Today I have one of those “ok let’s step out my comfort zone” posts (a.k.a me in a swimsuit) to show you a refreshing day in the beach area of La Costa Brava. Shall we dip together in the turquoise waters?
I don’t think I haven’t mentioned before in the blog that as a teen my mom travelled from the opposite side of Spain for a summer job in la Costa Brava, the name that gets the coastal area in the north of Barcelona (it starts in a town called Blanes) and spreads until you get to France. She always explains how that summer she fell in love with this area and knew this was the place she wanted to live. I hope we captured just a little tiny bit of its charm!
In fact, we went to exactly the same town, called S’agaro, where my mom worked that summer so I could show Dani some more of the coastal area where I grew up. A fun fact is that my mom finally went to live way more up north on the Costa Brava (hence nearer France) when she decided to move in for good, and thus this was my first time ever too in S’agaro – how weird, right? but exciting to finally have a swim here.
Costa Brava, that translates as wild or rough coast, takes the name after its main characteristic of combining sand beaches, that are not that long, with rocky coves. Specially the coves have the most crystalline water and it’s a perfect place for snorkel, diving and kayak activities.
Lots of people wore this new-ish snorkel mask that covers all the face and it’s supposed to make breathing under water way more natural than with the typical snorkel kit. Have you ever tried them? Do they really work good? We didn’t think about getting glasses and ended up missing them very much, the water was so clean you were able to see all the fishes from above but I’m sure diving in would have improved our experience. Also, underwater pics with our phone would have been awesome.Although it should be water proof, still I’m not sure If I’m brave enough to immerse the iphone.
Most of the coves are reachable through a walking route called Camí de Ronda. It was built for the coastal police to patrol the beaches and now it’s the best way to visit this area. It’s fun to find in a corner a cove to climb down. There are some though, specially nearer Sant Feliu de Guixols (the town where we were heading to), that are only accessible by boat or kayak. Dani made it a date to rent a kayak next time. The route between both towns took us the complete day (from 12:00 to 18:00) because we made sure to visit every corner and climb down to all the possible coves. We had a picnic in the middle too!
We took a 1h30m bus to S’agaro from Barcelona, and walked towards Sant Feliu de Guixols, where we took another bus back home. I think it makes a very beautiful getaway from Barcelona, specially during spring and summer, so consider changing la Barceloneta for this gorgeous waters if you ever come visit.
How is the coastal area nearer you? What do you think about Costa Brava? Have you ever been in any part of it?