Costa Brava approximately translates as rugged, rough or wild coast depending on who you ask, but despite this, the region is known for featuring stunning and well-maintained beaches surrounded by resorts tailored to families, couples and adults looking for the all-inclusive experience.
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The weather in Costa Brava is usually comfortably warm without going over the 30°C mark that can result in a frantic hunt for air-conditioned shelter from the heat. Great for adults but not too hot for young children who may struggle with the heat.
Please note that these temperatures are average highs for Costa Brava and were correct at the time of writing.
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Most of the all-inclusive hotels in Costa Brava offer an international buffet as well as à la carte options that can include Italian favourites such as pasta dishes and pizza, as well as a few British, American, Spanish, local favourites and more, with themed nights mixing things up.
Show cooking is also commonly available, meaning that you’ll have the opportunity to see the work that goes into your meal and being perched on the Mediterranean Sea, fresh fish is readily available and often used in seafood paella.
All-inclusive hotels throughout Costa Brava make the most of the good weather and usually feature multiple swimming pools, with options for adults-only and children’s pools, as well as Jacuzzis, whirlpools and mini-water parks.
Children are well catered for, with the majority of Costa Brava hotels providing engaging kids clubs that feature a range of activities and entertainment, usually concluding the day with a mini-disco. For adults, there are plenty of options available in addition to the lively nightlife, with hotels putting on shows, live music, karaoke, DJ sets, dancing and more.
Costa Brava is famed for its excellent variety of beaches, making it ideal for adults and families with young children, whether you’re looking for a secluded beach with a bit of privacy, or a bit more of the hustle and bustle that comes from a fun-packed beach.
Some Costa Brava all-inclusive hotels can be found right next to the beach, making them ideal for those who prefer to know that their hotel is only a handful of minutes away. Even if you don’t stay in a hotel adjacent to the beach, you’ll be pleased to know that most of the hotels are only a few minutes away from the beach. The few hotels that are a little further away from the beach tend to offer a complimentary shuttle bus.
Who Goes There?
Costa Brava is very popular with British tourists, so don’t be surprised to find a few like-minded holidaymakers, in addition to visitors from France and other parts of northern Europe.
The streets of Costa Brava can be very narrow, meaning that in some circumstances airport transfer coaches can’t make it to the front door of certain hotels. Taxi costs can vary wildly, meaning that in the event that you choose to take a taxi, it’s advisable to find out the cost of your journey before it begins.
If there is a nearby bus route that benefits you this might be a better option, as the buses are known to be far cheaper and provide excellent service.
It’s generally advisable to speak to your holiday rep soon after arriving at your hotel, as they’ll be able to inform you of the best options for you.
If you’ve had enough of the beach or the pool and want to visit some of the local attractions in Costa Brava, there’s plenty to do. There are a wealth of active excursions designed to keep younger holidaymakers busy, and as the home of Salvador Dalí, there are several Dalí museums, as well as historical points of interest.
Great for families and big kids
Port Aventura – This is the big one. The theme park whose name carries weight throughout Spain and even abroad. Port Aventura has everything from big rides for adults and older children, with some tamer rides for younger children. There are restaurants at the park, but ask your hotel if they can provide you with an all-inclusive packed lunch if you want to save some money.
Aqua Brava – Have ye ever dreamed of sailing the high seas? At Aqua Brava ye be finding Pirate Island amongst a large selection of aquatic rides and slides, this large water park is popular with visitors and locals alike, so getting in early is recommended.
Aquadiver Platja d’Aro – Sister water park to Water World, Aquadiver is great for children and adults alike, and there’s even a free bus service available in Palamós, Sant Antoni, Platja d’Aro, S’Agaró, Sant Feliu de Guíxols and l’Estartit.
ArbreAventura – Great for older children (or adults who are still big kids at heart), this park has assault courses up in the tree tops and combines fun activities with nature in nearby Lloret de Mar.
Gnomo Park – Gnomo Park is ideal for little holidaymakers and features indoor and outdoor play areas, adventure golf, a tree adventure course, interactive games and more, all with a gnome theme. Located in the popular Lloret de Mar area of Costa Brava.
Pp’s Park – Located in Platja d’Aro, Pp’s Park, or PPS Park, is a children’s fairground that features all of the rides and attractions you would expect, from carousels to go-kart racing, making it ideal for children of all ages, and even young adults.
Water World Lloret – Featuring wave pools, rapid rivers and slides for adults and children, Water World is located in the popular Lloret de Mar region of Costa Brava, and can be reached by buses from Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar, Blanes, Malgrat de Mar, Pineda de Mar and Calella de la Costa.
Great for adults and teenagers
Cap Roig Botanical Gardens – Complete with stunning sea views, these terraced gardens are ideal for anyone with an interest in nature, and they’re also home to an annual open-air Cap Roig Gardens music festival, held between July and August.
Castle Mirador – Providing spectacular views of Costa Brava, these medieval ruins overlook the town of Begur and feature a sundial map so you know which sights you’re taking in.
Centre Bonastruc ça Porta (Jewish Museum) and Jewish Quarter – Considered to be the best preserved Jewish Quarter in Western Europe, here you’ll find winding alleyways contrasted by hip shops, bars and restaurants.
Cork Museum – A great chance to soak up some prime examples of Catalonian design specific to the region. See the Spain info website to find out more about the Cork Museum.
Dalí Theatre Museum – This surreal museum is perfect for those looking to get the complete Dalí experience in one place. Featuring golden eggs and a pink façade, you could be forgiven for allowing time to melt away at this popular attraction.
Gala Dalí Castle Museum – 14th-century castle Dalí converted for Gala in the 1960s featuring a wealth of historical architecture and art. See wikipeida for more information of the museum know as the Castle of Pubol.
Girona Cathedral – This breath-taking cathedral features medieval Gothic and distinctly European Baroque architecture, and as part of their museum have tapestries and manuscripts on display.
Municipal Museum – 14th-century residence featuring Roman mosaics, Chagall paintings, art from the bohemian artists that resided in Tossa in the 1930s and more.
Peratallada – This fortified medieval village has a fairy-tale feel with cobbled streets peppered with art galleries, cafés, restaurants and shops. Its name is derived from pedra tallada, meaning ‘carved stone’ and is stunning to see in the flesh.
Ruins of Empuries – These Greek and Roman ruins are considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Spain. Perfect for history buffs who like to see examples of ancient history in the wild rather than in a museum.
Salvador Dalí House Museum – Originally a collection of cottages owned by local fishermen, this Dalí museum used to be home to Dalí and his wife Gala who lived here for around 50 years, making it one of the more intimate Dalí museums in Costa Brava.
Sant Ferran Castle – Just a 10-minute walk from the Dalí Museum, you can find this huge 18th Century fortress that was originally used to fend off French invaders. For history-lovers, there are audio guides available in English.
Tossa Old Town – Another prime example of the many medieval walled towns in Costa Brava, featuring a tower that provides stunning views of Tossa and the coast.
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