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.
Kilometers of Coastline
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.
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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.
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.
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.
|Tour||Private or Group Tour||Starting Point||Duration||Price From||Book Now|
|Cadaqués & the Cap de Creus||Group||Girona||8.5 Hours||$110|
|Cadaques St Pere de Rodes Monastery and Tasting Wines||Group||Girona||10 Hours||$145|
|Tour of Dali Museum in Figueras and Cadaques||Private||Barcelona||8 Hours||$225|
|Salvador Dali Museum, Figueres and Cadaques||Group||Barcelona||11.5 Hours||$100|
|Exclusive & Private Sailing Trip||Self-Guided||Peratallada||4 Hours||$76|
|Private & Exclusive Sailing Trip||Private||L'Estartit||2 to 8 Hours||$459 Per Group|
|Costa Brava Cruise and Palamos Prawns||Group||Palamos||5 Hours||$88|
|Costa Brava Fishing Trip||Private||L'Estartit||4 to 8 Hours||$137|
|Sunset Sailing From L'Estartit||Group||L'Estartit||2 Hours||$55|