The Costa Brava has long since been a popular holiday destination for families. The stunning stretch of coastline extends from Lloret de Mar in the south to Port de La Selva just south of the French border and is equally popular with both foreign and local visitors. The region has, for many years, been a popular getaway for wealthy Barcelona residents (many of whom own second homes in the area) and with northern European holiday makers – predominantly from the UK, France, Scandinavia, Holland, Germany and Switzerland. For anyone who has visited the area, it is not hard to see why the Costa Brava is so popular with families. Unlike the better known Costas in the south of Spain, the area remains comparatively underdeveloped (with the exception of some of the larger towns to the south such as Tossa, Calella and Lloret de Mar) and many of the coastal towns have retained their charm of yesteryear. The coastline is punctuated by stunning little bays with child friendly beaches, welcoming cafes and restaurants and the region offers a host both inland and water based activities. There is also a wide choice of accommodation available to the visitor from campsites to 5-star hotels. This is what makes the area such an attractive proposition for families looking for an idyllic Mediterranean holiday. The most sought after areas include S’Agaro, the Cap de Begur and, further north, the bay of Roses – all within a two hour drive of Barcelona and within 45 minutes of Girona and the nearby airport.
There is a vast selection of accommodation available on the Costa Brava. Hotels range from hostals to five-star whilst families often prefer to opt for staying in self-catering villas or to camp (it is in fact not illegal to camp in the countryside in Catalunya as long as you adhere to the rules). Here we have listed a range of accommodation which we hope will appeal to all families visiting the region. Please do let us know if you have stayed somewhere you feel is worth mentioning, by sending us your recommendation
The Costa Brava has undoubtedly one of the best restaurant scenes in the whole of Spain, not least because it boasts what many critics view as the world´s best restaurant el Bulli in Roses. This isn´t included in our list, as you may have to re-mortgage your property to go! However, we have listed some of the most family-friendly reataurants on the Costa Brava, all of which should not disappoint.
The Costa Brava literally means the wild coast, so dont expect long stretches of palm tree-lined beaches. Here youll find rugged cliffs, hidden coves, rocks and clear blue Mediterranean waters. The beaches have so much to offer children - shallow waters for safe swimming, rock pools, safe beaches with soft, fine sand and restaurants just a stones throw from the shore. If you dont fancy the beach , there are endless day-trips to choose from. We have listed some of the most popular beaches and day-trips for families on the Costa Brava. If you feel we have missed something please let us know by sending us your recommendation