Golf Guide to the Costa Brava
The Costa Brava is one of the most scenic and natural environments throughout the whole of southern Europe. The district stretches from the town of Blanes to the French border, providing visitors with mesmerising views, sheer greenery and crystal-clear sea water. In the 1950s, the Spanish government had determined that the Costa Brava would be an ideal holiday destination, mainly for package holidays from Europeans.The combination of a good summer climate, nature and excellent beaches enabled the area to receive substantial government funding for the development of new hotels and apartments. As a consequence, tourism rapidly overtook fishing as the primary business of the area.
The combination of warm weather and outstanding upkeep of the golf courses result in this being a highly desired destination.
The area of Costa Brava is brimming with golfing facilities and it is one of the more premium destinations for a golf break throughout the entirety of Europe having hosted events on the European Tour. Amongst them is the PGA Catalunya, which has been named as Spain’s top golf course on more than six occasions.
Costa Brava is home to other revered centres too, such as Emporda Resort and Golf de Pals. With numerous courses, typically between 10 to 15 minutes of each other, this district of Spain is rarely rivalled for a golfing retreat. Considering Barcelona is only an hour’s drive to the south, Costa Brava is an escapism for not just avid golfers, but those who like to explore local history and culture too.
From a travel perspective, we encourage you to avoid the winter months (November to February) as it can get quite cold within the area. We suggest that you plan your trip around the general high season of golf, however the season of Autumn will also be viable if you’re looking to plan an escape a little later into the year.
The region enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, which is best characterised by hot, dry summers and chilling winters. The daily temperature fluctuates throughout the year, but you can expect 14 Celsius during winter months and 31 Celsius during the spring and summer period.
The Costa Brava is one hour ahead of the UK.
The local currency is the euro and there are plenty of ATMs, banks and bureaux de change.
Getting to and from the Costa Brava is simple and accessible from both the UK and Europe as there are regular flights arriving and departing the area.
The three main airports are: Girona (in the centre), Barcelona (one hour’s drive to the south) and Perpignan (to the north). When you arrive in Spain, you can rely on the high-speed train (AVE) or rent a car for adventures that are located away from the main tourist district.
Ryan Air fly into Girona and if you’re looking to stay at PGA Catalunya, it is roughly 15 minutes away from the airport. However, Barcelona is a popular hub and has regular flights from the UK all-year round.
As much as we would like golf courses to remain open 24/7, we all know that it is beyond wishful thinking. Fear not, however, as the Costa Brava has many activities that should garner your interest away from the course. With vast golden beaches, scenic routes for walks, historical vistas and a waterpark, there are limitless endeavours that will accompany your golfing trip.
Things to do
One of the more popular beaches within the local vicinity is Fenals beach. It is the second-largest beach in Lloret de Mar, spanning across 700 metres. You can experience water skiing, skating, kayaking or parasailing. There are plenty of refreshment hubs located closely and there is also a sports area which will keep the kids busy for an hour or two.
The historical city of Barcelona is only an hour south of the Costa Brava. Here, you can visit the iconic Camp Nou, visit the zoo, spend a day at Bogatell Beach or enjoy a blissful walk down the Playa de Sant Miquel boulevard. As the sun dips, Barcelona truly comes to life with unrivalled nightlife compared to other local areas. If you’re looking for a night on the town or a quiet, hidden tapas bar, then a trip to Barcelona should be mandatory.
While the golf may dominate the appeal of the Costa Brava, it’s fine eateries certainly supplements the sporting activities. Whether you’re looking for seafood, local cuisine, Japanese, Italian or Moroccan food, the Costa Brava has it all.
If you appreciate a good view with your food – who doesn’t? – then Els Brancs will provide the perfect atmosphere for an evening of unwinding. Els Brancs translates to ‘the branches’, which is a reference to the islands nestled slightly off the coast. Be careful not to devote too much time for the view, however, as the artistically presented food should take the spotlight.
On the other hand, you may be looking for a restaurant that is proud of the culture that is present within this district. If so, then a trip to Candelaria, situated in Peratallada, would be a pleasant experience. With a tip to the local fishermen, an extensive fish menu will provide an array of choices and one that is certainly set to satisfy the tastebuds.
One of the standout eateries within the Costa Brava is Nu – an innovative restaurant that is located in the centre of Girona. With the historical city serving as the setting, the food on offer has taken inspiration from all parts of the world. Expect to be blown away with creative tastes, experimental textures and wonderful service.
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