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The Catalan Venice: Things to do in Empuriabrava

The Catalan Venice: Things to do in Empuriabrava

For the past few years, spending a summer on the Costa Brava has become one of the best options for many people and in Empuriabrava, you can find everything you need to enjoy a great vacation surrounded by friends or family.


If you have not yet been able to visit any of the towns that are hidden in the Costa Brava, we recommend that you continue reading this article as we will inform you about things to do in Empuriabrava or also known as the Venice of the Costa Brava.


Where is Empuriabrava?

As we mentioned before, Empuriabrava is a city located on the Costa Brava. Specifically, it is a coastal town located between Rosas and San Pere Pescador on the north of the province of Girona.


Empuriabrava is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns on the Costa Brava since it is a city surrounded by the Parc dels Aiguamolls de l’Empordà and the Gulf of Roses. As a consequence of this, Empuriabrava is known as the Catalan Venice since you can find more than 20 kilometres of fully navigable canals.


Enjoy a boat trip through the canals of Empuriabrava

Empuriabrava canals
Fuente: Costa Bravas

Navigating the canals of the luxurious town of Empuriabrava is undoubtedly one of the best activities you can do during your holidays. Currently, there are numerous companies that offer different types of walks so that you can enjoy and discover one of the greatest charms of Empuriabrava, such as its navigable saltwater channels. They also offer the possibility of renting small boats for which it is not necessary to have a skipper’s permit, thus, enjoy the Venice of the Costa Brava quietly and at your own pace.


The channels of Empuriabrava have become one of the best activities you can do since, with a single route, you can explore some of the most beautiful areas of Empuriabrava. Specifically, you can tour this city through the main canal until you reach the Maurici Park lagoon, one of the private areas of Empuriabrava.


Do not forget the historic center of Empuriabrava

castle of empuriabrava

After navigating the canals of Empuriabrava, you cannot miss the historic center of this town. Empuriabrava, in addition to being a coastal town, is also a place full of history and culture.


Therefore, whether you like history or discovering new charming places, you should definitely visit Castelló d’Empúries, an authentic medieval town located in Empuriabrava.


To fully discover this town, it is best to get lost in the small streets and let yourself be carried away by the incredible history that each of the streets hides. So that you do not miss anything, we recommend you go to the Empuriabrava Tourist Office as they offer maps and specifically, a walking tour called Paseo Monumental, a walk that includes the essentials about the medieval town. If you prefer to organize a guided tour of the historic center, the Tourist Office also offers this alternative for small groups.


Through the Paseo Monumental, you can discover the Basilica of Santa María or also known as the Cathedral of l’Empordà, a basilica with an impressive Gothic façade.


In addition, through this walk, you can also discover some of the most historic buildings in Empuriabrava such as the Convent of Sant Domenech, the Portal de la Gallarda which was the entrance to Castelló during the Middle Ages. You can also cross the river through the Pont Vell and visit the Lonja.


Activities to do in Empuriabrava

Apart from everything that we have mentioned throughout this article, Empuriabrava offers many more activities to do as a family, with children or with friends. Therefore, below we will comment on some of the best activities you can do in Empuriabrava.


Wind Tunnel

wind tunnel

The first activity that we want to recommend in Empuriabrava could not be other than the wind tunnel, also this is the first wind tunnel that you can find in Barcelona and its surroundings.


We highlight the wind tunnel as the first activity to do in Empuriabrava since you can enjoy an incredible and unique experience. If what you are looking for is to practice different sports and with high doses of adrenaline, the indoor flight is for you. Moreover, this activity is for everyone. From age 4 onwards they organize individual or group sessions and this type of flight practice is recognized by the Spanish Air Federation.



Empuriabrava is also a place where you can enjoy great beaches and coves with spectacular landscapes, it is for this reason that water sports have become another of the best activities you can do on Empuriabrava’s beaches. 

Specifically, you can find a large number of water sports in the Marina of Empuriabrava and, thanks to the natural environment in which this town on the Costa Brava is located, you can enjoy the best water sports such as surfing, windsurfing or even diving and fishing.


Scenic routes

As we have mentioned in the previous point, Empuriabrava stands out for being a town located in one of the best natural environments in Catalonia. Therefore, in addition to practising the best water sports, you will be able to enjoy some of the best routes through the lakes and dunes of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà natural park with more than 300 species of migratory birds and a very characteristic flora or go cycling through the Muga River Nature Trail.


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