Spain’s Costa Brava is not all sea and sand. Inland, there’s a rugged countryside of woods and hilltop settlements, quiet villages and fortified towns. So, if you fancy the heat and the Catalan flavour, but not the giddiness of the coast, take a look at our selection of the best rural hotels on the Costa Brava.
To the north there’s the rugged Alt Empordà and the marshland nature reserve of the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l’Empordà.
Many Barcelona folk retreat to second homes in the hills around Calella, Palafrugell and hill-top Begur. And then there’s the charm of medieval Girona with its gothic cathedral.
Here you will find country villas surrounded by vineyards, Catalan farmhouses, ancient convents and former mills, five-star country-house hotels and luxury romantic retreats.
The Costa Brava can be surprisingly peaceful; you just have to know where to look. Use our guide to the best rural hotels on the Costa Brava to help you find that perfect quiet spot. Alternatively widen the net and check out all our Costa Brava recommendations.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.