Last Updated on January 11, 2019 by

Pardon me for a week of silence! We took last week off from work to treat ourselves to a holiday in Costa Brava. Many people think that I’m on a perpetual holiday since I’m constantly traveling — but few know how much work I put in and how exhausting it is to be on the road all the time. So yes, even full-time travelers like myself need a holiday from time to time.

To take the opportunity to visit some friends at the same time, we headed to Costa Brava, a rugged part of Spain that still remains my second favorite part of Spain (next to Andalusia where we live). A wild, untamed coastlines runs along the entire region, while green fields, sunflower meadows and looming mountains abound further inland. There are no massive crowds or rowdy beach bars; in their place are quaint coastal villages and quiet seafood restaurants.

Over the week, we went hiking along the Cami de Ronda trail, discovering secret coves and quiet beaches, tried aqua trekking for the first time, wandered around historical towns and went wine-tasting at Empordalia. We got to stay at two gorgeous country villas with Charming Villas — both of which were beautiful masias converted into modern, stylish homes surrounded by acres of greenery. Accompanied by our good friends Dan and Esme, we cooked up a storm, frolicked in the pool and had a great time just relaxing —which was exactly what we came here to do.

Here’s a look at our week in Costa Brava through my iPhone photos. Enjoy!


A view of Tamariu and Llafranc coastal towns from the lookout point

 Calella de Palafrugell – a cute little beach town near our villa


 Platge del Castell is one of the most popular beaches in Costa Brava


We hiked down to a secluded hidden beach off Platge del Castell


 The white-and-blue houses of Cadaques remind me of Santorini

My Packing List for the Camino de Santiago


Cadaques is known as the prettiest town in Costa Brava


The historic enclave of Besalu and its iconic bridge


 One of my favorite cities in Spain – Girona


One of the villas we stayed at – Mas Canyelle, a newly restored villa just off the coast