One of the most endearing parts of Catalonia is Costa Brava. You simply have to explore it whenever you are next in Barcelona. All the places on this list are a short drive away from Barcelona and are accessible by buses and trains. We recommend checking the times before heading out! Nonetheless, exploring the Costa Brava but this article should get the ball rolling!
First up is one of the most well-known spots along the Costa Brava, Cadaqués. A favourite of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, exploring here this summer will help you understand just why this place is so high up on the list for all visitors… even Dalís house here! One of the most interesting parts of this town’s history is that in the early 20th Century, many of its locals went to Cuba in search of better working opportunities. When returning to Cadaqués, they even built Cuban style houses and bars in homage to Habana life. Only a 2hr 30min drive from Barcelona, admire the Costa Brava on a day trip from your apartment in Barcelona!
L’Escala is situated between the Gulf of Roses and Cala Montgó, a more secluded choice but equally as beautiful as the others on the list. Known for its anchovies, you must try them in one of the restaurants or bars of L’Escala. Also, there is the Alfolí de la Sal, a 17th Century warehouse that once stored all the salt needed to preserve the fish caught in the sea here. Also, you should check out the ruins of Empúries, which were built back in 580BC.
Lloret de Mar
Next is Lloret de Mar, which is located some 50 miles away from Barcelona, and 25 miles from Girona. It is home to many cultural sites, gardens and beaches, it is one of the most popular locations on the Costa Brava. The history here dates back to Roman times, making the spot a great destination for lovers of all things history. Other than that, Lloret de Mar is great for beaches, such as the Lloret Beach , which is a long sand beach that is easily the most frequented here. In addition to this, there are the Fenals, Sa Boadella and Santa Cristina beaches that are just as good a place as any to enjoy a wonderful day at the beach.
Tossa de Mar
Last, but certainly not least, is Tossa de Mar. One of the most historic places on the Costa Brava, is also known for its fishing culture. Making the restaurants here rich with choices of fish dishes, that are all caught in the sea of Tossa de Mar. In addition to this, you should definitely visit the Roman Villa of Ametllers, where you can envisage the daily life of Roman settlers here. Another great historic spot here is the Old Town, where you can visit the medieval hospital, the Municipal museum and churches. This is the ideal way to start your day trip in Catalonia, before relaxing on the Tossa Beach!