The Costa Brava: an incredible area to be experienced intensely.

The Costa Brava has all the necessary elements to make them a destination to be discovered, rediscovered and experienced intensely.
Without doubt, the Costa Brava and the Pirineu de Girona offer an array of possibilities to visitors attracted to the area by its climate, nature, cuisine, leisure, activities and the hospitality of its people. The wide range of tourism products on offer (nautical tourism, hiking, cycle touring, golf, health and wellness, culture, conferences, sun and sand, wonderful gastronomy currently boasting 18 Michelin stars) and the many types of accommodation available (with modern facilities and top-quality services) mean that the destination can be enjoyed all year round.

Land of such geniuses like Salvador Dalí and Ferrán Adrià, it captures the visitor’s senses with pictorical and culinary creations of high quality. Some of the most relevant figures of the 20th century found what they needed to nurture their creativity in this region and they were the first to leave tangigle vestiges.

The Costa Brava, known by many for its wide beaches and coves surrounded by vegetation and rocky cliffs, stretches from Portbou to Blanes, generously displaying a collection of natural, historical, gastronomic and cultural treasures that require all five senses to be fully appreciated.
http://www.costabrava.org/en

Tourist attractions, venues and activities

THE SURREALIST WORLD OF SALVADOR DALI
 Surrealist genius Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, where the Dalí Theatre Museum houses much of his work as well the jewellery collection that he designed between 1941 and 1970. A visit to the Theatre-Museum affords an ideal opportunity to discover the unique, enthralling world of Salvador Dalí.
 1h15′ 
 
Púbol Castle was a gift from Dalí to his wife Gala.  Art collections, the couple’s famous Cadillac, Gala’s private apartments and a collection of her haute couture gowns are on display to the public, also the crypt where Dali´s wife and muse is buried, and a curious garden.
 35′
Visit www.salvador-dali.org
 
HISTORICAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES
Girona city centre is recommended to take a guided visit. However, it is also pleasant to wander up and down the narrow streets and to let you get carried away by the magic of the Old Town. We invite to visit the main points of interest in the city: The Cathedral of Girona has the widest Gothic nave in the world. Valuable art works are conserved in the interior, including the 10th-Century Beatus and the well-known Creation Tapestry, a masterpiece of the Romanesque textile art. Also you can admire theArab Baths, a Romanesque-style building imitating the structures of old Muslim Baths, Monastry of SantPere de Gallingants, Church of Sant Felix, houses and bridges on the River Onyar, the Rambla de Llibertat, etc.
 1h
 
The Old Town in Tossa de Mar, has one of the most important medieval ramparts in teh whole of Catalonia, declare National Historical-Artistic Monument. The main Modernist building in the town is Casa Sans. The Municipal Museum has an extraordinary collection of paintings by European avant-garde painters who spent time in Tossa, such as Marc Chagall and André Masson. 
1h

We should underline the importance of the ruins at Empúries, today one of the major archaeological sites in the country, testimony to the arrival of the Greeks (580 BC) and the Romans (218 BC) to the Iberian Peninsula. 
1h15
 
THE CHARMING MEDIEVAL VILLAGES
The age-old history of Girona is well represented in the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the medieval towns and villages in the area. (Pals, Peratallada and Monells). The old town of Pals, called “el Pedró”, is visible from afar on its hilltop location. Pals is classified as a Historical-Artistic Site and offers interesting windows, arches, wells, etc. from periods ranging from Romanesque to the 18th Century. The most outstanding sites include the Gothic church, the clock-tower, ramparts and six defence towers.
30’
 

Peratallada is the tipically medieval fortified village, with defence walls enclosing irregular streets that converge onto the Main Square. The village grew up around the castle, with its elegant Gothic façade, and a magnificent donjon, one of the bests of its kind in Catalonia.
35’
Attractive stop featuring stone houses, archivolts, ornamented doors and windows. The porticoed square is the main point of interest in Monells.
45’
 
ACTIVATING THE BODY

Hiking and cycling in the Empordà area
The hiking and cycling network  (signposted) permit the visitors discover the area from north to south and from east to west, passing within a short time from the most secluded bays to the most delightful woods, or from the main towns to the most out-of-the-way and peaceful little villages.

Coastal path from Calella to Llafranc, these are two small towns on the coast of Palafrugell that were originally fishing villages. Nowadays they have become prime tourism sites but without losing the charm of their traditional origins. It makes a pleasant excursion, full of surprises, pretty views, unspoiled coves and beaches with peaceful waters.
35’
 
Most of the cycling network runs across the plain, though there are links by path and road to the coastal zones. You can discover the medieval villages and the breathtaking sceneries also with your family.
 
PASSION FOR GOLF
Ten courses, ten different itineraries set around an incomparable geographical region: playing golf on the Costa Brava means being part of a unique and sharply-contrasted landscape which has inspired the greatest geniuses
COSTA BRAVA 3rd Best value destination in Continental Europe. (Today’s Golfer Travel Awards 2011)
Golf d’Aro:
35′
 
PGA Golf de Catalunya
Nº 1 Golf Course in Spain 2012 (Top 100 golf courses of the world)
50′
 
Empordà Golf Club:
45′
 
Golf Platja de Pals:
45′ 
Visit Golf in Costa Brava
 
GASTRONOMY & WINES
The cooking of the Costa Brava shares with other Mediterrranean cuisines de basic elements that have made them famous all around de worls: dish, vegetables, olive oil, poultry, fruit and so on. A cuisine of taste, often based on simple, healthy dishes. Great gastronomy offer available, with a total of 20 Michelin stars awarded around the province (16 restaurants).

El Celler de can Roca has 3 stars, and is located in Girona; the first  restaurant in the world for Restaurant Magazine (2011 and 2012).
The wines of the local Denomination of Origin Empordà-Costa Brava ensure a fitting accompaniment.
 
IN TOWN
TRUMAN CAPOTE’S PALAMÓS
Truman Capote arrived in Palamos in 1960 and stayed until 1962 to write his new book, In Cold Blood (eventually published in 1966). Capote brought with him an eclectic assortment of items— 4,000 pages of notes, 25 suitcases, an old bulldog, a blind poodle, a Siamese cat and his partner, Jack Dunphy. He had lived immersed in the intense social life and parties of New York in the 1950s and needed to withdraw completely from that to concentrate on his new book. Palamos offered Capote the tranquility he needed to write his masterpiece. You are invited to take a literary walking tour based on his day-to-day life in Palamos. Enjoy a dry Martini, his favorite drink at the Hotel Trias, where he stayed several days while looking for a house, and some fish tapas—a Palamos tradition—at Maria de Cadaques Restaurant. This fishermen’s tavern is known to be the spot where Capote frequently had lunch.
 
 
ESPAI DEL PEIX AND FISHING MUSEUM_ PALAMÓS
At Palamós, Man’s work at sea has become an unrivalled spectacle of colour for visitors, when, in the middle of the afternoon, the fishing boats dock at the port and unload their catch.At Palamós, however, the world of fishing does not end at the quay – it continues at the Fishing Museum. With its focus on fishing, the museum is unique in the Mediterranean. The museum presents the past, present and future of fishing by means of a permanent exhibition and programme of activities associated with fishing and the sea along the Costa Brava.www.museudelapesca.org
 
L’Espai del Peix (Fish Space) a culinary encounter with the sea. Guided tours with tasting: The harbour, the fishing, the fish auction, classes on fish. Fish cooking workshops: Discover the flavour s of fish cuisine made with spices shipped to the port of Palamós. Fish Dish demostration and Tasting.Consult the Fish Space’s monthly programme of activities at www.espaidelpeix.org

ONE FULL DAY EXCURSION
THE SURREALIST WORLD OF SALVADOR DALI & GIRONA CITY
A visit to the Dalí Theatre-Museum affords an ideal opportunity to discover the unique, enthralling world of surrealist genius Salvador Dalí, in Figueres.
After surrealism a historical heritage visiting Girona City.  The Cathedral of Girona has the widest Gothic nave in the world. Valuable art works are conserved in the interior, including the 10th-Century Beatus and the well-known Creation Tapestry, a masterpiece of the Romanesque textile art. Also you can admire theArab Baths, a Romanesque-style building imitating the structures of old Muslim Baths, Monastry of SantPere de Gallingants, Church of Sant Felix, houses and bridges on the River Onyar, the Rambla de Llibertat, etc.

Time: 6hours
 

BARCELONA
Barcelona is one of the most modern and highly developed cities in Europe, with Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia (Temple of the Holy Family), the Rambla, Modernist buildings such us La Pedrera and Casa Milà, Futbol Club Barcelona Stadium, etc.
 Time: 6hours
Half day shore excursion 
 
THE CHARMING MEDIEVAL VILLAGES
The age-old history of Girona is well represented in the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the medieval towns and villages in the area. (Pals, Peratallada and Monells). The old town of Pals, called “el Pedró”, is visible from afar on its hilltop location. Pals is classified as a Historical-Artistic Site and offers interesting windows, arches, wells, etc. from periods ranging from Romanesque to the 18th Century. The most outstanding sites include the Gothic church, the clock-tower, ramparts and six defence towers.
Peratallada is the tipically medieval fortified village, with defence walls enclosing irregular streets that converge onto the Main Square. The village grew up around the castle, with its elegant Gothic façade, and a magnificent donjon, one of the bests of its kind in Catalonia.
Attractive stop featuring stone houses, archivolts, ornamented doors and windows. The porticoed square is the main point of interest in Monells.
Time: 4 hours
 
TOSSA DE MAR 
The Old Town in Tossa de Mar, has one of the most important medieval ramparts in teh whole of Catalonia, declare National Historical-Artistic Monument. The main Modernist building in the town is Casa Sans. The Municipal Museum has an extraordinary collection of paintings by European avant-garde painters who spent time in Tossa, such as Marc Chagall and André Masson.
Time: 4 hours
Tourist Info
Local Population: 18000
Time (GMT+/-): +1
First language:
Spanish
Second language: Catalan
Currency:
Euro
Banking hours (morning): From 10AM to 3PM
Banking hours (afternoon): From to
Credit cards: ACCEPTED
Accepts Travellers Cheques: No
Shopping hours (morning): From 10AM to 1PM
Shopping hours (afternoon): From 5PM to 9PM
Public holidays: 1st January. 1st of May. 24th of June, 15th of August, 11th September, 12th October, 1st November, 6th and 8th December
Shops are open on Saturdays: Yes
Shops are open on Sundays: No
Tourist Office Palamós tourist office
Contact Name:  
Address: Passeig del Mar s/n Palamós 17230
Tel. No.: (+34) 972 600 550
Fax No.:  
Email: oficinadeturisme@palamos.cat
Website: www.visitpalamos.cat
Tourist Office Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board
Contact Name:  
Address: Avinguda Sant Francesc 19, 4t 17001 Girona
Tel. No.: (+34) 972 20 84 01
Fax No.:  
Email: costabrava@costabrava.org
Website: www.costabrava.org

Subscribe to MedCruise Newsletter