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Costa Brava Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, July 2014

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Along with the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol, the Costa Brava (or ‘Rugged Coast’) is one of Spain’s three most popular holiday coasts. And it’s no wonder, really: with its endless sandy beaches, quaint villages and dramatic cliffs, this long stretch of Catalan coastline is, quite simply, spectacular.

Like a destination from your wildest Mediterranean dreams, the Costa Brava ticks all the boxes: glorious beaches, incredible diving spots, ocean-fresh seafood and a proud artistic heritage. Look past the overdeveloped resorts, and get to know the real Costa Brava.

Day 1: Underwater Delights and Monastic Heights

Arriving at the Costa Brava, divers will think they’re in paradise. The best-known of the coast’s many dive spots is one-time pirates’ lair, the Illes Medes. Located off L'Estartit, this group of protected islets boasts some wonderfully diverse marine life. For the spiritually-inclined, Montserrat is unmissable. Perched majestically on a holy mountain, this Benedictine monastery is famous for its black Madonna (La Moreneta) and the exquisite wine made by its monks.

Day 2: The Surreal Feel

This is Dali country, and you can get your surreal fix in several places. To the north lies Cadaqués, a picturesque seaside resort where Dalí and his friends would come to unwind. Púbol is home to the incredible House-Museum Gala Dalí Castle, a medieval castle converted by the artist into a flamboyantly romantic shrine to his wife; while the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres – the self-declared ‘largest surrealistic object in the world’ – has to be experienced to be believed. Not too far away, Barcelona dazzles with the extraordinary legacy of another Catalan genius: modernista architect Antoni Gaudi.

Day 3: All the Fun of the Fair

Feeling frivolous? Why not unleash your inner child at medieval feast in a castle at Lloret de Mar, where jousting, dueling and sword-fighting performers entertain you as you eat. Sure makes restaurant-dining seem a little tame!

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PortAventura Theme Park Ticket with Transport from Costa Brava

Enjoy a day of fun and excitement on this trip to the PortAventura theme park from Costa Brava! Experience thrilling roller coasters and high-speed rides with ...  Read more

Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.75

Valltordera Castle Medieval Tournament and Flamenco Show with Optional Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Journey through time to the days of Spanish knights when you arrive in the medieval castle of Valltordera near Costa Brava. During this exciting evening that ...  Read more

Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.63

Barcelona Independent Day Trip from Costa Brava

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover top Barcelona attractions on this independent day trip from Costa Brava! Enjoy the flexibility to create your own sightseeing itinerary with the help ...  Read more

Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.65

Barcelona Gaudí Sightseeing Tour from Costa Brava

Explore the architectural wonders of one of the world’s most famous architects, Antoni Gaudí, on this full-day sightseeing tour in Barcelona. With your ...  Read more

Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.20

Medieval Villages Day Trip from Costa Brava: Rupit and Besalú

Leave the Costa Brava and visit two stunning medieval villages in Catalonia on a day trip! First stop is Rupit, a hill-top village that’s retained its medieval ...  Read more

Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.56

Flamenco and Opera Show with Dinner in La Siesta from Costa Brava

Experience the passion of Spain's traditional dance at your flamenco and opera show with dinner from Costa Brava in Mas de Dalt, where some of the greatest ...  Read more

Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.31

Flamenco Show with Optional Dinner and Transport from Costa Brava

Feel the heat of Spain's traditional dance at an authentic flamenco show! See some of the greatest names in flamenco on stage during a performance that’ll ...  Read more

Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.31

Marineland Dolphins Show and Water Park Admission Ticket with Transport from Costa Brava

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Pack your sunscreen, towel and swimsuit and leave Costa Brava behind for a fun day at Marineland water park! At this family-friendly theme park, interact with ...  Read more

Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.18

Montserrat Day Trip from Costa Brava Including Train Ride and Montserrat Monastery

Explore majestic Montserrat and the Montserrat Monastery on this day trip from Costa Brava. Take a cog-wheel train ride up Montserrat, a unique multi-peaked ...  Read more

Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.72

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