Costa Brava: Description of the area, history and most important centres

The Costa Brava comprises the coastline of the province of Girona, from Blanes to Portbou. Its rich and varied landscape, coves, facilities and urban planning make it an interesting place to spend your holidays or indeed, to acquire a second home.

In this article, we discuss the best ways to invest in real estate on the Costa Brava.

The Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is named for its steep and rugged terrain; the term was first popularised by the media from the first decade of the twentieth century in what was, until then, an area that depended on farming and fishing. With the advent of mass tourism, this name became official during the 1960s.

In this area, mass tourism certainly exists, for example in bustling resorts such as Blanes and Lloret de Mar; however, you can also count on being able to rent a holiday home in a quiet environment with more privacy or even invest, in order to have a second residence that will increase in value within a few years.

The truth is that, as well as a very favourable climate, the Costa Brava offers beautiful landscapes, as seen in works by artist Josep Pla. Some well-known examples are the castle of Tossa de Mar, the bay of Portlligat in Cadaqués and the Cap de Creus.


Located between Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Platja d’Aro, this small town forms part of the municipality of Castell-Platja d’Aro. It is notable for the beauty of its housing estates of single-family homes, inaugurated in 1924 and constructed initially in the style of the nineteenth century, as well as its privileged location near the beach of Sant Pol.

S’Agaró and La Gavina places are ideal places for the purchase of a home as an investment since the luxury real estate market has not suffered during the years of the financial crisis.