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Costa Brava

Costa Brava

Costa Brava is places very close to Barcelona and it's the beast choice if you are looking for beatifucl beaches, cliffs, fun and entertainment and art

There are 160 kilometers (99 miles) of coast line that separate Blanes, located to the north of Barcelona, from Roses, situated near the border of France. These 160 km are known as “Costa Brava,” literally translated as “Wild Coast,” a coast that looks out towards the Mediterranean Sea with traditional and beautiful villages and hidden beaches surrounded by pine forests that almost touch the sea.

Costa Brava is found in Gerona province which is part of the autonomous community of Catalonia. The coast earned its name in 1907 from the “La Veu de Catalunya” newspaper in which a Catalonian reporter named Ferrán Agulló used the name “Costa Brava” to refer to its rugged and steep landscape with cliffs and coves that rise above the sea.

Only in the last century, around the 1930s, did tourists begin arriving to the beaches and mixing with the habitants of the villages. Later, with the development of the tourism industry in Spain in the 1950s and 1960s, it became a popular vacation destination. At the same time, the region was experiencing urban development which helped convert the region into what it is today; one of the most important touristic regions in Spain.

Additionally, the coastal area attracted many artists who felt inspired by their less populated countryside. These artists included Pablo Picasso, Rusiñol, and a special mention goes to the painter Salvador Dalí. Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala, who was his muse, established their residence in Cadaqués, a village in Costa Brava where today their house serves as the Salvador Dalí Museum.

More than 30% of the natural areas in Costa Brava are protected. Among the protected natural areas is the Natural Park Cabo de Creus (Cape of Crosses) which is likely the most important natural area in Catalonia. It is located in the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula and is constantly bombarded by strong winds known as “Tramontana”, which provoke strong waves that have shaped the steep coastal area's landscape for millennia. The area is low in vegetation but very rich in fauna.

Approximately 900 meters (¾ of a mile) off the shore of Torroella de Montgrí beach in Costa Brava are the Medes Islands. This small archipelago is made up of 7 islets, or very small rocky islands. The seabed in this area is rocky and full of caves which make it a perfect place for scuba divers to enjoy the richness of the Mediterranean Sea.

If there is one characteristic that links all of Costa Brava's beaches, it is the quality of its waters which have been awarded the blue flag, a recognition that is granted to those beaches with clean water free of contamination. Many of the beaches are only accessible by sea, via steep rocky areas, or by small paths from villages that go along the coast.

This is Costa Brava, the wild coast, a place that will surprise you with its sharp contrasts.