It's the sun-drenched coastal region of Catalonia, and a holiday in the Costa Brava is perfect for beach-lovers. The resort town of Lloret de Mar has one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the region, although its nightlife does make it a magnet for under-30s. If you're after a more relaxing, chilled out holiday, you'll prefer Tossa de Mar, and if you want to take a break from the beach and explore some of the Costa Brava's history, head to Girona, which has incredible architecture and an atmospheric Jewish quarter.
Ryanair offers a huge variety of cheap, direct flights to the Costa Brava, departing from UK airports including London Luton, Bristol, Newcastle and Manchester. There is an average journey time of around two hours to Girona-Costa Brava Airport, which is situated about 13 kilometres from the picturesque city of Girona. The airport is the perfect gateway to your Costa Brava holiday thanks to its extensive transport links. A number of bus services connect the airport to major resorts such as Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar.
You can get around most of the resorts and towns in the region on foot. In fact, this is the easiest and of course cheapest way to make the most of your holiday. Buses and taxis are of course available if you want to get between various parts of the Costa Brava, although if you're really seeking to explore the region a hire car will be your best option. However, bear in mind that this region is a magnet for tourists and you should book a car well in advance if you're visiting during the peak summer season.
Thanks to its stunning beaches, historic sites and plethora of festivals and facilities, the Costa Brava has no trouble pulling in the tourists so discounts and deals may be harder to come by during the peak season. Saying that, cheap hotels in the Costa Brava can be found if you look a few months in advance and shop around online. You could also consider going in late Autumn or early Spring, when the weather won't be quite as perfect but the likelihood of discounts is greater.
While on holiday in the Costa Brava, you really don't have to spend too much money because many of the delights (chiefly, the sun, sea and sand!) don't come with a price-tag. When it comes to food, there are lots of restaurants offering cheap, hearty meals from traditional British fry-ups to proper Spanish cuisine. Ask the locals for tips, and look out for street markets where you can pick up souvenirs at bargain prices.
Updated 23rd April 2014
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