10 terrific beaches on the Costa Brava, from sandy stretches to rugged coves

Costa Brava is home to a myriad of splendid beaches, such as Llafranc Credit: Oleg_P

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If you’re visiting the Costa Brava, you’ll almost certainly be looking for a beach or two, but what many don’t realise is that these are not just any old beaches. Even though the 'wild coast' technically begins with one or two more populist, built-up resorts closer to Barcelona, north of the bay of Palamos, you’ll find some of the most blissfully unspoilt, Blue Flag beaches in Europe. This pine-fringed stretch of coast has crystal clear, clean waters and there’s variety here too from sweeping stretches of silky sand with family-friendly shallow waters to diving, sailing and scuba diving to secluded smugglers' coves and elegant horse-shoe bays lined with pavement cafés and restaurants.

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