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The Best Beaches In Costa Brava   by Daniel Eyre
We're now in peak booking season, and as usual one of our big sellers are our Costa Brava holiday packages. What attracts such big numbers of tourists to Spain's 'Wild Coast' every year? Sun, Sand and Sangria - along with the great range of Costa Brava's cheap hotels. With a coastline stretching all the way down from the French border to Barcelona, there's quite a few Costa Brava beaches clamouring for your attention - so which are the most worthy?

Well, a good start for narrowing the list down is to look exclusively at EU Blue Flag winning beaches in Costa Brava. The Blue Flag is only granted to beaches that meet 29 criteria for excellence, with everything from cleanliness, to water quality, to the quantity of lifeguards come under scrutiny, ensuring that the Blue Flag really is a sign of quality. To give you an idea of the quality of the region, Costa Brava has the largest concentration of Blue Flag awarded beaches in Spain - no wonder it's popular, though it does make my task of narrowing down the best that bit more difficult!

Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava, Spain
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Nobody knows a region better than the locals, and that is why you can safely say Gandia is one of the finest beaches in Costa Brava - there are hardly any tourists there. This one is purely popular with the locals, and that alone should make you consider visiting this Costa Brava holiday gem! The beach itself is enormous, with fine white sands stretching off into the distance - and if you tire of this, the restaurants and cafes nearby make a delicious change of pace.
Town of Aigua Blava and It's Hilltop Parador Nacional De La Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain
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Aigua Blava
Aigua Blava is tranquil and calm - perfect for a break away from the clubs and bustling towns. The waters are clean, relaxing and calm, and wash peacefully over the golden sands. This Costa Brava beach is the smallest listed here, which provides a charming intimate feel allowing you really to feel like you're getting away from it all on your Costa Brava holiday.

Slightly larger than Aigua Blava is Tamariu - the little cove is a short hike across picturesque cliff tops, and well worth the slight effort of finding on your Costa Brava holiday. 

The sand is fine, the water is clear and the nearby amenities are top notch, with welcoming restaurants and charming boutiques lining the promenade ensuring a break from the relaxation is never far away, for those strange enough to want it!

Llafranc, while larger than the previous two Costa Brava beaches listed, is still small enough to feel cosy. The port is picturesque, there's plenty of space for children to play, and the sands are perfect for relaxation and working on your tan in the brilliant sunshine. As seems compulsory for blue flag Costa Brava beaches, you can be sure to find many fine restaurants along the promenade meaning that what started out as a 'couple of hours sunbathing' can easily extend into the evening - only ended when hunger pangs draw you to one of the nearby restaurants or cocktail bars, as the daylight draws to a close.

This is just a smattering of the many fine beaches along the Costa Brava, and as long as the beach is blue flag listed, you can be sure of quality. While the best time to visit the region is May-June (before the crowds) or September-October (after the crowds), the beauty of the amount of quality beaches is that if you find one too crowded, you can always head to the next one and still be assured of a relaxing day out.

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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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Aqua Hotel Bella Playa, Malgrat de Mar
The Aqua Hotel Bella Playa is a modern resort hotel set 250 metres from the beach, resort centre and main promenade of Malgrat de Mar on the Costa Brava.  Facilities at this family-friendly hotel include an outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees and terraces with sun beds, and a separate pool for kids, as well as a kids' club. There is also an indoor pool, a sauna, a television room with satellite and a reading room. Entertainment is also offered with shows, Flamenco, live music and discos.  The hotel has a large buffet-style restaurant serving international and Spanish Dishes. Vegetarian and children's menus are available. Aqua Hotel Bella Playa offers 270 air-conditioned guestrooms located on eight floors, which have simple decor in warm Mediterranean tones with modern pine furnishings and tiled floors. All include balconies, cable television, complimentary internet connections, safes, hair dryers, telephones and refrigerators.
Hotel Cartagonova, Malgrat de Mar
The Hotel Cartagonova Management welcomes you from a special conception in understanding the new hotel keeping. In this we reflect commitment to service and a very specific offer: A comfortable hotel and an urban spa. Exclusive and in keeping with the most up-to-date demand.  If you so prefer, you can read the papers or have your favourite drink in our Bar, in an exceedingly comfortable atmosphere.  Guests can relax on loungers around the pool, try their hand at water polo, work out with an aerobics class, and enjoy the live evening music. The restaurant offers an extensive buffet of regional and international cuisine and the hotel hosts a range of live shows and entertainment four nights a week in low season and five nights a week in high season.  Guests can enjoy cocktails and a game of billiards in the bar before heading down to the Tropicana Nightclub, located directly under the hotel. 
Hotel Luna Club, Malgrat de Mar
The Hotel Luna Club is a modern complex set in gardens 200 metres from the beach, between the towns of Malgrat de Mar and Santa Susanna on the Spanish Costa Brava. The lagoon-style outdoor pool has sunbathing terraces, a separate area for children, and is flanked by sub-tropical gardens, while spa facilities include a range of massage treatments (surcharge), as well as a hot tub, solarium and a heated indoor pool.  There is a children's room with games including table tennis and billiards, and an activity programme for kids and adults runs from June to September. There is a gym on site, and free Yoga, Tai-Chi and Shiatsu courses, and dance and aqua aerobics classes at the resort during July and August. The hotel's two bars provide relaxing locations where guests can enjoy snacks and cocktails, and the restaurant offers buffet local and international dishes, including vegetarian and children's options, in an informal setting. 
Hotel Tahiti Playa, Malgrat de Mar
This hotel is located in Santa Susanna. Dining options at Hotel Tahiti Playa include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a children's club. The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Additional property amenities include a poolside bar and laundry facilities. This is a smoke-free property. Guestrooms have balconies. Bathrooms feature bidets. Guestrooms offer phones and in-room safes. Televisions have satellite channels. Rooms also include air conditioning. Guests may request hair dryers. Cribs (infant beds) are available on request. Guestrooms are all non-smoking. 
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Aqua Hotel Promenade, Pineda de Mar
The Hotel Promenade is a modern, seven-storey property situated on the beach in the small resort of Pineda de Mar, 50 kilometres from Medes Island and 54 kilometres from Barcelona city centre. The Promenade restaurant offers an extensive buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, served in light, modern surroundings. Guests can work up a sweat at the gym or take it easy in the sauna, hot tub and swimming pool.  Children can join in the fun at the kids' club and play in their own pool. Drinks are served at the Terrace Bar, and the hotel offers a full entertainment programme, with live shows and dancing several times a week. Guests can lounge on the beach opposite the hotel, enjoy traditional Spanish shows at the medieval castle, ten kilometres away, or visit Montserrat, 50 kilometres from the hotel.
Hotel Merce, Pineda de Mar
The Hotel Merce is a modern family-run hotel situated 400 metres from the beach in the quiet village of Peneda de Mar, 50 kilometres from Barcelona. Guests can bask on the terraces, enjoy a refreshing swim or play a game of tennis. Restaurant Merce offers a buffet of regional and international food in a light modern dining room. Alternatively, the pool-side bar serves grilled snacks, salads and pizzas. The hotel offers evening entertainment three nights per week during the summer months, including flamenco shows and live jazz music. Sightseeing excursions are organised by the hotel. Alternatively, guests can enjoy the beach and promenade 400 metres away, visit the Natural Park of Montnegre two kilometres away, or enjoy a fun day out at Marineland six kilometres away.
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Hotel Cap Roig, Platja D'Aro
Hotel Cap Roig is located on the Costa Brava in Girona, Spain, within 30 kilometres of the city centre. Golf Course Mas Nou is four kilometres away. The nearest train station is in Girona city centre.  Hotel Cap Roig is surrounded by trees and set on a private beach facing the sea. There are a total of six swimming pools, including an outdoor swimming pool that opens during the summer months with an open terrace overlooking the sea, and an indoor swimming pool that is open year around.  Complimentary continental breakfast is served daily in the hotel's main restaurant. The restaurant serves buffet-style dishes for lunch and dinner. There are two bars, including a poolside bar that serves cocktails and snacks. There is a games room with ping-pong, chess, two pool tables and a bridge lounge. The hotel features a tennis club with five courts, some which offer artificial light for night-time playing. Mountain bicycles and kayaks can be rented from the hotel. 
Hotel Columbus, Platja D'Aro
This modern six floor property lies amid 2,700 square metres of gardens, directly opposite a sandy beach in a residential quarter of resort town Platja D'Aro. Watersports can be found along the shoreline of the beach across the road from the hotel, while further afield guests have golf facilities (at a distance of two kilometres), a medieval castle (three kilometres) and the bars, shops and restaurants of the nearby fishing village (5 kilometres). Guests can spend their days relaxing around the swimming and their nights taking in sea views and Catalan cuisine in the modern restaurant, followed by a cocktail in the lobby bar. More formal occasions take place in the banquet room, where up to 300 guests can enjoy unobstructed coastal panoramas. Those arriving by car find secure and complimentary parking for the duration of their stay. Cable television and minibars feature in guestrooms furnished with simple white décor, all of which extend to balconies or terraces.
Hotel Pinar del Mar, Platja D'Aro
Modern, cosmopolitan Platja d'Aro sits alongside elegant S'Agaro, where a recognised circular route skirts the peaceful streets of the old town. This place is the perfect destination for you to enjoy your holiday. The Platjapark is a hotel for you to rest and enjoy in Platja d'Aro, in the heart of Costa Brava, the biggest commercial and leisure area of Girona.  The hotel boasts 200 spacious and comfortable rooms that are facilitated with a host of modern amenities to ensure you a pleasant and memorable stay.  The onsite buffet restaurant serves a wide range of different menus for you to dine. You can also sip your favourite drink at the bar, which is an ideal place to relax after a tiring day.
Silken Park Hotel San Jorge, Platja D'Aro
The modern Silken Park Hotel San Jorge is set in gardens situated on a cliff top overlooking two sandy beaches on the Costa Brava, 30 kilometres from Girona's city centre. There is plenty to do nearby, with beaches and picturesque walking trails within 300 metres. Barcelona is 120 kilometres away. Girona Airport is approximately 20 kilometres and a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Marbistro Restaurant serves Mediterranean style dishes, and the hotel bar is open 24 hours.  A complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning.  Guests can hire bicycles at Pinar del Mar for exploring the beach or the surrounding area.  The 119 air-conditioned guestrooms have modern decor in cream with dark wooden furniture. All rooms have balconies with sea views, cable television, desks, minibars, direct-dial phones, and Internet connections. 
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Hotel Montecarlo, Roses
The beachfront Hotel Montecarlo is located in Roses, Spain. The resort centre is 2.5 kilometres away, Figueres is 17 kilometres away, and Girona is at a 53 kilometre distance.  Set on the beach with direct access to the promenade, the Hotel Montecarlo occupies a modern Mediterranean-style property spread over six storeys.  The hotel extends to an outdoor pool, covered in winter, and provides a wireless Internet zone and Internet room with computer. The Hotel Montecarlo houses an informal, modern restaurant serving a range of local and international dishes from an extensive buffet. There is a ground-floor bar with terrace area, which hosts nightly live music and houses a pool table.  The hotel offers beach volleyball and runs a horse- riding centre, six kilometres away. There is a seasonal animation team, and complimentary bicycles are provided. 
Hotel Prestige Coral Platja, Roses
The Hotel Prestige Coral Platja is a superior three star establishment located on the Santa Margarita Beach, only 300 meters from the city center of Roses. Roses, set on Spain's beautiful Costa Brava, is a delightful mix of modern-day resort and timeless fishing village.  The most impressive of the four hotels in the Prestige group, The Hotel Prestiqe Coral Platja has been carefully restored with attention to maintaining its colonial style. Like Prestige's other three hotels, this is a resort-style property with an active focus, offering on-site games, sport, and entertainment for all ages. Common conveniences include a TV and reading room, meeting facilities (available by prior reservation), and private parking. Guests can relax by the Coral Platja's sparkling pool or in its comfy garden hammocks, or enjoy a coffee on the terrace or in the hotel's spacious solarium. An on-site restaurant offers buffet-style dining with a wide selection of regional and international fare. 
Hotel Prestige Goya Park, Roses
Modern hotel situated 200 meters from Santa Margarita beach and 1.5 kilometers from Roses and the Costa Brava.  Guests can unwind in the sunshine with the swimming pool, mini golf and games area.  Guests can relax indoors in the TV room, or make the most of the summer activity and entertainment programs and nightly live music. Guests of the Hotel Prestige Goya Park enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning.  Hotel Prestige Goya Park Restaurant - Guests can enjoy a variety of regional and international cuisine as well as themed menus in this buffet restaurant. Open daily. This hotel features 246 guestrooms, all of which include satellite television and direct-dial telephones. Rooms are bright and simply decorated and all have balconies or terraces.
Hotel Prestige Sant Marc, Roses
The Hotel Prestige Sant Marc is a superior three star establishment located only a few meters from the Santa Margarita Beach and within two kilometers of the city center of Roses.  The Hotel Prestige Sant Marc is a resort-style property with an active focus, offering on-site games, sport, and entertainment for all ages. Common conveniences include a TV and reading room, meeting room and banquet facilities (available by prior reservation), and a children's play area.  Guests can relax by the Sant Marc's sparkling pool, or enjoy a coffee on the terrace or in the hotel's spacious solarium. An on-site restaurant offers buffet-style dining with a wide selection of regional and international fare, and the Sant Marc's lively Discotheque Pub (open according to demand) beckons guests to boogie the night away.
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