Stretching from Blanes to the French border is Costa Brava, Spain. With over 160 km of sandy beaches and an ideal summer climate, it’s no wonder that this north eastern coastal location in Catalonia is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Spain. Numerous resorts dot the Costa Brava seacoast from apartments and high rise hotels to the little traditional fishing villas that appear to stand unmoving in time.
The Costa Brava nightlife has something for everyone from a romantic moonlit dinner for two to child-friendly restaurants. But the allure for many visitors is the many tapas bars and pubs. Here you can do anything from relaxing with a glass of Sangria to partying until the wee hours of the morning. Casinos, Karaoke, and nightclubs are what are in store for you as well when visiting here. However, if you’re looking for a more sedate way to spend an evening out, there are plenty of bars and restaurants situated along the waterfront for you to relax in.
In the larger resorts, you will find numerous bars, discos, pubs, and wine bodegas with discos being unmatched anywhere along the Spanish coastline. However the following establishments are the most recommended “watering holes” to visit along the Costa Brava shoreline.
1. Alcatraz International Bar (Calella)
Geared towards the younger crowd, this place has all the trimmings of a UK pub. Alcatraz features a large porch, a pool table, and bright lights but is also well-known for its marathon karaoke competitions.
2. El Porata Bar (Tossa Del Mar)
An al fresco style bar that sits across from the famed Tossa Castle and overlooks the beach. The bar is a very popular hang out with the locals and has tons of charms with its cobblestone street location and thatched roof. Unlike neighboring bars in the area, this one appears to stay open later into the evening.
3. The Saratoga (Estartit)
Features games for the kids so the parents can sit with their drinks and unwind while the children are playing. The venue is a little pricey but the owner and the staff love the family atmosphere and promote it quite well.
4. Cafe de la Habana (Cadaques)
Excellent beer and cocktails on the menu here with live music in the evenings. The theme here is more Latin than Spanish but the venue is still one of the nicer establishments in the town.
5. Carpes de Begur (Begur)
If you’re between the ages of 18 and 30, and love to dance the night away, then this is the place. The three different venues provided are the House, Salsa/Latin, and a Variety mixture so there is music for nearly every taste. The bar is an open-air establishment so it does close down for the winter months.
Photo of glass of sangria by Alaskan Dude