Top 6 Hidden Gems of Costa Brava
by Sarah Hymers | Updated 09 March 2020 | Posted in Spain, Destinations
Spain is one of the most visited holiday destinations in the world, with golden beaches, warm climate and turquoise waters. So for those of you who think you've 'done' Spain, we've put together some hidden gems that you might not know about in Costa Brava.
In the northern region of Spain, situated on a rocky hill, lies the medieval town of Pals. Venture down the long, winding cobble streets, taste the traditional food of Catalonia or explore the captivating craft shops hidden around the town. Located near the town of Begur, Pals is easily accessible and has a huge variety of restaurants with spectacular views of the Mediterranean.
If you’re looking for a more authentic side to Spain, Palafrugell features a traditional market filled with a range of classic Catalan cuisine. With a variety of fresh, high quality food, this market is a great way to enjoy a simpler side to Costa Brava. But traditional Catalan dishes are not all that Palafrugell has to offer, they also provide a selection of famous dishes from the surround regions as well as popular dishes from southern France.
Probably one of the best kept secrets of Costa Brava, the hilltop town of Begur is one of the quirkiest hidden gems of Spain. Although the journey up is a steep, winding road, the views of the sparkling azure waters surrounding the town are sensational. Filled with restaurants, cafes and shops, Begur also features a 10th century castle which is spectacular to explore. Or if you’re wanting to cool off from the Spanish heat, take a dip in one of the many magical coves located around the hill, ideal for spotting some of the diverse marine life in the Mediterranean. If you're wanting to spend your days enjoying the Spanish heat in your own space, Clickstay offers luxury villas with a private pool and breathtaking views.
With a blend of coastal Costa Brava and a new metropolitan side of Spain, Palamos has something for everyone. Take a stroll through the old town centre, with a variety of art and clothing shops or be wine and dined in one of the many restaurants overlooking the harbour. And if you’re looking for fun, Palamos has an amusement park located right on the seafront, perfect for families with young children.
Dive into the dazzling reefs of Llafranc, to discover a stunning spot, ideal for snorkelling. Filled with water activities and outdoor hikes, Llafranc is a great adventure destination. If you’re looking for a peaceful spot to relax on the golden beaches, just hike along the rocks on the shore to find hidden beaches that are practically deserted. With a selection of cafes and restaurants, Llafranc caters for all. Accommodation in Llafranc is ideal for families, couples and friends, with a variety of sizes in villas and rental apartments.
In the southern part of Costa Brava lies Lloret de Mar, a popular budget holiday with a colourful nightlife. This beach destination is perfect for any party-goers who are looking for an affordable and vibrant holiday. With a huge selection of water sports, restaurants and nightclubs, Lloret de Mar has it all with scenic views and a Mediterranean climate. The beaches and seas of Lloret de Mar are well looked after and with it being only an hour away from Barcelona, it's an ideal getaway. And if you're desperate to visit Lloret but want to avoid the party atmosphere, why not rent a villa or apartment in the area. With stylish old villas complete with a private pool, you can enjoy Lloret de Mar in your own way.