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How to Spend 3 Days in Costa Brava

How to Spend 3 Days in Costa Brava

Thanks to its sandy beaches, quaint villages, and dramatic cliffs, the Costa Brava—or Rugged Coast—is one of Spain’s most popular holiday spots. Here are some ideas for how to spend three days on this scenic stretch of Spanish coast.

Day 1: Coastal Drive

One of the best ways to experience the Costa Brava is to drive along the shore—but you don’t need your own car to do it. Private tours come with your own dedicated driver and allow you to explore the region at your own pace, without having to focus on navigation. Itineraries are typically customizable and let you choose between exploring the ruins of Empuries, lazing on the beach in Calella de Palafrugell, climbing a medieval tower in Tossa de Mar, or sampling Catalan seafood in Palamós. 

Those who’d rather explore independently can get to the coastal towns of Llafranc, Begur, and Blanesby by regional train. End your day in lively Lloret de Mar for an evening of bar hopping.

Day 2: Dalí’s Costa Brava

Costa Brava is Dali country, which makes it a mecca for fans of surrealist art: to the north lies Cadaqués, a seaside resort where Dalí and his friends would come to unwind. Púbol is home to the incredible Gala Dalí Castle, a medieval castle that the artist converted into a flamboyantly romantic shrine to his wife; and the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres—the self-declared ‘largest surrealistic object in the world’—has to be experienced to be believed. Many tours of the so-called Dali Triangle cover 2-3 sites.

 End your day Catalan-style, with a late night dinner of local cuisine. Depending on where you’re staying, take a food tour to find the best bites.

Day 3: Inland Villages

The seashore isn’t all the Costa Brava has going for it. Use your third day to see a different side of Catalonia on one of the following day trips. 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. Girona features one of the best preserved medieval districts in Spain, which is dotted with museums, Gothic churches, and top-notch cuisine. 

No matter where you choose to spend your final day, plan for a quiet dinner near your hotel tonight in preparation for your departure.

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Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona with Traditional Lunch

Costa Brava Small Group Tour from Barcelona with Traditional Lunch

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Venture east from Barcelona to Spain’s Costa Brava, and spend the day discovering one of Europe’s prettiest shorelines. Journey along the coast to this famous seaside stretch, known for its rugged cliffs and pine groves, and stop near the lively resort of Blanes. Sunbathe or swim in a tucked-away sandy cove, or choose to stroll through the cliff-edge Marimurtra Botanical Gardens. After a tasty 3-course lunch at a traditional restaurant, enjoy free time to explore, shop, or relax in the charming town of Tossa de Mar.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Barcelona Independent Day Trip from Costa Brava

Barcelona Independent Day Trip from Costa Brava

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Absorb the vibrant atmosphere of the Catalonian capital at your own pace on an independent day-trip to Barcelona from Costa Brava, including private round-trip transport. After your driver delivers you to Barcelona in a private vehicle, you’ll customize your itinerary according to your interests. Opt to explore iconic Boulevard, Las Ramblas; gasp at La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell — modernist masterpieces designed by Antoni Gaudi; and absorb breathtaking views from Montjuic Hill. Choose afternoon departure to witness the magic of the Montjuic Magic Fountain light show free of charge.  
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  • 8 hours
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PortAventura Theme Park Ticket with Transport from Costa Brava

PortAventura Theme Park Ticket with Transport from Costa Brava

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Forget about the hassles of travel and spend more time having fun on this day trip to PortAventura theme park in Salou. With pickup and drop-off from your Costa Brava hotel, you only need to decide which attractions to experience in the park's six areas. You can pick brave the thrilling roller coasters or more relaxed family-friendly rides; embark upon a 4D underwater journey during ‘Sea Odyssey,’ or witness a Wild West-style shootout.
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  • 12 hours
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Valltordera Castle Medieval Tournament and Flamenco Show with Optional Dinner

Valltordera Castle Medieval Tournament and Flamenco Show with Optional Dinner

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Step back in time to an era of gallant knights, epic battles and majestic castles during this medieval tournament and flamenco show at Valltordera Castle. Celebrate two of Spain’s most traditional forms of entertainment as you dance along to an elegant flamenco performance and witness a jousting tournament, complete with suits of armor and sword battles. Round-trip transport from Costa Brava, plus one drink are also covered. If you’re feeling hungry, an upgrade for a medieval-style banquet is also available.
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  • 5 hours
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Montserrat Day Trip from Costa Brava Including Train Ride and Montserrat Monastery

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

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Be amazed by the sacred splendor of Montserrat and Montserrat monastery on a full-day trip from Costa Brava. On a cogwheel train, you’ll ascend the multi-peaked Montserrat mountain and take in views of Catalonia. Tour the Benedictine monastery and see the renowned Our Lady of Montserrat, a 12th-century carving that attracts pilgrims from all over the world, and then browse masterpieces by Picasso, Dali, and Monet in the Museum of Montserrat.
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  • 8 hours
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Barcelona Gaudí Sightseeing Tour from Costa Brava

Barcelona Gaudí Sightseeing Tour from Costa Brava

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Get acquainted with the architectural wonders of Antoni Gaudí, the godfather of Catalan Modernism, on this guided day trip to Barcelona from the Costa Brava. Tour the capital's top Gaudí sights, including the UNESCO-listed Park Güell, Plaça de Catalunya and La Sagrada Familia, the jewel in Barcelona’s architectural crown. If you’ve opted for the afternoon departure, you’ll cap your full-day tour with a viewing of the Montjuic Magic Fountain light show.
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  • 8 hours
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Marineland Dolphins Show and Water Park Admission Ticket with Transport from Costa Brava

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

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Secure your ticket to Marineland, and enjoy hassle-free transportation from Costa Brava with this family-friendly package. Spend your day at the park watching dolphins, seals, and penguins interact. Get an adrenaline rush on the waterslides, feel the thrill on some rides, visit the aquarium, or watch some of the live shows.
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  • 8 hours
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