Costa Brava was named by Ferran Agulló in an article published in a Catalan newspaper in September 1908. The journalist referred to the rugged landscape of the Girona Mediterranean coast. Costa is the Catalan and Spanish word for 'coast', while Brava means 'rugged' or 'wild'. This term was officially recognized and promoted in the 1960s as it was deemed suitable to promote tourism.
Blanes is known as the "Gateway to the Costa Brava". Blanes is a popular tourist town for Catalan and Spanish. It is known for the Concurs de Focs d'Artifici during the Santa Anna festival; this event includes a lot of fireworks. Other places of interest include a botanical gardens, coves, such as the Cala Bona, and beaches which are surrounded by mountains.
In the 1950's Hollywood came to Tossa de Mar!. James Mason and Ava Gardner filmed "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman", making the village a tourist attraction. It was then she began her love affair with Spain (and matadors). . . moving to Madrid and staying for 8 years.
Costa Brava villages:
- At Blanes, we will be visit Sa Palomera, the door to costa brava by the sea/beach and Castle San Juan, a watch view over 400 meters high).
- Drive through the coast line to next town. Stop for lunch.
- At Tossa de Mar, we will visit the ruins of the Roman Villa (1st century BC - 6th century AD).
- Then we will scroll the Old Town (16th century) towards the beach (Platja Gran) with a panoramic view of the Walled Medieval Old Town, then we will walk through the streets with in the walled town.
- Of course the journey can be modified to suit your preferences. If you feel to do some shopping or to take a swim, can be done.
MEETING POINT + TOUR DURATION
Meeting Point Options: Hotel
Duration: 8 hours
Mercedes Van with air-conditioning for 8 travelers.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
ESTIMATED LOCAL CASH NEEDED
25 Euros - For Lunch.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks