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Costa Brava Holiday Ideas   by Daniel Eyre
With more than 3,000 miles of coast, Spain can offer a Costa for every taste. Costa Brava is a hundred mile section of this coastline with golden beaches stretching from Blanes, 60km northeast of Barcelona, to the French border. Costa is the Catalan and Spanish word for 'coast', and Brava means 'rugged' or 'wild', and the area's rugged coast mirrors this with its rolling mountainous terrain and fine sandy beaches.

Part of the reason that Costa Brava holidays are so popular is the climate, with hot summers tipping 29 degrees Celsius and a more temperate autumn and spring ideal for lazing in the sun. Winter temperatures reach highs of 13 degrees Celsiuis meaning that holidays to Costa Brava are year-round crowd-pleasers.

Town of Aigua Blava and It's Hilltop Parador Nacional De La Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain
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But if you're planning a Costa Brava holiday then I recommend stepping off the sun-lounger to explore some of the region's rich heritage with its ancient ruins, Catalan culture and the more recent cultural contributions from artists such as Salvador Dali and architects including Antoni Gaudi. There are also many little gems like the towns of Tossa de Mar and Roses.

Costa Brava's Cultural heritage

Catalonia is an historical region, which once spread through northeast Spain, including what is now the Costa Brava. Throughout the region the Catalan culture can be seen with its distinctive food, language and heritage. The Catalan language, along with Spanish, is spoken widely in this area and the architecture reflects the ancient traditions and legends of the Catalonian people. 
Dali Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain, Europe
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There are also Catalonian days of celebration, including the Summer Solstice on June 23, when bonfires are lit and spectacular firework displays take place in all the towns and villages, along with live music and processions. Other days of celebration include St George's Day and Catalonia Day.

The artists who fell in love with Costa Brava

The Catalonian coast has inspired many famous artists. Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Yves Klein and Salvador Dali all fell in love with the area and you can see their works in many galleries and museums, and reproduced in gift shops, throughout Costa Brava.

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona provides a wonderful day out in beautiful surroundings, and the Dali Theatre-Museum in Salvador Dali's hometown Figueres presents a fantastically surreal experience for art-lovers. There is also the Salvador Dali House Museum in Cadaqués, where Dali produced much of his work. The outlandish architecture of Antoni Gaudi, who incorporated natural phenomena into his incredible structures, can be visited and gawped at in all its bizarreness in Barcelona.

Beautiful spots in Costa Brava

With its wonderfully varied combination of spectacular coastal scenery, hilltop medieval villages and ancient mountains, a Costa Brava holiday is greatly enhanced by walking tours to take in the beauty of the area, and there are many unspoilt towns to visit. Tossa de Mar, one of the prettiest towns in Costa Brava, was once a Mecca for artists including Marc Chagall. It is overlooked by an imposing 12th Century castle and has a strict rule of no high-rise buildings, meaning that its views remain gloriously unspoilt. 

The delightful town of Roses has the fascinating ruins of a 16th Century fortress, as well as hosting the remains of the Greek settlement Rhode. Both Tossa de Mar and Roses are famous for their excellent fish restaurants.

A holiday in Costa Brava is a brilliant way to escape from it all and recharge your batteries. Now you can make your escape into a real adventure by exploring some of this charming area's art, landscape and culture.

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About the Author: Daniel Eyre is the Product Manager of Search Travel Online. Search Travel Online is part of the Co-operative Group, specialising in holidays in Costa Brava, Majorca, Tenerife, Costa Dorada, Costa del Sol, Andorra, Egypt, Malta and the Canaries.

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Hotel Costa Brava, Blanes
The Costa Brava Hotel is located in Blanes, Spain, 300 metres from the beach. It is three kilometres from Marine Land zoo and theme park and four kilometres from Water World.  This centrally located modern hotel includes an outdoor pool with sun loungers. High-speed Internet access is available in public areas.  Costa Brava Hotel features a relaxed, wood-furnished restaurant offering an international buffet. Complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily. An all-inclusive rate is available. The 80 guestrooms have telephones, safes, televisions, and extend to balconies. 
Hotel Mar Ski, Blanes
The Hotel Mar Ski is a modern whitewashed hotel with blue balconies, located directly on beachfront in the Costa Brava seaside town of Blanes, 65 kilometres from Barcelona. The Harbour is a kilometre's stroll from the hotel, and the Marineland and Water World parks are within seven kilometres. Girona Airport is 30 minutes, 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the hotel and Barcelona Airport is around 85 kilometres away. The Mar Ski Restaurant offers Spanish and international cuisine served buffet-style with a variety of wines in a modern setting. Guests can enjoy a drink or go for a swim in the outdoor pool on the rooftop terrace, which boasts panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can help book excursions and offer advice on the area. Parking is available nearby. 
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Best Western Hotel Les Palmeres, Calella
Best Western Hotel Les Palmeres is a modern, Mediterranean-style property lined with balconies, located 100 metres from a sandy beach and the centre of Calella. Guests can enjoy a buffet selection of international dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel houses three swimming pools: an outdoor pool surrounded by lush gardens, a children's pool with play area, and a pool on the fifth floor with spa tub, solarium and panoramic views. Those wishing to relax can make use of the hotel spa facilities, which include with fitness equipment, a sauna, an indoor pool, hydromassage showers and a range of pampering massages. The hotel also houses an outdoor bar overlooking the pool which serves a range of snacks and drinks, and live music is regularly provided in the Café-Club in the evenings.
Hotel Neptuno, Calella
The Hotel Neptuno is located in the lively Costa Brava resort of Calella, Spain, 50 metres from a pedestrianised shopping area, 200 metres from the beach, and 49 kilometres from Barcelona. The Neptuno Calella is a quiet, family-run hotel with attractive, planted balconies overlooking an outdoor pool and sun terrace. Multilingual staff can arrange currency exchange and airport transport. Other amenities include complimentary Internet access and laundry facilities.  There is a poolside bar and restaurant which demonstrates show cooking and serves a buffet menu. The hotel offers a complimentary buffet breakfast, and guests on the half-board rate plan are not charged for the appropriate meals. 
Hotel Top Calella Palace, Calella de Mar
The Hotel Top Calella Palace is a modern, family-friendly, resort hotel centred around two swimming pools and situated in a residential area of Calella de Mar, 300 metres from the sandy beach. Marineland Aquarium, Water World Aqua Park and the lively town of Lloret de Mar are all within 20 kilometres of the hotel.  The Hotel restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and dinner serving Catalan, Spanish and international dishes buffet style.  Guests can enjoy a daytime programme of entertainment and activities, swim in the outdoor pool or simply relax on a lounger with a cool drink on the rooftop sun terrace. Kids can play in the separate paddling pool and playground, or enjoy organised activities such as face painting and pirate games six days a week at the mini-club (ages 4 to 12 years). There is also a hot tub and a small indoor pool. In the evenings, enjoy live entertainment including bands, cabaret and dance shows.
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Hotel Ampuria Inn, Empuriabrava
The Hotel Ampuria-Inn is a modern four-floor property located in the largest residential marina in Europe, ten kilometres from the historical Citadel of Roses. The hotel is well placed to explore the surrounding area; for a touch of culture visitors can head to the Dali Museum 13 kilometres away, while the picturesque fishing village of Cadaques is 30 kilometres distance.  The hotel's Maggma Restaurant serves international dishes in elegant, modern surroundings. Guests can use the extensive gym and spa facilities, cool off in the outdoor pool, and have afternoon tea in the Cappricio Cafeteria.  Parties and conferences are also catered for next to the pool in the Bramasole Hall.  The 43 guestrooms feature modern, warm decor.
Hotel Port Salins, Empuriabrava
Located on the Costa Brava, the stylishly modern Hotel Port Salins is set in the heart of Empuriabrava's famous marina, the largest marina in the world, 16 kilometers from the Dali Museum.  In the morning, guests can enjoy the buffet breakfast service and browse the newspapers before a day's sightseeing. The multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk and the concierge are on hand to help with theater and concert tickets and advice on finding the best that the area has to offer. Sun-worshippers can lounge on the terraces with a drink at the poolside bar, or top up their tans at the solarium. Guests can also relax and revitalise in the full-service health spa, with a sauna or enjoy the anti-stress beauty treatments.  In the evenings, guests can enjoy the seasonal cuisine made with fresh local produce, specialties include seafood dishes, in the restaurant's classic setting with low-level lighting. After dinner, guests can retire to the lounge bar for a nightcap before bed.
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Aqua Hotel Bertran, Lloret de Mar
Aqua Hotel Bertran is housed in two blocks, 350 metres from Lloret de Mar's beach. The Water World Theme Park is three kilometres from the hotel, and the Botanical Garden is 4.5 kilometres away.  The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a sun terrace and loungers, and there is a kids' club during the summer.  There is also a lounge bar, evening entertainment includes regular live music, and the air-conditioned public areas offer complimentary Internet connections. Parking is available in the hotel garage.  Restaurant Bertran serves European buffet-style food in a contemporary setting.  The 163 guestrooms, over seven floors, have light, pastel decor, contemporary furnishings and balconies.  All are equipped with satellite television, air conditioning, hair dryers and safes. Cribs are available on request.
Best Western Hotel Excelsior, Lloret de Mar
Hotel Excelsior is located in the Spanish seaside resort town of Lloret de Mar which lies 40 kilometres from the city of Girona and 80 kilometres from Barcelona.  This six-storey hotel is built in contemporary style and overlooks the palm tree-lined beach promenade. The hotel has a health club set on its top floor with picture windows giving excellent sea views.  Facilities include fitness equipment, a sauna, a steam room and a spa tub. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk and the air-conditioned public areas have wireless Internet access. The hotel offers a la carte and continental breakfasts in the cafeteria from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Parasailing, windsurfing and scuba diving are all available nearby.  The 45 guestrooms have light decor, modern furnishings and balconies.
Hotel Augusta Club, Lloret de Mar
Augusta Club Hotel is situated 100 metres from the resort centre and 250 metres from the beach. Girona Costa Brava Airport (GRO) is 40 kilometres away, and takes around 40 minutes to reach by car.  Augusta Club Hotel has an outdoor pool surrounded by sun loungers and a poolside bar, and guests can make use of the onsite gym and solarium. The hotel runs a programme of live music entertainment, including flamenco and karaoke. There is also a 24-hour front desk, a café-style lounge with Internet connections, laundry facilities, and garage parking for guests arriving by car (surcharge).  Augusta Club Hotel's restaurant serves a buffet with a choice of local and international dishes.  The 172 air-conditioned guestrooms, over four floors, extend to balconies and include complimentary Internet connections, televisions, telephones and safes. 
Hotel Roger de Flor Palace, Lloret de Mar
Hotel Roger de Flor Palace is located in Lloret de Mar, Spain. It is in a residential area, 200 metres from Platja de Lloret beach.  This traditional hotel features tennis courts and an outdoor seawater pool. Fitness equipment is available. Guests can order from room service or access the Internet in public areas. Parking is complimentary.  Hotel Roger de Flor Palace's restaurant has sea views and serves local and international dishes.  Drinks can be enjoyed at the poolside bar.  The 93 guestrooms open onto balconies and have leather armchairs. All feature cable television, safes, and direct-dial phones.
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