When I visited the Costa Brava a few months ago, I beach-hopped and discovered four of the many beaches in the area: Tossa de Mar, Empuries, Roses and Platja D’Aro. Interestingly, there are some noticeable differences between them and they have more to offer than just beautiful beaches.
Tossa de Mar
It’s definitely worth tearing yourself away from the beach and seeing what else this small seaside town has to offer. If so, you will discover the ruins of a roman villa.
You can walk around the walled medieval town during the day, taking in the spectacular views for miles. In the evening, whilst dining al fresco or having a nightcap, you can enjoy the sight of the old town from afar when it is lit up at night.
It’s a quaint town where you can just chill out and meander around the windy, small streets of the town.
Further north is Empuries. Its history dates back to the Bronze Age (9th Century BC). Today you can visit the remains of both ancient Greek and Roman cities. Even though there is a lot to see, only about a quarter of the site has been excavated. It’s well worth a visit. There is also a museum on the site, which provides further insight into life in Greek and Roman times with some items that have been excavated.
Nearby is Sant Marti d’Empuries, which is a small medieval village. This is a great place to eat some tantalising dishes. There is also a shop that sells local wine near the road entrance for this little village. The owner is British but he has lived in the area for years and seemed very knowledgeable about the local wine.
Roses is a much bigger town than the previous two and is lined with a number of big hotels. It has a beautiful sandy beach and some locals make the most of that and their talent to create the largest and most detailed sandcastles I have ever seen. These guys are amazing and it was a pleasure to watch them work.
Platja D’Aro was the last beach I visited in the Costa Brava and I was only there for a few hours. It’s about 40 minutes from Girona by bus or car. From my brief visit, it seems to be a great place to go shopping, if you’re looking for a bargain. There are lots of clothes shops and the prices seemed to be a lot cheaper than the shops in Tossa de Mar. This beach is also lined with numerous hotels, restaurants and bars.
It was great to explore some of the beaches that the Costa Brava has to offer and to see how different they all are. My personal favourite was Tossa de Mar because of the atmosphere of the old town, the characterful buildings and streets, and the ‘chilled out’ vibe I felt. Being there in the low season obviously helped because there were less tourists.
There seems to be a seaside town in the Costa Brava to suit everyone. Which one is your favourite?
For details on travelling around this area using public transport, read this post: Car-free Travel Around (Part Of) Spain
Here are the locations of each beach: