Things to do in Costa Brava during winterOct 05, 2017 - Alba
Costa Brava is hands down our favourite piece of Mediterranean Coast in Spain.
It starts in Blanes, just a bit over one hour train ride from Barcelona, and continues North all the way to France.
It is obviously wonderful during summer; the only problem is that a bunch of other people thinks the same. That means overcrowded beaches, traffic jams and the distinct tourist smell of coconut oil.
Still, if beaches are your thing, then just go during June or September. It will hopefully be nice and warm but you won't suffer from the crowds of high season.
Luckily, there is much more to do in Costa Brava asides from getting roasted under the sun. As a matter of fact, we have put together a pretty nice list of things to do around there at any time of the year. Enjoy!
Visit the little villages by the coast
Costa Brava features plenty of cool little villages along the coast. We recommend at least a visit to Blanes, Tossa de Mar, Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Cadaqués. You will find nice food, cute narrow streets, beach bulevards and even medieval castles.
Stone skipping on a deserted beach
There is something really charming about going to the beach in winter; no crowds, no beach umbrellas, no swimming suits that you wish you didn’t have to see people wearing... and the possibility of skipping some stones. A pretty good spot for that is Cala Sant Francesc near Blanes.
Enjoy the food
Fish and seafood are the stars of Costa Brava's gastronomy. And since we are from Blanes (yay!), we have no choice but to mention a bunch of good restaurants we have in here.
Esplanada del Port, 15
Tapas, wine and hamburgers made with love and local fresh ingredients.
Roig i Jalpí, 19
Small hidden place with lovely homemade tapas and a good selection of wines.
Passeig Pau Casals, 59
A great gastronomic bar, with gourmet tapas. The owners have worked with Ferran Adria, no need to say more.
Sant Andreu de la Palomera, 2
Fresh fish and seafood with the nicest view over the beach.
Hiking by the sea
There is a walking route called “Camí de Ronda” that goes along the coast, from Blanes to Portbou, connecting all the different beaches. Some parts are pretty hardcore but the views are stunning.
Depending on where you are, you can do a small part of the route, for example Cap de Creus > Cadaqués or Llançà > Port de la Selva are both around 10 km (one way). Some of the paths along this route are not very well marked; try to get a map from the tourist office if you can.
If you want a less demanding hike, head directly to the Cap de Creus Natural Park. Rocky landscape with amazing views over the sea (and a lot of wind!).
Do some remarkable day trips
In the case you want to see something more than rocks and sea, good alternatives for a day trip are Barcelona, Girona, Pals, Peratallada or Sant Pere de Rodes.
Beginning of Februray is carnival season. Nearly every city organizes street parades and dances with people wearing funny costumes. For instance, the carnival in Platja d’Aro is supposed to be pretty cool.
If you are into art, remember to visit some of Dalí's museums.
Asides from the main one in Figueres, we recommend going to Portlligat, a small town near Cadaqués, where Dalí lived with his wife. Their house was turned into a very interesting little museum and it is totally worth a visit. Remember to reserve in advanced though.
That was it for now, if you want more information about some of the places mentioned in this guide, just drop us a line and we will be more than happy to help!
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