About Costa Brava/Barcelona regions
Spain is one of the most popular holiday areas in the world. 52 Million Foreigners visited this beautiful country to enjoy their holidays in 2007. Catalonia is the region most visited, with almost 12 million visitors coming from abroad each year. Some 10% of these tourists stayed in a property on the coast, which was either rented or in ownership. Visitors are attracted to Catalonia, as this region has managed to combine the beauty of nature with modern attractions, making it one of the preferred destinations.
So what does the Costa Brava have to offer?
• Spectacular scenery. In Spanish, ‘Brava’ means ‘wild’ or ‘rugged’. This perfectly describes the Costa Brava, which runs from the French border through to Blanes. It consists of 220 km of coastline, featuring some superb beaches, coves and mountains;
• The summer heat is less intense than further south. However, with daytime temperatures of around 30c in the summer;
• Excellent cuisine, with examples of typical dishes being mussels marinara and local hams;
• The cosmopolitan cities of Barcelona and Girona are easily accessible;
• There are many beautiful well-preserved mediaeval towns and villages. Also, inland there can be found many castles and monuments in Roman, gothic or modern style.
• A number of lively resorts, that have a wide range of bars and discotecas;
• There are numerous Golf courses of the highest standard all year round;
• In winter, there is good skiing in the nearby Pyrenees;
• There are cheap flights to Girona and Barcelona airports (Ryanair, Easy Jet, Bmi baby, Thomson);
• Generally, the cost of living is reasonable.
An important aspect of the tourism on the Costa Brava is that it truly reflects Spanish lifestyle and culture, with there being something to do for the whole family. All in all, the Costa Brava is a fantastic place to live or to have a holiday!
Girona is one of the most ancient and historical cities within Spain. It can often be compared to the famous city of Venice. It is highly recommended to see the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the old Jewish Quarters.
In terms of inhabitants and size, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. It is the Capital of Catalonia. It is a very modern and multicultural city, with arts and culture being at the forefront of this magnificent city. Barcelona is also famous for its fabulous architecture, cuisine and great variety of designer shops. Some of the places we recommend you to visit are:
• Barcelona Football Stadium, known as Camp Nou, where more than 100,000 spectators can watch a game;
• The famous buildings designed by the architect Gaudi, such as La Sagrada Familia;
• The historic Gothic Center;
• To take a stroll down the famous Ramblas.