This wonderful region in Catalonia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, at least in my opinion! It’s much quieter than the Costa Del Sol, and seems to have a lot more character with ancient watchtowers, coastal paths and medieval villages dotted between the pristine beaches. Below are my pick of the best beaches in Costa Brava, from the bold to the beautiful!
It’s perfect destination if you’re looking for a secluded beach where you’ll be practically alone, but if you want a little mix of urbanism and a relaxed ambiance, there’s also a perfect beach for you.
The best part of Costa Brava is the fact that it never feels crowded and you can always find a spot to put your towel down, all the while the beaches themselves are pretty much perfect.
Having spent a week there in June, exploring up and down the coast, here’s my pick of the best beaches in Costa Brava.
Best Beaches in Costa Brava
Playa Gran, Tossa De Mar
This was the main beach where we were staying, right in the center of Tossa De Mar. While busy and right next to the cute strip of shops and restaurants in Tossa, it’s one of the most gorgeous beaches I’ve ever laid my eyes on. What makes this beach particularly special is that you can swim in the crystal clear waters while looking up at the incredible Tossa Fort towering down on the beach from the old town. Makes for a unique experience and some fantastic photos!
For those that want to get active, there’s often volleyball tournaments on the beach which you can join.
Where to eat: One of the best seafood restaurants close to the beach famous for their black rice risotto and paella dishes, is Sa Barca Restaurant.
If you’re into water sports, then this is the beach to go! From snorkelling and diving trips to kayaking or stand up paddle boarding, there’s a huge choice of activities on this beautiful stretch of sand. It’s also much quieter than the rest, or at least it was when I visited in June!
We did a two-hour boat trip to visit some small hidden coves and the got some great views of some of the best beaches in Costa Brava from the comfort of our boat! The water was surprisingly cold so I only lasted about an hour in the water, sans wetsuit!
Where to eat: We had lunch at the gorgeous Casa Brinda in Platja d’Aro – one of the prettiest restaurants we ate at during our stay with high ceilings and plenty of light flooding in, and also a pretty terrace out the front. Their portions were huge! One girl ordered a pasta starter and the bowl was the size of her head! Go for the seafood risotto!
Platja de Fenals, Lloret de Mar
Another great beach for water sports enthusiasts, and a busy beach for groups of friends and families too, this seemed more of a party place with some cute cafes and beach bars (Instagram lovers rejoice!) so that you could easily sip on some cocktails while watching all the activity on the beach.
We did a kayaking trip from here which was one of the highlights of the trip – I seriously could not believe how clean and clear the water was. It was just magical!
Where to eat: If you want to have lunch right on the beach, sitting on a beautiful terrace with ocean views and sand in your toes, then head to Cala Canyelles Restaurant in Lloret De Mar – they serve both amazing seafood and meat, and some delicious pizzas too!
San Pol Beach, S’Agaró
We didn’t have too much time on this beach, and while the area of sand itself was quite narrow in parts, it’s the stunning background of the Costa Brava Coastal Path and the super colourful beach huts that line the southern end of the beach that make it unique. Again with crystal clear waters and quite popular with families, with many inflatables and small boats in the water.
This is also a great starting point to walk some of the prettiest parts of the Costa Brava Coastal Path, passing pristine water and coves and jaw-dropping villas perched up the hills.
Platja de Treumal, Blanes
While on the surface it might seem like a typical Costa Brava beach, but there’s a lot more to this very accessible beach than first meets the eye. Platja de Treumal runs along a protected area, Pinya de Rosa, in which you can find a botanical garden that’s filled with cacti.
In the summer it’s crowded with sun worshippers lunging on beach beds you can rent nearby, and for the rest of the year it’s a calm, meditative beach that’s perfect for yoga, which is exactly what a lot of people are using the beach for. And it’s quite close to civilization, too, so it’s an easily reached place.
Where to eat: If you’re in Blanes, you simply MUST eat at Es Blanc Blanes, probably one of the best restaurants on the entire Costa Brave coast.
Platja de Santa Cristina
While this beach is actually next door to Treumal, it’s practically worlds apart in terms of feel and atmosphere. It’s not a spectacular beach by any sense of the word, but it’s much nearer to a standard tourist beach, albeit a relaxed one, where you can just lie down and enjoy the breeze and the calm waves crashing on the sand.
There are several tourist facilities around, as well as a shrine to the local patron, and even an old fishing cottage. The beach and the nearby green pine trees were immortalized by famous painter Joaquin Sorolla, who managed to capture the calm splendor of this otherwise fantastic beach.