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The most beautiful coves on the Costa Brava

The most beautiful coves on the Costa Brava


Costa Brava has more than two hundred kilometers of coastline from Portbou to Blanes. It is characterized by its rugged and rugged landscape and for hosting some of the most beautiful coves on the peninsula. In this post we discover some of the most charming coves on the Costa Brava.


1. Cala Jugadora, Cadaqués

Cala Jugadora is located in Cap de Creus, very close to the lighthouse and just seven kilometers north of Cadaqués.

It is a very small cove, about 15 meters long, usually frequented by couples and hikers. A cozy little corner of sand sheltered from the tramontana with totally crystal clear waters that house an extensive Posidonia meadow.

The easiest way to get to this wild cove is from the Cap de Creus lighthouse. You have to walk down the dry bed of the stream and, before reaching the shore, turn off to the right.


2. Cala de l'Illa Roja, Begur

To the north of the municipality of Begur is Cala de l'Illa Roja. It is located under a cliff, in an idyllic setting between rocks and pine trees.

It is about 150 meters long, covered with thick golden sand. Its name comes from the prominent reddish rocky islet that presides over it and which, depending on the tides, is either attached to the sand or floating very close to the beach.

It is a fairly quiet cove without too many crowds. It is accessed through a beautiful walk along the Camino de Ronda that goes between Sa Riera beach, in Begur, and Racó beach, in Pals.

Cala de l’Illa Roja Begur


3. Cala Sa Tuna, Begur

About five kilometers from the center of Begur, in a residential area, is one of the best-known and most iconic coves on the Costa Brava, Cala Sa Tuna.

It is a small beach, twenty-five meters wide, made up mainly of coarse sand and gravel, in a beautiful group of white houses with colored gates and turquoise waters.

It can be easily reached by car. The cove is accessible for people with reduced mobility and has a multitude of services.


4. Playa d'Aiguablava, Begur

In Begur is another of the most disputed destinations on the Costa Brava, the Aiguablava beach. Despite not being considered a cove, this beach deserves to be mentioned for its incredible beauty.

It is a relatively small beach, 80 meters long and 25 meters wide, with clear, fine sand. Its name honors the spectacular bluish color of the water, so transparent that it intensely reflects the blue of the sky.

The best way to access it is by car, parking in the paid parking lot in front of the beach. It is the only place near the area where you can leave your car, so we advise you to arrive early, since it will be full soon.


5. Cala Aigua Xelida, Tamariu

Cala Aigua Xelida is located one kilometer north of the center of Tamariu, in a beautiful natural area with a predominance of rocks and pine trees that practically reach the shore.

It is a small cove, about 40 meters long and 12 meters wide. The occupancy is usually rather low, so it is quite quiet. Its waters are clear and rather shallow.

It can only be accessed by boat or on foot, walking from the urbanization with the same name and going down until you find some stairs on the right. In case you go by car, you can park in l'Avi Xicu street.


6. Cala Estreta, Palamós

Between the towns of Palamós and Calella de Palafrugell there is a beautiful virgin cove between pine forests, Cala Estreta.

As its name indicates, it is a narrow cove, about 100 meters long by only 15 meters wide, divided into two parts by a rocky ledge. Facing this beach are the Formigues Islands, four islets with numerous caves and abundant marine vegetation.

Access to this cove is difficult, you have to get there on foot from Castell beach or from Cap Roig, walking for about half an hour.

Cala Estreta Palamós


7. Cala del Pi, Platja d'Aro

Cala del Pi is located very close to the center of the town of Platja d'Aro, in front of the Els Pins urbanization.

This small and cozy cove formed by coarse sand has a spectacular rocky bottom that makes it an ideal place to practice snorkeling or scuba diving. The name of the cove is due to the pine trees that surround it, two of which are especially old.

It is usually a fairly popular cove, so we recommend you arrive early if you are going in summer. The easiest way to access it is from the road that passes through the middle of Platja d'Aro, going down some stone stairs.


8. Cala del Senyor Ramon, Santa Cristina d'Aro

Cala del Senyor Ramon belongs to the municipality of Santa Cristina d'Aro and is located between the towns of Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Tossa de Mar.

This wild-looking cove surrounded by large cliffs is made up of a generous strip of coarse sand and crystal clear waters. It is one of the quintessential nudist beaches on the Costa Brava.

The cove is accessible from the sea and from a path that crosses a drop of hundreds of meters through a private estate and ends in an esplanade near the beach where you can park.


9. Cala Pola, Tossa de Mar

Four kilometers from the town of Tossa de Mar, in a residential area located on the winding road that goes from Tossa de Mar to Sant Feliu de Guixols, we find Cala Pola.

It is a cove formed by coarse sand, located between cliffs and abundant pines and holm oaks. Despite being a fairly wide cove, it is usually very popular, especially during the summer months.

The easiest way to get there is by car. There is an esplanade to park just a few meters from a campsite; then you can cross the campsite on foot to access the cove.


10. Sa Caleta, Lloret de Mar

At the northern end of Lloret de Mar beach is Sa Caleta beach, a small and quiet cove very close to the center of the town.

It is one of the most picturesque beaches in Lloret de Mar, as it is presided over by the iconic Castillo d'en Plaja, while small fishing boats accumulate on its shore.

To get to the beach, you can leave your car in the car park right in front of the cove or go on foot from the promenade or the Camino de Ronda.

If you want to know more about this cove or other beaches in Lloret de Mar, see our post on the beaches and coves of Lloret de Mar.

Sa Caleta Lloret de Mar


Hotels on the Costa Brava

If you have been wanting to know the beaches of the Costa Brava, think no more. Rosamar Hotels has hotels near the beach in Lloret de Mar.

If you are looking for accommodation for your holidays as a couple or with friends without children, Hotel Rosamar Es Blau Adults Only (+16) and Hotel Rosamar Maxim Adults Only (+18) are adults-only hotels. They have a spa, gym and terrace with views of the Costa Brava.

If you are looking for a hotel for your family vacation, take a look at Hotel Rosamar Garden Resort, Hotel Rosamar & Spa and Hotel Rosamar Maritim. They have all kinds of services designed for adults and children, such as swimming pools, entertainment service and spa.

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