Costa Brava Holidays in 2014

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The Charming Costa Brava

The ideal retreat if you’re in search of a scenic coastlines and beautiful beaches, Costa Brava holidays provide a wealth of things to do. Rugged cliffs, secluded sandy coves and quaint fishing villages – this diverse resort has been a favourite holiday hotspot for decades.

Family-friendly beaches coupled with thrilling theme parks ensure great entertainment for families here in Spain while quiet retreats and bustling plazas are ideal for romantic getaways. Whether you’re a keen sun-worshipper, water sports fanatic, clubber or golfer, you’ll find something to do on your holidays to Costa Brava.

Coastal Settings

If you’re looking for a traditional Catalan vibe outside Barcelona, quaint whitewashed towns or vibrant resorts, you’ve come to the right place. Along the Costa Brava coast, you’ll find Calella de la Costa – a contrasting town made up of a traditional old quarter and a bustling town centre. Whichever side of town you’re heading to, there is a distinct laid-back feel and a myriad of clubs, bars and restaurants to discover.

For small-town charm, find yourself a place to stay in Tossa De Mar. With its traditional cobbled streets and an ancient castle, this area is one of the prettiest in the region and a great spot to settle on your holidays in Costa Brava. A sparkling gem on the Costa del Maresme, Pineda is perfectly placed for lazy breaks. Down by the water, you’ll find a quaint harbour with white sandy beaches stretched out the length of the coast – a great place to take a dip in the sea.

Family Friendly Spots

If you’re embarking on your holidays in Costa Brava with the kids or you’re just looking for thrill-seeking adventure, pay a visit to Port Aventura. The country’s biggest park, it is crammed full of white-knuckle rides and spectacular shows. Work your way around the five themed zones, embarking on whooping rollercoasters and plummeting adrenaline rides. If you’d rather something tamer, take a ride on the spinning teacups or take your pick from the shows – from can-can cabarets to acrobatics shows.

For quieter times on your Costa Brava holidays, take a trip to Santa Clotilde Gardens. Built at the start of the 20th century, they are set against the backdrop of a series of hillside terraces and are a great example of Italian Renaissance style. Meander your way through cypress trees, sculptures, fountains and ponds for a relaxing antidote to the hustle and bustle of the town centre.

Beautiful beaches and warm sands are sure to be an attractive notion on your holidays. Whether you want to bathe on the beautiful Mar Mernuda Beach with a cocktail in hand or strip off on the rocky sands of Boadella Beach – a favoured spot for naturists. If you fancy a spot of sailing, pay a visit to Platja Gran where you’ll have the opportunity to travel on a glass-bottomed boat. The ideal way to view a wealth of marine life without getting your feet wet, it will also keep the children amused for the afternoon.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Spanish (English widely spoken)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +1 hour
Local airport: Gerona
Flight time: 2 hours

Our top hotels in Costa Brava

HTOP Pineda Palace Hotel

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Hotel HTOP Amaika

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HTOP Caleta Palace Hotel

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HTOP Palm Beach

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Lloret De Mar, Costa Brava

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Flight + Hotel from £132.00 pp

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Hotel HTOP Calella Palace

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Calella, Costa Brava

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Flight + Hotel from £148.00 pp

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HTOP Royal Star Hotel

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Lloret De Mar, Costa Brava

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Flight + Hotel from £150.50 pp

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Mercury Hotel

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Santa Susanna, Costa Brava

Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 7 nts, from Glasgow Prestwick more info >

Flight + Hotel from £163.50 pp

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Don Juan Hotel

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Lloret De Mar, Costa Brava

Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 7 nts, from London Stansted more info >

Flight + Hotel from £186.00 pp

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Water Sports

Water sports are a very popular draw for tourism in the area around Costa Brava. In addition to scuba diving, you’ll find a great provision of water sports on offer around the beaches at resorts such as Lloret De Mar. Windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing and even pedal boats will provide you with plenty of exciting aquatic activities to choose from!

Diving

Boasting warm waters and great underwater visibility, Costa Brava makes a superb destination for anybody hoping to have a go at scuba diving. Here you’ll be able to marvel at a wide range of colourful marine life – particularly in the waters around the Medas Islands, where you’ll be able to explore a submarine nature reserve!

Nature Parks

If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, then you might prefer to head inland towards the L'Emporda National Park - you’ll find a great range of adventure sports and activities catered for here. Have a go at horse riding, mountain biking or even rock climbing, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the national park.

Golf

For fans of golf, Costa Brava makes a great holiday destination – here you’ll be able to play a round on any of a large range of courses, including the 18-hole course at the PGA Catalunya Resort. This professional green was recently ranked in the top 100 golf courses in the world!