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.
When to Travel to The Costa Brava
The Costa Brava is a prime summer destination for the Spanish and for travelers from around Europe. This means, perhaps, avoiding the Costa Brava in the peak summer months of July and August, might be a good idea.
The Costa Brava in the summer is stunning. Warm weather, with cool breezes across the water. Swimming in small coves. Bottles of DO Empordà wine on a cafe patio with views of the beach. But, it also means crowds. Small roads leading to the coast can be filled with traffic, particularly on popular holidays, including the last two weeks of August. And, hotels are at peak capacity.
The summer also brings music festivals, though, featuring national and international talent in unique venues. Some of the prime festivals include the Cap Roig Gardens Festival in Calella de Palafrugell, the Castell de Peralada Festival in Peralada, as well as festivals in Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Torroella de Montgrí.
At the opposite end, winter is a different type of challenge. Girona can be lovely. Although cold in the mornings, most days the sun emerges and warms the city. The city comes alive with festivals in November, during the holidays, and even in the colder January and February months. It’s not uncommon to see people enjoying a coffee or drink at an outdoor cafe, perhaps under a space heater.
Where the Costa Brava really shines are in the shoulder seasons, including spring (March, April, May, and June) and autumn (September and October). As the region warms in the spring, weather can be temperamental. It’s possible to start a day with a warm scarf and coat that is often shed to enjoy a meal outside at lunch. But, as the spring warms, the flowers come, including the red poppies that grace roadsides around the region. Although March and April can be much colder, by May and June, the weather in the Costa Brava is perfect for exploring.
Similar weather permeates September and October, where temperatures can soar during the day. The difference? The effect of the fall harvest, when the region offers mushrooms and wine festivals, and a decidedly different feel.
During the spring and fall, hotel occupancy is lower, and the rates follow. In the winter, many hotels or restaurants might close entirely. It’s best to plan ahead.
Costa Brava Things To Do – Summer
Once it’s decided that you will travel to the Costa Brava in the summer what are some of the top things to do? Obviously, there’s nothing better than simply sitting on the beach, sipping a cold glass of Emporda wine, perhaps with a plate of jamon or other local food products. But, what else is there to do? Something a little more than just drinking and eating in the Costa Brava.
Sailing in the Costa Brava
There are many ways to explore the Costa Brava from the Mediterranean Sea. This can include taking a private sailing trip for a group of friends or family. A private skipper guides the boat from L’Estartit into the open sea. The boat can be rented for up to nine people for the same price. Or, something a little more down-to-earth is to explore with a five-hour-tour cruising from Palamos, while dining on cava and the famous Palamos prawns. Or, for something with a bit more action, how about a Costa Brava fishing excursion, also from L’Estartit.
Electric Bike Tours
Want to experience what it’s like to go cycling in the Costa Brava? Costa Brava has been the home to professional cyclists for years. It is still where many professional cycling teams train throughout the year. Even if you are not a professional, though, there are great opportunities to cycle the Costa Brava. How about an electric bike tour, with wine tastings along the way?
|Tour||Private or Group Tour||Starting Point||Duration||Price From||Book Now|
|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|
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