Holiday Accommodation Options on the Costa Brava

Taking a holiday on the Costa Brava? Information on finding the right place to stay: self-catering, bed and breakfast, hotel or youth hostel, find out more...

Spain welcomes over 52 million visitors each year; as such the tourism industry is very well developed in many areas, particularly the Costas and the islands (Balearics and Canaries). The Costa Brava in the Autonomous Region of Catalonia is one of these favoured destinations.

The Costa Brava ("wild coast") is a long stretch of land lying beside the Mediterranean sea and the Pyrenees mountain range, and stretching from Port Bou on the border with France in the north to its southern point at Blanes, which lies 60 Km north of Barcelona. It includes the city and province of Girona.

The region has a wide range of outdoor mountain and sea activities, as well as significant historical and natural sites.

A wide variety of vacation accommodation is available on the Costa Brava, with something to suit all tastes and budgets. There are hotels, self-catering apartments, youth hostels, campsites, as well as rural accommodation in traditional farmhouses and mountain shelters or "refuges" in the Pyrenees.

Casas Rurales, Fincas and Villas

Rural accommodation and country houses range from large sprawling houses with large gardens to small, compact cottages in the country. In Catalonia, rural accommodation is classified regionally and can be either a room, with breakfast service, half-board, full-board service (or access to the kitchen), or a fully-equipped independent house.

Fincas are rural properties, often former farm houses that have been converted into tourist properties.

The Inner Catalonia Federation of Agritourism (Federación de Agroturismo de Catalunya Interior - FACI) has information on the various independent rural lodgings, townhouses, country houses and farm houses, with rooms available for rental in the interior of Catalonia.

Villas are often located outside the main urban centres, so private transport is usually essential. Villas often have good amenities, including swimming pools and kitchen facilities.


A refuge (refugio) or mountain shelter is rural accommodation in the Pyrenees range. There three types of refuge in the Girona province:

  • Hostel refuge: open year round and accessible by road and foot path
  • Attended/guarded refuge: mountain shelter in the highlands which is fitted for overnight stays (and may be attended in season)
  • Free/bivouac refuge: very remote location, probably accessible by hiking; always open and never attended

Self-Catering Apartment/Apartamento

The self-catering tourist apartment options can vary in size and standard.

An ATA registered apartment means the owner is member of a Girona association, the Associació Turística d'Apartaments (ATA) and quality is controlled. The ATA - or Tourist Apartment Association of the Costa Brava and Pyrenees of Girona - is made up of letting agencies and owners of apartment blocks obligated to adhere to quality standards and eco awareness.

  • ATA-registered accommodation can be booked online: Click here

Youth Hostels

Known in Spanish as Albergue, youth hostels are competitively priced and ideal for those travelling on a budget. They are marked with an Hs symbol issued by the tourist board. A feature of hostels in Europe is the shared, dormitory-style bedroom and bathrooms.

The Youth Hostel Network of Catalonia (Xarxa Nacional d'Albergs Socials de Catalunya - XANASCAT) provides information on youth hostels in of Catalonia, in Spanish only.

Camping and Campsites

The Spanish word for a campsite is camping. There are campsites in Catalonia with varying quality of facilities and they are classified into categories from 1 to 3, plus a fourth for luxury campsites. As with other holiday accommodation, the Q classification marks a place as Quality Tourist accommodation, while a marking of ISO 14001, EMAS or the environmental quality guarantee symbol shows it operates in an environmentally-friendly way.

  • The Girona Campsite Association (Associació de Càmpings de Girona) has comprehensive information in English on campsites on the Costa Brava, the Pyrenees and other inland locations within the province of Girona

Further Information