We have spent a significant amount of time on the Costa Brava over the course of a couple of summers, and know the region quite well. It is also one of the most-photographed locations in our archives, giving me a pretty large selection to choose from for the purposes of this essay.
Here is my hands-down most favorite sight on all of Costa Brava.
It is the view towards the marina from our rented villa in the hills above the town of L’Estartit. I spent long hours on the villa balcony, aided by salchichón and local red wine, alternating reading with gazing onto the sea. (My family would likely be at the beach during that time, but I much prefer quiet repose to beach-going.)
Here is a closer view over town and marina towards the small group of islets called Illes Medes.
I have never actually ventured close to the islands myself, but the rest of the family took journeys around Illes Medes, and we have several excellent close-ups of the rocks. Here is one.
The towns along the coast and also several miles inland are full of typical local architecture and delights. We have a couple of favorites in always stunning and yet amazingly peaceful Pals, or sometimes overcrowded but lively Begur, but step into Peratallada or Ullastret or the historic part of Torroella de Montgri, among others, and you will be infused with the unique Catalan atmosphere. Here is a small selection of sights.
And why not, here is another perspective from the same spot as in the opening shot but at a different time of day.
I did say it was my hands-down favorite, didn’t I?