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Geography and Landscape


The Costa Brava is the official geographical name for the rugged 200 km stretch of coastline on the north-eastern coast of Spain, in the autonomous region of Catalonia.

The Costa Brava begins in the north, at the French-Spanish border at the Spanish town of Llanca and extends southwards past the seaside resort of Blanes. The most important places on the Costa Brava are: Llanca, Cadaques, Begur, Aiguablava, Platja d'Aro, Sant Felliu de Guixois, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar, Calella, Arensys de Mar and Barcelona. The Costa Brava borders the Costa Dorada in the south and with France in the north.


The Costa Brava is the most northern coast of the Catalonian part of Spain (located in the east of Spain). The whole coastline is very mountainous with several mountain massifs running down to the sea.

Bay and beach of Lloret de Mar, Costa BravaBay and beach of Lloret de Mar, Costa BravaPhoto: Paatrykk CC BY-SA 3.0 no changes made

Climate and Weather

The Costa Brava has a balanced climate. The summers are hot, the temperature in July and August can reach 30 degrees Celsius and sometimes far above, and the winters are mild.

In the summer months, the fall winds from the Pyrenees bring some cooling, but it can also rain temporarily.

Barcelona can also get quite warm in the summer with temperatures well above 25 degrees. In the winter months, the temperature in the whole area is around 15 degrees Celsius.

Most precipitation falls in autumn and winter.

Plants and Animals


Lavender, Costa BravaLavender, Costa BravaPhoto: Off2riorob no cganges made

The original vegetation of the Costa Brava consisted of holm oak forests. Due to logging and other human interference, this natural forest has largely disappeared. Instead, there is the maquis, an almost impenetrable vegetation with shrubs and low trees and wild herbs such as lavender, thyme and rosemary.


Squirrel, Costa BravaSquirrel, Costa BravaPhoto: SajjadF CC 3.0 no changes made

The Costa Brava is home to otters, rabbits, hares, squirrels, mice, bats and some small predators such as foxes, martens and weasels.



Hendriksen, Bartho / Barcelona en Cataloniƫ

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