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The 'wild coast', as it's translated, is well known for its pockets of hyper-development. Clusters of concrete high-rises overlooking beautiful stretches of sand. But the rugged, dramatic nature of this coastline protects it from becoming overdeveloped. Many of its most beautiful, pink tinged coves and wind-buffeted cliffs challenge developers, and their gorgeous stretches of sun and seascape retain their natural wildness. And many of these off the beaten spots play host to the best places to stay on the Costa Brava.

Begur, for example. is a sleepy littel town just an hour north of Barcelona (so popular with the locals!), where you'll find gorgeous beaches and coves, excellent restaurants and not a high-rise is sight. And Cadaques is another of our favourite spots. The beaches might not be sandy, but the seas are sparkling blue, you're in the heart of Dali country and the views are simply beautiful.

The interior has its own wildness to explore. Bare and orange coloured in the north near the French border, the countryside is dotted with old stone villages.

This is Salvador Dali's country, and as well as appreciating his landscape, you can also appreciate his life and art the three excellent museums.

But it's not just Dali here, there's the other art of experience and history to explore. The Costa Brava has some of Europe's most important Greek, Roman and Iberian archaeological sites .

All under an umbrella of gorgeous weather.

Our pick of the best places to stay in the Costa Brava offers a wide range with something for all tastes and budgets, but for those who'd prefer a villa or holiday apartment we recommend you check out the selection with our online partner, Booking.com.

On the Coast Brava Coastline

As well as the wild places, the Costa Brava also has its share of manicured, Blue Flag beaches. And quite a selection, from broad stretches of sand perfect for bucket and spade breaks, to secluded coves you can only reach by sea. Or on foot - the Cami de Ronda is a well maintained walking path running the whole length of the Costa Brava.

If you're looking for the big resorts, the best places to stay on the Costa Brava are in Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar. If you head north from these resorts you'll find quieter resorts and old fishing villages in which you'll find the Hotel Guru's recommendations.


An hour north of Barcelona is Begur: the charming little town where Barcelonians in the know have their holiday homes. Begur's pace is slow. People come here to relax, enjoy themselves, play some golf, swim in the sea, take selfish strolls in the countryside, eat delicious food in perfect beach-side setting accompanied by excellent wines. That sort of thing.

  • The Hotel Restaurant Aigualclara, with its excellent, but reasonably priced restaurant, and super central location, is one of the best places to stay on the Costa Brava for families. With only eight rooms it's a relatively private setting for your family holiday, and with kid's activities on site, it couldn't be easier. Starting from less than £60 per night, this is also a good spot for travellers seeking a bargain.

If you're here for the diving, some of the best places to stay on the Costa Brava are around the tiny islets of Illes Medes, where theres a wonderful diversity of sea life to meet.

Treasures of Inland Costa Brava

There are plenty of pretty hill towns to choose from, if you're interested in doing some day tripping, but some of the prettiest include:

? Pals, which was destroyed during the civil war and has been lovingly restored by a local doctor,

? Peratallada, a beautiful, walled medieval village,

? and whitewashed Cadaques, which occupies a magical spot overlooking both the mountains and the Mediterranean.

Palafrugell is one of the region's larger towns, and one of the best places to stay on the Costa Brava to experience traditional nightlife. This market town's main square holds crazy dances, which seem to be fun for young and old.


Saying Girona is a mini-Barcelona oversimplfies this ancient Catalan city. First it was Roman, then Muslim, then it was taken by the Franks, then it became Catalan - under the guidance of Barcelona. Somewhere in there it acquired a medieval Jewish quarter - now one of the best preserved in Catalonia. So along with wonderful food and fine examples of Modernisme and Art Nouveau architecture, Girona also has grand churches, impressive defensive walls, medieval baths, wonderfully designed arcaded houses and colourful people.

  • With only five bedrooms, the Casa Migdia guesthouse is one of the best places to stay on the Costa Brava for families and groups who prefer to be further inland. Its owners have children themselves, and the Papa, Sebastien, used to run a Thai-French restaurant in Paris. With rooms starting from only £63 a night, it's also ideal if you're on a budget.

Dali's Costa Brava

If you're interested in Dali, one of the best places to stay on the Costa Brava is Pubol, where you can visit the crumbling castle he bought for his wife. Some of it is a museum, and some more like a shrine or a relic, as it's been left just as it was when they lived here in the 60s.

  • If you're looking for a hotel in which to hibernate, the Hotel del Teatre, Pubol, is one of the best places to stay on the Costa Brava. Its other great appeal is its onsite theatre restaurant.
  • L'Hort de Sant Cebria is within the 'Dali triangle', between the region's three major museums and galleries. This is our recommendation if you're looking for a country house hotel type experience, but with a Catalan twist.

Figueres is another good base within the 'Dali triangle'.

Costa Brava for Foodies

Being part of Catalonia, which has one of the highest concentration of Michelin starred chefs in Spain, the Costa Brava has much to offer foodies.

  • Named one of the best hotels in the world, twice, and probably because of its restaurant, Hostal Sa Rascassa is probably the best place to stay on the Costa Brava for foodies. The five rooms are simple and fresh, as is the restaurant's decor. And it's right on the beach, so as well as spectacular food, this hotel is the one to book if you want spectacular views pretty much all to yourself.
  • For something truly special reserve a room at the Castell d'Emporda. Sleep in a wonderful castle, abound by vineyards, herb gardens, a wonderful glass fronted restaurant and perfect pool. This luxurious historic home has been updated to tick the boxes modern day luxury requires, making it one of the most luxurious properties on our list.

For a holiday villa or apartment

  • For those travelling with a larger group of friends or family, the best option is often to rent a villa or apartment. We recommend you browse the selection with our onilne partner, Booking.com.

    Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay on the Costa Brava, widen the net to include all of Catalonia, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice.

    Best Hotels in Costa Brava

    • Hotel Casamar 20 rooms from $51

      Llafranc, Costa Brava

      A small charming hotel with stunning views over the bay. Sunny rooms have parquet floors, creamy furnishings and private balconies. Lovely restaurant and terrace overlooking the sea. A great value spot for a beach holiday.

      Views  -  Stunning views over the bay.
      Value chic
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    • Mas de Baix 9 rooms from $74

      Barcelona, Costa Brava

      A charming hotel in a restored Catalan farmhouse. Unique rooms are contemporary yet full of character, with antiques, coloured walls and original features. Outdoor pool, fragrant garden and cosy lounge area. A lovely choice for a laid-back weekend visiting beaches and vineyards.

      Beach Life  -  The beaches of Barcelona and Maresme with sailing, swimming await. Costa Brava's beaches are one hour away
      Romantic Break  -  Rooms based on Spanish cities are ultimate romance, wineyard tours, beaches, local markets and gardens
      Sailing  -  Nautical Santa Susanna
      Full of character
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    • Hotel Palou 10 rooms from $69

      08810 Sant Pere de Ribes, Costa Brava

      Charming colonial house turned boutique hotel in the heart of Sant Pere de Ribes. Large, light rooms have all the original features with tiled floors, ornate ceilings and South African ornaments from voyages of old. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the garden and take a cooling dip in the pool.

      Local markets  -  Get a real feel for life in the Catalan region and head down to the local markets every week.
      Kayaking  -  River or sea - rent a kayak and enjoy the turquoise waters.
      Sights nearby  -  Explore the picturesque village Sant Pere de Ribes.
      Great walks  -  Along the Costa Brava seashore.
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    • Hotel Terramar 53 rooms from $80

      Llafranc, Costa Brava

      A simple hotel with contemporary rooms minutes from the beach with stunning sea views. Excellent fish restaurant, family friendly, and great value for money. An ideal choice for a beach holiday and walking distance from bars and restaurants.

      Views  -  Stunning sea views.
      Beach Life
      Total relaxation
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    • Galena mas Comangau Hotel 10 rooms from $97


      A lovely farmhouse conversion with a fantastic Catalan restaurant just outside the historic walls of Begur. Contemporary rooms have traditional elements - wooden beams and exposed stone walls. Excellent views from the roof top terrace, close to the beaches and excellent value for money.

      Foodies  -  One of the best restaurants in the region.
      Value chic
      Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from Begur city centre
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    • Hotel de la Moneda 11 rooms from $101

      Castelló d'Empúries, Costa Brava

      Once upon a time in Catalonia there was an 18th century townhouse. Now there lies a boutique, design hotel complete with all its historic trappings. Vaulted stone ceilings, ornate arches and furniture pieces to match. There is a pool, tennis court and spa. Sample the Costa Brava coast and culture.

      Sights nearby  -  Arguably Spain's most eccentric creation, view the master's masterpieces in what is known as "The Dali Triangle"
      Local markets  -  The Sunday market La Escala is popular amongst locals and tourists alike.
      Great walks  -  Map your way through the Cap de Creus Natural Park.
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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    • El Convent de Begur 25 rooms from $102

      Begur (Sa Riera)

      18th century convent turned four star hotel just 600m from one of Begur's best beaches. The twenty five rooms have been converted from the convent's cells and feature original tiled floors and wonderful views over the gardens to the Med. El Refectori restaurant serves modern Catalan cuisine.

      Sights nearby  -  Explore the charming fishing villages along the coast. Perfect for touring the Dali Triangle
      Great walks  -  Walk the Camins de Ronda, shoreline paths which stretch the length of the Costa Brava
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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    • Hostal Sa Rascassa 5 rooms from $103


      This restaurant with rooms has been named best hotel in the world, twice - by virtue perhaps of the restaurant. The rooms are fresh and simple. The views from the restaurant and the food itself are tantalising. Great for foodies, or a romantic break by the sea.

      Restaurant with rooms  -  The restaurant is exceptional - Sa Rascassa has been named the best hote in the world twice!
      Restaurant  -  The restaurant is renowned.
      Secluded setting  -  In a beach alcove.
      Country Escape
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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    • Hotel Restaurant Aiguaclara 8 rooms from $103


      This mansion in medieval Begur is the perfect place for families. Surrounded by historic sites, with beautiful beaches nearby, and delicious Catalan food at the hotel's restaurant and around. Exquisitely decorated in boho-chic style.

      Town  -  Begur is a pretty, medieval town.
      Value chic
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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    • L'Horta d'en Rahola 4 rooms from $124

      Cadaques (Cadaqués)

      This family run hotel, located on the Cap de Creus Peninsula and just 400 metres from the Costa Brava coast. Most rooms have seating areas inside and out and are decorated in a modern style with nautical palettes of blue and white. There is a pleasant garden and a restaurant serving local cuisine.

      Sights nearby  -  Port Lligat (the Home Museum of Dali), The Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres and Pabol Castle make up the Dali triangle.
      Cooking classes  -  Take home some of the local cuisine by learning a few dishes in the hotel's kitchen.
      Local markets  -  The historic town of Cadaques has several markets selling local produce and foods.
      Restrictions on children  -  Children above the age of 16 are welcome.
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    • L'Hort de Sant Cebrià 5 rooms from $114

      Torroella de Fluvià, Catalonia

      This beautiful Catalan country house is the epitome of romance. Sand-stone walls covered in sprawling vines, balconies overlooking gardens of herbs and roses, fountains, and a shaded terrace. A Provencal-esque hideaway for honeymooners perhaps.

      Restrictions on children  -  Only children aged 12 and over are allowed.
      Sights nearby  -  Graeco-Roman ruins nearby, Dali triangle.
      Spa  -  In-room treatments.
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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    • Hotel Playa Sol 49 rooms from $125


      A lovely seaside hotel in the bay of Cadaques. Smart nautical rooms and apartments with lots of natural light, white washed walls and private balconies. Good restaurant, stunning views, excellent value. An ideal beach holiday for families, friends, and couples.

      Views  -  Views both over the Med and the village
      Groups  -  Apartments sleep 4 persons.
      Beach Life
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    • Hotel Tamariu 17 rooms from $125

      Tamariu, Costa Brava

      Fantastic sea front hotel with crisp nautical themed rooms and an excellent fish restaurant. Excellent value and perfectly positioned for a beach holiday. Low key, family friendly, and lots of activities around.

      On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
      Beach Life
      Value chic
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    • Hostal Empuries 53 rooms from $127

      l'Escala, Costa Brava

      One of Europe's most eco friendly resorts. Original Greco Roman ruins meet sleek modern design. Various rooms suit families, couples and groups. Two excellent restaurants, top notch spa, and plenty to do on the beach and around.

      Families  -  Family rooms.
      Eco break
      Beach Life
      Spa breaks
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
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    • Parador de Aiguablava 78 rooms from $130

      Begur (Costa Brava)

      A charming hotel perched on the edge of the pine covered Costa Brava coast. With light, airy and elegant rooms commanding spectacular views of the ocean. Sip cocktails beside the rooftop pool, indulge in classic Girona dishes from the in house restaurants or wander along the sandy beaches. Bliss!

      Sights nearby  -  An hours drive to Girona known for its, walled Old Quarter and the Roman remains of the Força Vella fortress.
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor rooftop pool.
      Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
      Outstanding location
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    • Boutique Hotel Can Pico 9 rooms from $131

      Pelacalç, Costa Brava

      A traditional farmhouse with fresh contemporary interiors. A charming hotel with its own vineyards and wine tasting, verdant gardens, swimming pool, and very close to the beach. Rooms and suites are light and airy with white washed walls and splashes of modern art.

      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Sights nearby  -  Archaeological site of Empúries, Sant Pere de Rodes, medieval villages of Pals and Peratallada, old town of Girona.
      Great walks  -  In nearby vineyards or olive groves.
      Restrictions on children  -  The property is adults only
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    • Les Hamaques 5 rooms from $131

      L'escala, Costa Brava

      A chic little country house hotel with just a few rooms. Close to the beach in a lovely rural setting. Light filled rooms in neutral tones with private terraces onto the garden and pool. Intimate, romantic, lots to do on the beach and around.

      Sights nearby  -  Greco-Roman ruins of the Empúries Roman route.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
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    • Hotel sa Calma 12 rooms from $143


      An elegant hotel in an excellent central location in Begur. Pretty rooms with feature wall paper, muslin cloth draped beds and roll top baths. A roof top offers a pool and lovely town views. Walking distance from Begur's sights and within easy access of the sea. A chic spot.

      Local exploring  -  Just 15 minutes from Fornells Beach and steps from Begur's main square.
      Sailing  -  The hotel will help organise a day's sailing.
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    • Rectoria de Regencos 3 rooms from $160

      Begur (Regencós)

      Hidden away in a medieval village, from the outside this aged sandstone property with its pretty garden is all rural Catalonia. Inside there is a more modern approach. Rooms are light filled, decorated in pale palettes. Prices include breakfast & you're just 10 mins from some great beaches.

      Sights nearby  -  Complete the 'Dali Triangle' including a museum in Figueres, the castle in Púbol, Dali’s house
      Local markets  -  Take home some treasure from the antique shops and markets at La Bisbal.
      Surfing  -  Pals beach is great for surfers.
      Full of character
      Recommended by  -  I Escape
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    • Hotel del Teatre 7 rooms from $160


      Two medieval Catalan farmhouses renovated with romance in mind. Gaze over the Mediterranean landscape, swim in the nearby beaches of the Costa Brava, or simply hibernate in the luxury of the hotel - in the gourmet Theatre restaurant, in the sleek interiors, or at the swimming pool.

      Outstanding location  -  Located in the 'Golden Triangle' - Mediterranean landscapes and scenery and sandy beaches of the Costa Brava.
      Restaurant  -  The Theatre Restaurant is a main attraction.
      Exclusive use  -  Available for exclusive use.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
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    • Hotel Blau Mar 17 rooms from $194

      Llafranc, Costa Brava

      A lovely Four Star hotel with stunning views over the bay. Sunny rooms and suites in contemporary chic style with private balconies. Great value, close to the beach, and lots to do in the area.

      Views  -  Stunning bay views.
      Value chic
      Sights nearby  -  Half an hour from Girona and an hour's drive from the Dali Museum
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    • Hotel Aigua Blava 85 rooms from $173

      Begur (Fornells)

      Excellently equipped seaside hotel right on the beach. Rooms, suites and apartments all in neutral tones with private balconies cater to families, groups and couples. Excellent restaurant, salt water pool, tennis courts, and watersports. A great choice for a beach holiday with everything on site.

      Views  -  Views over the bays of Fornells and Aiguablava
      Beach Life
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    • Hotel Vistabella 29 rooms from $183

      Province of Girona, Costa Brava

      Magical luxury hotel overlooking the Bay of Roses - with crystal sea views it's a perfect romantic hideaway. Stylish rooms with a nautical vibe echo the Mediterranean, and most have terraces overlooking the sea. Four restaurants, panoramic bar, indoor pool & spa. Spoiling luxury by the sea!

      Local exploring  -  Explore the wider Costa Brava from its hidden beaches to the Dali Museum to ancient ruins
      Sights nearby  -  Serra de les Alberes is a stunning area to explore Romanesque churches.
      Sailing  -  Rent a boat and explore the seas sailing or relax on a Catamaran tour.
      Local markets  -  Local markets give a great sense of local life in the Costa Brava.
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    • Casa Granados 9 rooms from $183

      Province of Girona, Costa Brava

      200 yr old mansion in the heart of Tossa de Mar with well-maintained historic features. Elegant rooms showcase the original exposed brick walls and feature parquet floors, rich fabrics and modern artworks. Delicious tapas or Mediterranean cuisine in the courtyard restaurant and a pool!

      Local exploring  -  Situated in the heart of Tossa de Mar, Casa Granados is perfectly situated for both beaches and culture.
      Local markets  -  Local markets are a great way to catch Catalan life in fully swing.
      Sights nearby  -  Tossa de Mar Castle is only 150 metres from the front door.
      Spa  -  Spa area offering a range of facial and body treatments
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    • Can Casi 5 rooms from $194

      Province of Girona, Costa Brava

      Explore this 1704 boutique in Regencós, the heart of the Golden Triangle of Baix Empordà. Adult-only retreat in rural surroundings is home away from home with kitchen gardens, lounging areas in the garden and a pool to spend your days. Contemporary meets classic decor in the rooms. A fantastic find!

      Cooking classes  -  Eco-cook workshop avaliable at Can Casi - using produce from their very own garden.
      Local markets  -  Head to the local markets to get into full swing of Catalan life.
      Kayaking  -  River or sea - rent a kayak and soak up the scenery.
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor salt water pool
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    • Hotel El Far 9 rooms from $211

      Palafrugell, Costa Brava

      A gorgeous little hotel on a cliff top surrounded by coves with stunning sea views. The traditional building has romantic chic rooms and suites in pastels with private balconies. Excellent fish restaurant, terraces and patios, and lots to explore in the surrounds.

      Views  -  Spectacular views out to sea and down to the beaches below
      Romantic Break
      Sights nearby  -  Ruins of Ampurias, medieval villages of Pals and Peratallada
      Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    • Hotel Mas Lazuli 16 rooms from $217

      Cadaques (Pau)

      Originally an 11th century convent, now a country house hotel with elegant outdoor pool and tropical garden. Bedrooms are cool and contemporary with open plan bathroom and private sitting room. All enjoy glorious views of either olive groves or the Bay of Rosas. A romantic spot close to the coast.

      Kayaking  -  Available nearby - can be organised through hotel
      Great walks  -  Serra de Rodes forest area
      Sights nearby  -  Dalí Museum in Figueres
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
      Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape
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    • Mas Falgarona 13 rooms from $223

      Costa Brava

      17th Century farmhouse turned boutique hotel in a serene, intimate setting. Thick stone walls and exposed beams maintain its old Catalan beauty, and are stylishly complemented with modern decor. The kitchen garden provides fresh produce for the restaurant. Ideal for poolside relaxation or exploring.

      Local exploring  -  Ideally situated for exploring the best of the Costa Brava from its culture to the gorgeous beaches.
      Sights nearby  -  Absorb some Grecian culture at Sant Pere de Rodes monastery or the old Greek city of Ampurias.
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    • Hotel Moli del Mig 32 rooms from $229

      Girona, Costa Brava

      15th Century mill turned idyllic spa hotel set in manicured gardens with pool, a stone's throw from the Med. Avant-garde architectural design effortlessly combines the modern with the traditional and huge windows in the contemporary rooms allow wonderful vistas. Ideal for both beach & inland.

      Local exploring  -  Ideally located for exploring the Costa Brava, with its many beautiful beaches and cultural attractions
      Hideaway  -  Set in beautiful rural location, the property is ideal for those who like to be off the beaten track.
      Local markets  -  Head to down to Torroella de Montgri on a Monday morning and you will see the market in full swing.
      Sights nearby  -  Torroella de Montgrí is a cultural centre and if you love ceramics visit La Bisbal d' Emporda.
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    • La Malcontenta 14 rooms from $240

      Palamos, Costa Brava

      Idyllic 5* country house hotel walking distance from the beach. Elegant rooms have four poster beds, enormous marble bathrooms and views over the garden. Outdoor pool, terrace, massages available. Excellent, locally sourced cuisine. Romantic, chic and pretty.

      Romantic Break  -  Four poster beds in rooms looking out across unspoilt countryside; couples massages and lovely pool
      Great walks  -  Along Castell Beach, the only virgin beach of the Costa Brava
      Local markets  -  Medieval market in Calonge
      Sights nearby  -  Old part of Girona nearby
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    • Mas de Torrent 39 rooms from $319

      Torrent, Costa Brava

      Five Star luxury in a country house hotel that attracts A listers. A mixture of contemporary and classical rooms and suites, all with private balconies, some with private pools. Excellent restaurant, roof top terrace bar, spa, and lovely grounds. A sophisticated choice.

      Spa breaks
      5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
      Kids Club  -  Nursery and childrens entertainment programmes during the summer season
      Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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    • Mas Tapiolas Suites Natura 13 rooms from $303

      Girona, Costa Brava

      A rural, intimate retreat nestled away in manicured gardens with pools and spa and gorgeous mountain views. Modern, independent rooms with gardens offer privacy yet the proximity of a restaurant, bar, pitch and putt. Relax in the salt cabin, or explore the local area. Truly something for everyone.

      Local exploring  -  Ideally located for exploring the best of the Costa Brava from its beaches to the Dali Triangle
      Sights nearby  -  Head to Calella to capture the essence of an old Catalan fishing village. Visit Dali's house or go on the Dali Trail.
      Local markets  -  Weekly markets are a great way to see the local produce and get a real taste of the area.
      Great walks  -  By foot or bike explore Lake Banyoles and the visit Neolithic sites there.
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    • Hostal de La Gavina 74 rooms from $366

      Girona, Costa Brava

      Old world romance in a classical Five Star hotel. Spectacular sea views from sprawling terraces, elegant rooms and suites filled with antiques, excellent restaurant and spa. Timeless elegance and film star luxury on the beach front.

      Romantic Break
      Beach Life
      5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Recommended by  -  Tablet
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