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Costa Brava Spain Guide and tourist information

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Costa Brava Spain History

The name 'Costa Brava' came from a famous journalist Ferran-Agullo. It was named in the village of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, just over the hill from where our tours take place.

In his journal, he wanted to describe the coastal area with its cliffs and rocky areas and he described it in exactly that way "Costa Brava". Costa means coast and Brava means 'rugged'.

This then appeared in a published magazine at the beginning of the 20th Century in Spain and little by little naming the area "Costa Brava" gained popularity.

This name, for one of the most aesthetically pleasing coastlines in Spain became official in 1965.

Costa Brava: Spain's coast from Barcelona to France

The Costa Brava is the coastal area from inland Girona. It starts in the south with Blanes and goes up to the border with France. The last town on the Costa Brava being Porbou.

There are 24 towns along the coastline and it is undoubtedly one of the easiest and most beautiful areas to visit on a short weekend trip to Barcelona or a if you have a few extra days to spend in Spain.

The easiest way for you to visit (of course we would say this 😉), is to take one of our day trips from Barcelona to the Costa Brava kayakingpaddleboarding or tying an outdoor escape room is an unforgettable experience! However...

Because we want you live your best life, we're going to share some advice, tips and recommendations of our favourite things you can do, or places you can visit during your holiday in Spain. Including how to get to the Costa Brava taking the train, public bus or by renting a car.

From Barcelona to the Costa Brava Spain map
Costa Brava Spain beaches you can visit from Barcelona
Beaches you can visit: From Barcelona to Costa Brava Spain

Beaches you can visit from Barcelona to Costa Brava Spain

You can discover many beaches and coves on the coast of Spain, of great beauty. So if you're feeling like a day trip from Barcelona to the Costa Brava it's a must to visit a beach!

Let yourself fall in love with the landscapes of the Costa Brava, come on a tour with us and we'll show you landscapes only accessible from the sea in our area. Many of the most beautiful photo opportunities can be seen from a kayak.

Costal path in Costa Brava Spain from Barcelona
Lovely coastal walk in Costa Brava Spain from Barcelona

Costa Brava: Coastal paths

There is a famous walk along the coast called "caminos de ronda". It is possible to travel a large part of the coast along the coastal paths.

Coastal paths, as they sound, are paths that run along the coastline as close to the coast as possible. You will see impressive landscapes, seascapes and views while enjoying the feeling of a gentle breeze and the warm sun on your face.

Costa Brava Spain food and tapas from Barcelona
Gastronomy: Eat local, eat fresh on the Costa Brava Spain

Gastronomy, eat local, eat fresh

You will be able to discover the splendour and delight of Mediterranean gastronomy. Many of the towns and villages have typical and unique Catalan dishes that you can only taste in this part of Spain. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced and that includes seafood caught on the day to add to an exceptional menu of fresh, deliciously mouthwatering dishes.

Costa Brava Spain wine tours from Barcelona
Enjoy wine and tapas on the coast of the Costa Brava Spain

Enogastronomy: Food and wine tourism

If you like wine, you can discover many D.O Empordà wines. This is an area building on traditional methods in winemaking since Roman times. All of the wonderful restaurants and bars on the coast will be stocked with locally sourced fresh fish, produce and most importantly, wines.

Festivals and parties on the Costa Brava Spain
Enjoy parties and festivals on the Costa Brava Spain!
Municipal festivities

Local or municipal festivals take place all over Spain. During the summer, most towns celebrate their main festival in which concerts are held, backed up by vibrant small craft shops, fairground attractions and beach bars are set up for you to have some food and enjoy a drink.

Music festivals on the Costa Brava Spain
Check out music festivals on the stunning Costa Brava Spain
Musical festivals

If you are a music lover, we recommend the music festivals that take place at the Costa Brava, especially during the summer season. Among the most recommended and well-known we find the Castell de Peralada International Festival and the Festival de la Porta Ferrada that takes place in Sant Feliu de Guíxols and finally the Festival de Cap Roig.

Wildlife on the costa of the Costa Brava Spain
Animals, bears and more on the Costa Brava Spain

As you've guessed, the coastline is an ideal habitat for many species of sea life including whales and dolphins. We're also lucky enough to enjoy a large number of beautiful birds and mammals, and, if you happen to stroll far enough towards the wildlife parks of the Pyrenees... you may encounter bears, wolves, marmots, deer, otters, lynxes and a lot of squirrels too.

Nature parks on the Costa Brava Spain from Barcelona
Nature parks and beauty spots on the Costa Brava Spain

Nature parks

In Costa Brava Spain and Girona we recommend you discover the natural park of Cap de Creus, the natural park of Aiguamolls de I’empordà or the park Natural de la Garrotxa area.

Vineyards from Barcelona to the Costa Brava Spain
Vineyards and wine tasting on the Costa Brava Spain from Barcelona Day Trip

The Costa Brava has a winemaking tradition that dates back even before the time of the Roman Empire as we've mentioned above on our list. In Catalonia there are many different variations of origin and most of the wineries offer vineyard tours, for example: DO Penedès Wines, DO Terra Alta Wines, DO Tarragona Wines, DO Conca de Barberà Wines, DO Wines Costers del Segre, DO Empordà Wines, DO Montsant Wines, DO Priorat Wines. As for the Costa Brava, the most well-known , important and historical winemaker is D.O Empordà.

Visit Costa Brava Spain from Barcelona Day Trip Kayak tour group

Barcelona to Costa Brava Spain: Water sports & Activities

Going from Barcelona to Costa Brava is an ideal way to practice water sports especially during spring and summer, you will find many companies that offer water sports services such as paddle boardingkayaking, windsurfing, you can rent boats and try sailing, practice jet-ski, the possibilities are infinite and luckily for you, that's what we do, so get in touch and if we can't provide exactly what you're looking for, our friends over at the school of water-sports probably can.

Play golf on the Costa Brava Spain
Costa Brava Spain is a perfect destination for a spot of golf!

Play golf

From Barcelona to Costa Brava to play golf?! It's an excellent area to play due to its mild climate. You can practice golf all year round with a number of spectacular courses to choose from.

Ski from Barcelona on the Costa Brava
Water sports in the summer, ski in the winter, the Costa Brava Spain has all the options!

Ski in Costa Brava Spain!

The Costa Brava is not only sun and beach, but you can also ski if you feel like it, as it also has several ski resortsonly available in the winter season.. Among the best known are Vallter 2000, La Molina and La Masella.

Beautiful towns and villages on the Costa Brava Spain
Most amazing towns on the Costa Brava Spain

The most symbolic towns: Best of the Costa Brava

There are many villages in the Costa Brava, following the coastline from Barcelona towards France. We especially recommend the symbolic towns of Cadaqués - the town of the well-known Salvador Dalí. We also recommend other towns such as Calella de Palafrugell, and Tossa de Mar for their beauty and charismatic character.


Amazing sea life on the Costa Brava Spain from Barcelona
Sea life and underwater plants on the Costa Brava Spain

Illas Medas

A protected natural reserve located in front of Estartit village, you will be able to see all the diversity of marine fauna and flora in its maximum splendour. You can take a glass-bottomed boat, or if you dare, or have the experience, we recommend you do a scuba dive. You will find various companies that do dives in the area. Check out our guide to sea-life.

History and castles from Barcelona to the Costa Brava Spain

Historical sites

There are many towns and villages with a long history, significant contributions or sites of past wars, revolutions and progression. Catalonia is around 1000 years old so if you like history, we recommend you visit the old town of Pals or Castelló d'Empuries as well as many other charming villages on the coast. You'll find medieval buildings, ruins and battlegrounds.


Monuments and architecture on the Costa Brava from Barcelona Spain
Monuments and architecture of the Costa Brava

Monuments and architecture are dotted across the Costa Brava. Among the most important and impressive from the Roman era is the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes at the port of the jungle, the Girona Cathedral or the Basilica of Santa Maria.

S'Agaro on the Costa brava Spain

S'Agaro - A perfect Barcelona to Costa Brava example

S'Agaró and its picturesque town is part of the municipality of Castell-Platja d'Aro. This incredibly captivating hidden gem has been declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest; one of the main attractions of the town are its coves and beaches. Best explored from the water, this is why we chose S'Agaró as our base for our kayak and paddleboard and escape room excursions.

Sant Feliu

Sant Feliu de Guixols is a lovely little seaside town that is also the place where Costa Brava found its name. Situated over the hill from our kayak, paddleboarding and escape tours, we love its charm, fresh food and artisan shops.


Sant Feliu has a splendid example of a small coastal harbour. Teaming with small sailing boats and the occasional large yacht, you can soak in the atmosphere on the water, from the beach, by boat or over a beer from a beach bar.

Sant Feliu beach

The beach is small but well kept and hosts a selection of beach bars and attractions to be enjoyed or join. The sun is around for most of the day and although it's not the quietest in the height of summer, it's certainly a place to relax with all amenities close by.


Sant Feliu Costa Brava Spain from Barcelona
Weather in Costa Brava Spain

Weather on the Costa Brava

We're very lucky with our weather on the Costa Brava with 6 months of the year above 20°C and normally close to, or around the 30's.

Average temperatures of Costa Brava by month °C


Public transport from Barcelona to the Costa Brava Spain

Travel, transport and weather of the Costa Brava

Travel time on Public transport to Costa Brava from Barcelona

To give you an example of the travel times from Barcelona to Costa Brava on public transport, from Barcelona to Blanes, the closest town of Costa Brava, it's just over 1.5 hours. To the furthest point, Barcelona to Portbou, it's around 3 hours.

Our tours from pick up to arrival take just over 1 hour. The time flies by and you're on the water before you know it. Check out our tour options for kayakingpaddleboarding or doing an outdoor escape room.

Transport details

If you have a little more time and would like to make your own way to a beauty spot from Barcelona to Costa Brava, you have a few options of how to get there with links to more information.

Act fast, we're booked up quickly in the summer!

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