In less than 100km from Barcelona begins one of the most important and attractive tourist brands in Spain, the Costa Brava. A coastal strip of 214km and paradisiacal beaches located no so far from cities and towns of great historical and cultural interest such as Girona or Besalú, which make the Costa Brava one of the destinations that receives more tourism in Europe.
The name of the coast is official since 1965 but it has marine origin as it could not be otherwise, the term "costa brava" was an expression of the fisherman’s who referred in this way at all rocky costs.
Even today, sea workers mix with the tourist, as has been the case since the 1930s, when the beaches were already filled with the visit of the local tourist. From the 60s an urban development began and the arrival of international tourism consolidate decade after decade as one of the favorite places from where to visit Barcelona or simply enjoy the sun and beach tourism that it offers us.
The natural beauty of the region aroused the interest of artists and writers such as Picasso, Rusiñol or Dalí. Currently, the area still retains much of this essence that characterized it before the change that brought the arrival of tourism.
A good option to get to know the Costa Brava from Barcelona is to combine the visit to Girona with one of the most popular coastal towns such as Palafrugell, Blanes, Tossa de Mar or Santa Cristina d'Aro.
If you prefer to know the Costa Brava to the fullest, you can make the most of your time and visit towns further away from Barcelona by staying in a town in the area closest to the Pyrenees where there are such beautiful and important places as Cadaqués, the National Park of Cabo de Creus, Ampuriabrava or Estartit and Islas Medes.
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