Located on the Mediterranean coast between the mouths of the Llobregat and Besos rivers, Barcelona certainly embraces the best of the coastal lifestyle that dominates parts of France, Italy, and Spain. The Barcelona Riviera embraces many of the perks of life along the Mediterranean, including the Port of Barcelona and the iconic Mar Bella beach. Barcelona tourism is based largely on the region's beaches, spectacular views, and historic architecture.
Barcelona Riviera Maya, characterized by turquoise, crystalline waters, is one of the most popular areas nestled along the Barcelona coastline. This is also the area where you'll find some of the most luxurious hotels in the region, including Hotel Barcel Maya Palace Deluxe and Hotel Barcel Maya Colonial. The Barcelona Riviera coast stretches about 25 miles just north of the metropolitan area of Barcelona. The coastal region of Barcelona extends through to the French border, an area referred to as Costa Brava, or "the brave coast."
The Barcelona coast is lined with premier hotels, restaurants, and shops. You'll also find luxury resorts and even sprawling golf courses taking advantage of the Mediterranean view and nearly year-round sunshine and pleasant weather. Barcelona, host to the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, is a city of contrasts in much the same way other Mediterranean cities are with regards to its blend of ancient architecture and modern conveniences.
The coastal region of Barcelona is very similar to the French Riviera in terms of both climate and overall terrain. You'll find beaches stretching for miles with hidden bays and other natural wonders along the way. In the background, you'll see majestic mountains and stunning sea views. Not far from the coast, you'll find small towns and villages. Like similar towns in the French Riviera, many of these villages embrace centuries old customs while catering to tourists with charming shops and local restaurants.
Costa Brava is one of the most popular areas of the Barcelona coast. Aside from being a major center of Barcelona tourism, it is also an area where many people choose to purchase or rent vacation homes. The area from Blanes to Palamos is especially known for its year-round pleasant weather since this particular region is naturally shielded from the colder weather that tends to bring a slight chill over Barcelona in the winter months.
Right around the Costa Brava area you'll find the picturesque village of Cadaques, which is best known as the place where painter Salvador Dali spent most of his days. Come explore Barcelona's coastal region as we guide you to the best hotels, restaurants, and other attractions that only add to the appeal of most cities cradling the Mediterranean coastline.