COSTA BRAVA

COSTA BRAVA

A GOLFING GOURMET’S PARADISE!

The Costa Brava translates into “Rugged” or “Wild” coast, 350 miles of coastline that is gloriously wild in parts and meticulously manicured in others, combining some of Spain’s best beaches, broad sandy stretches, elegant horseshoe bays and a myriad of remote and intriguing smugglers coves just begging to be explored.

This is Catalan country, an area fiercely cherished by its inhabitants who embrace their own traditions, culture, language and even their own flag which is flown with pride from almost every building.

Nestling in the north-eastern corner of the Iberian Peninsular, separated from France by the Pyrenees Mountains, it was the first of the Spanish Costas to promote package holidays to the British holidaymaker, so much so, that Lloret de Mar and Blanes became household names. The popular misconception is that it is a coast dominated by high rise hotels. The truth is, that it is a part of Spain that pulsates with Medieval history and picturesque, mystical, villages such as Pals and Begur, for whom, time has seemingly stood still.

Contrasting starkly with the quaint rustic villages is the ancient walled city of Girona. Often described as Barcelona in miniature, it is the quintessential Spanish city, historical heritage hand in hand with a menagerie of superlative restaurants and vibrant bars.

Barcelona, the pulse that beats at the heart of Catalonia, the regional capitol and the tenth most visited city in the world. A mesmerizing metropolis and an architectural extravaganza. Antonio Gaudi’s iconic Sagrada Familia Cathedral resembles a wave-worn sandcastle! It is said that you haven’t visited Barcelona if you haven’t visited La Rambla, a bustling boulevard teeming with shops, kiosks and street artists.

The Costa Brava is a gastronomic gourmet’s paradise, boasting no less that 16 Michelin starred restaurants including the three starred “El Cellar de Can Roca” reputed to be the best restaurant in the world.

Although the first Costa Brava course opened in 1914 it is still a hidden gem. However, the area is rapidly gaining popularity with gourmets of the golfing kind, with four courses rated in continental Europe’s top 50 and a further three courses that have hosted European Tour events. The Costa Brava has slowly but surely cemented its niche as a premier golfing destination. 

The jewel in the crown is the majestic PGA Catalunya Resort, host to the Spanish Open on many occasions. Its Stadium course enjoys the accolade of being voted Spain’s number one course, which is praise indeed, beating Valderrama into second place.

Just over two hours flying time from most UK airports with access from Barcelona, Girona or even Perpignan across the border in France, festooned with fantastic courses the Costa Brava has transformed into…

A GOLFING GOURMET’S PARADISE!