Costa Brava is a beautiful region in Spain, whose name literally translates to rugged or wild coast. Though there is still plenty to see and do inland, the coastline is definitely its greatest attraction. Our family loves being near the water, which is why the coastal town of Tamariu was the perfect home base for our celebratory week in Costa Brava. My step-mother had just recently retired, my father has a milestone birthday in the coming weeks, and Sam and I were reminiscing on the one year anniversary of when we left the US to become full-time travelers! What better way to celebrate the good life than with a family vacation along the coast in Costa Brava?!
Hiking Along the Coast in Costa Brava
Mere steps away from our apartment in Tamariu was the start of one of many coastal walking trails in Costa Brava. Leading away from the beach and along the coast to the south is a trail that gets you scrambling over rocks and takes you through a coastal forest. The path is well marked with a series of white and red stripes leading the way and X-marks clearly indicating where not to venture. At the terminus of this portion of the coastal hike is a steep series of switchbacks leading down to a rocky cove, Cala Pedrosa. There is a small (cash-only) restaurant serving up beverages, snacks, and full meals. It’s not cheap, but considering its location, you’re paying for the views and their effort to bring in the supplies. The hike from Tamariu to Cala Pedrosa takes about 30 minutes and will leave you breathless both from exertion and the stunning scenery.
Minus the massive staircase to get to the start of the trail, the hike from Llafranc to Calella is relatively easy and provides incredible views of the rugged coastline and the quaint coastal towns nearby. From the start of the trail in Llafranc to its stopping point in Calella, the walk should only take about 20 minutes…though maybe a little longer if you stop as often as we did to take pictures. It’s kind of hard not to in a region so beautiful!
Kayaking Along the Coast in Costa Brava
Walking along the coast is just one great way to experience the beautiful coastline in Costa Brava, yet it’s a whole other experience to witness its beauty from the sea! We traveled just over an hour (from Tamariu) to the town of Llançà to team up with SK Kayak for an afternoon of aquatic adventure along the coast!
We’re all experienced kayakers, but were grateful for the opportunity to have Pau (owner of SK Kayak) as our guide. Not only did he guide us along the scenic Catalan coast, but also provided us with information about the area’s history and ecology.
At our turn-around point, just 7 km south of the border of France, we got out of our kayaks for a little stretch break and an impromptu lesson on the local sea urchins. The seascape was some of the most beautiful we have ever kayaked; the water so clear we could see the reefs below. This is a highly recommended activity in Costa Brava for beginners and experienced kayakers alike.
Sailing Along the Coast in Costa Brava
My dad has owned a sailboat since I was a little girl. We spent many a weekend out on the water, so of course when we travel anywhere near a coast, we make our best effort to splash around. It doesn’t matter where you are along the coast in Costa Brava, the views are guaranteed to be rugged, wild, and absolutely gorgeous!
We started our journey with Tela Marinera in Llafranc, sailed up toward Tamariu, and down south to Palamos. Colorful seaside villages and packed marinas dot the coastline. Though the waters started out a little choppy, it quickly settled and we were in for smooth sailing along the coast in Costa Brava!
Everyone got a turn at the helm, as our captain, Joan, wanted to give us a hands-on sailing experience we wouldn’t soon forget. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, nor the scenery more breathtaking. By land and sea, we truly felt as if we had experienced the absolute best Costa Brava had to offer!
These were just a few of the memorable experiences we had during our time in this gorgeous region of Spain. We wined, dined, explored medieval towns and ruins, and relaxed at the beach. To summarize, it was the perfect getaway for our sea-loving family!
For a look at our entire week in Costa Brava, including our time along the coast, check out our video below:
We’d like to thank the Costa Brava Tourism Board (Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona), SK Kayak & Tela Marinera for their partnerships during our stay in Costa Brava. As always, our write-ups are an accurate representation of the experiences we had.