The Costa Brava, authentic experiences all year round
Wonderful, remarkable, fantastic, amazing, exciting… It’s impossible to choose a single adjective that encompasses the appeal of the Costa Brava and Girona Pyrenees: it is a small region that generates massive emotions.
The landscape changes from snow-capped mountains that tower three thousand metres above the sea to the Mediterranean’s stunning coves in a question of kilometres. In this short journey from sea to sky you can visit eight spectacular natural parks; enjoy exquisite Michelin-star rated cuisine that pairs tradition and innovation; discover the region’s rich cultural heritage through its Greco-Roman ruins, medieval villages, the work of Salvador Dalí and more; enjoy an extensive range of memory-making activities that include hot air balloon rides, skiing, golf, water sports, and simply unwinding at one of the region’s many spas.
It is an extraordinary place that invites you to experience all its charm and character to the fullest with first-rate premium experiences and the most exclusive services.
MEDITERRANEAN LIGHT AND LANDSCAPE
In many people’s minds, the Costa Brava is identified by its 245 golden sandy beaches and its coves and creeks surrounded by vegetation and rocky cliffs, stretching from Portbou to Blanes along 220 km of coastline. At present, 37 beaches and marinas fly the blue flag awarded by FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).
The destination also has eight seaside towns with the Family Tourism Seal (DTF), which specifically provide all the holiday products and services to cater to families’ needs.
The protected natural areas are the most visible and accessible part for visitors of this living nature network situated in the province of Girona; a network that goes from the mountains to the sea, from dense forests to the Mediterranean coast, and which account for 31% of the destination’s surface area.
There are sustainable tourism activities in the protected areas to enable visitors to discover them in an active, environmentally-friendly way. The most usual ones being hiking and bicycle touring routes, water sports, wild animal and plant observation activities, and sociocultural events and activities.
TRAVEL TO A LAND STEEPED IN CULTURE
With over 550 heritage sites of outstanding interest listed in the province of Girona, the Costa Brava’s range of cultural tourism options attracts millions of visitors seduced by the region’s rich, intense historical and artistic heritage.
The medieval villages are also outstanding in terms of their rich craftsmanship heritage, as can be seen from the annual calendar of numerous themed events such as fairs, festivals and markets linked with their history.
Travellers should not miss the Dalí Triangle, formed by the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, the Salvador Dalí House-Museum in Portlligat and the Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol, and which also includes special temporary exhibitions at its sites. With almost 1.4 million visitors per year, it is the most visited museum ensemble in the province and the third most visited in
A MICHELIN-STARRED REGION
The destination is renowned for its sixteen Michelin-starred restaurants, which clock up twenty stars altogether. These include the Roca brothers’ El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, ranked the second-best
Restaurant in the world in 2018 by the prestigious Restaurant Magazine. Joan Roca has also been nominated Best Chef 2018 by The Best Chef Awards. Two other acclaimed chefs are Paco Pérez, currently, the only Spanish chef with six Michelin stars, and Fina Puigdevall, chef at Les Cols restaurant in Olot, awarded the National Gastronomy Prize 2019.
The province of Girona has always been renowned for its cuisine, and for the last few decades, for its wines as well. And the best way to discover the world of Empordà wine and the area where it is grown is to go on a wine tour of the Costa Brava, following the D.O. Empordà Wine Route. With an area of
2,000 hectares of vineyards grouping together over 300 winegrowers and 43 wineries, 27 of which offer wine tourism experiences, the destination enables visitors to immerse themselves in the universe of wine, terroir, tramontana wind and countryside.
THE IDEAL SETTING FOR YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY
The Costa Brava and the Girona Pyrenees offer you privileged settings rich in nature, history and culture. To enjoy them at close quarters you will be spoilt for choice with the array of superb places to stay and fascinating venues for holding events. There are hotels, villas, country houses, luxury apartments and other magnificent facilities to suit your personality and your wishes.
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