10 Things to Do in Costa Brava That You Shouldn't Miss

Whether you're looking for sandy beaches, rocky coves, tranquil villages or mountain scenery, Spain's Costa Brava has something to offer you. Situated in the north-east of the country overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Costa Brava region enjoys hot summers and mild winters, making it an all-year-round holiday destination. There are plenty of opportunities in the Costa Brava to play golf, tennis or football, as well as to take part in water sports. The Sant Daniel Valley on the western side of the Gavarres hills has mountain biking and trekking paths with stunning views. If you are looking for a cultural activity, the Archaeological Museum in Banyoles is housed in a Gothic palace and has displays of paleontology and pottery as well as archaeology. Modern art lovers must not miss the Theatre Museum in Figueres which has a collection of Salvador Dali's paintings. At the end of the day, if you still have some energy, there is no shortage of nightlife in towns such as Lloret de Mar.

1. Jardines de Santa Clotilde

Paratge de Santa Clotilde, 17310 Lloret de Mar, Spain Nature & Parks, Gardens
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4.5 based on 2188 reviews

Jardines de Santa Clotilde

This wonderful garden was landscaped in a setting of great beauty on top of a cliff with breath-taking views over the sea, and it is a fine specimen of the spirit that animated the Noucentista movement in Catalonia - an early twentieth-century movement for intellectual and aesthetic renewal that found a distinguished spokesman in the writer Eugeni d'Ors. The Santa Clotilde gardens were designed in the manner of the dainty yet austere gardens of the Italian Renaissance by Nicolau Rubió i Tuduri at the age of twenty-eight, when he was still brimming over with admiration for his master in the art of landscape gardening, Forestier.

Reviewed By stephnal81 - Dunoon, United KingdomDunoon, United Kingdom

Enjoyable views

We visited today and had a pleasant experience. Gorgeous views and nice relaxing walk on a nice day. Steep hill to get there and lots of steps inside but the views are worth it. Good exercise

2. Fenals Beach

Lloret de Mar, Spain Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
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4.5 based on 2568 reviews

Fenals Beach

Reviewed By cogsndaz - Bristol, United KingdomBristol, United Kingdom

Very scenic

Whilst on holiday in Lloret last year, had Fenals as our local beach. The area is very scenic but found walking on the beach very tough barefoot due to the shale/shells in the sand, would always wear trainers where possible rather than barefoot or flip fl

3. Ruins of Empuries

C/ Puig i Cadafalch s/n | L'Escala, 17130, Spain Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins, History Museums More
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4.5 based on 732 reviews

Ruins of Empuries

Empúries is one of the finest historic settings in Catalonia.Two cities, one Greek and one Roman, set by the sea at L’Escala on the south of the Bay of Roses, named by Unesco as one of the most beautiful in the world.

Reviewed By Kulturcat - United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Fabulous site in a beautiful setting.

This huge site is in a spectacular setting by the sea. There is an audio guide included in the entrance fee which is well worth taking and really helps to make the visit special. Allow plenty of time - two to three hours- as the ruins cover a lot of groun

4. Castillo de Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar, Spain Sights & Landmarks, Castles
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4.5 based on 2976 reviews

Castillo de Tossa de Mar

Reviewed By dorisWalthamAbbey - Waltham AbbeyWaltham Abbey

Lovely piece of history

We walked to the top if this castle and tge views and scenery were spectacular. So much history and many things to see on the way up. When at the top there are beautiful views from every angle. Well worth a visit if in the area.

5. Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Emporda

Ctra. de St. Pere Pescador a Castello d'Empuries, Km 4,2, 17486 Roses, Spain Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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4.5 based on 186 reviews

Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Emporda

Reviewed By AlbertSalichs - Manresa, SpainManresa, Spain

Very beautiful Natural Park in la Costa Brava

Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà is a natural park located near Roses, a little town in well-known Costa Brava, in Girona region, in Catalonia. Here it is possible to walk around the wetlands, thr beach and see some lighthouses. Also you can see

6. Aquabrava

Ctra Roses - Cadaques Km. 1, 17480 Roses, Spain Water & Amusement Parks, Water Parks
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4 based on 631 reviews

Aquabrava

Reviewed By Penfoldbarton

The best

Having been to a number of water parks in France, Spain, Switzerland and Portugal, it’s safe to say that this is the best we’ve been to.A great selection of rides to suit everyone. It’s remarkably clean and litter free, and even in August it didn’t feel c

7. Lloret Beach

Lloret Beach, Lloret de Mar, Spain Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
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4 based on 4480 reviews

Lloret Beach

Reviewed By 385kazw - Wallington, United KingdomWallington, United Kingdom

Beautiful Beach

First time to this beautiful area and the beach didn't disappoint us. Lovely and clean (as you expect from Spain) the walk along the seafront is relaxing with plenty of places to stop and sit to take in the amazing view of the surrounding area

8. Salvador Dali House

Portlligat, Cadaques, Spain Sights & Landmarks, Museums, Art Museums, Historic Sites More
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4.5 based on 2981 reviews

Salvador Dali House

Built in the 1930s, this was the summer home of the famous artist Salvador Dalí.

Reviewed By 988debbies - Orinda, CaliforniaOrinda, California

Intimate look at Dali’s life

We visited here after seeing the Dali museum earlier in the day, which turned out to be the right order in which to see the two sites. Reservations highly recommended, especially during high season. Our group consisted of a total of 9 plus the guide. He p

9. Parish Church of Sant Roma

Placa de l'Esglesia, 17310 Lloret de Mar, Spain Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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4.5 based on 893 reviews

Parish Church of Sant Roma

Reviewed By 19JohnW19 - Uckfield, United KingdomUckfield, United Kingdom

Beautiful Gaudi style church

This attractive church sits at the centre of Lloret’s old town which is strangely at odds with the overall surroundings. Well worth spending time here before launching back into the tourist shopping area and what feels like 1975 in Skegness. Surreal ..

10. Santa Cristina Hermitage

Lloret de Mar, Spain Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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4.5 based on 409 reviews

Santa Cristina Hermitage

Reviewed By Cazra - London, UKLondon, UK

Lovely calm waters

This is located in a lovely place with a steep walk down/up from the road. We used the walk path on the way back that was a little easier to manage with a small child.It was busy when we got there and chairs and parasols are $7 each to hire, which is a lo

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