Holidays to the Costa Brava first became popular during the 1950’s when Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra first visited the region. Despite the rapid growth in tourism over the last 60 years, it has still managed to retain much of its Catelonian charm and tradition.
The resort of Santa Susanna is perhaps the perfect example of exactly what Costa Brava holidays have to offer. It is one of the Costa Brava’s best loved holiday destinations despite officially being located in the lesser known Costa Meresme. Split into two halves the touristy sea front offers fantastic restaurants and lively bars while just inland you are greeted with traditional Catalonian style. Picturesque narrow streets are lined with pretty chapels, ancient watch towers and whitewashed houses. The locals are very welcoming and there are a few authentic Catelonian restaurants offering tasty traditional cuisine.
Modern hotels, bars and restaurants line the promenade where you’ll find life is a bit more touristy and livelier. You can walk right along the promenade into neighbouring Malgrat de Mar.
The locals love the beach life here which is always a good sign. There are plenty of water sports on offer here for those energetic enough to join in or simply lie back, relax and top up your tan.
Santa Susanna lies between the clear blue Mediterranean waters and a beautiful national park called the Massif Montenegro. Horse riders, mountain bikers, nature lovers and keen walkers will love spending days discovering the natural beauty on their Costa Brava holidays.
The whole town takes to the streets during August as a month long carnival celebrates the life of the town’s patron saint, Santa Susanna. Dancing, feasting, games and competitions fill the days and nights here as the whole family are encouraged to join in with the Sardana, a local folk dance.
The whole family will love the rides and slides of Water World, Europe’s largest water park just between here and Lloret de Mar.
Marineworld just nearby is home to over 300 animals and dolphin and sea lion shows will enthral young and old alike. The beautiful city of Barcelona is within easy reach and well worth a visit whilst you are here.
The Costa Brava gets quite cool during the winter months but exceptionally hot during the summer. Early and late season is the best time to take cheap holidays in the Costa Brava when the weather is a little cooler, the resorts a little quieter and the kids are still in school. Tour operators are often looking to fill empty hotel beds and seats on planes at this time, so you might just be able to grab yourself a bargain.