Costa Brava Scenic Route, Spain
The Costa Brava scenic route in Spain is a popular drive among locals and tourists alike. Beginning in Blanes (just 60km from Barcelona) the route takes you all the way to the French border along a gloriously scenic stretch of road. Although the actual drive time is just a couple of hours or so, you can also enjoy several detours along the way to inland attractions. There are a number of campgrounds along the way which means that you can park your motorhome, campervan or RV and make the most of your surroundings as well as the convenience and flexibility of your home on wheels.
Costa Brava Coast
As you begin your drive from Blanes, you will travel to one of the most popular spots along this route, Lloret de Mar. This top resort town is home to some of the most beautiful beaches as well as museums and the 11th century Castle of Sant Joan. You will also be able to take your pick from various hiking trails. There are longer, more challenging trails, relaxing coastal walks and everything in between!
Canyelles is a great place to stop if you would like to sample some of the local wines or perhaps enjoy some horseback riding. If you are driving, be sure to avoid consuming alcohol and rather purchase a bottle that you fancy and save it to enjoy at dinner time when you are done driving for the day.
If you enjoy old towns and that medieval feel, then you will love Tossa! The old town is worth exploring at your leisure as is the Castillo de Tossa de Mar. The Moorish Tower, museums and other structures of historic significance make Tossa a real gem in terms of understanding the local history and culture.
Canyet de Mar is another great spot to stop for some beach time and, if you plan on spending the night nearby, you can enjoy a wonderful sunset here too.
Torroella de Montgri is another top stop along this drive and is home to the Montgri Castle as well as underwater and other outdoor activities.
In Roses, you will be able to visit such inspiring and fascinating attractions as the Roses Citadel and the Castillo de la Trinidad before making your way to Portbou, which is the final town before you reach the French border. Portbou is home to the Walter Benjamin Memorial and it’s the perfect place to stroll around, stretch your legs and enjoy the water while taking in the views of the mountains and hills that surround you.
There are a number of inland locations worth visiting along the way if you feel like taking a detour or would like to get a break from the coastal scenery. Girona is somewhere near the middle of your route and a popular detour for travelers visiting these parts. The Jewish Quarter, the Passeig de la Muralla (walls) and various museums make Girona a cultural treat! You can also enjoy kayaking on Lake Banyoles or visit the many sites of religious significance here.
Vic and Olot are both a fair distance inland but, if you are up for some great shopping, you don’t want to miss out on making your way to at least one of these towns!
La Bisbal d’Emporda is closer to the coast and not really off route. If you are looking for local pottery, this is the place to hunt for treasures!
Pottery fans may also enjoy a stop in Carrer Sis d’Octubre de 1869 where the history and local pottery traditions are wonderfully documented and explained.