From the imposing snow-capped Pyrenees to the quiet beaches of the coast, the Costa Brava offers a range of possibilities in one day. Today we will learn about some of these options.
This sublime region of northern Catalonia has 200 km of coastline from the town of Blanes to the French border. This part of the Catalan coast is characterized by being rocky and having sheltering small coves sculpted in it bathed in crystalline waters full of life and color. The best way to enjoy them is to let yourself be guided by “camins de Ronda”, trails that follow the coast among lush vegetation with unmistakable aromas of Mediterranean flora that unite hidden beaches and seaside towns, whose houses and boats moored in the sand are a reflection of what once was a way of life for most of the coastal Empordà population.
This land of contrasts allows us to pass from the relaxed coast to the rugged mountains. Just a few kilometers from the sea, we found the Pyrenees of Girona. Thanks to its 2,000 meters of altitude, during the winter, it becomes a perfect place to practice snow sports. Among its 5 ski slopes, there is La Vall de Núria: an alpine ski resort that can only be reached by a rack railway, making this region almost intact over the years. In summer they are perfect for other sports such as mountaineering, mountain biking or horse riding.
On the way between the sea and towards the mountains, we find areas of incalculable scenic value such as the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa, a protected area that houses medieval towns like Besalú or the imposing cliff where the town of Castellfollit de la Roca is located vertiginously.
As we have seen, the Costa Brava is a destination of pure landscape diversity. Now it is up to you to discover and choose if you love more the mountain or the coast. And remember, you can do it in one day!