Costa Brava, Spain

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Costa Brava, Spain

Typical Costa Brava scenery

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If you're a beach lover who enjoys a laid-back European lifestyle -- the obligatory siesta, taking an invigorating hike through the trails of a beautiful coastal town -- Costa Brava, Spain is the place for you. You can lunch in a quiet fishing village and then head to the nature preserve Cap de Creus to hike through coastal mountain ranges.

At the top of these mountains, you can see Cadaques, a village famous as Salvador Dali's home, and it's still home to many artists. The area is the perfect place for creative people who also enjoy the outdoors. You've got culture and landscape, mountains and tranquility. Many nature-loving, outdoor adventurers call the towns and villages around Cost Brava home.

Costa Brava not only has the perfect landscape for mountain adventures, but it's set right on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. After hiking or mountain biking, you can take your canoe or kayak out to sea for a truly well-rounded outdoors experience. And, the French border is within driving distance, if you want to expand your European experience.

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