Costa Brava: Tons of Coast, Tons of Bravas (Itinerary)
Updated: Aug 7
First I would like to acknowledge that it has been a while since I wrote a blog post. Even though I could have written about pre-COVID trips, I wanted to wait until I had a post-COVID experience to share.
Last week, I was able to travel to the Spanish northeastern coast, called the Costa Brava. This name was given to the rugged landscape of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. It is a place that mixes old medieval towns, with rich greenery and wonderful seaside towns. With good cuisine in every town as well, you will probably need a few tissues on your departure (not to wipe the Brava sauce but the tears of leaving such a magical place).
Given the amount of activities and information there is about each of the places visited in this trip, I will write three different posts:
General Itinerary (this post)
First Leg of the Trip: Tossa de Mar, Peratallada, Begur, Pals, L'Estartit
Second Leg of the Trip: Roses & Cadaqués
The drive & length of the trip:
Our journey started in Barcelona, as we landed there, and picked up a car. Driving is truly the best way to complete this trip, especially if you want to do it at your own pace and stop in any town that piques your interest along the way (We did a few of these stops).
The total drive between all towns takes around 3 and a half hours, plus an hour between Barcelona and Tossa de Mar (where we started the trip). From one town to the next you only need to drive between 30-60 minutes.
We stayed a total of 6 nights, and would actually suggest a total of 7 nights in case you want to do more stops, or have more time at the beaches (or calas, which are the small bays you can bathe in).
For the trip we chose 3 main reference points. And from there we did day trips to the closest towns and places we wanted to see. Our three reference points were Tossa de Mar, Begur and Cadaqués, and we stayed two nights in each of them.
Best time to visit:
Best time to visit is definitely June to August, however you could visit anytime between May and September and enjoy from the nice weather and less density of travelers.
Best Calas (and beaches):
Costa Brava is know n for its Calas which are surrounded bays with low current waters and often smaller than beaches. There are also spectacular beaches along the coast, which we also recommend visiting, especially to have a rest from all the walking through different towns. Here you can find some great Calas and beaches:
Warning about finding Parking:
One thing to note throughout the trip is that although driving is the ideal way to go from one place to another, you need to be prepared to walk between your car and your hotels, as many hotels do not have their own parking. This can be the only cumbersome part of having a car, as you might have to carry bags to & from the car.
What to pack:
For this trip I strongly recommend to take essentials for walking, warm weather, and the beach scenario. Make sure you take breathable clothes as well as good walking shoes. You will likely be walking all around the towns, under the sun, and the streets in older towns are made out of uneven cobblestoned surfaces.
As for beach elements, I don't want to be your parent and tell you to use sunblock (but please do...). I will say that the beaches tend to be on the rocky side, with sea urchins in some places, and therefore I would highly recommend some water shoes.
Go on to read the First Leg of the Trip: Tossa de Mar, Peratallada, Begur, Pals, L'Estartit.