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The Costa Brava is the northernmost of Spain’s famous Costas, and is regarded by many as the cream of the crop. It is made up of craggy cliffs and sheltered coves which lead to a number of pretty fishing villages and attractive seaside resorts. Famed for its huge stretched of golden sand, this is a region that has been attracting UK holidaymakers from as far back as the 1950’s.

Award winning Beaches

Top of the list are the Tossa de Mar’s two beautiful, long beaches. In Lloret de Mar you will find five shingle and sand sweeps plus a bar lined waterfront perfect for relaxing in the evenings. Calella de la Costa boasts three kilometres of sand, that sit alongside a strip of pubs and clubs - great for younger groups who are looking for an action packed nightlife. The Costa Brava also caters well for families, with a number of well-appointed waterparks.

While much of the coast is tourist-centric, there are still plenty of traditional features. Most of the resorts are constructed from old towns of quaintly cobbled streets, welcoming plazas and bars and cafes selling delicious tapas. Inland, those seeking out the ‘real’ Spain should head to Girona, a picture postcard location where pastel-coloured houses sit prettily next to the Onyar River. To sample some city life, Barcelona is within easy reach and, with its wonderful Catalonian mix of trendy shops, wonderful Gothic quarter and of course the iconic architecture designed by the city’s most famous son - Gaudi, there is no shortage of things to do and admire.

One of the most attractive places to make a base in the region is the town of Pineda. This is a destination that is perfectly equipped for holidaymakers - with a plethora of bars, restaurant and shops to suit all tastes. It is not short of traditional charm either, with its whitewashed residences ancient churches and cool, tree lined streets. The town also boasts a gorgeous little harbour and a seemingly endless stretch of white sandy beach.

Another quintessentially Catalan town is Tossa de Mar. It is absolutely packed full of atmosphere, in large part due thanks to the Vila Vella - old town. This area is simply delightful, made up as it is of traditional architecture and winding cobbled streets, plus the essential ancient castle. The town is set in some of the most stunning countryside on the Costa Brava, with deep valleys giving way to looming mountains, and there are two magnificent beaches to choose between.

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