The road from the town of Begur to Llafranc winds past some of the most beautiful villas on the Costa Brava. After several miles, a left turn in the direction of Fornells (map) leads visitors to arguably one of the most charming hotels along the coast: Hotel Aigua Blava.

Hotel Aigua Blava

Staying at Hotel Aigua Blava

Situated on a promontory, this family-run hotel is surrounded by beautiful trees and overlooks two gorgeous coves. It’s a tranquil place – worlds away from the bustle of the big beach towns – where one can truly relax and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Costa Brava. I’ve had the pleasure of staying there on two occasions and the serenity never failed to work its magic on me! Combined with the staff’s wonderful hospitality and some of the most delicious cuisine, I found myself promising to return each time I checked out.

The rooms are spacious and have either a balcony or a lounge deck, many with sea views. My favourite rooms are on the side of the complex overlooking a little cove.

The hotel overlooks a gorgeous cove and the blue Mediterranean

Guests can easily spend several days or longer, just lounging at the pool, going for walks along the Costa Brava coastal trails (one of which passes right by the hotel’s doorstep) or exploring the surrounding Costa Brava medieval towns like Begur and Pals. The days begin with a lavish breakfast, served in the dining hall that offers stunning views of the sea. In the evenings, I recommend a pre-dinner cocktail at the hotel’s romantic terrace before tucking into a gastronomic feast. The cuisine is a contemporary take on local specialties and includes sumptuous dishes like rockfish tartare with Norwegian lobster carpaccio and a suquet (stew) of prawns.

The lovely terrace where cocktails and meals are served
The delicious rockfish tartare with Norwegian lobster

Hotel Aigua Blava ( is a great choice for anyone who’s looking for a secluded hotel with excellent service in the heart of the Costa Brava. Relax, enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings and indulge yourself with fine cuisine. The hotel is closed from November till March.

Check out my guide to the best places to visit in Costa Brava.


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  • […] Hotel Aigua Blava, one of my favourite hotels on the Costa Brava is located a 15-minute drive away from Begur. It’s a great base from which to explore the coast: the famed Camins de Ronda or the Costa Brava coastal trail passes the hotel’s front entrance; and it is along the trunk road that connects the towns of Begur, Tamariu, Llafranc and Palafrugell. The Aigua Blava hotel overlooks a gorgeous bay and the blue Mediterranean […]

  • Hi Véronique,
    I checked with the hotel and you’re right: they’re closed from November till March. Thank you once again for the heads-up! 🙂


  • Wow, you must know every square cm of that hotel and the staff too! When I was there, I did get the feeling that many of the guests were repeat customers as they seemed to know the staff well. I’ll double-check with the hotel to see if they’re closed between Nov.-March and get back to you. Thanks for pointing it out.

    Best regards,

  • Aigua Blava is my whole youth. Each year from 1969 till 11978 we spent our holidays in that superb hotel. I didn’t know they were open all year long. Their website indicates that they close from novembre till march.Correct me if I’m wrong.

    Thanks and hope to read more of you.

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