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Introducing the Costa Brava
Amid this scenic beauty lie several coastal resort towns that offer the perfect location for a honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday.
What to do and see on the Costa Brava
Indented with soaring cliffs and picturesque pine-fringed coves edged by golden-sand beaches and crystalline turquoise water, the Costa Brava offers perfect conditions for swimming and snorkelling as well as for experiencing a range of activities in several distinct holiday resorts.
Discover the vibrant party town of Lloret de Mar, renowned for its vibrant nightlife and packed with bars and dance clubs – perfect for fun-loving honeymoon couples.
Or visit the less crowded and very beautiful medieval walled town of Tossa de Mar, blessed with golden-sand beaches, bustling Platja d’Aro and its range of nightlife options, and unspoiled Platja de Palamós, which leads to the stunning Palafrugell coastline and its idyllic coves of Llafranc, Tamariu and d’Aigua Blava.
Lloret de Mar
This popular holiday resort is well known for its huge range of hotels, bars, discos and nightclubs, as well as for its five golden-sand beaches that lie within easy reach of the town centre and fringe picturesque coves set between tree-covered headlands to the north and south of the town.
Away from the beach, Lloret de Mar offers several theme parks featuring a giant catapult at Skyrider, which shoots passengers some 70m into the air, a choice of white-knuckle rides and chutes at Water World and go-karts at nearby Karting Formula – perfect for thrill-seeking honeymoon couples.
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Tossa de Mar
The picturesque and historic town sits behind a golden-sand beach and offers a quiet alternative to the more commercial resort of Lloret de Mar.
Unwind on a choice of pristine beaches then stroll around the Old Quarter (or Vila Vella), which was built on the site of a 1st century AD Roman villa and surrounded by ancient medieval walls and turrets.
Discover narrow and twisting cobblestoned streets lined with whitewashed houses dating back to the 12th century.
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Discover Spain's easternmost town – an unspoiled and remote picture-perfect fishing village that sprawls across several small coves surrounding a beautiful inlet.
Wander narrow twisting streets lined with old whitewashed houses topped with red roofs and overlooked by the charming 16th century Església de Santa María (church), which sits perched on a hilltop overlooking the village and its small golden-sand and shingle beach.
Cadaques sits beneath the dramatic Cap de Creus mountain range and is easily reached by bus or car along a winding mountain road from the nearby town of Rosas. Or hike the coastal path from Rosas, which stretches for 15km and passes several bays and beaches along the way.
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Girona is one of the most important historical sites in Spain. The city was once a Moorish stronghold before falling under French rule following countless sieges.
Stroll the ancient stone footbridge across the Onyar River into the Call, the labyrinthine Old Quarter crammed with steep and narrow alleyways and cobblestone lanes lined with ancient stone houses.
Climb the 17th century baroque staircase of 86 steep steps to the magnificent 14th century cathedral. Inside, discover the widest Gothic nave (23m) in Europe.
Don't miss the Tapestry of the Creation, a unique 11th or 12th century Romanesque embroidery depicting humans and animals in the Garden of Eden.
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Where to stay
The Costa Brava offers an excellent choice of accommodation options in several coastal resorts, including the following 4- and 5-star hotels…
Alva Park Costa Brava
Location: Francesc Layret, Lloret de Mar
Ave nightly price: AUD865 per room
Description: A luxury spa and outdoor pool feature at the impressive Alva Park. Located 80 metres from Lloret’s Fenals Beach, it offers spacious suites with a Bang & Olufsen sound system and flat-screen TV. The rooms at the Alva Park Costa Brava feature carpeted floors and a lounge area with Oriental-style ornaments. Each one comes with a Nespresso coffee-maker, Fortnum & Mason tea and a hydromassage bath. The hotel has a gourmet restaurant and a Japanese restaurant serving sushi made from fresh fish. On Saturdays guests can enjoy their meal in the butterfly garden. Breakfast is à la carte. The spa features a warm saltwater pool and Molton Brown products. There is also a fitness centre and an indoor golf simulator. The Alva Park is an hour’s drive from central Barcelona. Girona Airport is around 35 minutes’ drive away. A shuttle service is available from Barcelona and Girona airports for a surcharge.
Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa
Location: Afores de Torrent, Torrent
Ave nightly price: AUD447 per room
Description: This luxurious hotel and spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pool features an 18th-century Catalan farmhouse surrounded by lush gardens. Pals is less than 10 minutes’ drive away. The spa at Mas de Torrent includes a sauna and steam room, and includes a wide range of massage and beauty services. The hotel also has a fitness centre and tennis courts. All air-conditioned rooms at Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa feature an elegant décor with hardwood floors. Some have a private pool, others have a patio with garden views. The restaurant serves gourmet Catalan cuisine and offers a seasonal menu, as well as an extensive wine list. There is also a bar and terrace. Guests can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities in the Baix Empordà region, including hiking, horse riding and cycling. The hotel offers free bicycles. There are 3 golf courses within 15 minutes’ drive of the hotel, including Empordà Golf. The Costa Brava is just 20 minutes’ drive away.
Hotel & Spa Cala del Pi
Location: Avenida Cavall Bernat 160, Platja d'Aro
Ave nightly price: AUD276 per room
Description: This luxury hotel offers direct access to Platja d’Aro’s Cala del Pi Beach. It has a free 600 m² spa, free WiFi and parking and an outdoor pool with sea views. Rooms at Hotel & Spa Cala del Pi feature a hydromassage shower and a private terrace, many with views over the Mediterranean Sea. All come with satellite TV, pillow menu and Tous amenities. Hotel Cala del Pi features a heated indoor pool, waterfalls, ice fountains, a Finnish sauna and Turkish bath. There is also a small fitness centre. The Rosa dels Vents restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine prepared using seasonal products. The café bar includes a summer terrace overlooking the sea. Hotel & Spa Cala del Pi is located on the Costa Brava, just 27 km from Girona-Costa Brava Airport.
Location: Playa de Santa Cristina, Lloret de Mar
Ave nightly price: AUD223 per room
Description: Ideally situated in a magnificent woodland area of 14 acres, this hotel is located on the edge of the Santa Cristina beach. A sea-facing hotel that is just 202 m away from the beach, which you can approach along different footpaths encircled by a variety of trees. The hotel opens its doors to all those looking for sun, comfort, and personalized customer care, as well as of course the Mediterranean culture that fills each nook and cranny of the Costa Brava.
Location: Avenida Díaz Pacheco, Roses
Ave nightly price: AUD222 per room
Description: The seafront Vistabella offers fantastic views of Roses Bay and the surrounding mountains. It features rooms with balconies, a spa and 4 restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Els Brancs. Rooms at the Vistabella come equipped with a flat-screen TV and a bathroom with a bathrobe. Each room is individually decorated and some offer sea or mountain views. The spa has an indoor swimming pool, a whirlpool, steam baths and a sauna. Treatments available include massage and wraps. Els Brancs serves creative cuisine and has over 300 wines to choose from. Guests can dine on the charming terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. El Balcó de Mar Restaurant serves fresh seafood, including lobster. El Pirata is a casual beach-grill set right by the sea, featuring its own jetty. It is open from June until September. La Tapa has traditional tapas dishes, and Bar Panoràmic offers views of Roses Bay.
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Best time to honeymoon in Costa Brava
The ideal months to visit the Costa Brava are May and June, with an average high of 25°C (77°F), and September and October, with an average of 23°C (73°F).
July and August sees the coast swamped with mainly British and Spanish tourists and temperatures soar beyond 30°C (86°F).
Note: The Costa Brava is one of Spain’s most popular summer destinations and hotel bookings should be made well in advance.
For more climate info: Costa Brava Weather Guide…
Getting to the Costa Brava
The Costa Brava stretches for more than 153km along the northeast coast of Spain from Blanes, north of Barcelona, to Cadaques near the French border.
The Coast Brava is easily explored by road from Barcelona, Girona and the French border. Local buses offer a frequent and efficient service along the coast. By air, daily flights arrive at Barcelona or Girona from Madrid and most European cities.
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Latest update Costa Brava honeymoon destination:
7 February, 2017
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