Chartering a Yacht the Costa Brava
Costa Brava, Spain, Yacht Charter and Sailing Holiday Guide
The Costa Brava is one of the most beautiful and popular regions within Spain. Located between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, it is the holiday destination of choice for most Spanish residents.
Its nature, climate and history create a setting of out of the ordinary and unforgettable beauty. The “wild” Coast has an average of 16ºC and 2,500 hours of sunshine all year round. Its 214 kilometres of coastline stretch between Blanes in the south, El Montseny, and Portbou in the north, on the French border. Beaches, coves and cliffs sit among renowned places like S’Agaró, Tossa de Mar, Begur, Cadaques and Portlligat.
From Barcelona you can reach la Costa Brava within two or three hours, depending on the weather conditions.
The following villages are some of the most interesting places to visit on your charter.
The main types of charters in the Costa Brava are luxury sailing and motor yachts cruising the coast up from Barcelona, and bareboat yachts based in different ports along the coast, such as Palamos,
Roses or L'Estartit. We have charter boats of all sizes and types on the Costa Brava, a sampling of them can be found here: Costa Brava Charter Yachts.
Tossa de Mar
Marc Chagall who visited and painted this lovely town in 1933, naming it "Blue Paradise". Cliffs, coves and beaches make up the coastal profile of the county of La Selva, the setting for Tossa de Mar. Tossa de Mar offers an incredible range of history, art and leisure on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Sand Feliu de Guixols
Located on a small bay that opens up between the mountains of Sant Elm and the hills of El Molí de les Forques, Sant Feliu de Guíxols is known for its cork industry and seafaring tradition. It also has an impressive monumental site, formed by the parish church and different elements from the Romanesque monastery of the village, with its famous Porta Ferrada.
In this luxurious residential complex, all the buildings are of a similar & distinguished type, perfectly in harmony with the scenery among trees and gardens. S’Agaro hosts one of the most luxurious hotels in Spain, where Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardener, and thousands of other famous guests stayed for long periods of time. The gorgeous beach of Sa Conca is very near. It is semi-circular and the pine trees are within easy reach in the dazzling light. This is probably why it is considered a landmark of the coast.
Pine forests go all the way to the shore, surrounding the town, which is only a few kilometres away from the sea. The visitor should judge for himself, but he should know that the coves along this coast, between Aiguablava and Sa Riera, are said to be the most beautiful of the whole Costa Brava. The coves of Aiguablava, a name connected with the intense blue of its waters, are justly called "shining scenery" because of their colour and transparency. The historic quarter, a very traditional and colourful place, is dominated by the ruins of an austere castle built on rocks, which dates from the 15th century. The ancient fishing quarters, by the beach, have become important residential and tourist areas.
The former Greek colony of Roses stretches between the sea and the mountains, offering a multitude of beaches and coves among rocky cliffs, where visitors can practise a great variety of water sports as well as walking in the nearby natural parks.
Near Roses, in Cala Montjoi, we find “EL Bulli” owned by the officially appointed “best chef in the world”, Ferrán Adriá. An experience not to be missed! With a cabinet's full of awards this famous gourmet restaurant will rocket you into food heaven. Note that you will need to book months if not years in advance!
The coastal town of L'Escala has a great variety of landscapes and different inhabited areas. These go from modern seafront developments, to the historic old town and the nearby medieval village of Sant Marti. L’Escala, famous for having the best anchovies in the Mediterranean, is one of the main fishing harbours along the coast.
Port de la Selva
Port de la Selva is on the northern part of La Costa Brava, and is popular for its varied landscapes, its beaches and its mountains, such as Sant Salvador and Puig de Queralbs. This little town retains the charm of a small fishing village, with great monuments and archaeological vestiges, such as the Serra de Rodes medieval site. It has some of Catalonia's best beaches.
Situated right on the Cap de Creus peninsula, Cadaqués is one of the most symbolic places of la Costa Brava. The source of inspiration for internationally famous painters and artists for decades, today this centre enjoys an intense cultural life, as witnessed by its many museums and art galleries, among which the Salvador Dalí House-Museum is outstanding.
Platja d’Aro (Aro Beach)
A large and open beach with fine sand, this town now visited by a great number of tourists because of its situation, shopping and night life, used to be a charming fishing village. At night, it becomes the centre of attention for many visitors because its nightlife provides with many different possibilities. Full of boutiques, bars, coffee shops, pubs, restaurants, open-air cafes, clubs, discotheques, gambling halls etc, it is a spectacle to watch!
This town with excellent beaches and leisure opportunities is set right on the Costa Brava, on the coast of the province of Girona. The broken coastal relief provides both wide beaches and coves with clear water among the rocks.
There are two major airports serving la Costa Brava and Gerona area: Barcelona and Gerona. Gerona is the easier choice, particularly for the more northern resorts on the Costa Brava, with average transfer times of one hour.
Companies like RyanAir fly to Gerona seven days a week, from Stansted, and other UK airports. All major international airlines fly to/from Barcelona. From Barcelona there are many options to reach La Costa Brava, by bus, train and car and it won’t take more than 3 hours to reach the most northerly destinations.
The Costa Brava usually enjoys bright, sunny and mild weather all year long. Such an ideal temperature is the result of it being protected by the Pyrenees Mountains in the north and the warm Mediterranean in the east. On the other hand, at the peak of summer, its temperatures are warm but then the heat is eased by the cool breezes from the sea.
Costa Brava’s climate is typically Mediterranean. Statistics show that virtually every day is sunny and bright, although as we well know, the weather is unpredictable and can be subject to change at any time. The region however has influences of wet winds from the south and cold winds from the north, particularly the Tramontana. These winds can reach speeds of up to 120 km an hour.
The average temperature is 16°C and though the region is generally bright and sunny, there is ample rainfall, around 600 - 700 mm which falls mainly during winter.
Incredibly straightforward in its preparation and extremely true to its flavours, Catalan cuisine is one of the hidden gems of the Mediterranean. From the simplicity of the “ Pa amb Tomaquet” (bread slathered with fresh tomato and olive oil), which can be accompanied by local cold cuts as “jamon” and “fuet”, to the Catalan dish par excellence “Botifarra amb Mongetes” (specialty of Catalan sausage with beans), the average person does not know much about this cuisine often not getting past the popular Paella.
Incredible wines, fresh ingredients and careful preparation will make your culinary experience an unforgettable experience.
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