The pleasant, Mediterranean climate makes this famous Spanish coastline a particularly attractive holiday destination. We will discuss when it is best to go sailing in Costa Brava. Furthermore, we will give you some useful tips for planning a great 1-week sailing itinerary. Discover the most amazing holiday resorts in the ‘wild beach’!
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Location of Costa Brava
Costa Brava, also known as The Wild Coast, is located in the north-eastern part of Spain, in Catalonia. It spreads from Blanes to the French border. On this approximately 220 kilometres long coastline there are many rock outcrops along the way and sandy pebble beaches.
History of Costa Brava
After the First World War, the beaches along the coast of Catalonia served only as weekend destinations for local residents. While tourism had already discovered the Côte d’Azur, Costa Brava remained unknown. In the 1950s, the Spanish government and local entrepreneurs found this coastline and made it suitable for major recreational developments, mainly for tourists coming from Northern Europe, the United Kingdom and France. Nowadays, Costa Brava is one of the most popular holiday destinations.
The climate of Costa Brava
This coastline is typically the Mediterranean. This means warm, dry summers and moderately cold winters. The average annual temperature is between 7 and 28 Celsius degrees. The hottest months are July and August. In August the average temperature of the sea is 26 Celsius degrees. Most of the rain tends to fall in October. Since during the high season Costa Brava’s resorts are pretty much full, it’s better to visit in August or September.
Attractions of Costa Brava
One of the most renowned and best botanical gardens, the Marimurta is located in the south of Costa Brava, in Blanes. On the 16 hectare area there are 6000 species of flowers and plants, but not only natives. You can find flowers and plants from all over the world here, like palm trees and bamboos. If you are longing for a breathtaking panorama, visit the viewing platforms on site. The Aiguamolls de l’Empordà National Park is a paradise for ornithologists since this is the second-largest wetland habitat in Catalonia. The area became a national park in 1983.
Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain and an important port of the Adriatic Sea. The main sight here is the La Sagrada Familia – the Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, which is a World Heritage Site. Further famous sights include the Santa Maria del Mar cathedral and the Picasso Museum. The town centre has a green area called Parc de la Ciutadella; its fountain was inspired by the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Cuisine of Costa Brava
The Catalan cuisine is the Mediterranean, it is influenced by Italian and French cuisine. The main ingredients are fish and olive oil, which come from local sources. Their typical dish is the picada that is prepared in numerous versions with different meats and vegetables. The sauce, the samfaina contains many vegetables and olive oil. Their famous sausage is the butifarra Blanca or white sausage. The paella and pa amb tomáquet are also very popular dishes, the latter is basically bread rubbed with tomato. Their dessert, the drema catalane is a vanilla cream with a hard caramel topping. The region is one of Europe’s largest wine regions.
Beaches in Costa Brava
Costa Brava has many breathtaking beaches to offer. Discover the most beautiful coastlines!
Cala de Sant Francesc (Blanes)
This pebble beach is also called Cala Bona. It is close to Marimurtra Botanical Garden. It is much smaller than the two other beaches of Blanes, the Sa Palomera and S’Abanell, with its 220-metres-long coastline. Nevertheless, we recommend you visit because it is located in a beautiful bay. Locals also love coming here.
Barceloneta Beach (Barcelona)
This is Barcelona’s most popular beach, but since it is close to the city centre it can be quite crowded. The beach is 422 metres long and has an average width of 79 metres. Barceloneta Beach is well-equipped with excellent service. In the summer season lifeguards look after the visitors. There are many restaurants and buffets along the coast.
Llafranc Beach (Llafranc)
If you want to avoid crowds and prefer to relax in calm conditions, Llafranc is a great choice. You can sunbathe on a clean, sandy beach and the slowly deepening water is perfect for families with small children. Would you like to try the specialities of local gastronomy? Choose from the Catalan delicacies and try Sangria, too.
Cala Futadera (Tossa de Mar)
Cala Futadera is located 6 kilometres northeast of Tossa de Mar. You can find this beach in a 100 metres long and 10 metres wide bay. The crystal clear water is perfect for snorkelling. If you like hidden places you should visit here, but please note that it has no services.
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Port de Blanes
The port is run by Blanes Sailing Club. It provides 309 berths for yachts up to 24 metres in size. The club has a café, a restaurant and a sailing school, too. The port combines recreational sailing with commercial fishing activities. Info about sailing in Blanes, or boat rental in Blanes
Club Nàutic Estartit
This port is located in the L’Estartit resort. It has 643 berths for yachts up to 32 metres in size. The port has a depth of 2.3 metres. There are a number of excellent services available. There is also a bar and a restaurant. Info about L’Estartit sailing, or rent a boat in L’Estartit
Club Nautic Cambrils
Thanks to the reforms implemented in recent years, the club has two parts. It can accommodate up to 426 yachts between 8 metres and 25 metres in size. Moreover, there are eight premises that cover a wide range of vessel maintenance and repair services. There is a 24-hour crew service. You can also find a bar and a restaurant here, and of course, there is free Wi-Fi-access available. Info about sailing in Cambrils, or boat rental in Cambrils
Barcelona is one of the most important port cities in the Mediterranean. The Port Vell can accommodate 148 vessels up to 190 metres long yachts. Drinking water, electricity and cable TV are available. Info about sailing in Barcelona, or yacht charter Barcelona
If you sail near Costa Brava, start from Blanes and discover other beautiful resorts in the area. Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar, Palamos, Llafranc and Begur are also excellent tourist destinations. Find yacht routes in Costa Brava or choose another yacht charter in Spain.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Costa Brava. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Costa Brava shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Costa Brava shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
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Day 1. Barcelona – Castelldefels 30.40 km (18.89 mi), Day 2. Castelldefels – Sitges 9.85 km (6.12 mi), Day 3. Sitges – Vilanova i la Geltrú 9.54 km (5.93 mi), Day 4. Vilanova i la Geltrú – Tarragona 48.23 km (29.97 mi), Day 5. Tarragona – Cambrils 17.13 km (10.65 mi), Day 6. Cambrils – Coma-ruga 44.00 km (27.34 mi), Day 7. Coma-ruga – Garraf – Barcelona 63.72 km (39.59 mi)
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Day 1. Blanes – Malgrat de Mar 6.50 km (4.04 mi), Day 2. Malgrat de Mar – Mataro 28.65 km (17.80 mi), Day 3. Mataro – Badalona 20.87 km (12.97 mi), Day 4. Badalona – Barcelona 11.94 km (7.42 mi), Day 5. Barcelona – Castelldefels 30.40 km (18.89 mi), Day 6. Castelldefels – Sitges 9.72 km (6.04 mi), Day 7. Sitges – El Masnou – Blanes 101.23 km (62.90 mi)
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Day 1. Cambrils – L’Ametlla de Mar 30.91 km (19.21 mi), Day 2. L’Ametlla de Mar – Parc Natural del Delta de l’Ebre 21.48 km (13.34 mi) Day 3. Parc Natural del Delta de l’Ebre (Club Nautic Riumar) – Sant Carles de la Rapita 46.15 km (28.67 mi) Day 4. Sant Carles de la Rapita – Vinaros 22.53 km (14.00 mi), Day 5. Vinaros – Peniscola 34.10 km (21.19 mi), Day 6. Peniscola – L’Ampolla 79.92 km (49.66 mi), Day 7. L’Ampolla – Salou – Cambrils 46.74 km (29.04 mi)
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Day 1. Palamós – Begur 13.92 km (8.65 mi), Day 2. Begur – L’Estartit 13.68 km (8.50 mi), Day 3. L’Estartit – Cadaqués 28.15 km (17.49 mi), Day 4. Cadaqués – El Port de la Selva 20.40 km (12.67 mi), Day 5. El Port de la Selva – Roses 32.49 km (20.19 mi), Day 6. Roses – L’Escala 18.38 km (11.42 mi), Day 7. L’Escala – Fornells – Palamós 39.31 km (24.42 mi)
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Day 1. Roses – Cadaqués 17.37 km (10.79 mi), Day 2. Cadaqués – El Port de la Selva 20.76 km (12.90 mi), Day 3. El Port de la Selva – Portbou 11.39 km (7.08 mi) , Day 4. Portbou – Salses-le-Château (Port Leucate) 54.58 km (33.91 mi) Day 5. Port Leucate – Narbone 36.40 km (22.62 mi), Day 6. Narbone – Lagoon La Berre (Port la Nouvelle) 15, 83km (9, 83mile), Day 7. Port la Nouvelle – Roses 102.51 km (63.69 mi).
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Day 1. L’Estartit – Begur 28, 09 km (17, 46 mi), Day 2. Begur – Palamós 13.92 km (8.65 mi), Day 3. Palamós – Platja d’Aro 6, 46 km (4, 01 mi), Day 4. Platja d’Aro – Sant Feliu de Guíxols 6, 36 km (3, 95 mi), Day 5. Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Tossa de Mar 10, 94 km (6, 80 mi), Day 6. Tossa de Mar – Lloret de Mar 8, 73 km (5, 43 mi), Day 7. Lloret de Mar – Blanes – L’Estartit 61, 73 km (38, 35 mi).
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