The best places you’ve never heard of in the Costa Brava - Al Fresco Holidays


We know exactly what we’re getting on a holiday to the Spanish Costas, right?

Well…no, actually.

If we look just beyond the familiar combination of beach/bar/restaurant – all lovely, all fundamental to our Spanish holiday – there is plenty we won’t already know about just waiting to be discovered on the Costa Brava.

Here’s a few alternative suggestions – once you’ve exhausted the local hospitality of calamari and drink – to give your Costa Brava break a bit of a cultural twist this year.

The natural beauty of the Costa Brava coastline, its numerous intimate and hidden coves and natural landforms and, of course, it’s long and richly-textured history, offer much, much more than just fun on the sand.

But stray just beyond the famous Costa Brava hotspots and there are clear waters, incredibly authentic villages and towns and white sands the like of which you won’t see anywhere else in Spain.

Try this trio of delights for size:

• Salvador Dali’s House

Visit the beautiful village of Portlligat and see eccentric artist Salvador Dalí’s wonderfully unique house. Take a ride from Portlligat to Cap de Creus aboard the Gala, Dalí’s boat, named after his soul mate.

The present Portlligat House-museum was Salvador Dalí’s home from 1930, the place in which he lived and worked up till Gala’s death in 1982. Both the bay and the village have been represented in a number of Dalí’s paintings, such as The Madonna of Port Lligat. Nearby is the stunning coastal town of Cadaqués, famous for its picture-postcard narrow streets.

• Santa Pau

Santa Pau is a breath-taking location steeped in history and nestled neatly in the shadow of its own incredible medieval castle. The site has a gorgeous town square from which you’ll see dozen upon dozen of unique and beautiful arches all constructed in the town’s own inimitable architectural style.

The main square is home to the picturesque Santa Maria church, a 15th century Gothic building, complete with its own famous bell tower.

On the outskirts of the pretty town are a collection of stunning valleys, particularly around nearby Mare de Déu dels Arcs and Santa Margarida, with unrivalled views of the awe-inspiring volcanic cones of Roca Negra, Can Simó, Puigsubià and Puigmartinyà.

 A real sightseer’s day out, this one.

• Begur

The quaint tiny town of Begur is literally bursting with historical personality. It grew up around its own medieval castle and became renowned for its heady, bustling mix of visitors diving to view its coral and local fishing trade, supplying seafood delights to authentic Spanish fish restaurants across the region.

Begur is home to around 4,000 residents but during the summer, with some of the best beaches in the entire region, that population can rise to a staggering 40,000 people.

The town has, over the centuries, swallowed a number of nearby villages including Esclanyà, with its Roman town centre and is, rightly, acclaimed for being home to some of the most prestigious beaches of the Costa Brava.

Al Fresco Holidays offers a choice of four parcs on the Costa Brava – Castell Montgri in Estartit, Cala Gogo,  Internacional de Calonge in Platja d’Aro and El Delfin Verde in Torroella De Montgri Have a look at our late deals page for the latest offers.

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