World-famous dining and movie-ready backdrops abound in Costa Brava
Don’t let Costa Brava’s name fool you – Costa Brava might mean ‘wild coast’ in Spanish, but this gorgeous coastline is pretty polished, if we do say so ourselves.
Costa Brava is famed for its greenery-steeped landscapes so beautiful, they’ve been the backdrops for a number of films and attracted Hollywood names such as Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and artists like Picasso, Joan Miro and Salvador Dali. Resorts like nightlife capital Lloret de Mar and the quieter – but resoundingly gorgeous – Tossa de Mar are just the tip of the iceberg as far as this destination’s luxury towns go. With UK airports to Barcelona El-Prat and Girona Airports taking approximately two hours, you can be enjoying luxurious Costa Brava in no time.
When it comes to high-class dining, Costa Brava definitely knows a thing or two. Its coasts are awash in Michelin star-rated restaurants whose menus combine the best of the sea and the nearby mountains. It’s also the home of the highly-touted El Bulli restaurant, whose cuisine has left an imprint not only on Catalonia but the world. The Costa Brava region has also been in the wine-making business for thousands of years, and is known for creating world famous vino best enjoyed in the area’s array of sleek eateries.
Living the high life in Costa Brava
With its Hollywood set-worthy skyline, Costa Brava is the dream background for a luxurious holiday. Lloret de Mar is one of the most popular Costa Brava resorts and its nightlife capital, boasting a handful of award-winning beaches, more than a thousand shops where cash-splashing is a must, and clubs where bottle service will make you feel like the ultimate VIP. The town’s streets are lined with crazy huge, castle-like homes left behind by wealthy Catalans known as Indianos, making even strolls here feel like a luxury activity of its own.
Tossa de Mar, on the other hand, is of the more laid-back luxury variety. Its multi-star beach-facing hotels and upscale restaurants in the old town Villa Vella make it Lloret de Mar’s shy but equally stunning counterpart. There might not be as big of a club scene here, but that just means there’s more room for quiet evenings along the coast at waterfront terraces, toasting with a glass of vino between lush gardens or at specialty G&T bars.
Other popular holiday destinations in Spain
Luxury holidays in Spain aren’t just limited to Costa Brava – if you’re looking to branch out beyond these ruggedly beautiful shores, check out the likes of Costa del Sol and Costa Dorada, where the luxury possibilities multiply.
But if you’ve got your heart set on a luxury holiday in Costa Brava, take a look at our travel guide for more information on how to pan your high-end holiday in the Spanish sun. Here are our top luxury hotels in Costa Brava for you to check out.
The Golden Bahia De Tossa is a designated Platinum hotel, rated 4* and located right along the outskirts of Tossa de Mar. The rooftop garden featuring a solarium and three whirlpool baths, wellness treatments, an adults-only health club and Turkish bath at the in-house spa, not to mention the expansive pool scene, should keep you occupied during the day, while the La Selva piano bar is a top choice for late-night indulgence.
At the top of its sleekness game is the Mar Menuda Hotel, planted right on a quiet Blue Flag award-winning beach. This whitewashed, 4* gem's interior is broken with eye-popping blues characteristic of the Med. The pool scene looks more like an outdoor spa than anything, lined with luxurious loungers. On offer here are a chic a la carte restaurant and bedrooms that, with an upgrade, will get you unmatched sea views.