The Costa Brava as a tourist destination

Few places rival the number of incentives found here for visitors to enjoy one of the most pleasant and enriching experiences imaginable.

Girona’s coastline is as wild as it is welcoming and always majestic, stretching over 200 kilometres from Cap Falcó, in Portbou, to Sa Palomera rock in Blanes. The name Costa Brava was coined in 1908 by the journalist Ferran Agulló, who was impressed by the view of its rugged scenery as 
he gazed down at it from the chapel of Sant Elm, in Sant Feliu de Guíxols.

Its profile etches a coastline of varied landscape with stunning contrasts made up of imposing cliffs topped with Mediterranean woodland growing down to the sea, rocky coves with deep crystalline waters, wetlands, natural parks, dunes and long fine sandy beaches, while the inland area is characterised by a diverse carefully-farmed rural landscape bearing witness to all the different cultures that have left their mark on the region through history.

The north is dominated by the tramuntana wind, at times gentle and at others very strong, and here the imposing Cap de Creus defines the coast’s personality, while in the centre and the south the coast becomes less hostile.

But whatever your destination, whether you come by land or by sea to any one of the Costa Brava’s 18 marinas, you will always find a bright, cordial land, a place to stay, discover and enjoy, where cuisine, wine tourism, culture, art, music, nature and sport are its main assets and best ambassadors.

Landscape, culture and cuisine

Natural protected areas, with gems like Cap de Creus, the wetlands of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park or the Medes Islands, the bay of Roses, little fishing villages, Iberian, Greek and Roman ruins, medieval churches, remote secluded coves, long sandy beaches where you can soak up the sun and the sea breeze, botanical gardens, endless musical, cultural, or sports proposals, art, tradition and the chance to enjoy some of the best cuisine in the world. The Costa Brava’s coastline is full of surprises wherever you care to look