Brava Holiday - 3 of the Best Beaches in Costa Brava Spain with Blue Flag
Status by Helen Palmer
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A Costa Brava holiday definitely
needs to consist of sand, sea and sangria at some time during your vacation.
Choosing the months of May/June and then September/October mean that the
mad mayhem that occurs on the coast has either not arrived or just departed,
yet the weather is still beautifully warm and sunny, allowing you to enjoy
the beach to its fullest.
|Choosing the best beaches
is a mine field in an area that boasts a spectacular coastline, stretching
from the French border down to Barcelona, but searching for a Blue Flag
beach will ensure that you tick all the right boxes with regard to standards.
Blue flag beaches in the Costa Brava abound which means that the beaches
pass the stringent tests to allow that beach to be awarded the honour of
a blue flag.
Things like water quality,
cleanliness of the beach, information and education of the ecosystems around
the coastline, adequate number of lifeguards and lifesaving equipment must
be on hand, first aid equipment must be available on the beach and drinking
Only when 29 criteria have
been complied with will the Blue Flag be awarded and if at any time the
criteria have not been fulfilled the flag will be withdrawn. This
guarantees that you will be able to enjoy your time at the beach to its
fullest, safe in the knowledge that the little things that make the difference
have been taken care of before you even step foot on the sands.
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The Costa Brava coastline
has the largest concentration of Blue Flag beaches in Spain, a tremendous
accolade which tells you that the Costa Brava takes very seriously its
duties towards you the visitor.
Here then are three of the
prettiest coves which have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag. There
are many more that warrant further note, so watch out for more information
on other beaches on the spectacular coastline of the Costa Brava.
Aigua Blava's turquoise blue
water washes gently across the amarillo-yellow of the sand in this tiny
inlet. Turned to face away from the cliff faces, nature has protected
this special place from the ravages of the sea, allowing safe bathing in
a picturesque and tranquil setting.
Brava Near Aiguablava, Catalonia, Spain
|Aigua Blava is the original
hamlet in which the term, "Costa Brava" was coined back at the advent of
the 1950's, when interest in travel started to gain momentum. Colour,
light and breathtaking views draw people back year after year. Coupled
with friendly and attentive service at the hotels and restaurants, you
will be sure to enjoy a wonderful Costa Brava holiday in this particular
Tamariu is slightly bigger
than Aigua Blava and a short hike across the cliff tops if you would like
a change of scenery from Aigua Blava. This little cove opens out
onto the Mediterranean Sea like a flower, allowing the sandy beach protection
from the rugged rock faces that line the inlet.
The small spit of sand is
lined with restaurants, boutique shops and whitewashed houses where elderly
locals sit and watch the world go by in their wicker chairs whilst the
restaurants ply their trade with their pavement tables and sun brollies.
Sitting in the sun, gaze
at the traditional, multi-coloured fishing boats pulled up onto the sand
with their distinctive lanterns waiting for nightfall to cast their nets,
bringing in the freshest sardines to serve at the restaurants next day.
Fancy a bit of exercise?
Then walk the Cami de Ronda, the traditional coastline walk of sheep farmers
and smugglers, to discover hidden coves and caves. The route takes
you along the tree line towards Cala Pedrosa and onwards to Llafranc.
If walking is not your thing,
hiring a kayak or small motorboat might be just the thing to find that
pretty inlet where you are the only person on the beach!
Llafranc is the largest of
our featured Blue Flag beaches, but is still small enough to retain an
intimacy with its stylish little port and crescent shaped sandy beach stretching
for some meters across the bay.
Here your children can play
in safety with their buckets and spades, whilst you enjoy the tranquillity
and fine cuisine on offer in the restaurants and hotels along the promenade
- the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner, to sit back, relax and watch
the evening passeig.
Which ever Blue Flag beach
you choose on a Costa Brava holiday you will be sure of a warm welcome
and outstanding natural beauty to please the eye. I invite you to
use these tips to make the most of your holiday on the Costa Brava.
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