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Costa Brava and Costa Dorada – Experience beautiful Catalonia beyond Barcelona!

Many people, who think of travelling to Spain on holiday, have Barcelona as one of their main destinations, which although beautiful and charming, it is only one of the many destinations in the region of Catalonia. Today we’ll discover Costa Brava and Costa Dorada.


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Costa Brava

The Costa Brava, which literally means “the wild coast”, is a beautiful 160km coastline located in northern Catalonia. Being part of the province of Gerona, Costa Brava offers countless white sandy beaches, breathtaking landscapes and a sun that never stops shining that make this Catalan region the perfect destination for a romantic or family holiday.

Some of the major towns that compose Costa Brava are San Feliu de Guixols, Cadaqués, Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar, among many others. These towns are ideal places to enjoy medieval architecture, beaches, water sports and an unsurpassed cuisine, which entice tourists from all around the world.

In Costa Brava the weather is simply great for any activity or sport outdoors, whether going golfing, hiking into the mountains, riding bicycles or walking on the beautiful beaches, you’ll always find the right place to do it, no matter if it is on the many nature reserves in the area, or in the depths of the sea. The natural beauty of its landscapes is simply unmatched. Don’t miss the Marine Reserve from Medes Islands. Other important reserves are the Parque Natural dels Aiguamolls and the Parque Natural del Cap de Creus.

Charming places like the former fishing village of Cadaqués, which became famous by the works of Dali, seem to be frozen in time, while we enjoy a beautiful journey through ancient landscapes. The light of this coast was a good source of inspiration for Dalí and his wife Gala.

One of the most famous bathing resort area is Tossa de Mar. Its soft sand beaches and famous medieval character have made it the image of the coastline for millions of tourists that remind it from the famous film “Pandora and The Flying Dutchman”.

Costa Dorada

Located in the south west of Barcelona, Costa Dorada is plenty of picturesque villages, warm beaches and green mountains that make it an excellent holiday destination throughout the year.

Many families prefer going to Costa Dorada for vacation, not only because of its beaches and excellent climate, but also because of the many attractions for children. A 17-kilometer beach, including Salou, Cambrils and Pineda, offers the perfect place to relax with family, while enjoying various water sports.

Located in Pineda, Aquapolis Water Park and Port Aventura, which is actually one of the best theme parks in Europe, are the main attraction for families with children in the area. At Aquapolis you’ll enjoy swimming in different pools and even do so with sea lions. In PortAventura you’ll enjoy 5 themed zones with exciting rides and shows designed for the enjoyment of the entire family.

Cap Salou is a much quieter village. If you come on romantic vacations, this is an excellent choice for you to relax on the beautiful beaches and enjoy incredible adventures in its famous caves.

Sitges is one of the most favorite destinations for the gay community, mainly because of its lively carnivals and active nightlife.

Exciting activities for everyone, what else can you ask for on a holiday destination?