It is no secret that the Costa Brava is one of the most beautiful areas of the Mediterranean. It covers the entire Catalan coast from Blanes to the French border and is famous for its breathtaking landscapes. And no wonder, since in this area you can find from hidden coves with crystal clear water in which to bathe to winding trails to walk while enjoying magnificent views. All this makes it a complete destination for nature lovers.
Visiting its coves is a fantastic way to become familiar with the Costa Brava. Another great option is to walk along the coastal paths, the itineraries that connect the different villages that make up the area.
There are different theories about the original function of these paths before they became a tourist destination at the beginning of the last century, as their steep coastline, rocky cliffs and hidden caves made them a perfect place for smugglers to hide.
With an extension of more than 200km, the Costa Brava offers multiple routes, and that is why we bring you a selection of the four that we like the most either for their beauty or for their particularity. We hope you enjoy them!
From Sant Feliu de Guíxols to S’Agaró
This is one of the easiest and most beautiful stretches of the Costa Brava. This route starts in the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols and goes to Cala Sa Conca, in S’Agaró. It can be started from Cala Jonca or Sant Pol beach and goes along the coastline. Although it has some slopes, it is an easy section that runs between stately homes, viewpoints and coves.
From Palamós to Calella de Palafrugell
This glamorous route starts at Platja de la Fosca, a perfect place for snorkeling or paddle surfing and for a short hike to Calella de Palafrugell through a path parallel to the sea. It crosses s’Alguer, a tiny cove formerly populated by fishermen’s huts, and also the Barraca de Dalí, an old shelter built by the artist Albert Puig Palau in honor of the painter Dalí, among many other idyllic spots. In the final stretch it passes through the Jardins de Cap Roig, where a famous music festival is held in summer.
From Platja del Racó to Sa Riera
This route starts in Begur, one of the most charming villages of the Costa Brava. In fact, this town has four stretches of coastal path, of which we pick the one that goes from Platja del Racó (the longest beach in the area) to Sa Riera. Bordering the coves of Begur, it goes into wooded areas and also passes through Platja Illa roja, which owes its name to a large reddish rock that bathes its shore and leaves no one indifferent.
From Port de la Selva to Llançà
This coastal path is one of the quietest as it runs between two of the last villages on the Costa Brava. Although it is a little longer, the feeling of calm that contrasts with the rugged landscapes makes the walk worth. It starts at Platja d’en Taita, Portbou, and passes through multiple coves until it reaches Llançà.
If you get hungry after the two and a half hours that the route takes, you can go to Miramar, a local restaurant with an exceptional cuisine that has earned him two Michelin stars.
All these trails will allow you to enjoy the Costa Brava in depth and at your own pace, so don’t wait any longer to enjoy the nature and peace that the Mediterranean offers in summer!