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12 of the best: Costa Brava beaches

by Ellyn 14th February 2018

They’re an essential part of any holiday, whether you’re soaking up the sun, diving in the sea or trying your hand at water-sports, a day at the beach is always a thrill.

And when it comes to beautiful beaches, Spain’s Costa Brava is hard to beat. With more than 200km of dazzling coastline to explore, the region has everything from secluded spots to bustling family tourist havens. We’ve compiled 12 of the best – all you have to do is grab a towel, slap on the sunscreen and take your pick. Or, of course, find your own favourites. Just make sure you let us know of any brilliant new discoveries!

Platja de Canadell

This charming beach is one of the region’s most popular – and it’s easy to see why. Framed by traditional white-washed houses and tucked under a quaint promenade, families will love the clean, white sand and aquamarine water.
With bars, restaurants and canoe hire on site, everyone will be happy. It can get crowded so arrive early to beat the rush.
Nearest parc: Interpals campsite

Platja de Castell

Fringed with pretty coves and aromatic pine forest, this idyllic beach is easily accessible on foot – via an old smugglers’ coastal path – or by car. A food and drinks shack on the shore sells some of the best fried prawns in town, best enjoyed with a local beer. What are you waiting for?
Nearest parc: Internacional de Calonge

Llafranc


Once popular with surrealist painter Salvador Dali, this unspoilt beach continues to attract a cosmopolitan crowd. Its turquoise seas, sandy shores, and a good clutch of beachside bars and restaurants make it big enough to keep everyone amused for a day trip or a whole week! Head to the marina to take a boat excursion along the coast, or take a table at one of the restaurants for a long leisurely lunch.
Nearest parc: Interpals

El Golfet

A short drive away (1.5km) from the town of Calella de Palafrugell, this hidden cove offers a sense of peace and privacy. The glass-like waters make it a popular choice with snorkelers and divers too. Access is via some relatively steep steps so take care on the way down.
Nearest parc: Cala Gogo

Platja Fonda

Tucked away at the foot of a cliff, this hidden gem is well worth the trek down from the village of Begur. The dark green water is deep enough to enjoy a satisfying swim and by late afternoon the rocks offer much-needed shade. Bliss.
Nearest parc: Cala Gogo

Platja de Treumal


This 400-metre long beach offers all the fun you’d expect from a traditional seaside resort. Just five minutes drive from the centre of nearly Blanes, the beach itself is clean and sandy, with sunbed hire, bars, restaurants and car parking all nearby. Head to the northern end, surrounded by the beautiful nature resort of the Pinya de Rosa and its Botanic Garden. Enjoy!
Nearest parc: La Masia

Platja del Pi Portbou

A small but perfectly formed beach, Platja del Pi Portbou is a well-kept secret among locals. Perched on the most northerly point of the Catalan coast, getting there isn’t for the faint-hearted – or recommended in bad weather.
Start at the main beach in Portbou then make your way across Tres Platgetes cove to find an oasis of calm and tranquility.
Nearest parc: Cala Gogo

Lloret de Mar

This former fishing village is a firm favourite with package holiday visitors but don’t let that put you off. Its golden beaches and sunlit coves are ideal for anyone looking to spend long days by the sea – and enjoy some serious partying in the evening. If you want to avoid the crowds, head past the promenade to the older part of town, where a succession of tiny coves head off into the distance (see main pic, above).
Nearest parc: Canyelles

Sa Tuna


Take the winding coastal road downhill to discover this picturesque beach. Dotted with whitewashed, shuttered houses, and with fishing boats scattered around the pebbled beach, Sa Tuna offers 80m of Spanish seaside joy. If you’re feeling adventurous, pick your way along the rocks to S’Eixugador, the next spot along. Yes, this isn’t great for sandcastles, but the location is pure bliss: a lovely old Costa Bravan fishing village, with a sprinkling of great restaurants.
Nearest parc: Castell Montgri

Cala Montgo

A great spot for kayaking, Cala Montgo, is part of the rugged but beautiful Massís del Montgrí coastline. Boasting white sand, clear blue water and within reach of the area’s camping facilities, bars and restaurants, it’s the perfect base for a family trip.
Nearest parc: Castell Montgri

Pineda de Mar

Ragged coastal coves smooth out into broad sandy bays as you travel south down the Costa Brava coastline. And one of our favourite spots is La Riera in the town of Pineda de Mar. This Blue Flag beach has plenty of space to stretch out, a lively bar-lined promenade, and a weekly seafront market to browse local produce and crafts.

Nearest parc: Caballo de Mar

L’Estartit

A favourite with Brits, the area offers everything you’d want from a day in the sun, including three beaches. Platja dels Griells and Platja de la Pletera both have fine sand and shallow water – perfect for young families – while Platja Gran has a more active feel, with pedal boats, pleasure boats, water skiing, kayaks, sailing school and windsurfing all available in summer.
Nearest parc: Castell Montgri

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