Only in Costa Brava

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About Only In Costa Brava

Only In Costa Brava is a travel blog and website that provides you with local travel tips on how to make the most of a Costa Brava holiday. We cover the Costa Brava, Girona, and the Catalan Pyrenees. Only in Costa Brava is brought to you by Amber & Eric Hoffman of the award-winning travel blog With Husband In Tow.

Explore Costa Brava Through Our Eyes

We fell in love with The Costa Brava the moment we stepped foot on a sand beach in the town of Tamariu, for a chef’s traditional seafood feast, set in an old fisherman’s shack. There was just something about the chefs that we met, their passion for local ingredients, and the way they balanced their strong-rooted Catalan traditions with the gastronomy reputation they wear proudly today. Three years later, we moved to the Costa Brava.

We hope to provide a roadmap to explore the Costa Brava. To that end, this website includes recommendations for what and where to eat across the region, what to drink, where to stay, and how to get the most out of a Costa Brava holiday.


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Accommodation Options

Girona Hotels and Accommodations

There are a handful of chain hotels in Girona, including a Double Tree by Hilton, an AC by Marriott, a Melia, and two Ibis hotels. But, for the most part, Girona offers historic or boutique hotels, as well as apartment rentals.

There is some romance to staying in Barri Vell, but most of the area is pedestrian only, or at least unfriendly to cars. If renting a car, it might be better to stay in the city center to avoid driving through some of the more narrow medieval alleyways that make Barri Vell so pretty. There are a handful of public lots on the outer edges of the city center, some with parking as low as €8 a day. There are two such lots near the train station. Also, if staying connected via WiFi is a concern, the city center is more connected, as many cell phones don’t make it through the thick, medieval stone walls of Barri Vell.

Only in Costa Brava Recommends using for Girona hotels and accommodations. They have the largest inventory of hotels in the Costa Brava.

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Hotel Carlemany – City Center

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Alemanys 5 – Luxury Apartment

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Hotel Nord 1901 – Barri Vell

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Costa Brava in the Summer

Many people travel to the Costa Brava in the summer, and there is a good reason why. There are some amazing opportunities for a summer Costa Brava beach holiday. But, what are some of the top Costa Brava things to do, when focused on the summer months – July and August.

Costa Brava Tours and Activities

Whether staying in Girona, or stopping in for a day trip from Barcelona, or from the Costa Brava, there are loads of activities to keep anyone entertained, and educated. Here are our recommended day tours within Girona.

Game of Thrones Tour

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Traditional Catalan Cooking Class

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Private Girona Jewish History Tour

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Hot Air Balloon Ride

There is one way that view people get to experience the Costa Brava and Girona, and that is by air. But, it’s possible to float over the Girona countryside, and even over the volcanic national park area of La Garrotxa, not far from Girona’s city center. Enjoy a Catalan breakfast, and a hot air ballon ride, and experience Girona in a special way.

Costa Brava Travel Itineraries

It should be noted that culinary tourism is still developing within the Costa Brava. There are amazing opportunities to be found, but the Costa Brava is not New York or London, in one very important way. Very few restaurants accept reservations online, or even through Facebook or email. Most restaurants require a telephone call, with the person on the other end speaking Catalan or Spanish. And, many restaurants require reservations. 

Let us help you by suggesting customized culinary tourism itineraries, based on your interests and the amount of time you have in the Costa Brava.

Three Day

Culinary Tour Itinerary

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Five Day

Culinary Tour Itinerary

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Seven Day

Culinary Tour Itinerary

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We can help with the following:

  • Suggest restaurants to visit
  • Book restaurant reservations (other than El Celler de Can Roca) and arrange for dietary restrictions
  • Arrange local food tours and other gastronomy experiences
  • Suggest wineries to visit and wine itineraries
  • Book wine tours, tastings, and unique experiences
  • Suggest hotels to make the most of your Costa Brava holiday

Costa Brava Travel Tips

Things To Do in Girona & The Costa Brava

There are so many great things to do in Girona, and in the surrounding area. This includes taking day trips from Barcelona to Girona, as well as opportunities to explore the Costa Brava on the sea.

 TourPrivate or Group TourStarting PointDurationPrice FromBook Now
Cadaques Day Trip from GironaCadaqués & the Cap de CreusGroupGirona8.5 Hours$110Only In Costa Brava Day Tours
Cadaques Day Trip from GironaCadaques St Pere de Rodes Monastery and Tasting WinesGroupGirona10 Hours$145Only In Costa Brava Day Tours
Cadaques Day Tour From BarcelonaTour of Dali Museum in Figueras and CadaquesPrivateBarcelona8 Hours$225Only In Costa Brava Day Tours
Cadaques Day Trip from BarcelonaSalvador Dali Museum, Figueres and CadaquesGroupBarcelona11.5 Hours$100Only In Costa Brava Day Tours
Costa Brava TravelExclusive & Private Sailing TripSelf-GuidedPeratallada4 Hours$76Only In Costa Brava Day Tours
Costa Brava BeachesPrivate & Exclusive Sailing TripPrivateL'Estartit2 to 8 Hours$459 Per GroupOnly In Costa Brava Day Tours
Costa Brava BeachesCosta Brava Cruise and Palamos PrawnsGroupPalamos5 Hours$88Only In Costa Brava Day Tours
Costa Brava BeachesCosta Brava Fishing TripPrivateL'Estartit4 to 8 Hours$137Only In Costa Brava Day Tours
Costa Brava BeachesSunset Sailing From L'EstartitGroupL'Estartit2 Hours$55Only In Costa Brava Day Tours