The Beauty of the Costa Brava: an Instagram Photo Tour

Costa Brava, Charming Peratallada

The Beauty of the Costa Brava: an Instagram Photo Tour

I was captivated by the unexpected beauty of the Costa Brava, its small enchanting hamlets, the traditions still surviving.

Spain, Costa Brava, Peratallada

Enchanting Hamlets: Peratallada and Pubòl

Strolling along the narrow streets of Peratallada is like stepping back into ancient times.

Costa Brava, Charming Peratallada

I couldn’t stop taking photos, halting at every corner, admiring the beauty of the old houses made of stones, the ivy decorating the facades, the fascinating simplicity.

Costa Brava, Peratallada Old Houses

Costa Brava, Peratallada

At dusk, Peratallada gets a different charm, looking even more romantic. It’s close to impossible not feeling the urge to enter one of the lovely restaurants for an exquisite dinner by candlelight.

Costa Brava, Peratallada Night View

Close-by, there’s the pretty village of Pubòl, mostly known for the Gala Dali’s Castle Museum. While the Museum is certainly worth a visit (although I preferred the Dali House-Museum in Portlligat and the Dalì Museum in Figueres), take also the time to explore a little of Pubòl and discover a few charming views.

Costa Brava, Pubòl Old Church

Small beach coves

This was the nicest and most unexpected surprise. I’m more of a mountain lover and although I can also appreciate marine landscape I like them when they are mostly wild and rugged, like in Sa Tuna.

Costa Brava, Sa Tuna

I also particularly liked the lovely seascape at L’Escala, as well as is the view on the little harbor in Portlligat, right in front of Salvador Dali’s House-Museum.

Costa Brava, Fishing Boats in Portlligat

Art, Surrealism, and Strambotism

There’s no better place to get a comprehensive understanding of Surrealism and Salvador Dali’s eclectic genius than in Costa Brava. Another recent artistic movement that is very interesting is Strambotism. Launched in 1974 by Joan Fuster Gimpera and fully developed by Quim Hereu, who took up Gimpera legacy and is currently  pushing Strambotism further with his fascinating STRAM-PRIVATA project.

Dali Museum Figueres  Fascinating Estrambòtismàx

Medieval wonders in Girona

Tiny cobblestone streets, beautiful medieval buildings, the oldest tapestry from the middle-age, a wonderful flower festival, the laid-back atmosphere… This is what makes Girona a very special place to visit.

Costa Brava, Medieval Girona

Girona Cathedral Cloister

Have you visited Costa Brava? Which are your favorite spots?

Note: Warm thanks to the Costa Brava Pirineu de Girona Tourism Board for inviting me to discover this beautiful area of Spain. While I enjoyed the wonderful hospitality, my love of Spain is genuine and has old roots.


More reading: Girona: Charming Medieval Gem of the Costa Brava


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  • Jeff Dobbins
    Posted at 20:41h, 09 December Reply

    Love this. I have discovered Costa Brava, and two of my favorites are the town of Tossa de Mar and the seaside walk from the villages of Llefranc to Calella de Parafrugel. But, you’ve just added new destinations to my “gotta-see” list. Are they easily accessible via public transport?

    • Simon
      Posted at 20:48h, 09 December Reply

      Oh, you mentioned 2 places I still have to discover. As for public transportation, I traveled by public bus and could reach most (not all however) places rather easily. Of course, I had to adapt a little the itinerary depending on the bus schedule, as on certain routes there are only a few runs per days, or some places can be better reached from one city rather than from anther one.

  • Leigh
    Posted at 15:19h, 13 November Reply

    Simon these are wonderful photos of an area I have yet to discover. They make me want to go NOW.

    • Simon
      Posted at 10:11h, 14 November Reply

      So glad you liked the photos, Leigh. And by the way, in Cap de Creus there are wonderful wild hikes!

  • Anita Mac
    Posted at 16:49h, 11 November Reply

    I am barely back from Spain and want to go back! Love your photos – they certainly inspire more Spanish related travel dreams!

    • Simon
      Posted at 17:13h, 11 November Reply

      Thank you, Anita, I’m glad you liked the pictures. Yes, Spain is a great destination in Europe!

  • Heather on her travels
    Posted at 09:56h, 11 November Reply

    It all looks so pretty and picturesque, like stepping back in time. I want to swim in one of those little coves. I loved Girona but now I think I need to explore the rest of the region.

    • Simon
      Posted at 10:02h, 11 November Reply

      I’m sure you’d like the many picturesque villages, as well as some really nice little coves. When I was there in September I also visited Pals. Another little gem on which I’ll write soon.

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