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Brava Featured Hotels / Costa Brava Tours
Best Beaches In Costa Brava
- Holidays in Barcelona, Tarragona and Girona
Costa Daurada: The Family Friendly Destination
Brava Holiday Ideas
- Resort for Alternative Lifestyles
de Mar, pearl of Costa Brava
Spain: Girona and the Dali Triangle
Brava Holiday Ideas by Daniel Eyre
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.
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.
|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
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
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.
Brava Hotels / Barcelona Hotels
/ Barcelona Self-Catering
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.
HOTELS ON THE COSTA BRAVA, CATALUNYA, SPAIN
BLANES FEATURED HOTELS, COSTA BRAVA, SPAIN
more Blanes Hotels
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.
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.
CALELLA FEATURED HOTELS, COSTA BRAVA, SPAIN
more hotels in Calella, Costa Brava
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.
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.
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.
EMPURIABRAVA FEATURED HOTELS, COSTA BRAVA, SPAIN
for more Empuriabrava hotels
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.
more hotels in Empuriabrava
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
LLORET DE MAR FEATURED HOTELS, COSTA BRAVA, SPAIN
for more hotels in Lloret de Mar and surrounding areas
more hotels in Lloret de Mar and surrounding areas
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.
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.
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
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
for hotels on the Costa Brava, Spain