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Nicola Allan
Nicola Allan

Nicola's Hidden Gems Along the Costa Brava

I'm going to let you into a little secret. When my colleague Laura launched our new active Catalonia trips and mentioned the Costa Brava, the first thing I thought of were the large, sun-seeker resorts the area is famous for.  Not that there is anything wrong with relaxing in the sun, but it’s not really your typical active and adventurous Macs Adventure trip. So when I was given the opportunity to visit the region, I jumped at the chance to find out what it had to offer. I wanted to be able to explore the region and see the authentic Costa Brava.

Secluded Costa Brava Coves

Secluded Costa Brava Coves

Did I find any Hidden Gems? You bet I did, and to let you see how fantastic the area actually is, here are my top 5 reasons to go there:

1. The Walking

Our trips are all about keeping active and this was no exception. The route of takes you along the GR92, which in total runs for 255km but don’t worry, we don't ask you to walk it all. We’ve done our research and chosen some of the best bits. I walked along secluded sandy coves (where you can dip your toe in the clear warm water or better still, take your swimming costume and go for a swim).

Calella de Palafrugall

Calella de Palafrugall

My favourite was probably one of the shorter walks on the Hidden Gems of the Costa Brava walking itinerary, Calella de Palafrugell to La Fosca, with the chance to move inland and walk through cooler woodland areas before making your way back to the coast and walking through small quiet coves. As you walk into La Fosca, you’re greeted by the old ruins of the castle, welcoming you into the town.

Approaching La Fosca

Approaching La Fosca

2. The Towns

I loved every town I encountered, whether walking through or staying overnight.  All are small and very stylish and are very popular with other Catalonians. You’ll find yourself walking past streets filled with white washed buildings, all decorated with beautiful flowers. In fact one of towns you’ll visit, Llafranc is known as the Monaco of Catalonia.

3. The Food

The region is famous for its fantastic food and wine and I certainly got to sample this during my visit. From local wines to duck to the regions famous crème Catalan (one of my highlights, which in my opinion is better than a crème brulee).

crème Catalan

Crème Catalan - Heaven!

Foodie fact – Catalonia is the home of Cava. The majority of the vineyards are situated just a short drive from Barcelona. You’ve got to try some bubbles here! If you decide to opt for our Costa Brava in Style trip, you’ll get the chance, not only to spend 2 nights in a beautiful Finca but get to sample some wines from their amazing Bodega.

Catalan food

Simple and delicious! You've got to document your food memories in photographs too!

4. The Unique Catalan Culture

The Catalans are fiercely proud of their culture and you’ll find the Catalan flags everywhere. The Catalan language is a mixture of Spanish, French and Italian and they will love you if you can speak a little bit. Don’t worry though, Spanish and English are widely spoken. If you get the chance though to speak to a local, ask them about their culture and you’ll see the passion shine through, I learned a lot through spontaneous conversations.

Catalans flying the flags

Catalans flying the flags

5. The Beaches

As the walks aren’t too long, you’ll have plenty of chance to relax on the beach and you won’t be disappointed on the beaches on offer.  Some will be secluded coves where you’ll hardly see a soul, some will be slightly larger but all are definitely beautiful.

Beach at Tamariu

Beach at Tamariu

My opinion of the Costa Brava has changed hugely due to my trip and I can’t wait to go back.  I hope I’ve inspired you all to consider the Costa Brava for your next trip and like me, get to experience the beauty the area has to offer.  If I have please contact me at info@macsadventure.com and I will me more than happy to plan and organise this wonderful trip for you.

You can see more adventure inspiration for walking and cycling in Catalonia here https://www.macsadventure.com/destinations/europe/spain/catalonia/

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