Stretching north from Barcelona to the Spanish–French border, the Costa Brava (‘rugged coast’) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of Spain’s coastlines. This wonderfully scenic region of Catalonia unveils unspoiled coves, spectacular seascapes, wind-battered headlands, majestic Romanesque monasteries nestled in the hilly backcountry, coast-hugging hiking paths, charming seaside towns with outstanding restaurants and some of Spain’s finest diving around the protected nature reserve of Illes Medes.
Gloriously wild in parts and tastefully manicured in others, the Costa Brava has some of the finest Blue Flag beaches in Europe: ranging from broad, sandy stretches to elegant horseshoe bays and secluded smugglers’ coves. Beyond that there are spectacular coastal walks and world-class golf courses – as well as snorkelling and sailing, three Salvador Dalí museums and outstanding Greco/Roman ruins.
The ancient walled city of Girona, the capital of Costa Brava, is often viewed as Barcelona in miniature. Its medieval old town with narrow winding streets is one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Europe.