3 Costa Brava must-see Towns for Slow Travelers

Cadaques

peaceful white town at the edge of the world, home to eccentric artist

Cadaques, Costa Brava
Cadaques, Costa Brava

A town in white. With a church on a hill by the bay. Wooden fisher boats along the beach and floating on the water. With restaurants that close between meals.

Cadaques, Costa Brava
Cadaques, Costa Brava
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And yet famous! Mostly because it‘s just a short hike away from Port Lligat, home of Salvador Dali the world famous surrealist painter. Both villages are tucked away behind mountains. If you want to visit the Dali house, make sure to book tickets in advance. Also don‘t miss the Cap de Creus, the Eastern most cliffs on continental Spain. Instagrammable as can be.

Port Lligat, Costa Brava

Port Lligat, Costa Brava

Port Lligat, Costa Brava

Cadaques, Costa Brava

Cap de Creus, Costa Brava
Cap de Creus, Costa Brava
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If you don‘t have a car it‘s a bit of an adventure to get there. I opted for a train-bus combo via Figueres. If you are in Figueres anyway, you may as well visit the Dali museum. He was quite a character that one. If he were still around to have a beer with, I‘d have some questions for Salvador!

Tossa de Mar

fairy tale old town

Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava

Tossa takes you back to a completely different time than Cadaques, much earlier in European history. The medival old town is a must-see! You can walk around in on the old city wall. Then descend onto narrow, winding cobble stone roads to visit the shops and restaurants.

Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava

Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava

Through literally a hole in the wall you can climb onto a terrace overlooking the small local beach and the sea! Gothic ruins on the hill are worth another photo session, with the view of the Costa Brava in the background. There is also a wide, sandy beach in case you are up for a swim. Easy direct bus ride from Barcelona with only one stop along the way in Lloret de Mar.

Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava

Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava

Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava

Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava

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Blanes

flowers on the cliffs

Blanes, Costa Brava
Blanes, Costa Brava
inspired by the picture on google

Blanes, Costa Brava

So I saw this picture on google and decided that I wanted to take the same shot, myself. So I grabbed my DSLR, took a train from Barcelona to Blanes and asked around where this pic was taken. It was a miserably hot hike up a hill before I reached the ruins of the fortress that thrones over Blanes, but I got my photo and am delighted to share it with you! 🙂

Blanes, Costa Brava

Blanes, Costa Brava

Blanes, Costa Brava
Afterwards I strolled through their infamous botanical garden. Sounds boring, I know. I didn’t know I was into plants either. But Blanes made me a fan. I must have taken over 200 pictures there alone, sharing just a few ones here.

Blanes, Costa Brava

Blanes, Costa Brava

Blanes, Costa Brava

Blanes, Costa Brava

Blanes, Costa Brava

Blanes, Costa Brava

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If you are looking for more day trip ideas from Barcelona, check out my post of the wine region of Penedes!

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