Girona is not just any common province. This region makes a pleasant combination of two natural attractions of Catalonia. On one side we can enjoy the Pyrenean panorama, snow-white and immaculate, and on the other side more than 200 km long Maresme coast, all the way until it touches the mouth of the Tordera river, in Blanes, that gives shape to the Costa Brava.
Its steep, rocky lands as well as the constitution of the rest of its terrain reveal the unique identity of the “Brava” coast: wild. The bewitching landscapes will perplex any visitor with the greenish tones that weave with the turquoise of the water, here they finish their conquest of the observer’s admiration. The non negligible 2.500 annual hours of sun and the average 16 º C, create the perfect environment, as well as offering historic and artistic vestiges.
On the other hand, Costa Brava is an authentic exemplary of the Mediterranean gastronomy and good living. Today in this region we can find the world’s best restaurant, “El Celler de Can Roca”. Moreover, the title of the Restaurant No 1 in the world was won from another myth of gastronomy, “El Bulli de Ferrán Adriá”, located just a few miles away from this gastronomic pearl.
While examining its coast, starting by the South, we bump into Lloret de Mar, a relevant touristic destination that has preserved till today some historic vestiges, such as the Iberian settlement of Puig de Castellet, the gardens of St. Clotilde, the castle, the XI Century chapel of St. Quirze and the house of the indianos, rich spanish imigrants who, in the times of the colonies, returned from America.
Our next stop is in Tossa de Mar, whose Roman origin was historically linked to the monastery Ripoll. Its fortified medieval center , “La Vila Vella” (old city), delights its visitors.
Sant Feliú de Guixols is another marvelous touristic village, enclaved on a steep surface, where culture and splendid beaches combine among cliffs and fantasy-like creeks.
The thin sand of Playa del Aro makes it one of the most important recreational places in the coast. Its description it has earned thanks the amount of bathers that it attracts during the day, its nightlife, its enclave with numerous lodging options, shops, bars terraces and nightclubs surrounding the beach. And for the menu, Castell d’Aro suggests the counterpoint, the medieval cultural essence that will never yield to the touristic boom.
Continuing towards the North, we will find two of Costa Brava’s priced jewels: Palamós and Calella, the serene villages which let you to enjoy of the fishing traditions. Following the wild coast alongside the cliffs you get to Begur, with its spectacular castle and colonial houses. The itinerary takes us to the majestic Torroella de Montgrí, the castle, the portal of Santa Ceterina or the Viewpoint.
Located very close is one of the most beautiful corners of this “wild coast”: L’Estartit is a tower-house with a cliff that defies the rage of the rocky sea. This scene synthesizes above all the natural integration of this region’s villages.
Having visited the Greek ruins “L’Escala”, the next important site is Roses, an ancient greek colony, halfway from the sea to the mountains, with astonishing beaches, creeks and stone cliffs: an ideal place for practicing water sports. Some other natural enclaves are the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà and the Cap de Creus parks.
The last emblematic town in this coast is Cadaqués, situated on the North, on the Cap de Creus peninsula. From inside the Natural Park that holds the same name, you can behold amazing panoramas of the paradisiac beaches and remote creeks. On the end of its bay stands the historical fishermen locality that has been inspiring artists through time and holds numerous museums and galleries. The house of Salvador Dalí is a special example. A cultural touch for these towns of a charm that comes from cliffs and blue-flag beaches.
Thanks to aBoatTime, reaching the Costa Brava from Barcelona is very simple. Renting a sailboat in Barcelona will let you to reach all the places described above and enjoy the Costa Brava in the best possible way: travelling along the coastline and enjoying the creeks and unique landscapes.