Girona is a privileged territory for having the Costa Brava so close: a stretch of coast that runs over 200 km, from France to almost Barcelona, full of beaches, natural parks and villages that still retain their traditions and roots. It is a territory full of history: fishermen, pirates, farmers, smugglers and tourists have passed through the territory and have left their mark. If you go on vacation or visit the south Costa Brava you can not miss the following places:
Camí de Ronda:
It is a historic coastal path that passes by along the entire coast, crossing villages and natural places of great value and beauty. Its name is due to the fact that during the nineteenth century, smuggling was a very common activity in the Costa Brava: proximity to the sea and a border with France made it possible. Currently, it is walked and visited by many visitors and locals to enjoy the scenery and the coves there.
The prettiest ones are:
- Palamós - Calella de Palafrugell: Castell beach, Cala Canyers and Cap Roig are the highlights.
- Sant Antoni de Calonge - Platja d'Aro: you must see Cala del Paller, Cala sa Cova and Cala del Pi.
- Tossa de Mar - Cala Bona: beautiful and wild stretch of path that passes through the forest and very close to the sea.
Tossa de Mar:
Tossa de Mar is the only walled town on the Costa Brava. It is 45 minutes from Girona by car and it can be visited in one day. You can visit the colonial-style indians buildings, and the Vila Vella, the old part of the village. You can go up and walk along the wall, and at the top there is the village lighthouse, with a nice bar. Behind the village, we will find the secret and hidden beach of Es Codolar.
Calella de Palafrugell:
Together with Cadaqués, Calella de Palafrugell is one of the most charming villages in the Costa Brava. Former fishing village, it is part of the municipality of Palafrugell and began to be populated in the eighteenth century by fishermen of the village. The village is very close to the towns of Llafranc and Tamariu, and can be reached through the Camí de Ronda. You can visit the Sant Sebastià Lighthouse, a 5-minute drive from the village. You can not miss Playa del Golfet, a 15-minute walk from the town center. If you are interested in visiting the region, look here!
Botanical Garden of Marimurtra:
Located in the municipality of Blanes, it is one of the most beautiful and important botanical gardens in Catalonia. This is a charming place, located in a privileged area in the middle of the Costa Brava, where some important events took place, such as celebrity weddings and concerts. It is very close to the beach of San Francesc and the beach of Sa Boadella.
Medes Islands natural park:
Do not miss one of the best preserved places in the Costa Brava. The Medes islands are an archipelago of 7 islands that are part of a protected marine reserve. The best way to discover them is with one of the boat trips companies, doing scuba diving or going kayaking!
Girona is spectacularly endless. Come discover it, and you will not want to leave!