing. Further up the coast and close to the French border is the gorgeous fishing village of Cadaqués, frequented in the past by artists such as Picasso and Salvador Dalí.
TRAVEL TO COSTA BRAVA
Car: The easiest way to make an expedition up the coast to the towns on the Costa Brava would be to hire a car and drive. Very good road directions for any of the towns, leaving from Barcelona, can be found at the Costa Brava website:
Bus: Buses leave from Barcelona´s Estació del Nord and are operated by the company SARFA. A journey from Barcelona to, for example, Tossa del Mar, takes about 1hr 30mins.