Stretching north to the French border, the Costa Brava, or 'rugged coast', is
by far the prettiest of Spain's three principal holiday coasts.
Though you'll find plenty of tourism development and English breakfasts, there are also unspoiled coves, charming seaside towns with quality restaurants, spectacular scenery, and some of Spain's best diving around the protected Illes Medes.
Nestling in the hilly back country – green and covered in umbrella pine in the south, barer and browner in the north – are charming stone villages and the towering monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes.
A little further inland are the bigger towns of Girona, with its sizeable and strikingly well-preserved medieval centre, and Figueres, famous for its bizarre Teatre-Museu Dalí, foremost of a series of sites associated with the eccentric surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.We recommend car hire to best explore the local area.