The Costa Brava is a stunning stretch of coastline spanning the northeast of Spain, famous for its golden beaches, rich culture and, of course, its beautiful weather. There’s plenty to keep vacationers entertained when the Mediterranean sun is beaming down, but what about those rainy days when endless games of cards in your hotel room just won’t cut it?

    Luckily for you, there’s far more to the Costa Brava than just its beaches, parks and charming plazas. With an enthralling history covering everything from ancient architecture to art, film and even magic, a bit of bad weather needn’t dampen your vacation spirit. Here are just some of the best things to do in Costa Brava when it rains.


    Dalí Theatre-Museum, Figueres

    Explore the world’s largest work of surrealist art

    Head to the birthplace of world-renowned artist Salvador Dalí and discover his most unique and creative work in the Dalí Theatre-Museum. Centrally-located in his hometown of Figueres, Dalí chose to erect the spectacular building at the site of the small coastal town’s former Municipal Theatre.

    The building itself is a magnificent sight to see and is said to be the largest work of surrealist art in the world. But head inside and you’ll find yourself surrounded by special collections of his most peculiar and quirky work. It’s also home to his crypt and grave. Carry some small change in your pocket while you’re there, to activate the museum’s interactive exhibits.

    Location: Plaça Gala I Salvador Dalí, 5, 17600 Figueres, Girona, Spain

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +34 972 67 75 00


    Girona Cathedral, Girona

    Step inside the widest Gothic nave in the world

    Dominating the skyline in the heart of Girona’s Força Vella, the ancient Girona Cathedral is as historic as it is beautiful. There are parts of its Romanesque foundations dating back as far as the 5th century, but the architecture boasts a mixture of distinctly Gothic and Baroque features, too.

    When you’ve finished admiring the exterior, head inside and take a look around the widest Gothic nave in the world, at a width of 22 meters. While there, you can make use of an audio guide to gain a deeper insight into the history of the church. The eagle-eyed Game of Thrones fans among you might recognize the cathedral steps from Jaime Lannister’s standoff with the High Sparrow in season 6.

    Location: Plaça de la Catedral, s/n, 17004 Girona, Spain

    Open: April–October: daily from 10 am to 8 pm. November–March: daily from 10 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +34 972 42 71 89


    Butterfly Park, Empuriabrava

    Walk among the world’s largest butterflies

    Get in among nature without getting caught in the rain with an afternoon spent at Empuriabrava’s fabulous Butterfly Park. Located just a 20-minute drive east of Figueres, the small, interactive zoo is nestled between 3 natural parks and features a 2,000-square-meter greenhouse, recreating the environment of a tropical rainforest.

    Housing a variety of exotic species, such as parrots, lizards, wallabies and, of course, butterflies (including the world’s largest), the main purpose of the park is to educate visitors on the importance of butterfly conservation. You can take an informative guided tour, allowing you supervised encounters with the creatures. Be sure to buy a cup of nectar while you’re there to feed the animals as you go.

    Location: Carrer Santa Clara, 17486 Castelló d’Empúries, Girona, Spain

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +34 972 45 07 61


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    Parish Church of Sant Romà, Lloret de Mar

    Admire the colorful church of Costa Brava

    A striking example of blended architecture in the center of Lloret de Mar, the brightly colored Parish Church of Sant Romà is one of the coastal town’s top attractions. Unmissable to anyone walking around the heart of the resort, the church is instantly recognizable by its stripy exterior walls and multicolored roof.

    Part of the Lloret Open Museum (or MOLL), you can freely explore the church, with its varying design ranging from 16th-century Gothic to modern-day additions like its new side chapels. Be sure to explore inside as well as outside, where you’ll find beautiful Venetian-style art forming part of a stunning altarpiece.

    Location: Plaça de l’Església, 4, 17310 Lloret de Mar, Girona, Spain

    Open: Daily from 9.30 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm to 7.30 pm

    Phone: +34 972 36 64 90


    The Arab Baths, Girona

    Travel back in time to the Old Town’s ancient public baths

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    Small in size but rich in history, Girona’s Arab Baths date back to the 12th century, yet remain excellently preserved to this day. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Old Town, at the foot of the famous cathedral, the ornate landmark once served as public baths, inspired by those of the Romans.

    Built in a Romanesque style, which is popular throughout Girona, the baths’ stand-out features include the central pool, with its dome cupola supported by stone columns with Corinthian tops. You can take a self-guided tour here at any time of year, but it’s especially beautiful during the Girona Flower Festival each May.

    Location: Carrer del Rei Ferran el Catòlic, s/n, 17004 Girona, Spain

    Open: March–October: daily from 10 am to 7 pm (until 2 pm on Sundays). November–February: daily from 10 am to 6 pm (until 2 pm on Sundays)

    Phone: +34 972 21 32 62


    Movie theater Museum, Girona

    Go on a fascinating journey through the history of film

    Discover all there is to know about the art of cinematography at Girona’s spectacular Movie theater Museum. The 3-storey interactive exhibit can be found right in the center of the city, ideally situated for spending a few hours escaping the rain.

    Work your way through the extensive collections of memorabilia and interactive exhibits, uncovering a timeline of the world’s fascination with motion pictures. From shadow imagery to modern-day movie theater, it’s a haven for film fanatics. Once you’ve completed your self-guided tour, pay a visit to the souvenir shop at the end to pick up a memento of your day.

    Location: Carrer de la Sèquia, 1, 17001 Girona, Spain

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +34 972 41 27 77


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    Tossa de Mar Castle

    Visit one of the finest gems on the Costa Brava

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    Tossa de Mar is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque towns on the Costa Brava and the biggest draw to it is the iconic castle in its enchanting Old Town. An architectural masterpiece perched on cliffs overlooking the stunning beach, you’ll find plenty to explore within the ancient castle grounds.

    Walk through and along the 14th-century walls then climb into the superbly preserved fortified towers and take in the breathtaking views along the coast. Admire the Vila Vella’s medieval houses, cobbled alleyways and charming shops and restaurants en route to the castle. But, if the rain gets too heavy, you can always catch a ride up to the top on the local tourist train.

    Location: Passeig de Vila Vella, 1, 17320 Tossa de Mar, Girona, Spain

    Phone: +34 972 34 02 88


    The Fishing Museum, Palamós

    Dive into the history of fishing on the Costa Brava

    The delightful town of Palamós is a major fishing port on the Costa Brava. It brings the history of its greatest passion to life at its seafront Fishing Museum. After witnessing the captivating spectacle of countless fishing boats returning to port each afternoon and unloading the day’s catch, step inside the museum for a guided tour giving further insight into fishing along the Spanish coast.

    The museum looks not only into fishing’s past and present but also into the future, featuring enthralling exhibits and interactive displays throughout. As well as the museum, you can visit the nearby seafood market and take part in additional activities such as cooking workshops at The Fish Space.

    Location: Zona Portuària, Calle del Muelle, 17230 Palamós, Girona, Spain

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 1.30 pm and 3 pm to 7 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm

    Phone: +34 972 60 04 24


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    Gran Casino Costa Brava, Lloret de Mar

    Enjoy a night of entertainment in a classic casino setting

    Whether you love the bright lights of the machines or you want to put your best poker face to the test, you’ll find it all at the Gran Casino Costa Brava. This medium-sized casino features all the classic games, including Roulette, Blackjack and Punto Banco. Try your luck in a poker tournament on a Friday and Saturday night or take your pick from the 90 slot machines.

    There’s more to the casino than just the games. You’ll also find plenty of food and drink options, such as a cocktail bar and a stylish restaurant. Plus, there’s a 1,000-seater event auditorium. Be sure to check out the awesome flamenco shows.

    Location: Av. Vila de Tossa, 27, 43, 17310 Lloret de Mar, Girona, Spain

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 3 am (open till 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays)

    Phone: +34 972 36 11 66


    Magic House, Col.leccio XEVI, Santa Cristina d’Aro

    Discover the history of magic with a world-famous illusionist

    Pay a visit to the mesmerizing Magic House and be taken on a guided tour by world-renowned illusionist Xavier Sala i Costa. Located in the peaceful countryside village of Santa Cristin d’Aro (southeast of Girona), Xevi’s extensive collection of visual illusions and magical memorabilia leads the Magic House to be named the only magic museum in Spain – and the largest, most original of its type in the world.

    A truly unique museum, you’ll experience an unforgettable encounter with the inspirational and charming Xevi as he personally takes you around the house, demonstrating his magic skills as you go. It’s well worth the drive here for a fascinating insight into the world of illusion.

    Location: Av. De L’Església, 1, 17246 Santa Cristina d’Aro, Girona, Spain

    Open: Mid-June–mid-September: Thursday–Sunday at 7 pm. Mid-September–mid-June: Sundays and holidays at 12 pm

    Phone: +34 607 23 79 11

    Sadie Geoghegan-Dann | Contributing Writer

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