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Bordered by tiny yet beautiful islands, the Costa Brava lies to the north of Catalunya. The area’s romantic stretches of coastline edged by the turquoise sea make appealing draws for UK visitors, as does the contrast between the region’s neat and well-kept areas and those that remain natural and untamed. Rugged coves and peaceful bays edge the region, while exploring slightly inland one will quickly find verdant woodlands alive with varied flora and fauna.
Costa Brava, which translates as “Wild Coast”, embraces both the charm of its past and the vibrancy of contemporary dining and nightlife. The region is rich in cultural history, as demonstrated by the Greco Ruins at Empuries, the rustic architecture, the Tossa de Mar’s ancient castle and the Salvador Dali Museum, which exhibits the work of the Costa Brava’s most famous resident.
As for the region’s gastronomical delights, fine dining and locally produced wines pay homage to the Costa Brava’s reputation of providing some of the best cuisine in Europe. Sample both simple café dishes as well as Michelin-level masterpieces, because the food in this region is worth enjoying at every budget level. After a rewarding and filling Mediterranean meal, it’s worth exploring the energetic bars and clubs in order to truly gain a feel for the region. Locally produced wine flows and cocktails are mixed in hip yet traditional nightclubs, where instead of the pop music or typical dance tunes you are likely to hear in many British drinking holes, the young DJs in the Costa Brava are more likely to spin gentler, softer sounds to keep the evening lively yet comparably relaxed.
Sunshine is quite likely to glow warmly at all times of the year, but if you are able to visit outside of the school holidays there are ideal disabled-friendly trips to be made during May, June and September.