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Empuriabrava in Spain - exclusive waterfront accommodation

Before leaving Spain, we made a visit to Empuriabrava - the largest residential marina in all of Europe. Coming here was a real experience! We strolled around for a whole day, and are very happy that we were tipped off about this place.


Empuriabrava in Spain

Empuriabrava is located high on the east coast of Spain, not far from the border with France. The area is made up of 40 kilometres of canals, along which you'll find one exclusive house after another. No wonder it's sometimes called the Venice of Spain!

Luxury accommodation on former marshland

The exclusive area of Empuriabrava consists of long waterways and luxurious villas. This is a town that in some ways is reminiscent of Italy's neighbourhoods. Venicebut more modern. Most people who live here seem to own not only a large villa, but also a luxury yacht. Many even have their own "garage" for their boat, with a garage door down to the water. No wonder we saw lots of boat shops along the way!

Empuriabrava Spanien
The boat parked outside the house

Completed in the 1970s

Området, som planerades på 60-talet och stod klart på 70-talet, är från början byggt på sumpmark. När man började bygga var området inte attraktivt alls, men utan att överdriva kan man säga att det har förändrats. På sommaren bor det hela 80 000 människor här och redan nu, i april, var det fullt av turister som satt på restaurangerna eller köade för en båttur på kanalerna. Ett otroligt fascinerande ställe som definitivt är värt ett besök om du har vägarna förbi.

Boende vid vatten i Spanien
Many of the city's streets are made up of water

Discovering Empuriabrava

We took our time and walked around all the footpaths through the city. Occasionally you can stop on the small bridges and watch the waterways and the boats going back and forth. Amazingly cosy and charming!

This is an enormously beautiful fairytale country and we had no idea it was in Europe. We need to come back and spend a week here to see everything. If you are in the neighbourhood, this is really worth seeing.


Things to see and do in Empuriabrava

Besides discovering Empuriabrava on foot, there are of course many other things to do and experience here. Here are some suggestions:

  • Boat hire through one of the city's many boat hire companies, and navigate the waterways yourself.
  • Sunbathing and swimming on the long and fine sandy beach Platja d'Empuriabrava, which runs along the sea.
  • Try skydiving at the Empuriabrava Aerodrome.
  • Flying in "wind tunnels" on Windoor Realfly.
  • Hiking in Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, a nature reserve with lakes, wetlands, hiking trails and more than 300 species of birds.
  • Cycling along the river La Mugawhere there is a trail that can be cycled or hiked. If you don't have your own bike, there are a number of hire companies.
Empuriabrava Spanien

Accommodation in Empuriabrava

There are several campsites in and around Empuriabrava and we, travelling with a motorhome, considered staying at one of them. However, the prices at several of them were relatively high (which is perhaps not surprising given the location) and we, travelling for a whole year and having to consider the budget, chose to continue the journey towards France.

Of course, there are also many other accommodations in Empuriabrava, both in the form of hotels and accommodation in a villa or apartment. If you google, you will also see that there are properties for sale in Empuriabrava, and you can understand that it can be attractive to have an accommodation here!

Spanien Empuriabrava

See more in the neighbourhood

Empuriabrava is located in the north-eastern part of Spain. From here it takes about two hours by car to reach Barcelona. If you drive another half hour, you can also discover the nice city of Tarragona. From Empuriabrava it is also not far to France. Discover the fortified city of Carcassonne, charming Sète or (if you dare) the naturist town of Cap d'Agde.


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Facts about Empuriabrava

  • Country: Spain
  • Region: Catalonia
  • Provins: Província de Girona
  • Municipality: Castelló d'Empúries
  • Location: Empuriabrava is located in the north-eastern part of Spain, 60 miles east of Madrid. Located in the Gulf of Roses bay.
  • Name: Empuriabrava (Spanish: Ampuriabrava)
  • Residents: Around 8000 (increasing to around 80,000 in summer)
  • Nearest major community: Figueres is 1.3 miles west of Empuriabrava.

Nature and climate in Empuriabrava

  • Highest point: The highest point nearby is Castell de Verdera (649 metres above sea level) which is 9 miles north of the resort.
  • Natural area: Aiguamolls de l'Empordà is a natural park in the Golf de Roses. It is home to many different types of birds.
  • Climate: Coastal climate
  • Temperature: Average annual temperature of 17 degrees C. July is the warmest (average temperature 27 degrees) and January is the coldest (average temperature 8 degrees).
  • Precipitation: Average annual precipitation is 635 millimetres. It rains most in November (108 mm of precipitation) and is driest in December (20 mm of precipitation).

Campsites in Empuriabrava

  • Camping Rubina Resort: Located by the sea. Apartments and bungalows available. Address: Playa de la Rubina, 17487, Empuriabrava.
  • Camping Castell Mar Cat.2: Located by the sea. Pool available. Address: Platja de la Rubina, 17486 Castelló d'Empúries.
  • Camping Laguna Cat.1: Located by water, close to the beach. Address: Apartado de Correos 55, 17486 Castelló d'Empúries.
  • Camping Mas Nou Cat.1: Pool and bungalows available. A little further from the sea. Address: C. Mas Nou 7, 17486, Castelló d'Empúries.

Travelling to Empuriabrava

  • Car: From Barcelona the road is just over 15 miles (about 2 hours driving time). Follow the E-15 or C-32 and then the AP-7. If you are coming from France, you can take the A9 and E-15 from Perpignan.
  • Bus: Buses run from Barcelona and Barcelona Airport, and from Girona and Girona Airport. Some buses only run in summer.
  • Trains: The nearest train station is in Figuereas, 15 kilometres from Empuriabrava. In between, you can travel by bus.
  • Flight: The nearest airport is Girona-Costa Brava. From here you can get to Empuriabrava by bus in the summer. The larger airport Barcelona-El Prat is about 16 kilometres away (two hours by car).
  • Boat: The Port of Empuriabrava can accommodate boats up to 26 metres in length.

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