decent dose of sunshine is reasonably guaranteed most of the year round.If you’re not bound by school holidays and can visit during May, June or September, these are brilliant months to enjoy the joint benefits of warm temperatures and lower hotel rates while avoiding the crowds of July and August.The Costa Brava, brilliant and beguiling all at once.
light time: approximately two hours to Girona or Barcelona Currency: Euro Further reading: en.Emergency numbers/contacts: medical, fire and police: 112.Local police: 092 British Consulate in Barcelona: Avenida Diagonal 477, 13a Planta, 08036 Barcelona (00 56 or 00 94; gov.uk) When it comes to tipping: about five per cent for taxis and restaurants, €1 for hotel porters.The Costa is also home to some of the most scenic and important Greco/Roman and Iberian archaeological sites in Europe.Alternatively, if you just want to enjoy the spectacular surroundings, there are exceptional coastal walks and world-class golf courses, as well as extensive swimming, diving, snorkelling and sailing.Charming Villas Catalonia ( 34 972 590 389; charmingvillas.net) has superb luxury villas, both contemporary and traditional.
These include the stunning Can Puig – a family sized country house with pool overlooking the bay at Cadaqués and the modernist cube-style Villa Gelida with panoramic views from a clifftop over the Mediterranean.
Any lingering associations there may be with egg and chips are well past their sell-by date.
Yes, English menus may still be a fixture in the larger resorts on the southerly part of the coast, such as Lloret de Mar, but further north you won’t catch a glimpse of them.
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If you don’t have one, apply for a European Health Insurance Card so you’re eligible for state medical treatment, should you need it.