When the hustle and bustle of city life gets a little too hectic, or if you’re beginning to really feel that summer heat in Barcelona, there’s nothing better than spending some time on the coast of Catalonia. One of the best places to head if you’re looking for some sun, sea and endless sandy beaches is the Costa Brava. Located in the Girona province of northeastern Spain, Costa Brava’s picturesque towns and beautiful beaches combined with its reasonably close proximity to Barcelona makes it an idyllic summer holiday destination.
From candlelit dinners near the French border to thrilling hikes along rocky terrains, Costa Brava truly has everything needed to uphold its well-earned reputation as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain. However, this spot’s most widely appealing characteristic exists in the many natural beaches which have been offering visitors a place to relax, get sporty, and enjoy the Mediterranean sunset for countless years.
But if you’re having difficulty deciding which ‘playa’ in this lovely region is for you, then take a look at our guide to the best beaches in Costa Brava.
If exploring nature is your ‘thing’, venturing out to Platja de Sant LIuís is perfect for you. Located within the nature reserve of Cap de Creus,this beach boasts some amazing rock formations and a vast wilderness beyond. Here you can spend the day ambling along the rough terrains surrounding the beach or wading into rock pools. Platja de Sant LIuís is also known for its relaxed atmosphere, so be sure to bring all your beach essentials to kick back on the sand under the Spanish sun after your time discovering nature has been spent. Bliss!
Platja Gran – Tossa de Mar
Platja Gran can be found in the popular holiday resort of Tossa de Mar in Costa Brava, centered between Barcelona and southern France. With the historic town of Vila Vella at its back, visitors come from all over to wander along the beach while taking in the view of the ruins left behind by past settlers. After a long day of relaxation on this gorgeous strip of sand, we recommend grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many authentic Catalan restaurants just off the beach. With its well-balanced combination of culture, cuisine and beachside fun, there’s no denying that Platja Gran is an ideal Costa Brava beach destination.
Calling all energetic folks! Located near the midpoint of the expansive Costa Brava coastline, Platja de Pals is the perfect beach for those seeking some lively activities. Although Costa Brava can be translated into “rough and rocky coast”, this particular beach is not categorized in this description. In fact, unlike most other rocky Costa Brava beach destinations, the entire two mile stretch is blessed with silky golden sands. This makes Platja de Pals ideal for a variety of Mediterranean beach sports such as volleyball, windsurfing and so much more. Be sure to check out one of the superb golf courses just steps off the beach, too!
Plaja de Castell – Palamós
This hidden gem is located just north of the town of Palamós in Costa Brava. What makes this beach extra special is that unlike many other beaches which make up the northern coastline of Costa Brava, Plaja de Castell has remained relatively unaffected by the development of large resorts. This sandy haven is surrounded by breathtaking forestry and grand cliffs which enhance the feeling of seclusion. This spot is the perfect place to take a dip in clear blue waters or stroll along the old smuggler’s path by the seashore.
Spend some quality bonding time in the sun at Platja de Tamariu, Costa Brava’s most family-friendly beach spot. The area surrounding this lovely beach is home to a number of family resorts, as well as a wide range of activities appealing to adrenaline seekers of all ages. Many of the restaurants, bars and cafés in the town of Tamariu are located just steps from the edge of Platja de Tamariu, meaning you have everything you need for a day at the beach all in one place.
It’s no secret in Spain that the charming beaches of Costa Brava have been enticing and enchanting visitors for years upon years. Whether you fancy a quiet beach getaway on a day trip from Barcelona, a cultural weekend or some fun in the sun with the family on holiday, there is no doubt that there’s a beach on the Costa Brava to tick all your boxes!