Spain is the second most visited country in the world, and it has the same position in the ranking of income from the tourist sector. Spain is also the country with the most cities and places labeled as “World Heritage Site”, including marked cultural and geographical contrasts for all tastes.
Inside our borders, the Costa Brava is always a favorite destination, helping to make Catalonia the most internationally visited Spanish region. Its enviable climate, with 2,500 hours of sun per year, and landscape and beaches have contributed greatly in helping to reach that rank.
As a crossroads for the different inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula, it comprises an area recognized for archeological deposits, and of wide historical and cultural heritage, but also a region of special attraction for famous people and vanguardist artists.
The greenness of its landscapes and beautiful gardens combine with its beaches of golden sand and contrast the abrupt precipices giving on to the sea. It is, moreover, a region with curious traditional celebrations, and very different museums, including those inspired by Dali, one of the artists who fell haunted by the spell of this land.
The Costa Brava is formed by the coast of the Girona province, which stretches until Blanes in the South and the Pyrenees in the North, with more than 200 km. of shore between both extremes.
The temperature, unlike other zones of Spain or Europe, does not differ much throughout the year. It possesses a Mediterranean climate, tempered and gentle, characterized for dry and warm summers and moderate winters. The yearly average oscillates between 14 and 20 degrees centigrade, making the zone a perfect place to not only spend the summer, but to live or establish a second residence, that can be paid off in turn by renting during the remainder of the year.
Further, the Costa Brava includes and is surrounded by many other important and interesting cities. As we have said, it is placed in a geographically privileged zone allowing it to be both well connected and possessing a dense transport network, of train, bus, car, sea or air.
In this way, taking as reference the city of Blanes, we can say that it is just 65 kilometers from Barcelona, 95 from France and 240 from Andorra. Furthermore, Girona, with its historic center, is lies only 40 km away., and, given its position as point of transit between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe, any other European city can be reached easily and directly.
Should you not have a car, there are numerous modes of transport at your disposal: cruises, tourist trains that travel around the city, group excursions with guided tours, and a variety of routes.
Among the wide range of services that the Costa Brava offers there includes health resorts, thermal baths, saunas and Spas, if your intention is to relax at any time of year and to recover the calm that the big city steals from us.
If, on the contrary, you like a more “active rest”, there is a series of sports that are practiced in the zone: golf, cycle touring, horse riding, skiing, hunting, fishing, hillwalking, and numerous aquatic activities like scuba-diving, swimming, windsurfing, kite-surfing and sailing.
The zone also has adventure centers to unload any accumulated tension through intense emotions, among which it should be mentioned the famous water-park of Lloret de Mar, where entertainment and adrenalin are guaranteed.
However, this doesn’t mean that what the Costa Brava has to offer is just about a vacation of sun, sea and sand, nor just a cultural retreat, escape to the countryside, or gastronomic adventure. You don’t want to disconnect completely? No problem; there are convention centers and professional fairs for those who desire a business environment..
There are also various shopping routes; few cities can boast having so many attractions and yet manage to remain financially accessible.
But, above all, among the cities of the Costa Brava that deserve to be emphasized are Lloret de Mar, Blanes y Tossa de Mar.
Despite their relatively small size, these cities comprise in a small area many of the facilities of bigger cities. In them you will find the most important discos, dance halls and casinos, theaters and auditoriums, as well as shows and festivals in the open air.
For a view of Lloret de Mar with a difference visit the the tower which stands high on the cliffs between Lloret and Fenals. Normally it costs €3 to get in but today it was free as were a few other places in Lloret such as the ...
A nice snapshot view from our webcam on the balcony taken @ 8am. See this live view from Fenals yourself at anytime of day, just click on this link - LIVE WEBCAM. Seagulls return to shore after their early morning fishing trip!
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