Travel to Costa Brava, Spain – Episode 339

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Costa Brava, Spain

The Amateur Traveler talks to Sherry Ott about Costa Brava Spain.

Costa Brava is in Catalonia north of Barcelona on the rugged coastline of Spain. It also extends as far inland as the Pyrenees and includes farming country and medieval towns.

“It has a lot of surprises. I am going to say that it is the next Tuscany. The region itself has a variety that rivals anything Italy has to offer but yet it is relatively unknown to international travelers and especially Americans. You have got these beautiful landscapes, culture, food, beaches, farms, mountains, medieval towns, castles all to yourself in a way. There is a lot of tourism there but it is more Spanish tourism or European tourism a bit too. You have got room to roam.”

“I recommend you try and see it all actually. That means you plop yourself down in the middle in that farmland in those small villages, you rent yourself a villa if you are traveling with a family or a number of people. Then go to the coast, hit some beaches for a day and then the next day you can go to the Pyrenees and do hiking. Then spend a couple of days in some of the villages that surround the area and might be known for wine or cava. I personally like the variety that you can get there.”

GIrona Cathedral

Girona boasts a beautiful medieval city center and cathedral. This photo is shot from the steps of the cathedral looking down at a small city square. It is easy and pleasant to get lost in the twisty streets and alleys in the area around the cathedral and the city walls.

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Show Notes

Solo Travel as a Woman – Episode 107
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Sherry Ott Official Website
Hiking Costa Brava Photoset
Villa Rentals
Costa Brava Tourism
On “Tapa” the world at Costa Brava (travel blog)
Pa Amb Tomaquet (Traditional Spanish Breakfast)
Valle de Nuria
Rack Railway
Pyrnees Ski Resorts
Under the Catalan Sun
Google Translate
Meet, Plan, Go


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

2 Responses to “Travel to Costa Brava, Spain – Episode 339”

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Frank Curtis


We visited the Costa Brava in 2011, It is a beautiful area. We flew Ryanair to Girona, and took a buts to Tossa de Mar. We were thrilled with the town and recommend it as a base for exploration.
There are many boats running north and south to many other towns, the coast scenery is wonderful.
Unfortunately, one of the most southerly towns in the Costa Brava, Blanes has grown too fast and looks scruffy. When I last visited Blanes in 1957 it was a picturesque village.
Your guest mentioned that the area was not a tourist mecca, this is great, but it has been discovered by eich Russians and Germans. Their mansions are dotted all along the cliff tops in some areas.
The Costa Brava was the most popular destination in the 50 and 60s. Then tourists found the Costa Del Sol and ruined that part of the Spanish coast.

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