Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is one of the most remarkable regions in Spain. With miles of coastline flanked by coves and beaches, rocks and pine trees it offers breathtaking views year round and an ideal choice for a mini break or a sun holiday. Thanks to the Hotel Aigua Blava's prime location at the heart of the Costa Brava, guests can discovering one of the richest areas in Spain in regards to history and gastronomy whilst enjoying excellent hospitality in a four star hotel.

The beaches and coves can be accessed by boat or foot using the coastal path that runs the length of the Costa Brava, once there you can spend a relaxed day enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine and sea.

Map of the coves and beaches of the Costa Brava

For those who would like more than just a sun holiday, the Costa Brava offers a wealth of cultural and sports activities to suit all tastes. The local gastronomy has also come to the fore in recent years with some of the worlds best restaurants located here.

The staff at the Hotel Aigua Blava can organize cultural excursions to the main historic sites, museum visits, tickets for music festivals, gastronomic and wine tours and outdoor and water sports so that you can discover the Costa Brava and the Empordà region.

Contact the staff at the Hotel Aigua Blava and they will help you to organize activities for you to enjoy during your stay.

Alternatively, you can book one of our accomodation and activity packs

Aiguablava

The Aiguablava beach or cove is translated as "blue waters" in English and just as its´ name indicates it´s a small beach with crystalline waters. It´s shallow waters and golden sand make it one of the most famous beaches on the Costa Brava. Located on the Begur coastline it boasts spectacular views of the bay and the cape of Begur.

The beach can be accessed by road or sea and besides sunbathing you can try snorkelling, diving or kayaking. On the beach itself there is a dive centre where you can rent equipment or kayaks by the hour. There are also a couple of restaurans where you can buy lunch or drinks. 

Although the beach doesn´t attract mass tourism, in July and August it can get quite busy so we recommend that you go early to get a good spot on the sand.

Contact us to find out more information about activities on the Costa Brava and things to do in and around the Hotel Aigua Blava.

Beaches and coves in Begur
At the heart of Costa Brava

The Begur coast enjoys a shoreline of unparalleled beauty, whose cliffs and pines, the crystal waters of its hidden coves and its abrupt coastline, make this area one of the most characteristic of the Costa Brava.

Begur has eight coves and beaches, located to the north, east and south of the town, with different characters and completely different kinds of natural beauty. The first beach from the north is Platja del Racó, found near the neighboring town of Pals. It is the widest beach of Begur and offers a beautiful view of the Medes Islands.

Following the coast south-west is the Illa Roja beach, internationally renowned nudist beach. This beautiful beach, one of the most emblematic begur coasts, is characterized by a chaired by a reddish rocky islet that gives its name to the cove.

 

 

 

Also to the north lies the village of Sa Riera beach, one of the Begur largest and nearest town with an excellent location, then the right is the sheltered cove port from Port d'es Pi, and the left, the Cala del Rei. Sa Riera, which gets its name from a river that divides the beach into two halves, retains its traditional character and also offers various sports activities and tourism services.

Cala Aiguafreda:  

Located in the east cove of Aiguafreda small cove sheltered by the Puig Rodó hill. There are a small pier for boats and a pleasant picnic area.The next cove east also, Sa Tuna is characteristic for its sheltered location, access and tortuous. This beach offers a nice bath in clean and transparent waters, and nice walks along the coastal path. In the southern coast of Begur Platja Fonda are the unique, located at the foot of the majestic Cape of Begur. This natural hide, with thick sand and dark, has managed to remain untouched and preserved a primitive purity rarely found in other parts of the Costa Brava.

 

Also located in the south, the coves of Fornells, where according to tradition, this coast was baptized, a hundred years ago, with the familiar name of "Costa Brava". The coastal trail serves as a bridge to reach all the small creeks that form the core of Fornells: cove n'Estasia, Port des Orats, Malaret and the Port Esclanyà cove. These coves are shared characteristic of the sand is not fine, but you can sunbathe in peace, and water is very clear.

The last beach belonging to Begur, south of Fornells, is the welcoming Aiguablava, beach, characteristic for its crystalline waters and shallow, and its fine sand and clearly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costa Brava Museums

For those who wish to change a day on the beach for a cultural activity, a visit to one of the Costa Brava museums is a good alternative. Recognised internationally for their artists and the quality of their work, the Costa Brava offers a range of museums to suit everyone´s tastes. 

Probably the most famous of all the museums is Dalí´s Museum in the town of Figueres, about 55km from the Hotel Aiguablava. For lovers of his work or art lovers in general, a visit to this museum is a must. In summer the museum has late night openings and even some tours by night, for more information take a look at the Salvador Dalí Theatre Museum.

Other museums of interest in the Costa Brava:

  • Museu d'Art de Girona - Girona
  • Museu del Cinema - Girona
  • Museu del Joguet de Catalunya - Figueres
  • Fundació Vila Casas. Museu de Fotografia Contemporània (Palau Solterra) - Torroella de Montgrí
  • Museu de la Mediterránia - Torroella de Montgrí
  • Fundació Vila Casas. Museu d'Escultura Contemporània (Can Mario) - Palafrugell
  • Museu del Suro - Palafrugell
  • Fundació Josep Pla. Espai Literari - Palafrugell
  • Museu de la Pesca - Palamós
  • Museu de la Terracota - La Bisbal
Coves and Beaches in the Costa Brava

The coves and beaches in the Costa Brava are some of the most spectacular Spain has to offer. Situated in the north-east of Spain overlooking the Mediterranean sea the Costa Brava has a mixture of long sandy beaches or smaller coves and bays with a backdrop of mountain villages. In the majority of the medium and larger beaches you´ll find small restaurants where you can taste the local food while enjoying sea views.

Many of it´s beaches have been authorised with the Blue Flag Award for the quality of the water, the cleanliness of the beach and the number of lifeguards present, the Aigua blava beach being one of these. 

 

Coves a few minutes walk from the hotel
Cala de'n Maleret and Port des Orats

Cala d'en Maleret is a small cove facing south, in a sheltered location surrounded by rocks. You can reach it comfortably by foot, as is located a few minutes walk from the hotel. Usually it is not crowded because you can only reach it through the coastal path, or directly from the hotel. The fine golden sand and its crystal and calming water allows to have a nice bath and diving, with great views over the bay of Aiguablava.

To the north the coastal path goes to other small coves very close to the hotel, as the Port des Orats, narrow, with coarse-grain sand, and the Port d'Esclanyà, wider and with a rocky sea bed, both on the beach area and in the water. Following the path you can reach the Platja Fonda, a wild beach, hidden between rocky walls and pines, thick and dark sand, located at the foot of the majestic Cape of Begur; the unavailability of services makes it particularly quiet, with primitive purity.

Cultural experiences in Costa Brava

Besides the long days on the beach and outdoor sports, why not try some cultural experiences in Costa Brava. The list is long but we´ve chosen a few that we think are well worth a visit.

  • The medieval villages of Pals, Peratallada and Monells
  • The coastal villages of Begur, Calella and Llafranc
  • The Iberian town of Ullastret
  • The Jewish quarters of Girona and Besalú
  • The Dalí triangle Dalí Museum-Theatre in Figueres, Gala and Dalí's Púbol Castle in La Pera and the Dalí's house in Port Lligat.
  • Greek/Roman ruins at Empúries
  • Pottery producers in La Bisbal
  • The Castles of Montgrí and Santa Caterina in Torroella de Montgrí
Guided tours of the Costa Brava

Costa Brava is specialized in family tourism and has a range of activities with the Family Tourist Destination seal of the Catalan Tourism Agency. Some of our proposals:

  • Castell-Palau de la Bisbal d’Empordà
  • Els arrossars de Pals
  • Ruta Josep Pla - Palafrugell
  • Girona “Walking Tours”
  • Girona medieval
Music festivals on the Costa Brava

Music festivals on the Costa Brava have grown in importance of late. Both national and international groups perform here throughout the year but the highlight being the summer months when many of the festivals are held outdoors. Probably the most important are the "Festival dels Jardins Cap Roig" (Garden Festival) with international artists or for more traditional music the Cantada d´Havaneres held on the beach.

  • Festival de músiques religioses - Girona
  • Festival dels jardins de Cap Roig - Calella de Palafrugell
  • Festival internacional de músiques - Torroella de Montgrí
  • Festival internacional de música - Begur
  • Festival internacional de música - Castell de Peralada
  • Festival internacional de la Porta Ferrada - Sant Feliu de Guíxols
  • Festival de Jazz - Palafrugell
  • Schubertiada - Vilabertran
  • Cantada d’Havaneres - Calella de Palafrugell
  • Cantada d’Havaneres - Begur
National parks and gardens on the Costa Brava

The National parks and garden on the Costa Brava offer a world of nature in it´s puriest form. There are three protected national parks as well as mountains, forests, volcanoes, coves and beaches and unique wildlife in this region to discover.

For outdoor lovers, the Hotel Aigua Blava has a special "Hiking Offer Costa Brava" which includes a stay at the hotel as well as a guided tour of the coastal path that runs the length of the Costa Brava.

  • Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l’Empordà - Castelló d’Empúries
  • Parc Natural del Cap de Creus - El Port de la Selva
  • Parc Natural del Montgrí i les Illes Medes - Torroella de Montgrí
  • Jardins de Cap Roig - Palafrugell
  • Jardí Botànic Marimurtra - Blanes
  • Jardí Botànic Pinya de Rosa - Blanes
  • Jardins de Santa Clotilde - Lloret de Mar
  • Les basses d’en Coll - Pals
Shopping in the Costa Brava

Shopping in Costa Brava has never been so easy. With all the high street names and smaller exclusive boutiques as well as coffee shops and eateries to perk yourself up along the way you can shop till you drop for that perfect outfit.

These are three of our favourite locations for shopping in the Costa Brava:

  • Girona City Centre (Eix Comercial)
  • High Street Shopping in Platja d´Aro (Comerç Platja d'Aro)
  • La Roca Village - Luxury Outlet Shopping Village
Outdoor activities in Costa Brava

The good weather allows all year-round outdoor activities surrounded by the most spectacular landscapes. Here's a list of some proposals for sport activities in Costa Brava:

  • Play golf or take lessons / Pitch & Putt
  • Excursion / walking
  • Racing or mountain bike trips
  • Horse riding
  • Quad bike excursion
  • Segway excursion
  • Balloon flight
  • Glider flight
  • Parachute jump
  • Diving practice or training
  • Sailing boat trip
  • Canoeing
  • Windsurfing and kite-surfing
  • Water skiing
  • Ski-bus (inflatables towed behind a speedboat
Wine tourism in the Empordà Vineyards

The Empordà - Costa Brava wine region has of late become a very promising area in making high end, quality wines. Try some of the local wine tours or wine tasting experiences in some of the Costa Brava vineyards. 

  • Arché Pagès - Capmany
  • Castell de Perelada - Perelada
  • Celler Brugarol - Palamós
  • Clos d'Agon - Calonge
  • Eccocci - Sant Martí Vell
  • Empordàlia - Pau
  • Espelt - Vilajuïga
  • La Vinyeta - Mollet de Perelada
  • Martín Faixó - Cadaqués
  • Mas Estela - Selva de Mar
  • Mas Llunes - Garriguella
  • Mas Oller - Torrent
  • Masia Serra - Cantallops
  • Mont Ferrant - Blanes
  • Oliveda - Capmany
  • Oliver Conti - Capmany
  • Terra Remota - Sant Climent Sescebes
  • Vinya dels Aspres - Cantallops
  • Vinya d'Olivardots - Capmany