May 30, 2023

“It’s apparent that different worlds exist, that’s sure; however as I’ve already mentioned on many different events, these different worlds are inside ours, they reside within the earth.” 

Salvador Dali

Identical to the painter himself, Costa Brava is a considerably surreal place. Wildly eccentric at occasions. But very accessible. A spot the place you are feeling that artwork is in the whole lot you see, contact or really feel. An ideal place to flee – it is a land that was created because of somebodys wild fantasy. A world that exists between great extremes : from the rugged wild mountains of the Pyranees to the gorgeous Costa Brava shoreline, the place little hidden coves can solely be embraced by the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean sea. Costa Brava is a vacation vacation spot which doesn’t have only one face and attribute: it’s fluid, interchangeable and all the time entertains, very like the areas favorite soccer staff: Barcelona FC. So, whether or not you’re keen on alternating between Greek and Roman ruins and lengthy sandy seashores, experiencing the wild outside or just looking for gastronomic perfection: a vacation in Costa Brava has all of it. Listed here are 7 nice causes and experiences why it’s best to go to Costa Brava.


1. Stroll the Camino do Ronda

One of many joys of holidaying in Costa Brava is mountain climbing the Camino do Ronda, a 220km walkway, that stretches from Blanes to town of Collioure, proper earlier than the border of France. Whereas staying in Llafranc just a few years in the past I used to be suggest by the lodge employees to attempt a small part of the walkway from Llafranc to the neighbouring fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell and it was a revelation. Ranging from the sting of Llafranc Bay the place the walkway begins, I keep in mind huffing and puffing my method up a hill, all of the sudden surrounded by a gorgeous silence and intoxicated by the scent of Aleppo pine bushes and salty sea air. A cool breeze drifted in from the ocean and my tempo slowed down. A couple of tight knots in my abdomen unfurled themselves and shortly I used to be in sight of an impossibly fairly fishing village, Calella de Palafrugell. 

The views of the turquoise blue sea, the fishing boats ready within the harbour and the ring of white washed cottages is straight out of a Thomas Cook dinner brochure. I want I had extra time to discover the walkway nevertheless it was near lunch and time to retrace my steps again to idyllic Llafranc. 

2. Observe within the footsteps of Dali

Everytime I come to Costa Brava, its the sensation that I’ve left the actual world behind and stepped right into a fantasy world. This can be a place that conjures up. It brings out the interior artist in you. It encourages you to be your personal individual. Nobody symbolises the magic, the spirit of freedom that Costa Brava symbolises greater than the person Salvador Dali himself.  Begin your pilgrimage of Dali with a visit to the great Dali Museum in Figueres.

Dalis thoughts was pure and unadulterated. He noticed the world with a playful eye. My information on the Dali Museum, Marta shared with me enjoyable information about Dali like the truth that he would put honey round his mouth and flowers on his moustache to draw flies to them. In case you lookup on the ceiling of the museum, if you happen to observe rigorously, after awhile you realise it appears like the 2 eyes of flies. Dalis artwork reminds you that you just can amuse your self along with your creativeness and most significantly, nurture a way of humour. Different artistic endeavors within the museum that signify this sense of humour and creativeness is the portray of his spouse, Gala, looking of the window.  Accomplished in 1976, the portray known as Gala Considering the Mediterranean Sea” when noticed up shut, reveals a unadorned Gala looking the window. Nonetheless, if noticed from a distance the portray seems to be none apart from the well-known ex-American president Abraham Lincoln. 

One other place the place Dalis spirit may be very a lot alive is the picturesque seaside village of Port Lligat, a spot he known as dwelling between the years of 1930, until 1982 when his spouse died. His home has now been transformed right into a museum.The Portlligat Museum-Home has lovingly preserved the spirit of Dali, leaving the home simply the way in which it could have been when Dali lived there. There’s great sense of calm and detachment about Port Lligat and neighbouring Cadaques. The whitewashed slim maze of Cadaques brimming over with brightly colored geraniums and bougainvillea, invite you to get misplaced.

Dali Museum: open all days besides Monday 10.30am- 5.45pm – 17 euro entry 

Tackle: Plaça Gala i Salvador Dalí, 5, 17600 Figueres, Girona, Spain

3. Go to Girona

Girona is a fascinating medieval metropolis. In case you like the thought of wandering aimlessly in a maze of cobbled streets and slim alleyways and selecting up great nuggets of historical past at each flip – then Girona is your metropolis. This can be a metropolis to calm down and revel in. You’ll be able to fortunately lounge on one of many pavement cafes within the metropolis sq. and watch the world go by or stroll by means of the Barri Vell (the Previous Quarter), window buying at one of many designer boutiques housed within the historic arcades.  Wind your method up the steep steps to the Cathedral to be rewarded with views of its gorgeous Gothic spires and Romanesque towers, past this you’ll discover the medieval ramparts. 

Prime tip: Try the only Gothic nave within the Cathedral, at 23m it’s the widest in Europe. 

4. Great spot for Journey Sports activities 

Away from the pristine seashores and idyllic hidden coves, Costa Brava is quickly rising as an thrilling hub for sports activities and out of doors actions. Rugged, wild mountain terrains with a wonderful community of strolling trails should not what individuals visualize after they consider the Costa Brava. Because of new initiatives like Lloret de Mar’s new Nordic Strolling Centre, vacationers can uncover the area’s stunning coastal paths and nature trails. Nordic Strolling is similar as taking a traditional every day stroll, however utilizing specifically designed poles, aimed toward bettering muscle, the cardiovascular system, coordination and mobility.

In case you’re in search of one thing to get the pulses racing a bit extra there’s the small matter of Skydiving at over 12,500 ft above sea stage at Empuriabrava: Europe’s largest skydiving centre which hosts a 1000 jumps a day. I had the ‘pleasure’ of skydiving with just a few pals of mine just a few years in the past and I need to admit it’s the craziest and most superb factor I’ve ever executed in my life. Few phrases can describe the emotion I felt when the door of the sunshine plane slid open and with assistance from my tandem accomplice, I launched myself into the battering sturdy wind. Because the adrenaline kicked in, I felt a wave of exhilaration sweep by means of me after which peering by means of my goggles was the surreal feeling of seeing the fairytale Costa Brava panorama: rugged mountains, sea and seashores, all unfold at my ft. Free fall was 60 seconds at 200km/hour ! , an actual adrenaline buzz, like flying virtually I suppose. Then at 4000 ft the parachute was launched. I had over 5 minutes, floating gently down and getting extra of an opportunity to soak within the second. It’s a gorgeous sensation, particularly if you’re blessed with clear skies. You get probably the most superb panorama of the Bay of Roses, shimmering within the afternoon daylight. It’s an expertise of a lifetime and one value having.

Prices: Peak season it prices 207 euros to do tandem parachute leap. For extra data take a look at Skydive Empuriabrava web site.

5. Attempt the well-known purple prawns of Palamos

No journey to Costa Brava can be full and not using a plate of what would possibly arguably be the worlds most interesting prawns: the well-known purple prawns of Palamos. The palamós prawns feed on the plankton-rich waters of Costa Brava which give them this distinctive flavour. I had my first style of those well-known prawns 4 years in the past in a centenarian fishermans hut. We had sailed by boat from Palamos the place these prawns are fished to the secluded white sand cove of Cala dels Lliris, located within the dreamy village of Tamariu. Yup. One more, stunning secluded fishing village. Starting to get the image?

Amidst a feast of the traditional Catalan sausage Butifarra and conventional greens of the Empordà area – cauliflower, aubergine and candy peppers, I used to be served a plate of grilled Palamos Prawns. After peeling again the arduous shell of the prawns I savoured their meaty flesh. I dont assume Ive tasted prawns which have such a stage of sweetness. I then discarded the top onto one other plate and proceeded to select extra prawns earlier than my host, chef  Tony Izquierdo approached with an enormous smile. He picked up one of many discarded heads of the prawn from the plate and sucked the life out it, earlier than neatly depositing it again onto the plate. Prawn mind sucking could be up there with different weird meals traditions like haggis however I needed to attempt it. I’ve to inform that I used to be shocked. It has a barely candy style, sort of like caviar, very wealthy in flavour. From that day I’m a prawn mind sucking convert. Which will get me bizarre appears internationally. Its greater than okay in Costa Brava. As a result of right here, meals means the whole lot. 

6. Go to Palafruguell

The meals in your plate is a mirrored image of the bountiful items Costa Brava possesses. The area is blessed with great meals markets that are in itself a factor of pleasure to behold. In case you have time to go to only one market, make time to go to the market city of Palafruguell, which is known for its attractive fish market.  On the ice trays, a wealth of contemporary silvery fish glistens, the catch having arrived contemporary from the close by fishing villages of Palamos and Calella Palafruguell. The air is thick with the scent of sea and salt and for me it’s the most great scent ever. A every day meals market absorbs the senses with a wealthy palette of colors. The city itself is charming with age previous cafes and patisseries that every inform their very own story. 

7. Attempt the ice cream at Rocambolesc

Summer season holidays or any holidays for that truth ought to all the time be about solar, sand and ice-cream. We aren’t speaking about simply any sort of ice-cream. Platja DOro can proudly declare to considered one of solely 4 locations to be dwelling to what some might argue to be the worlds best ice-cream parlour. Rocambolesc is a mission developed by Jordi Roca, pastry chef at what many regard to be the worlds finest restaurant, El Cellar de can Roca. Final time I got here to Costa Brava, I had the pleasure of eating at their restaurant. Whereas it’s removed from being funds pleasant, I contemplate their 15 course lunch to be probably the greatest issues I’ve tasted and value each penny. The opposite problem with eating right here is that it’s a must to make a reservation at the least a yr prematurely. So when you cant examine consuming ice-cream to consuming at El Cellar de Can Roca, by way of an expertise, Rocambolesc needs to be up there with my favorite meals recollections. Initially, the place itself. If Willy Wonka had created his personal ice-cream manufacturing facility, it could appear like this. The selection of ice-cream flavours is a restricted however thrilling combine, starting from mango and lavender sorbet to vanilla and baked apple ice-cream. The twist comes with over 34 unique toppings that vary from crunchy sweet to shredded coconut to star sweet and chocolate cookies. The combos and potentialities are countless. With costs ranging from simply €2.60, this needs to be probably the greatest luxurious on a fundsfoodie experiences on this planet.

Tip: Keep on the tenting Yelloh! Costa Brava

When it comes to lodging, I’d extremely suggest a keep at Yelloh! Village, a community of premium campsites and vacation villages situated throughout Europe. They provide all kinds of lodging choices, from cellular properties tp chalets, lodges, and tents. When it comes to services , guests can count on a spread of actions and facilities, equivalent to swimming swimming pools, eating places, spas, and sports activities services, all set in a gorgeous pure environment. The tenting villages of Yelloh! are unfold over superb places throughout the Costa Brava coast and excellent if you’re camping Costa Brava and travelling on a funds.

Sant Miquel is a household pleasant campsite in northern Costa Brava, located between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. The campsite Mas Sant Josep has proximity to Barcelona, Cadaquès and Figueres making it an excellent base to discover these cities and the encircling Catalan countryside. Sant Pol is blessed with an outstanding close by seashore while Punta Milà is located in the midst of a nature reserve, making it the perfect retreat for nature lovers. Campsite lodging might embrace shady pitches, furnished tents, chalets and way more with all types of creature comforts. Every campsite has a lot of out of doors actions, a lot of them aquatic, enabling guests to indulge in the great thing about the Mediterranean solar.