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THE COSTA BRAVA & THE COASTAL PYRENEES


the costa brava spain

The Costa Brava (meaning ‘fierce/wild coast’) is the northernmost part of the Catalan coast, where the mountains run headlong into the sea, forming the rocky crags which give it the rugged appearance to which it owes its name.

Between the headlands are small secluded coves and beaches with pine groves running down to the water’s edge, contrasted here and there with some long, sandy beaches.

From the end of the 19th century the old seafaring villages began to attract writers, musicians and artists from Catalunya and elsewhere, who came for inspiration and to and to enjoy its spectacular beauty.

Today, although many visitors are drawn here in the season, there are many areas that are still wild and untamed. Some in fact are nature reserves, including the Cap de Creus Natural Park in the north, which offers the most spectacular and varied seascapes, with deep waters, towering cliffs and beautiful small islands. TheMedesIslands, an underwater nature reserve where some 1345 plant and animal species have been identified, are a favorite haunt for divers. The Aiguamolls de l’Emporda is a protected area of wetlands, home to many interesting species of plants and animals, as well as a haven for over 300 species of migrating birds.

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Inland the scenery changes to rolling hills, with fields of wheat and sunflowers, studded withpicturesque stone-built villages. Further inland again is the medieval city of Girona, and Figueres, associated with the surrealist artist Salvador Dali and famous for its bizarre Teatre-Museu Dali.



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