Literally translated as the 'Rugged Coast', Costa Brava stretches from cultural capital Barcelona to the French border, facing the Mediterranean Sea in much the same manner as the many sun worshippers that flock here every year to enjoy the Costa Brava climate. With the highest concentration of Blue Flag beaches in the Med, Costa Brava has brimmed with tourists since the 1950s and there are certainly no signs of this stopping now.
Although associated with a more lively nature, Costa Brava is dotted with hidden gems. Stumble across secluded bays and pokey coves best discovered by snorkel, or partake in a spot of yachtwatching in the busy marina.
As the Spanish evenings roll around, head to Costa Brava's restaurants or bars for some regional Rioja - or even traditional English fare, which is just as likely to be found on the menu!