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Camping Holidays in Costa Brava

The Costa Brava, so named after its rugged and rocky coastline, is situated in the north eastern corner of Spain bordering France via the Pyrenees. This area offers more to the holidaymaker than the typical sun, sea and sand we have come to expect from Spain. With its beautiful coastal coves and bays, old fishing towns and villages, mountains and marshlands, this is a holidaymakers treasure trove.

With so much on offer and with its Mediterranean climate, the Costa Brava is a place for a truly memorable family holiday.

Costa Brava

This region can offer the whole family a memorable holiday. The diversity of scenery with rugged coastal cliffs, pretty coves and bays, marshland and mountain all ensures you can get everything you want from a location. Of course, if it is just the beaches which your family prefer, then there are numerous excellent ones to visit, many with a blue flag award.

The main seaside resorts of the area are Blanes, Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar. Whilst invariably busy in summer, these locations offer everything you would need such as shopping, water parks, beaches and loads more. If you prefer something a little more relaxing then you won’t be disappointed with what the Costa Brava has to offer. There are numerous coves and bays worth a visit and your exploration will be rewarded with picturesque, quiet beaches reaching out to the turquoise sea. There are also some quaint fishing villages to be sought out along the way, offering a more traditional feel to your holiday.

As the area extends up to the eastern foothills of the Pyrenees, which borders France, the diverse landscape offers a multitude of activities for the family. Cycling, mountain biking, walking and horse riding are all on offer in the countryside. Back on the coastline you can participate in pretty much any water sport imaginable! Whether it’s scuba diving, sailing or kayaking there are plenty of water sport venues which offer a professional service at competitive prices.

If you and your family want to explore and experience the traditions and culture of Spain then there’s plenty on show in this region. With the ancient Greek colony of Empúries dating back to 575 B.C you can see how they worked and lived way back then. Moving forward in time then there are many medieval towns and villages worth a visit such as Peratallada, Pals and Girona.
In being a place so diverse and versatile, the Costa Brava offers plenty of opportunities to ensure a great family holiday is enjoyed by all!

Campsites in Costa Brava

This area of Spain has an abundance of well rated campsites. Often they are aimed at families and have numerous facilities such as swimming pools, play areas, restaurants, supermarkets, launderettes; everything you could possibly need. The price usually reflects the quality of the pitches and facilities that the campsites have. Look out for those campsites with a tourist quality certification, of which there are many to choose from in the locality.

There are also numerous choices of locations to go for, whether you’d prefer seaside or countryside it’s up to you to decide! Some campsites further from the beach even offer shuttle buses to them so it’s all very convenient. Just check before you go what’s available in your chosen area to visit and you won’t be disappointed.

Holiday Parks in Costa Brava

Things to do

Cap de Creus Natural Park

Located at the easternmost point of Spain this peninsula has such wonderful natural scenery that it’s worth spending some time here. With little islands, reefs, rocks and hidden bays to explore, any trip to the Costa Brava deserves a visit here. The small fishing towns of Cadaqués and El Port de la Selva, whilst out of the Natural Park area but still on the Cap de Creus peninsula, are a good starting point to explore the area.

Archaeological site of Empúries

Dating back to 575 B.C this ancient Greek and Roman settlement is a must for all history lovers. The site covers an impressive area so be prepared to do some walking to see most of the ruins. It’s also near a beach so if you fancy a dip after your walk around be sure to take your swimming things! The best way of accessing it is to get to l’Escala (also worth a visit!) and you can walk to it from there.

Waterworld, Lloret de Mar

For a water fuelled extravaganza head to Waterworld! With rides, rapids, pools and plenty on offer for younger children too, this is sure to be a fun family day out.

La Selva de l’aventura

Located in the Montsery Mountains this treetop adventure offers something a little different from all the coastal activities on offer. Swinging from trees, climbing up ropes and traversing bridges; may not be best for those scared of heights! With a play area for younger children and free entry for those not participating all the family can be catered for.

Getting there

It’s possible to fly or drive to this sunny corner of Spain. The nearest main airport with frequent flights to and from the UK is Barcelona. It is then about a 50 minute drive to Blanes at the southern edge of the region. Flights are also available to Girona, which is in the actual region. From Gerona it takes approximately 30-40 minutes by car to reach the coastline.
If you’d prefer to take your own car and drive then ferries from the UK can take you to the port of Bilbao in Spain; from there it’s about a six hour drive to get to Blanes. Or you can head for France and catch a ferry or take the channel tunnel across. Either way, this is a long drive (about 11 hours) so be sure to factor in some stops en route!

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