Photo Essay from around Costa Brava

| October 4, 2012 | 70 Comments

We love to capture our travel adventures in words. We like to put you in the moment with us as we tear around the Tuscan countryside on our scooter. Or we want you to live vicariously through us as we face our own fears when we are deep underground caving in Budapest.

However, sometimes it is just easier to paint a picture in your head with photos rather than words…

Costa Brava in Photos

Girona Cathedral Costa Brava

If you want a place to base yourself in Costa Brava, then start in Girona. Colourful houses, cute bridges criss-cross the winding river, and enough scrumptious food to keep any foodie in heaven. Or a food coma.

Pimientos de padron Green Peppers Spain

Apparently 1 in 10 of these delicious salty Pimientos de Padrón (tiny green peppers an inch or two long) are a hiding a secret spiciness waiting to unleash on the unsuspecting pinxtos eater. Luckily, even though I ate a tonne, I never hit a spicy one.

Costa Brava Rail Trail Biking

When we were not eating, we were on a cycling tour along endless tracks with not a soul in sight.

Costa Brava secret waterfall

And being shown incredible secret spots like this secluded waterfall by our local cycling guides. I just wish I had my swimming togs.

Palamos Beach Costa Brava

Costa Brava runs along the northeast coastline of Spain, so there are empty stretches of beaches like this one near the town of Palamos just waiting to be explored. Wouldn’t be a bad place to live and launch your rowing boat through your castle wall.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols Monastery Costa Brava

Sant Feliu de Guíxols Monastery.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols Sunset Costa Brava

One of just the many gorgeous sunsets we watched to finish off our incredible days during our biking adventures.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols lookout

I personally couldn’t think of a better view in Costa Brava.

Disclaimer: Cole was a guest of the Costa Brava tourism board for 3 days. And although I can’t claim that I made the Spanish food and countryside look even more beautiful, my opinions and my photos are always my own.

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  1. It’s a Wrap: TBEX Europe in Girona, Spain | October 4, 2012
  1. Laurence says:

    Some spectacular photos here! Love what you did with the shot of the church at the end – really funky stuff 😀
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  2. Andrea says:

    Stunning photos Cole! Glad we got to hang out in Costa Brava for a couple of days. See you (and Adela?) at WTM. 🙂
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  3. WHOA! Those Lightroom tips from Laurence are clearly paying off! The first and last shots are especially cool. Keep up the good work…
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  4. Awesome pictures, Cole – especially the HDR!
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  5. Awesome photos Cole, shame I missed TBEX but hopefully will catch up with you and Adela at WTM! Vix x
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  6. Christina says:

    Ah wow, that picture of the waterfall – it looks so un-Spanish, at least in my vision of Spain. Makes me think I really haven’t seen much of Spain yet! Love that scene. Great to hear you had such a fab time!
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  7. You earned your “show and tell” by the Costa Brava Tourism Board. One photo is indeed worth a thousand words (well, some photos, like these, anyway). I now have a good excuse for returning to Spain since we never made it to the Costa Brava.
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    • Thanks Suzanne! Costa Brava is definitely one of the best spots in Spain, although to be fair we haven’t been right down South yet. Get in touch with the Tourism Board if you ever get to go. They will tell you all the best places to visit.

      (P.S. Glad to have you back again) 🙂

  8. Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous photos! My favorite is the one of the secluded waterfall, which looks like an HDR image. Somehow, those very places that not all tourists see are the most special.
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    • It was edited a little to look HDR but really was more beautiful in person 🙂 These “secret” spots you can really only access if they tell you where they are personally. That’s why I loved it so much.

  9. Beautiful photos, Cole! Love the waterfall. I wouldn’t miss to take a dip there. It just so amazing.
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  10. sasha the traveller says:

    You certainly have the photographer’s eye…absolutely stunning pictures. I hope you have printed some out and framed them on your wall as they need to be shown!

  11. What a beautiful area! I’ve been to Barcelona but not the Costa Brava area. Jealous that you got to go to TBEX. Hope you had a great time but I know you enjoyed the views!
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  12. laini says:

    Wow, beautiful shots! Your colors are exquisite!
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  13. Jenna says:

    I am really looking forward to taking a long trip to Spain one of these days, and these photos inspire me to visit Costa Brava. Looks like such a great mix of history, natural beauty, and culture.
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  14. Such a vibrant tour through Costa Brava my friend. Gorgeous pics! I would have loved to visit the Sant Feliu de Guíxols Monastery pictured above. And relieved to hear that you never hit a spicy Pimientos de Padrón! Great post!
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    • I kind of wanted to eat a spicy one to see what all the fuss is about… But glad I didn’t haha. You definitely would have loved the architecture around some of the Spanish villages we visited.

  15. Sharon Glanville at BeBetsy says:

    I love reading travel blogs-fun places to visit. Photos are wonderful!

  16. Marlys says:

    Great shots! Are those deep fried chilis? Were they hot! Yum!
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  17. Debbie says:

    Stunning, stunning photos. It looks gorgeous! The waterfall looks so inviting!

  18. Andy says:

    Really awesome pictures. They make me miss Spain a lot! Although I am a sucker for beaches, I’d have to go with picture 1 or 4 for creativity and perspective.
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  19. Wow. Absolutely stunning. I just got home from the region Tuesday, and you make me want to turn around and head back. Sorry I didn’t meet you at TBEX, but hopefully soon.
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    • Unfortunately I probably only met about 25% of the people I was trying to meet up with! Would definitely be keen to catch up though Jeff if you make it to Scotland or somewhere else on our travels.

  20. Audrey says:

    The cornfields look like a blast! I’d love to cycle through there. 😀
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  21. Beautiful stuff 🙂

    Spain is high on my list of places to head to after I finish up in South America, and these photos only reinforce the desire. Good times, good times 🙂

  22. We completely fell in love with the Spanish coast earlier in the year. Discovering the area on a bicycle sounds especially nice.

  23. Great pics…I definitely missed out at TBEX it seems!:)

  24. Pete says:

    Some really nice shots Cole, I especially like the road through the corn fields. It is composed really well.

    I’m really bummed we didn’t make it over for TBEX, but we’ll get to this region eventually.

  25. Angela says:

    Beautiful pictures, it’s a stunning region!

  26. Great pics guys! Definitely this place is a little treasure in the whole region. I’ve been able to explore it slowly since living in Barcelona. Totally worth it! Glad you enjoyed. Cheers!

  27. Amanda says:

    It looks so gorgeous! I especially love that last photo.

  28. Girona is so photogenic, isn’t it? Of course, so is most of Costa Brava. I loved it there. I wish I could have taken a cycling tour like you did. Looks like a great area to do that.

  29. I like your pictures of the tourist sports of Costa Brava. It is really inviting me or making me go there very soon! I appreciate the waterfalls! By the way, I must commend you for taking great captures!

  30. Aww, I want to go to that waterfall!
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  31. Absolutely stunning pictures there! Going through these
    images leaves a lingering image of Costa Brava. It is just so fabulous. It is
    amusing that not one of those green peppers turned hot and spicy 🙂

  32. Love it, your pics really show a lot of the gorgeous sides of the Costa Brava. It’s like a whole bunch of reasons to go all in photos. 🙂
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  33. Yeah, but a good eye always helps! 🙂
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  34. Alex says:

    Hello, I spent my summers in the costa brava and these are some of the best pictures I have seen so far of it. I just wonder where the waterfall is? I wanna know since I have already been in the other places.

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