Running from Blanes to the French border, the Costa Brava ranks up there with the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol as one of Spain’s greatest holiday destinations flocked to by thousands of international visitors every year.
Particularly loved by the Brits who come here year-round, but especially to escape the British winter.
That is probably why the Costa Brava is synonymous with English breakfasts, often cooked by the British ex-pats that call the region home.
English menus still feature at the larger resorts on the southerly part of the coast, such as Lloret de Mar, but travel north and you won't find them.
The 'Rugged Coast’ possesses some of the most spectacular beaches in all of Spain; and its ruggedness makes it one of the most unspoiled coasts in all of Europe.
Set in the hills of the back back country – green and covered in pine to the south; but less covered and browned off in the north – are stone villages, the towering monastery of St Pere de Rodes and Salvador Dalí’s fantasy castle home he built for his wife at Púbol, northeast of Girona, where she now lies in her crypt surrounded by giraffe-legged elephants.
Yes, This is Dalí country and Púbol as well as two other excellent museums – including the painter’s home of some 50 years at Cadaqués – are devoted to him.
Further in land is Figueres, where Dalí was born in 1904, is famous for its bizarre Teatre-Museu Dalí, the self-created and leading site devoted to Dalí was to to express his “desires, enigmas, obsessions and passions”, as well as the town of Girona, with its large and well-preserved medieval centre.
The ruggedness of the Costa Brava continues into the Mediterranean sea, with some of the best diving in Spain, with the protected islets off L’Estartit – Illes Medes – boasting among the most diverse sea life on the Spanish coast.
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