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Costa Brava South

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Highlights Costa Brava South:

• Walk through Tossa de Mar’s old town

• Discover the small, unspoilt coves between Tossa de Mar and Sant Feliu de
Guíxols, e.g. Cala Futadera o la Cala Figuera beaches

• Take a daytrip walking in the natural parks of Montseny or Montnegre and enjoy traditional Catalan cuisine

• Visit one of Blanesbotanic gardens, enjoy the picturesque sea view surrounded by exotic plants so you can sit back and relax

• Head north along the Camí de Ronda battlements and the beaches of Lloret de Mar and discover the beautiful coves

Blanes, Lloret and Tossa the Mar

The Costa Brava South, in the La Selva administrative district, comprises three towns which could not be more different from one another. Blanes, Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar represent the three different faces of tourism. Blanes lies at the southern end and is particularly popular among campers and families due to the abundance of campings in Blanes; in the middle is Lloret de Mar, the place where the youth of Europe get down and party in an endless array of clubs and discos; and in the north lies Tossa de Mar, in stark contrast to neighbouring Lloret de Mar. With its uniquely, well maintained old town, Tossa de Mar has long been an attraction for artists and advocates of peaceful tourism.

Picturesque coastline and wooded hinterland
At a length of just 30 kilometres, the coastal section of the southern Costa Brava is relatively small. Its hinterland is hilly with dense woodland, especially north of Lloret de Mar. This is where the name of the administrative district Selva (wood, primeval forest) originates. It provides the perfect backdrop to the small, partially hidden coves along the coast. The region around Blanes is still relatively flat, but the further north you go the hillier it becomes and north of Tossa de Mar, steep coast is predominant. If you have the stomach for it you can take the car and drive along the coast on the GI-682 zigzag mountain road, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views across the steep slopes and scores of unspoilt coves: A fine example of this is the Cala Futadera cove.

Little coves and long town beaches
Along the entire Costa Brava South, little hidden coves await the informed Don-Travel user. Even in Lloret de Mar, which is renowned for partying, chaos, and loud, young, low-budget coach-tourists, there are beautiful, unspoilt beaches, such as Cala Boadella, which are within walking distance of the centre, as well as a variety of little coves for bathing along the old Camí de Ronda battlements northbound, which can be discovered on foot. A little further away, between Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar, lies Cala Morisca with its turquoise-blue waters. This is a real insider’s tip due to its reduced accessibility and the fact that few know of its existence. Blanes beaches are also very popular among tourists.
In contrast to these externally situated little coves, the town beaches of these three towns, e.g.  Blanes beach, are wide and long, providing the perfect conditions for watersports. Tossa de Mar is ideal for diving; Lloret de Mar and Blanes, on the other hand, offer an inexhaustible variety of fun-filled water sports such as a banana boat, water-skiing, kite-surfing and more.

Rich cultural heritage
Because, for centuries, the Costa Brava was under threat from pirates and other invaders, there are a number of defence posts located at points of strategic importance along the coastline. One such example is the Castell Sant Joan castle which sits above Blanes. Those who take a short walk up the hill, especially when the weather is good, will be rewarded with an awesome view in every direction. There is another castle of the same name, Castell Sant Joan in Lloret de Mar, which lies a little further out of the centre and is not as well-maintained as its namesake in Blanes. The absolute highlight is undoubtedly the medieval old town of Tossa de Mar: a unique, almost entirely maintained downtown area with an imposing defence wall, beautiful houses and small, winding alleyways.

On the southern Costa Brava there are a number of excavation sites from times gone by. Lloret de Mar now boasts 3 Iberian excavation sites while Tossa de Mar is home to an equal number of excavation sites of Roman origin. The most famous is the Roman excavation site Villa Romana dels Ametllers, not far from the centre of Tossa, which has a well-maintained mosaic floor.
Art nouveau style architecture is very widespread across the entire Costa Brava and all over Catalonia. On the southern Costa Brava its presence is not as strong as in the northern region. In the heart of Lloret de Mar, however, there is a little gem of art noveau: the Capella del Santíssim Sagrament chapel.

Fiestas and traditions
All 3 towns of the southern Costa Brava offer an extensive program of fiestas, traditional festivals, markets, as well as both food and music events, which run all year round, mainly during the summer months.
These include traditional events of a religious nature, such as the boat procession to the Ermita de Santa Cristina pilgrimage church which takes place in July in Lloret de Mar, the two-day pilgrimage in January in Tossa de Mar, which is a 600 year old tradition honoured every year by around 1,000 people, and the night-walk Caminada Popular Nit de Sant Bonosio which takes place in Blanes in August.
Other highlights include the International Fireworks Contest which takes place on the Sa Palomera Peninsula in Blanes and is witnessed nightly by around 120,000 to 150,000 people, or the medieval market which takes place in mid-November in Lloret de Mar – a market rich in history and tradition.  
Additionally, there are a number of culinary events, which reflect the southern Costa Brava’s fishing tradition- at these events you can try mainly fish and seafood e.g. Cim-i-Tomba the typical dish of Tossa de Mar, Gambas de Blanes, the Blanes speciality, or Arrôs de l’Art from Lloret de Mar.