The Costa Brava (“The Brave Coast”) is famous all over the world for its stunning and unique coastline. It has golden beaches, numerous coves, unusual rock, and cliff formations, as well as sunny weather and the Mediterranean sea! One of the best ways to enjoy a Costa Brava day trip from Barcelona is to head out on a tour of the coast, led by an expert guide. A walking tour from the Roses lighthouse to Almadrava is the perfect way to explore the area! On the way, stroll past Canyelles Petits beach and an island made of rocks which is home to a variety of birds. If you’re looking to go on a Costa Brava tour, this is how to get the most out of it!
It’s not just the physical geography which has made a Costa Brava excursion a popular Barcelona to Costa Brava trip. The history of the area extends back hundreds of years and so do the local culture and customs. If you’re interested in history, you need to check out Pals. Pals not only has one of the most beautiful villages and stunning views on the Costa Brava but also is packed with historical gems. The Old Town was even made a Site of Historical Interest in 1973. Tossa de Mar is also another excellent historical Costa Brava day trip from Barcelona. It is the last medieval town (with fortifications) of all the Costa Brava towns!
Another great tradition which has been passed down the generations is exquisite cuisine. If you’re after great food, you may want to consider Lloret de Mar. You’ll find some of the best seafood and Catalan specialties here. It’s also a stunning seaside location.
You may already know about the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, but the Costa Brava has famous art locations too. One of the best places for this is Cadaquez or more specifically, Port Llegat to see Salvador Dali’s house. This isn’t just a little beach hut - he made his house a piece of artwork in itself. Everything is a work of art: a sofa in the shape of lips, a polar bear to greet you at the door and mirrors which reflect the first light of dawn in the master bed (the first light to hit Spain!).
Getting to Port Llegat isn’t easy, however. If you’re only using public transport it will take even longer which is why booking a tour is the most hassle-free option. Tour around the cove next to Dali’s house and experience what is like a living painting. You’ll feel completely revived in this idyllic setting. Before you arrive, or on your way back, stop by Figueres where the Dali Museum is located. Many tours from Barcelona include these stops along the way.
Port Llegat is not the only place on the Costa Brava which is difficult to access. The Costa Brava is a 200km stretch of the Catalan coastline, beginning at Portbou and running south.
The best solution for the most enjoyable visit to the Costa Brava is to join a tour. Sit back and relax as you experience the best of the Costa Brava with an expert guided tour of all the main sites and attractions. Some guided tours even include a boat excursion along the coast, and by booking ahead, you can guarantee you reserve one of these adventures! There are other options for making a day trip although they require a considerable amount of prior planning. Here are a few of the options:
You may also want to consider staying the night if you are going far away. There are some beautiful places to overnight in as well! In addition to Figueres, some other great overnight trips include Calella de Palafrugell, Begur, Llafranc, L’Escala, and Sant Feliu de Guíxols.
There are too many day trips to choose from, and they are all so different. A Barcelona to Girona day trip is very popular. This old Roman city is slightly inland, although the “Girona coast” is part of the Costa Brava. Roman ruins are just one aspect of Girona! There are plenty of guided tours (with an English speaking guide) to help you uncover the fantastic city of Girona. Another popular Costa Brava tour from Barcelona is driving through the winding mountains to Cadaquez and visiting the house of Salvador Dali. The best day trips from Barcelona are ultimately up to you!
Yes, the Costa Dorada is the coastline running southwest of Barcelona (whereas the Costa Brava runs northeast of Barcelona). The coastline between these (100km long) is Costa Barcelona which includes Barcelona, Sitges, Castelldefels and various other towns and fishing villages.
They vary, but one rule of thumb is: the further they are from Barcelona, the cheaper they are. There are exceptions to this, of course. You can expect them all to be less expensive than Barcelona prices, however.
Choose your transport wisely. Hiring a car in Barcelona is relatively cheap but navigating your way may not be the easiest. If you’re short on time, book a guided Costa Brava day trip from Barcelona.