The smell of the sea and a slight aroma of fried fish and irregular white roofs can be spotted from the window of your car as you approach the Costa Brava. A kind of unruly mountains certainly justify the name of Costa Brava. They say that one day Salvador Dali called it “the most beautiful village in the world”: Cadaqués. It’s one of the worst kept treasures of the Catalan coast. This piece of homeland is one of the most recurrent places when you are asked for a dreamed place where you would move your belongings to retire in peace, without hesitation.

And no wonder, but it is Cadaqués the only culprit in this legend: the 214 kilometers from Sa Palomera (Blanes) to Portbou, border with France, they are the basis of one of the top holiday destinations in Spain: largely shun mass tourism, not guilty of excessive and tasteful simplicity often it involves widespread dogma.

Tip: if you plan to discard the idea of ​​choosing a great resort. Ergo, no more than 30 hotel rooms, luxury five stars or whatever, you will plunge fully in the Costa Brava if you pick a house or a room in a guesthouse with stone floor.

The ability to relax and enjoy this idyllic and rustic land comes with several advantages: family, eco-tourism, vineyards, food, including several Michelin stars, as El Celler de Can Roca, a place where you must go once in life, and the delightful combination of sea and mountains that can conquer the most skeptical summers of towel and umbrella with its natural parks.

But understanding the fame of the Costa Brava among those who have visited inevitably involves several factors: the drive to Cadaqués is one of them, but do to the Cap de Creus, sleep a night at the Mas de Torrent or go on a Wednesday to Pals to test the Suquet D’Anguilla, as Josep Pla did.  Falling in love with the Costa Brava in 48 hours is so easy that everyone can choose their reasons.

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