For years, this Spanish hotspot has been the go-to bolthole for Scottish families and its popularity shows no signs of letting up for 2016.
The most northerly of the Costas, the Costa Brava is arguably the most scenic of them all.
Rugged cliffs sheltering pretty beaches, secluded coves and dotted along the coastline you’ll find medieval towns and unspoilt fishing villages along the way.
There are some great holiday resorts to give you your fix of sun, sea and sand but there are also some fabulous places nearby if you fancy a day trip away from the beach.
Despite a fair amount of urban development and commercialisation, there’s still an old world charm about the place, which is also steeped in Catalan tradition.
The Costa Brava is also ideally placed for day trips to Girona and also Barcelona, the magnificent Catalonian capital and a visit to the Costa Brava would not be complete without dropping into Figueras, the birthplace of Salvador Dali and is now home to the fabulous Dali Museum.
If you fancy a twin centre holiday, you could easily combine a city break with a week or so on the coast once you’ve walked the legs off yourself exploring the endless wonder of Barcelona.
Getting to Barcelona takes around an hour from most resorts and there are regular train services as well as organised bus trips.
It’s relatively easy to drive to by car but parking in the city can be pricey and difficult in the busy summer months.
Here are our top resorts on the Costa Brava to help you choose:
Perfect for a low-key, relaxing holiday where much of the action takes place in and around the pretty tree-lined streets of the town.
Tossa de Mar
A typically Catalan atmospheric town surrounded by beautiful countryside. The old town is very quaint with cobbled streets, traditional houses and an ancient castle.
Santa Susanna is more laid-back than some of its bigger neighbours. Instead of crowded bars and thumping nightlife, you’ll find family friendly beaches and low-key restaurants. If you fancy a visit to Barcelona, there’s a direct train from Santa Susanna’s station.
Lloret de Mar
Not far from Barcelona, it’s a good starting point for exploring the area but it’s probably more famous for its nightlife. This very popular strip has lively clubs and bars to party the night away.
Malgrat is a mixture of old and new as many modern hotels have sprung up beside the more traditional buildings. There are three good beaches all connected by a waterfront promenade.
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