Sea landscape Llafranc near Calella de Palafrugell
Sea landscape Llafranc near Calella de Palafrugell

Sunny, fun, and affordable! Costa Brava seems to have been designed especially for family holidays! The resorts are comfortable and offer all-inclusive packages, as well as a variety of facilities for kids, the beaches are lovely and caressed by calm waters, while the historical sites, ancient castles, and picturesque towns provide numerous day trip destinations.

Situated in the province of Girona, north of Barcelona, and stretching up to the border with France, Costa Brava is a long string of summer resorts famous for their sun-kissed beaches and crystal clear waters. One other thing Costa Brava is loved for? The excellent food! In other words, a family vacation in Costa Brava will definitely be a success.

Blanes coastal resort town in Spain, framed above view through hole in a wall of St. John Castle

Fun beach days

The beaches of Costa Brava are the number one attraction for tourists who want to spend their summer holiday on the sand. Almost all coastal towns have their own large sandy beach, as well as secret little coves, tucked away at the shade of pines and dramatic cliffs. Blanes is an awarded family destination in Costa Brava and also the first village on the Costa Brava, so if you want to make sure you’re experiencing a safe and relaxing holiday with kids, you can choose this resort town as your base. The village has calm waters, great amenities and a Kid’s Club that will keep the little ones busy and under supervision while you’re relaxing on the sun lounger. Blanes also has a superb exotic botanical garden that offers spectacular views of the coast and sea.

Thrilling water park experiences

Costa Brava has an abundance of water parks ready to keep the kids active and happy and the parents refreshed and relaxed. They are extremely safe and offer access to high-quality water slides and pools, as well as amenities for visitors of all ages. Aquabrava awaits in Roses and welcomes visitors with 19 different attractions, including a maze of slides, pools and lazy rivers. The littlest ones of the little ones have their own play areas, with toboggans and waterfalls, while several lifeguards watch over them. Water World is located in Lloret de Mar, the superstar of Costa Brava, and is considered by many the biggest water park in Europe! As expected, you’ll find an impressive number of water slides and attractions for all ages, including a wave pool, a 40-meter high slide, and hot tubs! And if you want to try something unique, why not visit the Waterpark in the sea that awaits in Empuriabrava. The floating water park is made of inflatables that create a complex obstacle course right in the sea.

Enjoying the sun on a boat over the transparent green Mediterranean sea of Costa Brava
Enjoying the sun on a boat over the transparent green Mediterranean sea of Costa Brava

Beautiful rides and hikes

Costa Brava is a great destination for the little explorers! Whether you jump onboard the little trains that cross the coast or you try some Nordic walking, you can be sure the kids will be excited to be a part of these experiences. The Roses Express Train follows 5 different itineraries, each with its own attractions and magnificent panoramas. The train has itineraries around the bay of Roses, with one of the routes ending at the Puig Rom summit, while others offering gorgeous views of the Medes Islands. If you want to explore the area of Cadaques, hop onboard the tourist train. The train has two routes – one familiarizes you with the surroundings, while the other one takes you to the lighthouse that awaits at Cap de Creus and stops along the way at the Dali House-Museum. Up for a Nordic walk in Lloret del Mar? Grab your poles and enjoy a great workout while admiring the rugged landscape around the summer resort!

Aerial view of Fortress Vila Vella and Badia de Tossa bay at summer in Tossa de Mar on Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain

Adventurous boat trips

The adventures on the sea grab the attention of even the most hyperactive kids! Book a boat trip, preferably with a glass bottom, and discover Costa Brava from the water. This way the kids will get to have fun looking through the glass bottom and discovering the marine life, while the adults will enjoy the fresh air and superb views. Many of the families that spend their summer holiday in Costa Brava choose boat trips to Medes Islands, Cap de Creus,and Cadaques. The Medes Islands is an archipelago of seven islands, home to beautiful protected marine flora and fauna. Some boat trips stop for a while in the middle of the sea and let you swim in the Mediterranean, while others take you to really cool snorkeling spots.