The mild climate, the transparency of its waters, the brightness of the sky, cleaned by the tramontana winds, and the charm of its villages, whose habitants have traditionally lived from fishing, sailing and coral mining, have been the main attractions that have made this part of the Mediterranean coast one of the world's most desirable coast, the Costa Brava. Renowned writers, musicians and artists, both national and international, have admired it and have opened it to the world: Josep Pla, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, are a clear example.

This is an extremely rugged coast, due to a series of mountain ranges that fall abruptly into the sea and form rocky cliffs that give it a wild and savage aspect - hence the name - with coves and secluded beaches where the pines come to touch the sea. There are also sectors - such as the Gulf of Roses - with wide sandy beaches that break the unity and give variety to the landscape.

In the north, the beaches of sand and rocks are more frequent, offering scuba divers a wide range of possibilities to dive in crystal waters and enjoy a wide variety of fauna and flora. In the south, golden beaches and major tourist resorts are more frequent.


The Costa Brava, from Portbou to Cadaqués


This area offers one of the harshest landscapes and wild beauty of the Costa Brava, due to the imposing presence of the last spurs of the Pyrenees - the mountain range of the Albera and the peninsula of Cape Creus, protected areas - that fall abruptly into the Empordà plain and into the sea, forming a jagged and rocky coastline, with many small creeks and natural harbors.


Portbou-Colera: coarse sand beaches, grayish and with stones. The water is very clear, the bottom is rocky, with a progressive drop, and has abundant vegetation. Platja de les Freses, Cala del Pi, les Tres Platgetes, Platja Gran, Platja de les Guiules, Platja del Claper, Cala Rovellada, Platja dels Morts, Platja de les Barques and Platja del Garbet are worth mentioning.

Llança-Port de la Selva: The beaches in this area are generally coarse sand, grayish to brown in color, with rocks and slabs. The water is very clear and the rocky bottom has little drop. Swimming areas are marked out. The whole area is rich in rockfish, highlighting the sea urchins. Among its many beaches, some fo the bests are Platja de les Asucenes, Cap Ras, Platja de Canyelles, Platja de Grifeu, Platja del Port, Platja de la Farella, Platja de les Tonyines, Platja del Cau del Llop, Platja del Port de la Selva and Platja del Pas.


Port de la Selva-Cadaques-Cap de Creus: Most of the creeks are accessible by sea and inaccessible by land. In general, the coves of this area consist of pebbles and stones. The water is of very good quality and very transparent, and the bottom drop is progressive. Cales Tamariua, Cativa, Taballera, Prona, Galladera, Portaló, Tulip, Fredosa, Jugadora and Platja de Guillola are among the most visited.


Cadaqués: Creeks and beaches with gray sand, pebbles and very clear water , and in general very shallow.  Cala S'Alqueria Grossa and S'Alqueria Petita and the beaches of Sant Antoni, Illa de Portlligat, S'Arenella, Gran, Port d'Alguer, Llané, Sa Conca, Cala Nans.


The Costa Brava, from Roses to l’Escala


The sandy areas of the beach separate the sea from the lands occupied by wetlands, which are what is left from old lakes, that dried up during the XVIII and XIX centuries, to facilitate farming and livestock in the area, and where we can still find farmyards, rural houses surrounded by hedges, and meadows bounded by ditches, canals and wooded margins, that add a special beauty to the landscape


Roses: The creeks of this area are medium grained gray sand, alternating with pebbles. The water, very clear, pretty soon becomes deep. In contrast, beach sand is fine grained and white. Some beaches worth visiting are Cala Jòncols, Petita de Jòncols, Pelosa, Calitjà, Montjoi and the beaches of Almadrava, Canyelles Petites, Palandrers, de la Punta and Roses.


Roses-Santa Margarita-Empuriabrava-Sant Pere Pescador: beaches in this area are white, fine grain sand. The water is of good quality and shallow, becoming deeper after a few meters from the shore. Its main beaches are El Rastell, Salatà, Santa Margarida, Rubina, Empuriabrava, Riu Empuriabrava, Aiguamolls, Càmping, Sant Pere Pescador and La Cigarra.

L'Escala: In this area the beaches are generally of fine white sand, clear and shallow water, with sandy bottom. The beaches of Riuet, Empúries, Musclera Grossa, Musclera Petita, Portixol, del Rec, de les Barques, Port d'en Perris, Riells and Cala Montgo are worth visiting.

L'Escala L'Escala Sant Pere Pescador
Sant Pere Pescador Roses Playa La Farella - Llança
Santa Margarita Empuriabrava Colera
Port de la Selva Cadaques Cadaques

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