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The best beaches on the Costa Brava

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The Costa Brava is full of long golden sandy beaches, and wild coves are hidden from the eyes of passers-by. From north to south of the coast, there is not an area devoid of dream beaches where you can indulge in the pleasure of lounging or diving.

The most beautiful beaches in the north of the Costa Brava

Due to their proximity to the French border, the most beautiful beaches north of the Costa Brava attract many European tourists as soon as the warm weather arrives.

From Portbou to El Port de la Selva

Platja del Pi in Port Bou: a pebble cove out of sight

Only 500 m from the main beach of Portbou, naturists and diving enthusiasts have found their haven of peace. This 45 m long calanque has the particularity of being covered with pebbles and not with sand like most beaches in the region. Armed with a mask and a snorkel, you can explore its pirate cave to see if any treasure has been left behind.

Platja del Borró in Llançà: a wild beach with shallow waters

Located near Cap Ras, between Llança and Colera, del Borró beach has remained in the wild. Its location in a natural area far from any construction has made it a prime destination for naturists and diving and snorkelling enthusiasts.

Cala Taballera beach in El Port de la Selva: a cove accessible by sea

It's hard to get to Cala Taballera overland unless you're prepared to walk for two hours. The most accessible access to this cove located in the Creus Natural Park is naturally from the sea; it is usual to see boats from neighbouring seaside resorts anchoring there. Due to its delicate approach, Cala Taballera is one of the uncrowded beaches.

Platja d´El Port de la Selva: ideal for families

Easy to access, the central beach of the old fishing port, which has become a popular seaside resort, is one of the few sandy beaches north of Cap de Creus. Families flock there because it has all kinds of amenities. You can also practice various water sports here, making it easy to organize a boat trip in Cap de Creus or an initiation to jet-skiing.

The natural beauty

of the Costa Brava

From Rosas to l'Estartit

Platja de Almadrava and Cala Montjoi in Rosas: beaches for all tastes

Near Rosas, two beaches will delight holidaymakers. On the one hand, Cala de l'Almadrava attracts families with its long strip of fine sand, calm waters, a configuration that protects it from the Tramontana and its accessible surroundings. On the other hand, Cala Montjoi has something to amaze visitors looking for more authenticity with its half-moon cove, 250 m long and composed of thick sand. Its calm and crystalline waters and the richness of the seabed make it again a destination of choice for diving enthusiasts.

Platja Empuriabrava: sand as far as the eye can see

The seaside resort has no shortage of places to perfect your tan with more than 7 km of fine sandy beaches. The main beach of Empuriabrava is considered one of the most extensive beaches on the Costa Brava at 1,500 meters long and 90 m wide. The Blue Flag meets all the conditions of water quality, safety, and comfort sought by families. Many bars and restaurants line the beach and offer 24-hour service.

El Pedrigolet beach in L'Escala: a very intimate beach

This small cove with its pebble beach and rocks is only accessible on foot and is so well hidden that few visitors venture there. It is a natural cocoon located between Rec del Molí and Portixol that will delight lovers of peace. Do not hesitate to go there with your mask and snorkel because the cove is protected from the wind, making it a privileged playground for diving enthusiasts.

Platja Platera in L'Estartit: a “dog friendly” beach

Another beach not well known to the public: Platera à l'Estartit is a little gem located in the heart of the Ter Vell nature reserve, overlooking the Medes Islands. Over 1,800 meters long, this sandy beach is one of the only two beaches on the Costa Brava to allow dogs, so you will inevitably come across a few owners with their faithful companions.

Scenic coastal view featuring a sandy cove, clear blue water, and rugged trees with a traditional mediterranean-style villa nestled among green foliage in the background.

The Costa Brava
offers plenty of
intimate beaches

The best beaches in the south of the Costa Brava

The southern Costa Brava has the most coves and wild beaches along rugged coasts for great outdoors lovers. But families can rest assured, the seaside resorts have no shortage of more urban beaches with all the necessary comforts for children.

From Begur to Platja d'Aro

Sa Tuna and Aiguablava beaches in Begur: all the charm of the Costa Brava

Picturesque cove of the Costa Brava located just an hour from Barcelona, ​​Sa Tuna is only 80 meters long and 25 meters wide. A modest size that gives it all its charm but which also requires an early summer approach if you want to put your towel on it. You will appreciate its calm and crystalline waters as much as its immediate environment made up of pretty fishermen's houses.

Another must-see beach located south of Begur, Aiguablava, is aptly named. It is an invitation to idleness and relaxation, a great cove of white sand with turquoise water surrounded by cliffs and pines. Nautical activities such as snorkelling, kayaking or a boat trip can also be on the program of your day in Aiguablava.

Tamariu, Port bo and Cala San Roque beaches in Palafrugell: spoiled for choice

Connected to the coves of Aiguablava and Sa Tuna de Begur by the Camí de Ronda coastal path, Tamariu has something to appeal to all tourist profiles with its superb sandy beach surrounded by pines and tamarisks to which it owes its name. You will easily find something to eat in one of the many establishments along the coast and to spend your energy with the presence of diving clubs, kayaks for rent and other water activities available to young and old.

Many coves help make Calella de Palafrugell a charming seaside destination. The Platja del Port bo, with its beached boats, rocky reefs, and the fishing village's typical arcades. Music lovers can attend Calella's habaneras recital every summer, held on the beach, decked out for the occasion.

Equally charming, the cove Sant Roc or the Conyers is worth deserving. Only 40 meters long and overlooked by the Sant Roc district with its panoramic view over the bay of Calella, it is accessed by stairs. A little cocoon in the city that will delight divers because of its rocky seabed as well as happy vacationers who have managed to find a place to put their beach towel.

Cala S’Alguer in Palamós: a change of scenery guaranteed

A tremendous little cove, Cala S'Alguer, lined with pines and 16th-century fishermen's houses, white buildings with coloured doors and windows. This white pebble beach will give you the impression of travelling through time. As surprising as it may seem, given the uniqueness and charm of this beach, it remains relatively uncrowded even in summer. All the more reason to make it one of your must-haves.

Cap Roig in Calonge: the beach with two atmospheres

A rocky cove with reddish tones, Cap Roig beach, is separated by the islet of the same name. You will enjoy capturing two spaces and two atmospheres since the place readily turns into a prime photo spot at sunrise and sunset. The rest of the time, you can go out, mask and snorkel to explore a particularly rich seabed.

Cala Rovira and Cala del Pi in Platja d'Aro: a stone's throw from the historic site

Due to its steep entry into the water, Cala Rovira is not necessarily the most suitable beach for young children, although it has all the facilities popular with families. Some could also be cooled by its coarse-grained sand, making it less pleasant than other coves in the area, and yet this beach does not lack charm or assets, starting with its privileged location just 150 m from the ancient site from the Roman Empire villa of Pla de Palol.

Cala del Pi is another little gem of the Costa Brava with its fine golden sand, rocky landscape, and famous pine trees. You can complement your tanning session with a swim to the small rocky island located not far away. In addition, the lack of parking near this cove contributes to making it relatively private and uncrowded even in summer. The only way to get there: take the Cami de Ronda and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean.

Sea views
From Villa Verde
in Begur

​​From Tossa de Mar to Blanes

Platja d'es Codolar, Cala Giverola and Cala Bona in Tossa de Mar: postcard landscapes

A former fishing port, Es Codolar, is today a great cove of sand and gravel dominated by the wall of Tossa de Mar. A picture-postcard landscape that we never get tired of.

Small cove 5 km north of Tossa de Mar, Cala Giverola benefits from many services provided by the tourist complex located at its entrance. Due to the presence of unavoidable paid parking, if you arrive by road, this cove is a little less frequented in summer than other beaches in Tossa de Mar. Even though its fine sand beach, pine trees, and turquoise water make it one of the most beautiful coves on the Costa Brava and a perfect diving spot with its rich and varied underwater life.

Benefiting from the protection of the rocky reefs against the wind, Cala Bona is a pretty little cove where you can rest or enjoy the seabed, equipped with fins and a snorkel. The cove can easily be reached on foot from the historic centre of Tossa de Mar through the forest, which makes it all the more attractive.

Platja de Fenals, Sa Caleta and Sant Cristina in Lloret de Mar: beaches for all tastes

Those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city will find what they are looking for on Fenals Beach. This great cove offers a calmer and more relaxed atmosphere than Lloret beach located in the centre. It attracts more families and couples than young people wanting to party with their feet in the water while remaining an urban beach with all the services available as well as restaurants and bars nearby.

Another famous beach in Lloret de Mar, Santa Cristina, has the Blue Flag, popular with families. The turquoise colour of the water rivals the golden hues of the sand. Just above the beach, a vast expanse of lawn with sports equipment allows some to keep fit without disturbing others and while enjoying a superb view of the sea.

A former fisherman's cove located very close to the castle of en Platja, the Sa Caleta stretches over more than 100 m of beach bordered by clay cliffs with ocher hues. This wild-looking rocky cove is particularly suitable for young children because of its shallow and calm waters.

Cala Treumal and Cala Sant Francesc in Blanes: to finish in style

A small paradise 200 meters long is hidden between Lloret de Mar and Blanes. This place is so perfect that you would like to keep it to yourself. Because everything is there in Cala Treumal:

  • Safety and cleanliness are certified by the Blue Flag label.

  • The large cliffs and lush vegetation confer authenticity.

  • A unique charm due to the Pinya Rosa botanical garden, which overlooks the beach, and finally the services and equipment to spend a relaxing and fun day at the sea.

The last beach of our selection and certainly one of the most beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava: Cala Sant Francesc, also called Cala Bona, will delight your heart with its half-wild half-urban side, bringing you all appreciable amenities in a framework prompt to change of scenery. Located 2 km south of Blanes, this Blue Flag beach is easily accessible from the Marimurtra Botanical Garden or by road.



Make the most of your stay in Costa Brava and all the possibilities offered by the Catalan seaside by choosing a superb villa near the most beautiful beaches.


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