Beaches of the Costa Brava

Beaches of the Costa Brava

By Gwendoline DESMEDT

The Costa Brava is one the most famous places of the country and where we can still find beautiful coves where you get lost and enjoy its crystalline waters.

The Costa Brava has a peculiarity in its beaches. Despite of a rocky and wild sea, hence the name “Brava”, suddenly, the landscape softens and suggests great beaches with different textures of sands, without losing value to small coves hidden under the rocks of the coast.

The beaches of Costa Brava are a pleasure for everyone. Beaches lovers will find a paradise devoid of stress and pollution with all the services that could provide us a comfortable stay, as certified by the Blue Flag for many of the local beaches. The Cost offers more of 150 beaches on 200 kilometers of coastline.

Therefore, we give you the top 10 of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Brava:

  1. Illa Roja Beach

La plage D’Illa RojaIt is considered as one of the beach which is the most photographed of the Costa Brava, it is a unique place.

This is probably the one that offers the greatest range of colors. Bright red of the rocks, all ranges of ocher, and of course, the azure blue of the sky and the sea. This naturist beach is protected by a big red rock, which gives it its name. Illa Roja beach is frequented by locals and tourists who want to tan or like to swim naked. Naturists are here for an intimate small beach (120 meters long and 30 wide)

The beach of Illa Roja is located on a coastal path (Camina rondo) which starts from the Pals beach to the cove of Sa Riera. The path borrows the cliffs and allows for great views over the Medes Islands, the hill of Begur, the bay of Sa Riera and of course the rock of Illa Roja.

Illa Roja remains ones of the most beautiful coves of the region, and is a place where you can easily try Naturism.

  1. Beach of Castell

plage du castellNature and history combined. Castell beach is a few meters from the Iberian village of Castell and, of course, built in the space of natural interest of Castell-Cap Roig. Built in an area of natural interest of 100 ha.  At the mouth of the channel Aubi.

In a natural environment with a length of 300 meters and a wide of 50 meters. Of fine sand, surrounded by pine forest.  Pine trees are part of the landscape, regardless of where one puts his eyes.  Although limited by distance from the city center, this beach offers a number of services. Including a kayak school and walkways for the disables, among others. In addition to diving, a walk in this area is highly recommended. There is ample parking near, paying in summer.

The Castell beach, in Palamos, is the ideal place to go in summer: a beautiful cove to spend the day with family or friends… In winter, you can also follow the sea, still beautiful, and make a trip to Iberian village which is just next door. Watching the sun goes down at this place is a real pleasure.

  1. Calla Tavallera Beach

cala tavalleraLocated in the natural park of Cap de Creus, there is a cove at the end of a long sea that sinks in the land. This gives a special character that invites many boats from the port of Selva or Cadaquès, to drop anchor. Getting there by sea is notably one of the most recommendable alternatives because road access is very difficult. The other alternative is going by foot.

There are approximately two hours of walk following the GR-11 path, and signposted to Cala Sant Baldiri and Tavallera. The tour, when sinking into the park and its curious rock formations, worth seeing but it is long. On the side of the beach, which is about 135 meters and combines the thick sand and gravel, there are still some typical fisherman’s huts.

  1. Cala Aiguablava Beach

Cala aiguablavaHis name can not fool us. Cala aiguablava (blue water) is a range of fine golden sand with blue water with shallow water. Located in the south of the port of Fornells, it is also the last beach of the south of Begur. The cove is very well conditioned and access is very easy.  It has ample parking in the entry of the area.

The beach is 75 meters long and 25 meters wide. Is offers shower services. The cove is surrounded by woods, and has a privileged geographical position as it allows admiring the imposing Cap of Begur and the mountains that surround he village.

The north of the creek in the other direction begins, after a succession of small coves and harbors, the walkway that leads to the port of Fornells.

  1. Cadaqués Beach

cadaquesCadaqués beach attracts tourists first of all for its clear water. The position of Cadaqués, in the bottom of a deep bay, protects the village from the excesses of Tramontana, the north wind, cold and dry, likely to blow hard into the area, below the mountains. What we are reassured, it usually does well in hot season and climate of Cadaques lends itself fully to days at the beach.

And they do not lack, there are many on the main beach, composed of coarse grey sand, lined his walk: Cafes, leisure and entertainment are provided there. It offers easy access to the sea, but soon finds himself crowded due to a relative small size. Other nearby beaches is the largest on the north and south, we cross a series of small sandy coves where we put towels. A multitude of small boats litter the sand. Clean sand is something inadequate, and its gray color does nothing to enhance this impression.

The plot of the coastline is cut, and in some places, the sea is all rocky:

Access to water is more difficult, but the tranquility is assured.

  1. Gola del Ter beach

plage gola del terGola Ter River, also known as the beach of Fonorella, in the municipality of Torroelle, is one of the quietest and most evocative landscapes of the Costa Brava. Of great ecological interest, it forms a very long beach of fine golden sand, protected from all forms of modern human construction. In this article we will tell you how to get there and points of interest to see.

Finally a wild beach! Or almost. Along dunes that once connected Estarit Pals in the south has been fragmented by agriculture and urbanization. Little places remains intact.  The natural reserve of Aiguamolls Del Baix Ter (named after the nearby river ter) aims to restore and preserve the dune area.

Since we can not have everything, this range of Gola del ter offers no other benefits than those that nature has preserved him long endless shore, dunes that can only touch the eyes and lively sea with fairly strong currents (careful, the beach is not supervised) and nice waves for body boarders.

Natural balances add to the authenticity of this range, natural interlude between tracks deep draft tourist water Estartit Pals north and south.

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7. Cala del Sr Ramon beach

cala del Sr RamonThe Cala del Sr Ramon (“Cove of Mister Ramon”) is another beautiful beach, in fact the largest, which is on the GI-682 road between Tossa de Mar and Sant Feliu de Guixols, in the south of Costa Brava.

Unknown to many tourists, designed for easy access but only after a long walk, between sant feliu de Guixols and Tossa de Mar, the creek Del Señor Ramon wins! La cala Del Sr Ramon has impressive seabed and turquoise blue waters.

Indeed, it is surrounded by pine trees and cliffs as many coves of the Costa Brava, the Cala Del Sr Ramon is conducive to the practice of diving through its fairly steep slope.

It is also a Naturist beach.

  1. Beach of Sant Pere

plage de sant pereThe beach of Sant Pere Pescador is located in the center of the gulf of Roses, it remained practically virgin. It attracts a very diverse audience, ranging from surfers to families with children.

The Coastline of the town of Sant Pere Pescador runs from the mouth of the Fluvià, to the north, to the beach of Riuet in Sant Martí d’Empùries.

Its six kilometers long include several areas frequented by water sports enthusiasts sailing. Tourists often settle before the various campsites. It also includes areas where Nudism is common.

The right side is called the Dune beach, due to their abundance. The slope of entry into the water is very pronounced and the seabed does not hide a single rock, so the beach is especially suitable for children. The sand is golden and very fine.

This beach is one of the famous of Catalonia for lovers of windsurfing and kite surfing. Strong easterly winds that often sweep the area make it an ideal place to practice these sports. On windy days, beach sports lovers are always here.  Regatas and championship are common there.  It is also a particularity suitable beach to fly kites.

  1. Cala Montjoi and la Pelosa Beach

cala montjoi et la pelosaLocated about 9 kilometers from the center of Roses, and 2 kilometers after Cala Montjoi, Cala Pelosa is one of the most popular beaches among the inhabitants of Cap de Creus, with an excellent natural setting, its boat and bar.

Located away from the peninsula of Cap Norfeu, this is one of the most popular coves in Roses.

Located 15 kilometers from the city following the same coastal dirt road that leads to Cala Montjoi Cala Jóncols. It is a cove with coarse sand and significant seabed.

Since 2009, it has the European EMAS environmental certification and the international ISO 14.001.

The beach is surrounded by pine and eucalyptus and more exuberant vegetation that found elsewhere in the Cap de Creus. In summer, many boats drop anchor in the bay and a floting pontoon is installed for easy access to water. The beach is about thirty meters coarse sand.

The entry into the water presents a rather accentuated altitude.

The trail comes from Montjoi cove allows to visit the spectacular Cape Norfeu, the coastline marked by high cliffs and several caves. In addition to this beautiful scenery, we can observe many migrators birds.

  1. Cala Montgó Beach

cala MontgóCala Montgó is located in the regions of Alt and Baix Empordá, it is known for the unique and typical landscape of Costa Brava. It is located in place which is surrounded by pine forests. It is located in the southernmost part of the Escala. It is a sandy cove protected from the north wind.

To explain its rounded shape, it is spectacular because this space may have been an ancient buried hill, which would be expanded under the action of the sea.

Many tourists and other services as toilets are located on the promenade along the beach.

At the gates of the Natural Park of Montgrí, the Medes and Baix Ter is an invitation to travel the coast to Punta Ventosa or climbing the tower Montgó, once used to prevent pirate attacks.

Parking areas are near to the beach.

This is one of the famous beaches of the Costa Brava.


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