5 Best Places in La Costa Brava
The Costa Brava is the name given to the Catalan coast on the Mediterranean Sea. Indeed, it is located in the northeast of Catalonia, in the province of Girona. It starts from Portbou, next to the French border, and stretches for 160 kilometers and the 255 kilometers of the jagged profile of the Costa Brava to Blanes. Then, at the mouth of the river Tordera. It is framed, in the north, by the Costa Verde, which is the geomorphological continuation of it. But also in the south, by the Costa del Maresme.
La Costa Brava often referred to as the Rough Coast or the Wild Coast, is one of the most touristic areas of the Catalan region. With a 60km coast of beaches and resorts, the Costa Brava has become the place to go when looking for inexpensive and cheap activities. Alone or with your family too. With lots of beaches, the region thrives with a great climate all year long with temperatures ranging from 10 to 30 degrees in July and August. Finally, with beautiful parks and ancient buildings, the Costa Brava is an amazing place if you want to enjoy nature in all its forms.
What to see in La Costa Brava?
#1 Iglesia de Sant Romà
Built in Catalan Gothic style, between 1509 and 1522, it had fortification features, for example, a raising door, and it originally had a single nave. Later, during the rest of the 16th century and throughout the 17th century, other rooms have been built such as side chapels. Built in a transitional GOTHIC-RENAISSANCE STYLE, it consisted of a single nave surrounded by several fortifying elements such as a drawbridge.
This legacy of modernist art is a must to see on a walk through the center of Lloret and one of the most representative buildings in the city. The church was built in the Catalan Gothic style and has elements of fortification.
The two side chapels, the Baptistery and the Blessed Sacrament were designed by Bonaventura Conill i Montobbio in 1916. In terms of modern art, the stone image of the Virgin of Loreto and the wooden sculpture of the Holy Christ, by sculptor Monjo, stand out.
The parish celebrates the festivities of Sant Antoni Abad on January 17, with the popular blessing of the horses, the Good Friday procession, and the Corpus Christi festival.
Address: Plaça de l’Església, 4, 17310 Lloret de Mar, Girona
Opening hours: Mon-Sun (7:00am-9:00pm)
#2 Lake of Banyoles
The Lake of Banyoles is a natural lake that became famous as the main rowing location for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, and the World Rowing Championships in 2004. It is also a popular training location for many foreign rowers, particularly English rowers! The lake is approximately 2,100 m long by 750 m with an average depth of 15 m that in several points gets down to 46.4 meters! This is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.
Around the lake, there are many water activities: boat rental, rowing, boat trips.
The walking tour of the lake is an easy and very pleasant hike. The path is about 8 kilometers long and passes by an old fishermen’s houses (pesqueres), the park of La Draga, and birdwatching stations. A short detour also allows you to see the Romanesque church of Santa Maria de Porqueres to the southwest of the lake. Although it dates back to the 11th century, its preservation is impressive. A little further south is the Estunes forest: caves, crevices, and rock formations give the impression of being inhabited by fairies.
Address: 42.125675, 2.755235, Lago de Bañolas, Girona
#3 Jardín Botánico Marimurtra
Located in Blanes (Costa Brava), the Botanical Garden Marimurtra is one of the most beautiful gardens in the Mediterranean. From the cliffs that border the sea, you can admire one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the coast. And get to know more than four thousand plant species as well as some extraordinary specimens due to their age or size.
Marimurtra is the work of a man passionate about nature. Carl Faust was a businessman based in Catalonia who dedicated his enthusiasm, efforts, and all his possessions to the realization of his dream, the Botanical Garden Marimurtra.
Address: Passeig de Carles Faust, 9, 17300 Blanes, Girona
Opening hours: Mon-Thu (10:00am-3:00pm) / Fri (10:00am-6:00pm) / Sat (10:00am-7:00pm) / Sun (8:00am-5:00pm)
#4 Parque natural de las Marismas del Ampurdán
Here you can observe a set of interdependent ecosystems of the sea, species, and bacchanals. You can also observe the lagoons located in the second wetland of Catalonia, between the rivers of Muga and Fluvià. Parc des Aiguamolls de l’empordà – Las Marismas del Ampurdán Natural Park.
Moreover, it is a nature reserve known for creating a coexisting environment for water, land, people, birds, and nature. Created in October 1983, this nature reserve offers an ideal space to enjoy the natural wonders that they contain. Also, the miles are the product of the evolution of miles and years. Thus, it is necessary to protect them for future generations.
Address: Carretera de St. Pere Pescador a Castelló d’Empúries, GIV-6216, Km 4.2, 17486 Castelló d’Empúries, Girona
Opening hours: Mon-Sun (9:00am-6:30pm)
#5 Water World
Water World is one of the best water parks on the Costa Brava. Indeed, it is one of the most touristic areas of Spain and in Europe unique attractions. Attractions such as amazing rides, wave pools, Speed Furious, Speed Slides, Hurricanes, and the fantastic soft tracks. Also a set of attractions aimed at both young and adult audiences. Additionally, in the two water parks on the Costa Brava, you can enjoy various rides. Water World in Lloret de Mar is a perfect place to spend unforgettable days with family and friends.
Address: Carretera de Vidreres Km 1,2 17310 Lloret de mar
Opening hours: Mon-Sun (10:00am-7:00pm)
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