Among the main tourist attractions of the Costa Brava are the countless beautiful spots it has to offer: beaches, coves, viewpoints with incredible views, castles and hermitages, among others. But, apart from all these places, the charm of its villages, the true heart that makes the Costa Brava beat, should also be highlighted.
Here are the most beautiful villages on the Costa Brava, with their old quarters full of history, their houses by the sea, the beaches where you can still see boats on the sand, the narrow streets, the bars and shops, and their soul linked to the sea.
From Visita Costa Brava we present the list we have compiled of the 10 most beautiful villages on the Costa Brava:
Blanes is the first town on the Costa Brava and is one of the most culturally rich towns. In fact, during its history it has served as a source of inspiration for many writers. Walking through its streets, you can see all the eighteenth-century houses left by the legacy of the Indianos (Can Gallet, Can Masó) and remains of the Catalan Gothic style, such as the fountain located in Ample Street.
The long promenade, which runs from the port to the other end of the town, is also well known. On the stretch of the promenade just in front of the old town, there are numerous restaurants where you can enjoy the Mediterranean gastronomy or have a drink in the open air just in front of the main beach.
It is one of the most beautiful, emblematic and photographed villages of the Costa Brava. From the opposite end of the Villa Vella, you can get a fantastic photograph of its main beach with the Villa in the background.
It is precisely the charm of the Vila Vella, with its cobbled streets and historic buildings, that is one of the main attractions of Tossa de Mar. At the top of the historic quarter is the lighthouse; from this point we can enjoy an extraordinary panoramic view of the sea.
S'Agaró is located in one of the most beautiful towns on the Costa Brava thanks to its picturesque noucentista-style town centre.
This architectural charm that takes us back to the beginning of the 20th century, together with its coves and beaches, are the main attractions that make S'Agaró one of the most popular holiday areas for visitors.
We arrive at Calella de Palafrugell, one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages on the Costa Brava. This town still conserves the narrow cobbled streets that existed before the arrival of tourism, as well as the whitewashed fishermen's houses, located on the seafront. This setting, together with the fishing boats on the sand, makes for a spectacular postcard.
Undoubtedly one of the towns that will fascinate you the most; it is a beautiful landscape.
The origin of Tamariu is to be found in a small fishing village. Nowadays it preserves much of its original essence thanks to the charm of its small urban centre.
Don't miss its beautiful promenade, with lovely views of the bay of Tamariu. From the town itself, you will find the coastal path that will allow you to discover beautiful natural spots such as Pedrosa cove.
Begur is one of the towns on the Costa Brava where the architectural legacy of "indianos" origin is best preserved. The castle, built on a hill overlooking the surrounding area, offers spectacular views.
In addition, Begur also boasts a natural environment of enormous beauty where we can enjoy some of the most outstanding coves and beaches of the Costa Brava, such as Sa Tuna, Aiguablava or l'Illa Roja.
Pals has a valuable historical heritage that makes its old quarter one of the most beautiful on the Costa Brava, and which offers us essential spots such as the Torre de les Hores or the Josep Pla viewpoint. It is a perfect place to let yourself get lost and enjoy with all your senses.
The municipality also has areas of wetlands and rice fields, from where we can enjoy pleasant routes on foot or by bicycle, as well as an extensive beach, perfect for enjoying a day out with the family.
We move on to Cap de Creus, in the town of Cadaqués. This is one of the most beautiful and emblematic villages on the Catalan coast. Until the 19th century it was quite isolated from its surroundings due to its geographic location, which has facilitated the conservation of a very significant part of its original charm.
The houses with their white façades and the church of Santa Maria resting between the turquoise sea and the outline of the Cap de Creus, make up one of the most sought-after images of the entire Costa Brava.
Beyond the town centre, the coast of the municipality of Cadaqués is occupied by a large number of coves with the unique landscape and essence of the Cap de Creus.
Platja d'Aro is located in Baix Empordà, in the heart of the Costa Brava. It is a municipality that combines a wide range of leisure, culture and gastronomy, with a beautiful natural environment with places like Sa Cova cove or Del Pi cove. It is a perfect place to enjoy active tourism with nautical activities, hiking or mountain biking.
Moving away from the coastline, we find the town of Castell d'Aro, a very charming place where we can enjoy a highly recommended visit to its historical ensemble, declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest.
The origins of Roses go back to the foundation of the Greek colony of Rhode in the 4th century BC. Since then, the municipality has grown and developed around its imposing bay, an area that attracts many lovers of the sea and nautical activities.
One of the places that should not be missed on our visit is the Ciutadella de Roses, an extraordinary piece of heritage that allows us to follow the history of the municipality from its foundation to the present day.
Beyond the town centre, Roses is surrounded by areas of great natural beauty, such as the Natural Park of Cap de Creus or the Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, where you can enjoy many walking and cycling routes and fantastic landscapes.