Itinerary Ideas, Spain’s Costa Brava

Spain’s Costa Brava is on many travelers’ bucket lists, and visiting from the sea lets you explore every inch of this amazing coastline. The following itinerary from our partners at Be Charter will show you the highlights the northern portion of the coast in seven days. 

Home base is L’Estartit, which has plenty to see in its own right. The Medes archipelago is a great spot for sailing and snorkeling (anchoring is forbidden, but buoys are available). While there is plenty to explore sailing south from L’Estartit, this itinerary covers the northern route.

Stop 1:  Cala Montgó 

Logistics: Sail 4.5 nautical miles to the north, you can anchor and spend the night here.

What to see and do:

  • On the way, stop at the many other smaller coves of Montgrí Coast and enjoy the beautiful landscape full of coastal cliffs, pine trees, islets and coves.
  • Eat seafood at one of the many beach-side restaurants.
  • Hike to the Montgó tower, an old defense tower from 16th century on the top of Montgó Massif, which offers panoramic views.

Tip: On the way to Cala Montgó, you’ll pass La Foradada, a sea cove that is open on both ends, and which you can cross in a small boat.

Stop 2: Cala Pelosa 

Logistics: Sail 9.5 nautical miles to the north, stopping at Cala Montjoi on the way. 

What to see and do:

  • Stop at Cala Montoi, a small and quiet cover in the Cap de Creus National Park. 
  • Eat at the Bulli Foundation, a gastronomy innovation center by Ferran Adrià the mastermind behind the famous El Bulli restaurant.
  • At Cala Pelosa, anchor to a restaurant buoy and order a paella to eat on board.

Tip: Anchor at either Cala Pelosa or Cala Montjoi, as both coves provide good shelter from the wind.

Stop 3: Cadaqués

Logistics: Sail north for 6 nautical miles.

What to see and do: 

  • Take in the scenery that inspired the likes of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.
  • Wander the village streets, keeping an eye out for art galleries, shops and restaurants.

Tip: On the way to Cadaqués, keep an eye out for wild beaches and stop for a quick swim.

Stop 4: Portlligat

Logistics: Portlligat is just 2.5 miles north of Cadaqués so today’s trip is very short!

What to see and do: 

  • Visit the Dalí House-Museum; Salvador Dalí lived here for many years.
  • Keep an eye out for old fishing boats stranded in the sand.

Tip: Book your tickets to the Dalí museum ahead of time, as tickets sell out, particularly in the summer.

Stop 5: Port de la Selva

Logistics: Sail 10.5 Nautical Miles to the northern area of the Cap de Creus peninsula.

What to see and do:

  • See the Cova de s’Infern (another cove open on both sides) and boat through on your dinghy or kayak.
  • Appreciate the incredible geology of Cala Culleró.
  • Visit the medieval monumental complex of Sant Pere de Rodes, which features a monastery, church and castle.
  • Appreciate the perfect combination of beach and mountain, as well as the quaint fishermen village, from the top of the lighthouse.

Stop 6: Roses

Logistics: Begin your journey back south by sailing 20 miles down the coast to Roses.

What to see and do:

  • Relax in this tourism-based village full of services and restaurants.
  • Families might be interested in the Water Fun Park of Aqua Brava, or the more adventurous can try their hand at skydiving in the town.

Tip: On your trip, stop at one of the many coves and beaches of Cap de Creus.

On your final day, as you sail back to L’Estarit, consider spending some time at Medes Islands, a picture-perfect marine reserve. Sorkeling is a must here, and a perfect way to end your trip.

To try this itinerary, rent a boat in BeCharter.

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