I’ll be honest, I’m the worst at exploring my own country. My idea of travelling is taking a plane to somewhere as far away as possible. But I’ve realised there’s so much more to explore on my doorstep. Why should I spend so much money when there’s so much beauty around me that I’ve yet to discover?
Last week, I was in Barcelona for work and then extended the trip until the end of the week to explore Girona. Though I was kind of sad to that I wouldn’t get a lazy day, I was pretty excited to take a road trip down the Catalonia Coast. So if any of you is heading there soon, or are thinking of going there, here are the spots you can’t miss!
We started off early in the morning and drove from Barcelona to the historical town of Pals. Though the village is small, the cobbled streets and old houses give it such a medieval look. Every corner is picturesque. As it’s situated on top of a hill, once you reach the top you’ll see the view of the Costa Brava coast. It’s so peaceful and serene, and definitely a must visit if you’re around the area.
Next, we stopped off at Llafranc for a Spanish brunch. In this case, we wanted to try Arroz negro, which is black paella. It’s a really popular dish around Costa Brava and we could tell that the seafood was fresh. Although I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like eating warm food in warm weather, this paella was too good to pass up.
After a good meal, I was definitely ready to jump into the water (especially since it was 35 degrees). Costa Brava has five “caminos de ronda” which are pathaways that connect each beach to other. It’s a great way to take in the view if you’re feeling adventurous and visit the different beaches at the same time. We had rented a car so decided to drive to the Playa de la Aiguablava. Though the beaches here are incredibly small, the water is so blue, I felt like I was transported back to Greece.
On our way back to our hotel, we accidentally took the wrong turn and ended up in front of someone’s villa with an amazing view of the cliffs. It was so quiet and breathtaking, and we literally didn’t expect to see this view at all. Which is what I love most about road trips! There’s so much to explore.
As we were staying for the weekend, we spent our evening in Platja de Aro. With one main beach and many hotels, there were so many local and foreign tourists! We found a lot of cute spots in this town. It’s a great place not just to relax but to have a fun time with your friends as well. I definitely spotted lots of Bachelorette parties!
Our last stop in Girona was in the small town of Blanes, where we spent the afternoon soaking up the sunshine. If you’re looking for some lunch I’d recomment Restaurante Can Flores. We indulged in some fresh seafood and paella over there, and then made our way to the Jardín Botánico Marimurtra. This was one of my favourite places we visited. The botanical garden was so gorgeous and peaceful, and boasted some incredible views of the coast. I honestly didn’t want to leave.
I had so much fun exploring more of Spain and seeing its beauty. It’s inspired me to go out and see more of my own country. I’m definitely guilty of always trying to get the next flight out of this country.
Have you ever been to Costa Brava or are planning to?