Costa Brava, Catalonia
Are you looking for a fun Costa Brava beach this summer?
Catalonia has always been a land of brilliant artists – Dalí and Gaudí. However, many are unfamiliar with the abundance of nature and hidden gems. From crystal clear water, long sandy beaches, and multi-peaked mountain ranges to glacial lakes, Catalonia has everything to fulfill nature lovers’ dreams.
The Costa Brava, Spain’s most scenic coastline, is a 200-kilometer coastline stretching from Catalonia to France. It is known worldwide for the best beaches to spend the summer.
Here’s the complete beach list where you can enjoy a beautiful summer in the southern Costa Brava.
Beaches before The Legendary Costa Brava
Calella is a historical, cultural, and cosmopolitan city near Costa Brava. It is a popular family holiday destination located 50 km from Barcelona. You can enjoy the stunning view across Calella and the Mediterranean sea in the Lighthouse Calella. as well as experience the bustling nightlife that represents the seduction of the Mediterranean.
Pineda de Mar
Pineda de Mar is a charming seaside town situated on the Costa Maresme, approximately 10 minutes driving distance away from Calella. This authentic Mediterranean village offers several activities like the Roman aqueduct, the historical construction of 2-3 C.E, or visiting Montnegre Park, which has a beach campsite with direct access to the beach of Pineda de Mar.
Santa Susanna is a municipality in the heart of the Costa del Maresme coast. Another popular destination for a day trip from Barcelona. This quiet village offers a 2 km beach and a wide range of Marine resorts that provide water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, and scuba diving, among others.
Malgrat de Mar
Malgrat de Mar is the last town before the entrance door of Costa Brava. If you are searching for a sandy beach and peacefulness. This is the place for you. There are no significant events and vibrant nightclubs here, but calming inland scenery will charm you just fine.
The Best Beaches in the South of Costa Brava
Blanes is the beginning of the 200 km coastline stretch to the French border, approximately 60 kilometers north of Barcelona. Once a little fishing town with a lot of cultural heritage. It is home to two greenhouses, which cultivate more than 11,000 diverse plant species that attract more than 300,000 visitors annually.
Lloret De Mar
One of the most touristy holiday destinations in Catalonia. The narrow streets of the Old Town, Water World, the variety of water sports, and the buzzing parties throughout the summer make this a famous touristic town.
Cala Canyelles Beach is an isolated white sandy beach where you can set a blanket for a picnic with your children. A pleasant little hill walks down to the beach allows you to enjoy the marvelous views of the rising cliffs and the peacefulness that brings around you. Consider staying at one of the area’s boutique hotels or sleeping under the stars at one of the campsites.
Tossa de Mar
Tossa de Mar is one of the most beautiful towns with cobbled streets on the Costa Brava. A fantastic holiday destination if you are searching for sunshine and fine sand. But Tossa de Mar stands out from the other coastal cities for its beautiful old town: Vila Vella, a walled neighborhood from medieval times. The beach is constructed around a magnificent ancient castle with a gorgeous green valley that creates a stunning backdrop.
Sant Feliu de Guixols
Sant Feliu de Guixols is a lovely old town with an ancient monastery dating back to The Medieval era. The old town has many narrow and interesting little streets to explore. The sand is fine and golden; water activities operators are available at the bay.
S’Agaro is a fairytale-like town with a lovely seafront promenade and a long stretch of peaceful beach. The exclusiveness of this beautiful town had become the dream destination for Catalan high society seeking tranquility. Resorts and villas are found throughout the city with an air of luxury.
Platja d’Aro is located in the heart of Costa Brava. The town has a wide selection of international shopping chains. The town offers one of the most popular beaches in Costa Brava, around 2.4 km long. Most people visiting Platja d’Aro stay in hotels, private apartments, or large campsites around the town.
Sant Antoni de Calonge
Do you prefer a quiet getaway? Sant Antoni de Calonge is the go-to town if you are looking for tranquility and being in the middle of nature. Other than the beautiful beaches and coves, as well as numerous cultural attractions. The wine industry is one of the leading products produced in Calonge. This is the place where you can enjoy the sea of vineyards and the Mediterranean at the same time.
Palamós is one of the oldest towns in the Iberian Peninsula, founded by the Greeks. Thanks to the best-preserved fishing villages in the Costa Brava, this town is well known for its fresh seafood, cooking workshops, and famous Palamós gambas, the best prawns in the world. If you enjoy seafood, Palamos is the town to visit!
Calella de Palafrugell
Calella de Palafrugell is an old fishing village with less than a thousand inhabitants, maintaining all that charm. It has become one of my favorite spots in Costa Brava instantly. Yes! Full of vacationers in the summertime. But the streets, houses, and small coves retain that atmosphere which cannot be more attractive. I have read that Joan Manuel Serrat composed his Mediterranean song in the old Batlle hotel in Calella de Palafrugell.
Llafranc is one of the most romantic towns in Costa Brava. Calella de Palafrugell and Tamariu from the coastal part of the municipality of Palafrugell. There is the San Sebastian lighthouse, a spectacular viewpoint up to 160 meters, where you can enjoy seeing all the central area of the Costa Brava.
Tamariu is a tiny and precious jewel on the Costa Brava. The British Telegraph newspaper considers Tamariu one of the best beaches on the Costa Brava. It retains the authenticity of a small fishing village, and its beautiful south-facing sandy bay offers a romantic atmosphere for lovers.
Sa Tuna is one of the postcard spots in the Costa Brava. Situated in the municipality of Begur. The place has a spectacular landscape, adding to its clean and transparent waters, the white fishermen’s houses with a bit of color touch on the door, the stranded boats, the sunshine on the golden rocks, all these elements contribute to the magical charm of this small cove.
Aiguablava is a small bay beach surrounded by green mountains. Warm and transparent water with a white sandy beach. It’s sheltered and perfect for swimming. Scenic trails are around. There are a few cafes and restaurants on the seafront.
Sa Riera Begur
Sa Riera is the largest of the three Begur beaches (Sa Tuna and Aiguablava being the others) and the closest to Begur town. The beach is situated in a small older village, surrounded by cliffs covered with vegetation and select luxury villas. The village area has a handful of restaurants and shops open primarily during summer and closed out of season.