Beach lovers are simply spoiled for choice in Costa Brava. The northeastern region of Spain – with a name which literally translates as ‘Wild Coast’ – is blessed with a coastline to match its name.
From white sand coves to pebble shores in picturesque settings, Costa Brava is a beach lover’s paradise offering something different at every turn. As the popular holiday destinations of Lloret de Mar and Platja D’Aro fill up in the summer months, you need to know where the best beaches are.
Here are our top 10 picks of the best beaches in Costa Brava.
Sant Pol de Mar
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Among the many hidden escapes along the Costa Brava, Sant Pol de Mar is one the region’s best-kept secrets. The milky white sand is complimented by the crystal clear waters that are the perfect invitation for snorkelling. Thanks to its location, Sant Pol de Mar provides excellent conditions for windsurfing and water skiing.
Platja El Golfet
Enjoy being at one with nature at Platja El Golfet. You will feel like you’re on your own private beach on this secluded cove. Wander the coastal path from Calella de Palafrugell and this effortlessly quaint beach will appear through the pine forests. The rocky cliffs provide cover ensuring you can take a dip in the calm waters.
Platja de Pals
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If you could paint a picture of a beach it is pretty likely you would create a scene similar to Platja de Pals. The white sands cling to the blue of the ocean for miles and are only punctuated by people laying down towels, playing games or going for a paddle. This Blue Flag beach is a popular family destination with restaurants, cafes and bars lining the nearby promenade.
Platja de Sa Riera
The row of wooden fishing boats on the shore of Platja de Sa Riera are symbolic of life in this corner of the Costa Brava. Life goes at a different pace here with locals floating out to sea to reel in the latest catch. The beach is a haven of tranquillity overlooked by a series of quaint holiday homes in the surrounding forests.
People come from far and wide to enjoy the beaches of Lloret de Mar but there is one that stands above the resort – Sa Caleta. While it may have the hallmarks of your typical beach – shallow water, rock pools and white sand – it has the unique feature of a Middle Age-era castle looming overhead. An excellent choice if you’re looking for something different to the bustling resort beaches.
A short distance from the town of Calella is the horseshoe bay of Tamariu. The beach almost acts as a community hub with a charming promenade featuring a number of restaurants and bars so you can enjoy the view with your meal. It is an excellent spot for families with shallow waters and plenty of shops to purchase inflatables.
If you have ever considered trying your hand at windsurfing then Empuriabrava is the place to start. This is undoubtedly the windiest stretch of the Costa Brava’s coastline offering the ideal conditions to catch the surf. Alternatively, you can enjoy the cooling breeze on the peak summer days on the golden sands.
El Port de la Selva
Like with many destinations on the Costa Brava, El Port de la Selva began life as a sleepy fishing village. It has now blossomed into a popular holiday resort thanks, in no small part, to its beach. This sand and pebble affair is a favourite among families and watersports enthusiasts and, from here, you can even hop on a boat tour to Cap de Creus.
A proud former holder of the title of best beach in Catalonia, Aiguablava is perfect whether you want to go snorkelling, diving, paddling or simply just want to dig a big hole. You can also enjoy delicious local seafood and paella at the numerous restaurants that popular the shore.
One of the most popular beaches on the Costa Brava, Sant Francesc is a calm tranquil oasis renowned for its rocky coves. Situated close to the town of Blanes, holidaymakers can enjoy the calm waters and soft sand of this Costa Brava favourite. You can even take a walk through the botanical garden Marimurtra as a way to wrap up the day.
Spend your next holiday enjoying these incredible beaches with a holiday to the Costa Brava. We have a range of package breaks available including All Inclusive and 5-star resorts. Deposits are available from as low as £49pp on selected holidays. Head to www.sunmaster.co.uk and plan your next adventure today.