Property for Sale on the Costa Brava

A Quick Look at Property on the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is the first Spanish coast you see when you arrive by car or train, and you can see why many of us never bothered to go any further. It is stupendously beautiful, as the foothills of the Pyrenees arrive at the Mediterranean in a series of sweeping pine-covered headlands between which are sandy bays.

Property on the Costa Brava is among Spain’s most expensive, although the rental appeal round here is so strong that you could work that into your price calculations. Travel between here and the UK – or indeed anywhere else in Europe – is so easy that owning and living in the Costa Brava needn’t prevent you working in the UK. The plane to Girona takes just two hours from the UK, with Barcelona and even French airports also usable.

You could get here by train or car from London in one day, and it certainly makes property ownership a lot more easy if you can drive backwards and forwards with your stuff occasionally.

Costa Brava actually means rugged or rough or wild coast, and you do get serious storms. Ironically, however, this is probably Spain’s most sophisticated and cultured coast. It’s all very user-friendly too, with well-planned out fishing-villages-turned-seaside-resorts offering a good mix of bucket and spade fun with plenty for the grown-ups too.

The most famous resort towns are Cadaqués, Roses, L’Escala, Blanes, Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar. Between these are dozens of lovely little seaside spots, such as Begur or Palafrugell – house hunters looking in the area should just hire a car and drive the 160 kilometre coastline to see what takes their fancy. You could even search by boat – this is an enervating sailing coast with plenty of places to keep your boat in the water.  

Strictly speaking the Costa Brava stops several kilometres north of Barcelona, but Spain’s second city tends to dominate the region, with its wealthy population of 1.6 million seeing the Costa Brava as a private playground. It’s hardly surprising that the authorities chased out the cheap package tours and replaced them with weekend-breakers looking for high culture at, for example, the Dali Museum in Figueres or haut cuisine in restaurants such as E Bulli.

The pretty city of Girona is the historical highlight of the Costa Brava proper, with its own airport. The Catalonian countryside sitting behind the Costa Brava is rugged too, with deep ravines, rushing rivers and remote villages – a real ‘getting away from it all’ option, yet so easy to get to from the UK.

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