Top experiences during a mini break to the Costa Brava

Costa Brava, where 200km of Spanish coastline awaits to be explored.

We recently visited Costa Brava, travelling the coastline visiting three key towns and a visit to the capital of Girona. It’s an area full of surprises, with beautiful Spanish coastal towns nestling in stunning bays and a wow worthy rocky coastline.

Our top tips in Girona

Travelling between Platja D’Aro, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Girona we experienced the unexpected. This particular stretch of coastline lies on the Ruta dels Jardins, where pine groves stretch down to the sea, where botanical gardens overlook the amazing blue Mediterranean Sea, and where old towns are connected by water taxis along the beautiful Spanish coastline.

Platja d’aro

Our starting point after the Jet2 flight from Belfast to Girona. With little left of its Brits abroad vibe, Platja d’aro is well along the path of reinventing itself as a 21st century upmarket resort. Restaurants and bars dot the town and beachfront promenade with an Ibiza pre party vibe. Check out Aradi restaurant if you’re in town, too cool!

Or if you’re looking for something more authentic and Spanish, try out El Raco de l’Epi.

We were based in the Hotel Alegria Nautic Park , a contemporary 4 star out of town property in Platja d’aro. From here it’s a 25-30 minute walk past a little amusement park into town to explore great shopping. Or you could walk down through the marina close by and walk along the long promenade and beach.

Tossa de Mar

A lovely seaside town with a clifftop castle enjoying stunning views of the beach and extended coastline. Our tour guide reminisced about her youth jumping off the cliffs into the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.. it’s easy to see why, the sea looks so inviting! Tossa de Mar has a pretty old quarter with little streets leading up to the castle and on to the promenade and beach. If you fancy exploring make sure you visit the castle, or head out to sea for a spectacular water taxi journey along the coast. The water taxi collects you right on the beach!

We took the boat to Lloret de Mar, to visit the Jardins de Santa Clotilde. Again the views and gardens were beautiful but the the surprise treat was truly special: a daiquiri masterclass overlooking the gardens and the med. It felt like something out of a movie!

Talking of movies… here’s a clip of our visit to the castle and our masterclass.

I was completely surprised by the Costa Brava and our short trip. It’s definitely somewhere I plan to revisit in the not too distant future. It’s only a short flight to Girona from Belfast International Airport and from there the beaches, coastline, and little Spanish towns are close by.

Here’s a great late deal if you’re tempted!!




Costa Brava, Lloret De Mar – Girona, 3 star Apartments Bolero Park, 7 nights Self Catering departing from Belfast International on September 8 2017.

Price: £419 per person based on 2 sharing, including 22kg baggage allowance and return transfers.

All prices and availability correct at the time of issue.

For more information or to book, freephone 0800 408 5594, visit your local travel agent or click on or and Jet2Holidays fly directly to Girona from Belfast International Airport, with flights available twice weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays. It is one of 25 destinations that can currently be booked from Belfast since the airline’s major Summer 2018 launch. For more information or to book, freephone 0800 408 5594, visit your local travel agent or click on or

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