Where to Experience Authentic Spain Along the Costa Brava

With around 522,000 visits to the Costa Brava in August 2014 alone, this region is clearly a tourist hotspot for holiday-goers. With one of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline in Europe, delicious food and a beautifully warm climate, it’s understandable why travellers flock to the resorts there.

This isn’t a spot that just caters for tourists though, there are areas along the Costa Brava that have been largely undiscovered, remaining authentic and unspoiled by tourism. Here are some of the most beautiful towns you should visit:


A small coastal town in the province of Girona, this is an appealing spot for any traveller who values peace and quiet. Tamariu is set around a secluded bay of pink rocks and white sand, with cascading rugged cliffs meeting the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

The fact that this idyllic little town has not been overdeveloped to attract more tourism means that it’s been able to retain its charm and authenticity and it’s certainly a jewel in Spain’s crown.


This luxurious coastal town has attracted many artists and film stars who enjoy the relaxed vibes of this town.

Boasting inviting warm waters, authentic fishing boats and plenty of superb sights, we recommend learning a bit more about the history of the area by visiting these authentic spots and landmarks in Llafranc:

  • Magical Ruins of Empuries
  • Cap Roig Botanical Gardens
  • The Aiguamolls de l’Emporda Natural Park
  • Salvador Dalí Triangle


Once the hometown of Dali’s family, this area famously attracted many other artists like Magritte, Matisse and Picasso, so you can trust that it is home to some outstanding beauty and charm.

The only way to get into the town is through a coastal road that winds and dips dramatically throughout its stretch. It’s definitely worth the journey once you catch sight of the picturesque waterfront and the breath-taking cliff-edge walks in one of the most unspoilt villages in the Mediterranean.


About an hour north of Barcelona, Begur is a colourful and lively town with miles of coastline to admire. With narrow streets of quaint houses, neoclassical mansions and a crumbling medieval castle, there’s plenty to see and do. What’s more, it’s surrounded by other little medieval towns like Púbol, where you can visit the beautiful castle that Dalí bought for his Russian wife Gala.

Discover the authentic Costa Brava when planning your holidays to Spain. With our favourite picks of beautiful, idyllic spots that have remained unspoiled by tourism, you won’t regret getting off the beaten track for your next summer holiday.