January 18, 2018

Picturesque Costa Brava

Marc Chagall called it “Blue Paradise” and Dali called it home.  No matter what you call it, both were inspired by the north western corner of Spain we know as the Costa Brava.

Picturesque Tossa de Mar Costa Brava Catalonia Spain

Picturesque Tossa de Mar by Gordito1869

This portion of Catalonia is famous for many things but none more exceptional than the picturesque resorts, sandy beaches and rugged beauty that stretches from Barcelona north to the border with France.

Cadaques Costa Brava Catalonia Spain

Cadaqués by clurr, on Flickr

Costa Brava, also known as the “Wild Coast”, is the name given to the coastline of the Catalonia region.  This coast alternates between cliffs and beaches which contrast with a Mediterranean Sea that is clear and deep blue. Today it is filled with small resorts that are sprinkled along a coast that is still as wild and beautiful as it ever was.

Scenic Costa Brava Catalonia Spain

Costa Brava by Albert T M, on Flickr

Fishing ports, scenic bays, sandy beaches, artist colonies, jagged cliffs and coves dot the landscape. The Costa Brava is full of picturesque resort and fishing villages which are nestled between craggy cliffs.  These cliffs make scenic drives impressive and a great way to enjoy the views of the Mediterranean. After driving the breathtaking and dramatic roads, you will know why this region is known as the Wild Coast!

Llafranc Costa Brava Catalonia Spain

Llafranc by Nanami Turambar, on Flickr

But the beauty of the area should be seen both from the coast and the water!  With the many rugged cliffs, a boat tour of the coast is one of the best ways to enjoy the dramatic views.

Scenic Costa Brava Coast Catalonia Spain

Costa Brava Coast by Gabriele Delhey

Among the scenic towns that litter the shoreline of the Costa Brava are Tossa del Mar, Loret del Mar and Blanes, which are known for their sandy beaches.  Roses is a beautiful city resting on the shores of a bay with the same name.  The coves of Aiguablava offer peace and serenity while the dramatic coast of Palafrugell enchant all visitors of this fishing port.

Calella de Palafrugell Costa Brava Catalonia Spain

Calella de Palafrugell by Jorge Franganillo, on Flickr

The Costa Brava is full of picture perfect villages which makes it hard to label one as the “most picturesque”.

What is your favorite spot along the Costa Brava?