Located on the coast of Girona, Spain, Empuriabrava is one of the largest marinas in the world. Over the last few decades the area has developed from a small town to a bustling tourist community. With a range of activities available that range from skydiving to learning to sail, Empuriabrava is a great destination for a unique holiday rental.
Empuriabrava is a coastal town that is built around a winding canal system. The majority of residences have a mooring at the bottom of their garden, and navigating around the 24km of canals is a unique and enjoyable experience that you are unable to replicate almost anywhere else in the world. Canal tours are readily available, with some stopping for a long lunch at the marina waterfront half way through.
The town itself has two six kilometre beaches, many shops, and a good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants. An open air market is also held on the seafront every Saturday morning, where you can pick up some high quality fruit and vegetables to cook with in your self-catering accommodation. If you fancy something a little more adventurous, tennis, golf, scuba diving and skydiving are all popular activities in Empuriabrava, and you can even learn to sail a boat, with a number of sailing schools in the area.
If you fancy getting away from it all, you can head to the Parc Naturel Del’s Aiquamolls – a nearby nature area that is excellent for walking and cycling. Here you can enjoy a picnic, take in the sea views, visit the bird sanctuary, and bird watch from designated observation points.
Empuriabrava is part of the province of Girona, and Girona itself is just 40km away. The city is well worth a visit, with a number of architecturally noteworthy sights and all the attractions of a big city. Another destination that you may wish to consider is the nearest large town is Figueres. You can even drive to France in less than half an hour, as you are just 44km from the French border.
The Empuriabrava region has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, humid summers that reach around 30°C on most days – though due to its positioning Empuriabrava receives a cooling sea breeze. Winter temperatures average between 10°C and 15°C – still warm enough to enjoy the full range of outdoor activities that your self-catering holiday has to offer.
Ryanair have been flying from the UK to Girona Airport (GRO) for the last few years, and is the destination for a holiday in Empuriabrava. Be aware that the airport can also be listed as Costa Brava Airport or Barcelona-Girona Airport. The remainder of the 40km journey can be made by car, train or bus, and public transport in the area is excellent.