Experiencing Costa Brava

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Costa Brava. The name conjures images of sun, sea and sand. The good news is: there’s plenty of that there. The even better news is: there’s so much more to see and do in Costa Brava. The most excellent news is: I’m about to have the travel experience of a lifetime in Costa Brava! 🙂

My next blog trip takes me to this region in Catalonia (in the northeastern corner of Spain), where the impressive Pyrenees mountains gently slope down to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Costa Brava means ‘rugged coast’, a reference to the spectacular cliffs and hundreds of coves that line the coast.

While the coast is a perennial favourite amongst many Europeans looking for sun, sand and sangria, there’s a lot more to discover in the foothills of the Pyrenees and the quaint Catalan towns. The stunning beauty of Costa Brava has been an inspiration to many artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. These days, the Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres is one of the most popular attractions in Catalonia. Then there’s the food! Catalans take great pride in their cuisine and it’s no wonder that some of the best restaurants in the world are located here (hint, hint… 😉 ).

The itinerary of this seven-day blog trip is still a big secret but a few details have leaked – is it even possible for bloggers to keep a secret?! 😉 I’ve signed up for a sky-dive (wish me luck!) and a hot-air balloon ride. In addition, I’m sure there’ll be lots of time for all sorts of sea activities, walks through historic villages and long, wine-infused, gastronomic meals with my fab blogger friends. Yay!

A big thank you goes to the Tourism Board of Costa Brava Girona and Tourism Spain for inviting me on this blog trip and the superb planning that’s gone into creating what I’m sure will be a sensational itinerary! Follow Visit Costa Brava Girona on Twitter and Facebook. Follow our journey through Costa Brava via Twitter. We’ll be tweeting with the hashtag #InCostaBrava.

Update: Read about my experiences of a lifetime on this Costa Brava blog trip!

My flight from Amsterdam to Barcelona is sponsored by Transavia, a Dutch airline that flies to many destinations across Europe and North Africa. Transavia flies from Amsterdam to Barcelona several times a day, with one-way fares starting at EUR 29.

Note: images in this post are courtesy of Costa Brava Pirineu de Girona.

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8 Responses to “Experiencing Costa Brava”

  1. Serena 03/05/2011 9:18 am
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    enjoy your stay! Costa Brava looks fresh 🙂

  2. velvet 03/05/2011 7:43 am
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    Thanks JoAnna! US/Canada-based bloggers have been invited in the past, like @adventuregirl @brillianttips @solotraveler & @europeupclose to Valencia last year. Rich from @brillianttips and @marlyn_res from NatGeoTraveler will be on this trip. It’s going to be awesome! 🙂

  3. JoAnna 03/05/2011 3:51 am
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    Wow! Sounds like a great trip! I wish us U.S.-based bloggers got to hop the pond for this kind of thing every once in awhile. Enjoy!

  4. velvet 03/05/2011 12:10 am
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    Haha, thanks for the reassuring comment. I’m feeling better now. 😉 It’s going to be a tandem jump.

  5. Clare Appleyard 02/05/2011 11:57 pm
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    Skydiving is pretty cool – you’re that high up you really don’t get a sense of height 🙂 Are you doing a tandem jump or static line?

  6. velvet 02/05/2011 11:12 pm
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    Thanks Clare! Really looking forward to it. It’s going to be an amazing trip. The skydive is something I’ve (secretly) wanted to do for a long time. Considering that I’m afraid of heights, it’s going to be the ultimate challenge! Please say a little prayer for me. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Keith

  7. Clare Appleyard 02/05/2011 11:03 pm
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    Have a great time Keith! Looking forward to reading about your exploits!

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