Costa Brava is one of Spain’s best kept secrets. Authentic and artistic, the Costa Brava has maintained its quaint and special charm. While it is still popular with tourists, it’s the perfect destination to escape it all and immerse yourself in rest and relaxation, while surrounded by amazing scenery and culture.
Visit interesting villages like the medieval town, Besalú, or the white-washed Cadaqués, or the seaside towns of Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc. Enjoy delightfully fresh seafood and al fresco dining in town - or from your yacht’s deck. Meaning ‘wild coast,’ Costa Brava has some of the most amazing coastline, with rocky jagged cliffs framing the aqua blue Mediterranean waters in the hidden calas that you can only reach by boat. Walk the coastal paths that once connected fishing villages in the 19th century. Regardless of what you choose to do, a yacht charter in Costa Brava will be the experience of a lifetime!
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The best way to get to our base located in Empuriabrava, is to fly into Barcelona’s international airport, which is about 163km from base. As the second largest airport in Spain, there are several flights daily from the UK, North America and the rest of the EU.
From Barcelona-El Prat Airport you can either go by car directly to base, or head into the city center and take the train to Figueras and then a taxi to base. The fast train is about 55 minutes to Figueras and then from Figueras to base is about 35 minutes by car.
Alternatively you could fly into a smaller regional airport in Perpignan, or Girona, which are both a bit closer to Empuriabrava.
If you would like help organizing airport transfers, ask your charter consultant!
Time from Barcelona El-Prat Airport to Base - 1h 45 min by car
Time from Perpignan to Base - 1h by car
Time from Girona Airport to Base - 50 min by car
The best time for sailing Costa Brava is during between June-August when you can enjoy those long hot Mediterranean summer days. However, as Costa Brava enjoys mild weather almost all year long, the shoulder season of May and June are also lovely times to go. With about 300 days of sunshine a year, and an average humidity of about 70% there really isn’t a bad time to visit Costa Brava.
Average summer temperatures range from 27-30°C, and water temperatures of 23°C. Winter averages are between 8-12°C and water temperatures of 11°C.
Summer is the driest season in Costa Brava, and you might see a bit more rain in the shoulder months. October is considered the rainiest time, with average monthly rainfall of about 90mm.
As for winds, there is the Tramuntana which blows from West to Northwest in the mid-pyrenees and Perpignan regions. On the Mediterranean you’ll get northerly wind following the Bear, Creus and Begur capes. You’ll also get strong winds more frequently during October-April.
In Costa Brava the predominant languages are Catalan and Spanish. Catalan is a regional dialect, but don’t worry most everyone you meet will know Spanish, and even some English as well.
For mooring, anchoring in the sand is allowed, but stay away from seaweeds and grasses. If available, use a mooring buoy. If not, try to make sure you are not over a seagrass bed. Restoring a seabed takes many years, but you can prevent any damage by diving under to patrol the area before anchoring. You can also tell by checking the coloring for the area below you. Light patches are likely sand and darker patches are usually seaweed or seagrass.
For provisioning, Yacht4Less recommends Mercadona, which is a mere 8 minutes all. Here you can order online and arrange for delivery to your yacht. Ask your charter broker about it and we would be happy to arrange your provisioning for you!
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