Costa Brava’s Best Beaches

Whether you are looking for ‘Summer Fun’ or ‘Winter Sun’ – retire to the Costa Brava and enjoy the glorious beaches there all year round.

With autumn in full swing and the cold temperatures of winter fast approaching, many people nearing retirement dream of escaping the dull, grey skies of the UK and instead enjoying a life filled with sunshine in Spain. The Costa Brava on the north east coast of Spain is gaining notoriety as an ideal place in which to make that dream a reality and has much to offer the retired expat. It is a quietly sophisticated place with no ostentation or show, unlike some of the other more ‘touristy’ Spanish coastal areas. The reliable climate, the stunning golf courses and wide range of leisure activities, the beautiful scenery and surrounding countryside, the history, culture and architecture, the amazing restaurants and of course, the glorious beaches lining the coast all make it a very attractive option.

Living in the Costa Brava means you can enjoy all it has to offer all year round. The beaches come into their own in the summer with the holiday buzz, the sandy little coves to explore and the clear, turquoise waters. However even in the quieter, colder months the winter sunshine means you can still enjoy drinks on the terrace, strolls on the beach, or a slap up seafood lunch by the coast in December or January. With that in mind we have selected the best bays and beaches in the area for you to choose from, whatever the season:

Gorgeous sandy cove at the end of a winding road through a hillside of pine trees & villas. Great for snorkeling around the rocks and there is a Dive School to take you out if you wish to venture deeper. A couple of small restaurants on the beach at the bottom serve up good quality typical Catalan beach fayre, including the classic seafood paella or ‘fideua’ noodle dish.

Aiguafreda is another great snorkeling spot – it is really easy to launch yourself off the rocks either side of the cove into the lovely clear blue water. This beautiful cove was named by The Sunday Times as being amongst ‘The 20 hottest European beaches for 2010’ and back in 2008 it featured in ‘The 10 best beaches in the world’, being idyllically described as having “flat rocks as warm as electric blankets, and tiny rock pools that make perfect wine coolers. Wrapped in pine woods and sheltered from the Tramontana wind, it smells intoxicatingly of pine and resin, and is lapped by waters as clear as Bombay Sapphire”.

This write-up, coupled with the author of the Lonely Planet describing it as one of the “most exceptionally beautiful beaches in Spain”, certainly puts this beach on the map.

Bay of Roses
If you’re looking for breathtaking views, the Bay of Roses in the north of the Costa Brava is the place for you. It is set against the stunning backdrop of the Pyrenees and has been named by UNESCO as one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Beneath the water, colourful coral reefs play host to many different species of fish and crustaceans, ready for you to discover with a scuba dive or a snorkeling session. And with consistent winds all year round, the Bay of Roses is a sailing paradise, offering some of the most challenging sailing in the Mediterranean.

Cap de Creus
For those with a fondness for nature, the picturesque nature reserve of Cap de Creus is the perfect sandy spot. With many peaceful walking routes around the coastal landscape, Cap de Creus provides the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful views of Costa Brava.

Once known as a favourite destination for the likes of Salvador Dali, Cap de Creus’ azure seascapes continue to attract celebrities to this day.

Calella de Palafrugell
Calella de Palafrugell has a number of beautiful small coves linked to Llafranc via a coastal walk. The first of the beaches is ‘Canadell’ where you have the famous Tragamar restaurant on the beach which is open all year round. Definitely worth a visit.

Platja de Canadell
Platja de Canadell is 650 feet of coarse sand and is framed with pastel coloured buildings, fishing boats and car-free promenades.

A delightful beach just along the coast from Calella de Palafrugell. In 2012 the Telegraph described the chic resort as “a tad more cosmopolitan than rivals Tamariu and Calella de Palafrugell, so you might want to wear your most fetching bikini on its beach – a 1,000-feet tranche of golden, coral sand with invitingly clear, green waters, and a marina at one end with a mix of glam yachts, weekend dinghies and a few fishing boats”.

Make sure to sample some local cuisine at one of the quaint local restaurants that line the beach front and offer a feast of fresh seafood dishes.

Platja de Pals
Thrill seekers wanting anything from an underwater adventure to an exhilarating ride on a jet ski should venture out to this beach. It has excellent water sports facilities and a friendly atmosphere. Two miles long and forty yards wide, this beach is perfect for those looking for a relaxing and fun day out.

The beach at Tamariu is a great choice for people of all ages and an ideal spot to entertain the grandchildren. Adults can enjoy drinks or a snack at a beachside café whilst the children play on the pebbly sand, only a few feet away. You can then while away the afternoon with a picnic in one of the private coves at either end of the beach or enjoy some seafood at one of the local restaurants.

So take your pick! Whether you want to bask in the summer sun’s rays whilst reading the paper and sipping a crisp glass of cava, go sailing or snorkeling, enjoy a Christmas beachside lunch with friends, or walk the dog on the sand in the winter sunshine, there is a perfect beach in the Costa Brava for you.

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Author: Barry Davys

Expat Financial Advice Spain




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