The Costa Brava is divided into three sections - Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and La Selva. The parts of the coast has rich historical background which differc from one another so its interesting to visit almost every town around to understand the charecter of this charming area.
The Costa Brava is a picturesque section of Spanish Mediterranean coast that stretches from the mouth of Tordera River in the South to Cap De Creus peninsula and French border in the North.
The natural beauty of this rocky coastline, long sandy beaches and developed infrastructure makes it one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers in Europe.
In this section you may find out more about the particular areas of the coast as well as about places worth visiting.
Castelló d’Empúries is the nearest town and the administrative center which Empuriabrava belongs to. if you rent the villa you may easily reach the place by walk or bike, it's just 2-3 km away. The town, previously center of local county, has a calm medieval center with large basilica de Santa Maria being the most praised landmark.
Thanks to its rich past, the city remains a magnet for all history lovers. You won't regret walking through the old city's narrow streets, visiting famous Jewish quarter and cathedrals. This is a nice walk and a pure touch of history. If you plan to rent a villa or stay in a hotel on Costa Brava it may be a good place to visit if you are a bit bored by sunbathing or if the weather gets cold.
Reaching Girona from Empuriabrava is easy - you may drive by local roads or highway, just follow the signs. The highway AP7 is faster but the local road (N-II) goes through picturesque surroundings and small towns, so it may be quite interesting to take this road if you have time.
Besalu is located approximately 20 km west of Figueres in the Garrotxa region and may be reached from Empuriabrava by car within 30 minutes. Old roman bridge leads you to the well-preserved medieval center with 12th century churches and several unique sights such as ancient Jewish purifying baths, the Mikwe.
The name of Salvador Dali is one of the key tourist attractions of the area. Ironically, Dali's popularity is much higher judging by a number of guided tours compared to the thousands years of local history which tracks back from ancient times.
Excavations of the ancient Emporion (Empuries) lie in the Southern part of the Bay of Roses. Here you may find remains of ancient Greek and Roman city and museum where archeological finds are preserved and the story of the area is explained in details.
The peninsula of Cap de Creus lies to the North from Empuriabrava and the Bay of Roses. The cape is the easternmost spur of Pyrenees which is now a protected natural erserve (Parc natural de Cap de Creus). It is very interesting from biological and geological points of view and the area became very popular for geological field cources thanks to its accessibility and fantastic location. Roses Granodiorite is one of well-known geological structures which may be easily observed if you go for a walk to the North of Roses town.
Going to Perelada, the small town with population of just about 1500, may be interesting from many points. If you are keen on exploring the area's rich medieval history, you'll find impressive castle, сonvent and local museum. For those interested in sports, Perelada Golf Club offers a fine 18-hole course. You may visit casino in the castle and several excellent restaurants.