The Costa Brava in Spain seems created for slow traveling. The nice Mediterranean pace and landscape, pristine beaches and coves, Medieval villages and local cuisine that will turn you into a foodie if this wasn’t already the case. This part of Spain is a perfect choice for those looking for a vacation at their rhythm, with beautiful places to stay and plenty of things to slowly discover whenever you feel like it. And because slow travel also means going local, we thought the best people to give us advice on what to do when in Baix Empordà, Costa Brava, are locals. Discover their favorite spots and hidden gems on the Catalonian coast and in Ampurdanesa.
Beaches to while away the day (or night)
Some beaches on the Costa Brava are not your average tourist beach. They are of a stunning natural beauty and will be hard to drag yourself away from when the sun sets. Have a look at this selection of coves and pristine beaches from the Begur Instagram page. Their slogan is “Begur is authentic,” we fully agree with that! Our top picks are Cala de n’Estasia, Cala Aiguablava, Sa Tuna, Sa Riera or l’Illa Roja. But this is just a small selection. There are many more of these heavenly places you can visit along the Catalonian coastline.
The Castell in Torroella de Montgrí
The Castell de Montgrí is famous as well as the Torre de les Bruixes in Torroella de Montgrí. The climb to the castle is worthwhile as you will be rewarded with a magnificent view all the way to the Mediterranean. This spot combines history, views, and nature. You’ll find an impression of what to expect from the Visit Estartit official Instagram page. Simply click on one of their inspiring photos below to go to their feed.
Some villages simply are picture perfect. Pals is one of them. It is hard not to be charmed by the narrow streets and archways and bougainvillea covered stone walls. Scrolling through the Instagram page of Turisme Pals is enough to make you want to book your trip to the Casta Brava at once. Have a look at these five photos; we’re sure you’ll visit their page for more!
A never-ending mixture of beauty
The Costa Brava is a part of Spain that will touch your heart and soul. It houses welcoming locals that are eager to share their culture with you. Baix Empordà, for example, is the perfect base for a slow-paced holiday and profound experiences. You’ll find walking and cycling trails, museums, stunning beaches and picturesque villages all within half an hours drive from each other. Places like the church of Santa Maria in Ullá, the fortified village of Rupià, or the Castle of Peratallada for example. Beaches like Platja Malaret, Cala Aiguafreda, or Gola del Ter are all in the area. Look for some more slow travel inspiration on the website of the Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona. And when still in doubt, check out these photos from their Instagram!
We would like to thank the owner of Exus Natur for sharing these insider tips for slow traveling the Costa Brava with us. We are quite sure he has some more up his sleeve for when you visit.
The Costa Brava is a stunning destination, just have a look at what travelers on TripAdvisor have to say about this region. Check out their reviews and tips here.
Just take along this brilliant guide and you’re all set to discover the Costa Brava at your own pace: Costa Brava and Barcelona: 6 Car Tours, 55 Long and Short Walks
And of course, we have a great selection of absolutely stunning places to stay:
The nearest airport is Girona which has easy connections to other Spanish airports if required. You’ll find cheap flight options here. Or you can use the search widget on the side to quickly find the most affordable and best flights available.