Costa Brava Travel Guide

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Costa Brava Travel Guide
Costa Brava is situated in the northeast of Catalonia in Spain, close to the French border. Traditional Catalan influences run throughout the region, making holidaying here an enticing mix of rich culture, beaches and pretty villages. Costa Brava in many people’s eyes is probably the prettiest Costa in Spain and it is easy to see why, with most of the region made up of rugged cliffs and secluded coves, traditional fishing villages and picturesque seaside towns. 
Most who visit simply spend days enjoying the great climate, eating homemade tapas and sipping on the local wine. 
Let us take you on a quick tour of the region and some of the key insights you’ll need to enjoy a cheap Spain holiday that will exceed all expectations. 
 

Key Information 

Language
Spanish, with English widely spoken in tourist resorts and towns. 
 
Passport and visas
British citizens do not require a visa to enter Spain but must have a valid passport.
 
Time difference
Costa Brava, Spain is 1 hour ahead of the United Kingdom so there is no risk of jetlag affecting your holiday. 
 
Flight time
Between 1 hour 45 mins and 2 hours 30 mins from the UK depending on where you depart from. 
 
Currency
Euros, which can be changed up before or after you arrive. 
 
Best time to travel
The best time to take a summer holiday here is between April and October, with the spring months less crowded than during peak summer, but the sun shines brightest between June and August if you want to guarantee yourself a tan. 
 

Our Top 3 Costa Brava Resorts 

Calella
Holidays at this resort are all about the pristine golden sands, with over 1 mile of sublime coastline to enjoy. One of the great things about this fishing village now turned seaside hotspot is that it remains relatively uncrowded even in the height of the summer season. The centre of the resort is the ideal place to sit out for a spot of lunch, with a great choice of cafes, seafood and tapas restaurants. In the evenings, the resort has a family-friendly nightlife with plenty of family-run restaurants, pubs and entertainment for all to enjoy.
 
Lloret de Mar
 
 
Great times are what Lloret de Mar is all about, from relaxing on the pristine beaches to dining in the early evening and dancing the night away. Medieval meets Gothic architecture in this glowing seafront resort, so you’ll easily get a feel for its more cultural side too. The nightlife here is second to none, with an abundance of bars and clubs to go to a different one every night during your stay. The two beaches stretch two and a half kilometres down the coastline and have been awarded Blue Flag status, which makes it a popular area for snorkelers and scuba divers.
 
Malgrat de Mar
Malgrat de Mar boasts an excellent Blue Flag beach which rivals the very best in Spain and beyond. The resort is high on the list for great family holidays in Spain, with Water World and the fun-filled PortAventura Park nearby. You will also find loads to explore in town, where you can soak up the atmosphere at the local market before heading to El Castell for spectacular views out to sea.
 
Have you ever been on a summer holiday to Costa Brava? Let us know your favourite resorts or hotels in the comments below. 
 
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