Paradise on the Costa Brava

Further north from Barcelona toward the border with France is the Costa Brava ("fierce coast"): a whole series of secluded beaches wrapped by rocky cliffs and towering pines, very different from those along the Maresme or south of the city.

Our favorite Costa Brava beach is Aiguablava, near Begur, which conveniently boasts the wonderful Parador de Aiguablava, set high atop the cliffs of Punta d'es Muts with unforgettable views of crystalline waters and a pristine natural environment. Any time of year is good for exploring the coast: summer has its advantages, but winter offers super deals on quality lodgings and can dish up some surprising warm temperatures.

From Bailèn 41, the trip to Aiguablava takes about 90 minutes in car.

Travel by car is indeed the best way to explore the Costa Brava. Two options:

  • Car rental: We recommend Europcar Barcelona, conveniently located right around the corner from Bailèn 41. (A 3-day rental in January 2016 totaled a very economical €54 plus gas.)
  • Guided tour: Day Trips Barcelona offers a 9-hour tour for €109, including pick-up and drop-off.

All photos Aiguablava & Parador de Aiguablava, January 2016.