The Costa Brava in Catalonia is Spain’s magnificent “wild coast” where the Pyrenees come together with the Mediterranean Sea. It is the most beautiful coastline of the Mediterranean Sea with incredibly diverse breath-taking sceneries, desolated sandy beaches, high rocky cliffs, tiny coves with beautiful natural harbours, wildlife nature reserves and unspoiled marine parks.
The Costa Brava stretches for over 200 kilometres from the French/Spanish border town of Port Bou in the north to Blanes in the south displaying the flamboyant holiday resorts as Rosas (Roses in Catalan), Playa de Aro (Platja d’Aro), Palamos, Sant Feliu de Guixols and Tossa de Mar. They all offer hundreds of first line apartments and houses for sale and rent. Famous are also the casinos of Perelada (Peralada) and Lloret de Mar, real gamblers paradise.
Home and inspiration to the surrealist artist Salvador Dali, the Costa Brava’s “wild coast” is most spectacular around Cap de Creus. Places such as Puerto de la Selva (El Port de la Selva), Cadaques and Rosas (Roses) are very popular among yachtsmen as they offer the best and most dramatic cruising grounds of the whole Mediterranean Sea with many small bays (cala’s) forming natural harbours to anchor your yacht or boat. The Yacht Harbour of Rosas is one of the largest marinas on the Costa Brava which can even accommodate large mega yachts.
The endless sandy beach of the Gulf of Rosas (Roses) stretches from Rosas to La Escala (L’Escala) encompassing the resort towns of Ampuriabrava (Empuriabrava), San Pedro Pescador (Sant Pere Pescador) and Sant Marti d’Empuries.
Unique in Europe are the residential marinas of Rosas-Santa Margarita (Roses-Santa Margarida) and Empuriabrava. There you can buy your private mooring, villa, house or apartment with its own mooring, berth or jetty where you can dock your boat at the doorstep of your holiday home. With over 35 km of navigable canals and some 5.000 holiday homes and properties with private moorings Empuriabrava is the largest residential marina in the world.
Empuriabrava has also a small airport and is one of the largest and most famous skydiving centres in the world. It is a paradise for skydivers who jump into beautiful blue skies enjoying the magnificent view of the Bay of Rosas and of the villas and houses with private moorings surrounding the channels of Empuriabrava.
A scuba diver’s paradise is L’Estartit and the Medes Islands embedded in a the protected Mongri Marine Nature Reserve that offer the best diving of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Costa Brava’s picturesque and charming fishing villages of Colera, Llanca, El Port de la Selva, Port Lligat, Cadaques, San Pedro Pescador, L’Escala, Llafranc and Palafrugell are most enchanting and display some excellent sea food restaurants where you can find the best paellas and fish suquets of Spain. The anchovies of L’Escala are world famous and the bay of Montjoi hides “El Bulli” the “Best Restaurant” in the world.
Impressive is also the coastline around Cap de Begur. In the residential and exclusive urbanisations of Sa Punta, Sa Riera, Aiguafreda, Sa Tuna, Fornells, Aiguablava and Tamariu you can find some of the most beautiful villas and holiday houses of the Costa Brava. Here you can buy the luxurious holiday home or villa of your dreams perched high on the cliffs with spectacular sea views and a large swimming pool.
The Costa Brava does not only refer to the coast itself but encompasses the whole geographical area of the Gerona (Girona) province in Catalonia - Spain. Discovering the inland and mountainous regions of the three Catalan counties that form the Costa Brava, Alt and Baix Emporda and La Selva, adds new attractions to your visit to the Costa Brava. This inland region is one of the most serenely beautiful countryside in Spain. It is one of the Spain's richest regions with beautiful farms, old rustic village houses and imposing country mansions, fincas or masias of which some are now for sale as holiday country home. Some have been transformed in small hotels or bed and breakfast.
In the historic medieval villages of Castello d’Empuries, Pals, Begur, Torroella de Montgri, La Bisbal and Peratallada you can still find small rustic properties for sale or for rent offering the ultimate relaxing holiday.
The exclusive residential golf courses of Golf de Perelada (Peralada), Golf de Torremirona (Navata), Golf Platja de Pals and Golf Costa Brava (Playa de Aro - Platja d’Aro) are a paradise for golf enthusiasts. Here you have the opportunity to buy a luxurious villa or house with a golf course as your back yard.
The Costa Brava features a great variety of sports activities on the ground, in the air and on or under the sea. Water skiing, scuba diving, hill-walking, mountain-biking, skydiving and even snow skiing in winter, only an hour's drive away in the Pyrenees, while Barcelona, Figueras (Figueres) and Gerona are close enough for culture aficionados and shopaholics.
The mild Mediterranean climate with year round sunshine and very low humidity level invites to evasion and relaxation. Buying a holiday home or apartment on the Costa Brava promises exceptional holiday all year round.
The Costa Brava's close location to France makes it easily accessible via the excellent motorway network and its proximity to Girona's, Barcelona's and Perpignan's International Airports. The fast European railway system TGV connects now London, Brussels and Paris to Figueres in a few hours.
The Costa Brava has somehow managed to meet the demands of mass tourism whilst at the same time retaining a special beauty, character and charm which have been the delight of visitors for decades.
The advantages of buying real estate Costa Brava:
A property investment Spain will often be cheaper than its French equivalent, and the cost of living in Spain is smaller. To buy a villa, house or apartment on the Costa Brava is the promise for you of years of economic holidays.
No longer hesitate to buy your own place in the sun. Heat, beach and tourist activities in summer, quietness, beautiful landscape and nice weather even in winter, are guarantees you will enjoy your Costa Brava property investment for many years to come. You can spend your family vacation there but will definitely move in when you retire.
Empuriabrava - Ampuriabrava
Empuriabrava is unique and is often referred to as the Venice of Spain because most of its residential area is built on and around a system of canals. The majority of the residencies have a private mooring at the end of the garden making Empuriabrava the largest residential marina in Europe.
But it is not only the 40 km of waterways that make Empuriabrava so special. The airport, which is specialized in skydiving, the huge variety of restaurants, bars, cafes, boutiques, shopping centers, etc. are also part of it.
Santa Margarita & Rosas
5 km to the north of Empuriabrava lays the coastal town of Roses with its large fishing port and exclusive marina. In between Roses and Empuriabrava lies the beautiful residential marina of Santa Margarita.
Unlike Empuriabrava where bridges limit the access of larger motor and sailing yachts to some areas, Santa Margarita is accessible by large yachts and this makes it one of the only places in Europe where you can moor your super yacht onto your private dock in the garden of your luxurious villa!