The breath-taking Province of Gerona will blow your mind away !

Located in the extreme north-eastern part of Spain and bordering with France in the North, the Mediterranean Sea to the East and the community of Aragon to the West. The beautiful jewel is first of all famous for its outstanding beaches and fantastic rocked coastline better known as the Costa Brava. The tough and tempting coastline has through centuries attracted artist and other celebrities which one understands while getting to know the internationally famous villages such as Tossa de Mar, Cadaqués, Portlligat, L`Escala, L’Estartit just to mention a few.

The whole area is divided into the three areas. First of all The Costa Brava coastal region, secondly the inland region and last but not least the mountainous area of the Gerona Pyrenees. The coastal landscapes alternate with the nature reserves of Aigüamolls de L’Empordà, Cap de Creus and the La Garrotxa volcanic area. Its northern borders are in the Catalan Pyrenees whose ski resorts are perfect for snow tourism.

The province is also known for being the home of the three most representative museums of the work of the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí namely the Portlligat House-Museum, the Púbol castle and the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres. The diversity of the Gerona Province is immense just take the breath-taking region of the Pyrenees with its snowy mountains or the ancient villages hug the side of emerald valleys or cling to a majestic snow-capped mountain. Or the Mediterranean Costa Brava with its beaches and coves of crystal clear waters and their pine clad hillside backdrop. Furthermore the inland countryside rich with crops, sunflowers and woodland areas and charming villages. Finally of course the historical capital of the province Gerona city.

The city of Gerona is partly surrounded by an impressive city wall and the characterful interior is delightful with pleasant squares, cobbled streets, and a wealth of historical monuments and buildings. Although a city Gerona isn’t hectic and it provides a relaxing environment to do some local sightseeing and there are an excellent choice of restaurants, cafés and shops. The old quarter is built on a fortified hill and part of the walled fortifications still exist and the modern cosmopolitan Gerona spreads out across the plain alongside.

The beauty natural landscape of this region takes ones breathe away and many people come to ski. But don’t forget that there is another side to the Pyrenees with its rustic charm and a wonderful all year round destination for lovers of rustic and eco-tourism.
Highlights of the local gastronomy include the produce from the fertile farmlands in the Empordá region and seafood from towns such as Palamós. The area’s internationally famous restaurants such as El Bulli where the most highly acclaimed chef Ferran Adria can be found in the Costa Brava town of Roses and it is safe to say that Gerona is well known for its cuisine. Succulent seafood combined with the fresh produce much of it organic from the interior countryside the local cuisine is rich and quite distinct. Specifically delicious from the region are wild mushrooms, cheese, duck, goose, lobster, anchovies and prawns and not to forget specialties including goose with pear and the Palamos red prawns.

HOTELS GERONA PROVINCE

Blanes

The seaside resort is known as the Gateway to the Costa Brava situated north of the Tordera River 50 km north of Barcelona. The “Palomera” rock formation places on the fabulous beach front, and from where you have fantastic, panoramic views of the sea, symbolizes that the Costa Brava starts right here. Between La Palomera and the harbour lies the characteristic old village. Unlike so many other resorts Blanes still has an active fishing fleet & the auction in the morning is authentic and something to experience.

L`Escala

Located 90 km from Barcelona and less than an hour from Gerona on the northern part of the dramatic, authentic and beautiful Costa Brava far away from the typical mass tourism. The authentic and charming village is a fantastic destination which offers a varied choice of cultural and sporting activities that will appeal to both young and old alike. L’Escala boasts a vast nature reserve with an ecosystem of mountains, beaches, dunes, cliffs, islands and fresh air. The Natural Park of Montgrí, the Medes Islands and Baix Ter has all been declared a protected natural area with approximately 8,000 hectares of untouched nature. Enjoy all the relaxing activities, cultural offers or take part in festivals in between lovely meals in one of the many excellent local restaurants.

Lloret de Mar

The capital of Costa Brava is situated 70 Km north of Barcelona and is by far one the largest liveliest holiday resort on the coast. The town has really re-found new life opting for quality tourism and e.g. reforming many accommodations into Adult`s Only. The former fisherman’s village has five main beaches extremely well kept and washed by crystal clear waters along a 7 km coastline. The village has a huge old beautiful part full of small shops, cafes and cosy restaurants. There are some excellent walking routes both along the coast and inland which are also popular with mountain-bikers and runners as well as horse riders.

Tossa de Mar

Known as the Blue Paradise this fantastic village is located in a beautiful small bay halfway between the French Border and Barcelona. Tossa is an ancient fishermen`s village with an important historical background. Take a stroll around the pretty town full of cobbled streets, tempting shops and cosy taverns and tapas bars all overlooked by a magnificent ancient castle. The rocky coast and the crystal clear waters along with nearby islands are a magnet for scuba divers & snorkelers.

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