1. Learning how to make aioli the RIGHT way
2. Visit to Llívia, the only Catalan town surrounded by France
3. Eating dinner inside a volcano in Olot
4. Delicious and succulent ham, all the time and everywhere
5. Skiing at La Molina high in the mountains
6. Walking through the immaculately landscaped Santa Clotildes Botanical Gardens
7. Doing nothing at all but relax and enjoy the scenery
8. Some of the friendliest people in the world
9. Sampling locally produced cheese and bread in the Vall de Bianya
10. The beautiful bridges of Girona
11. Climbing to the top of the bell tower in Puigcerdà to see three countries at once: Spain, France and Andorra
12. Learning how to drink from a porron without making a mess
13. Dinner at one of the many Michelin star restaurants
14. The shockingly white buildings along the boardwalk at Cadaqués
15. Listening to the melodic sounds of a traditional Spanish guitar
16. Looking for Dali’s inspiration at Cap de Creus Natural Park
17. Interesting and sometimes somber Museum of Jewish History in Girona
18. Pa Amb Tomaquet
19. Biking along country roads amidst farms, churches and ancient towns
20. Staying at the 12th century nunnery Mas Garganta near Olot
21. Finding rest and spiritual solace at the remote Vall de Núria
22. Trying the popular Catalan after-dinner drink Ratafia
23. Hot air ballooning high over the Pyrenees mountains
24. Boating along the beautiful and rugged coast
25. Enjoying the local delicacy, mushrooms, in a thousand different ways
26. More ham
27. Trying your hand at mushroom hunting high in the wooded mountains
28. Strolling through any one of the many beautiful churches and monasteries found around the region
29. Walking around the cobble stones streets of the medieval village of Peratallada
30. Watching the sun set over the Mediterranean
31. Admiring the amazing views at Llafranc
32. Local dessert of dipping bread in red wine and then covering with sugar. It’s better than it sounds
33. Tickled nose at a cava tasting
34. Just walk along the streets of Girona, watch the people, stop for a snack and enjoy being in an amazing city
35. Hiking through the mountain valleys near El Mallol
36. Easting with locals at a fisherman’s hut
37. Learning the art and science of an expertly made gin and tonic
38. Wine, wine and more wine.
39. Eating at the #2 restaurant in the world, El Celler de Can Roca
40. Visit to ancient volcanoes in La Garrotxa
41. Climbing along the city walls of Girona
42. Touring the strangely beautiful Dali House and Museum
12 thoughts on “42 Things I Love About the Costa Brava and the Girona Pyrenees in Spain”
42 things, that’s quite a lot:)
I’ve visited Girona once many years ago with my parents. We wanted to visit the Dahli museum but the line outside was huuuuuuge, the sun was burning and my brother was still very little back then, so we skipped it. Will definitely go back to see in though.
Oh you should, it’s a very cool place
If I wasn’t sold before, and I was, I am now! Costa Brava is very high on my list.
It’s a pretty cool place, I have to say
Lovely pictures, as always!
enjoy the tips very much. I visited Dali museum in 2007 and i m still very awestruck by his Gorgeous work.
He was an amazing if not unusual artist :)
You had me at tickled nose!
The Costa Brava is a wonderful place to live and to visit.
I first came here to dive the Medes Islands Marine Reserve and fell in love with the diving here. So much so that I moved here and became a marine conservation researcher.
I am a voluntary coordinator for the Silmar Project and welcome volunteer divers from all over the world to assist with underwater species survey each summer.
Ah, it is such a beautiful place! Who couldn’t fall in love with Costa Brava or Girona or even the Pyrenees (despite the cold)? And Pa amb Tomàquet… the best! wonderful list I shall admit.
Love Costa brava worked there for two seasons in castell montgri
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