Stunning Residential Marina: Top 8 Things To Do In Empuriabrava, Spain

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In 1968, a group of individuals decided to turn a swamp into a luxurious tourist destination. The project was completed in 1975 and became an instant success. Now, Empuriabrava continues to attract locals and visitors with its wide range of attractions. Thanks to its 24-kilometer (15 miles) canals, the town is often referred to as the Venice of Spain. A boat trip is the best way to fully appreciate these waterways. If you want a guaranteed thrilling experience, then go skydiving. World-class instructors will teach you how to make the perfect jump. The town is also home to beautiful beaches, parks, and historical sites. So before you begin your epic vacation, let this list help you out. Here are the 8 best things to do in Empuriabrava, the world’s largest residential marina.

1. Skydive Empuriabrava

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It was established in 1985, and it offers the most exhilarating skydiving experience in town. If you’re just a beginner, then let Skydive Empuriabrava’s friendly world-class instructors guide you. Not only will you learn about the proper methods and safety procedures, but you will also have a chance to do a tandem jump. The view of the mountains and the sea from the sky is guaranteed to help you overcome your fear of heights. As for the experienced jumpers, they can expand their knowledge even further here. Some of the teams that were trained by Skydive Empuriabrava include AkroBabylon, and Hayabusa, both of which are world champions.

Skydive Empuriabrava

Address: Sector Aeroclub, s/n, 17487 Empuriabrava, Girona, Spain

Website: Skydive Empuriabrava (Spanish Website)

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2. Empuriabrava Beach

Beach Empuriabrava 2007
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Pristine water and the widest stretch of sand in the Costa Brava region are waiting for you at Empuriabrava Beach. Swim, go snorkelling, or just unwind and enjoy the windy atmosphere. Deck chairs and parasols are available for rent. You can also go for a stroll on the walkway and be mesmerized by the sights. One of the highlights is the stunning view of the Bay of Roses. Other fun activities you can try out include parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking. If you’re still not convinced, the site has won the Blue Flag award for the last 5 years. The Blue Flag award gives recognition to the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the world.

Empuriabrava Beach

Address: 17487 Castelló d'Empúries, Province of Girona, Spain

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3. Aiguamolls de I' Emporda Natural Park

Western Subalpine Warbler Sylvia inornata, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
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Measuring over 4,800 acres (1,942 hectares), Aiguamolls de L’ Emporda Natural Park is Catalonia’s second largest wetland. Go for a walk on the trails and take in the beauty of the lush scenery. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to see different species of birds up-close. Some of the winged creatures you may spot here include egrets, red-naped ibis, American goldfinch, and nightingales. There are also cabins where you can just sit back and enjoy the view of the lakes. Expect a serene atmosphere all throughout your visit.

Aiguamolls de I' Emporda Natural Park

Address: Carretera Km. 4.2, Castelló d'Empúries, GIV-6216, 17486 Castelló d'Empúries, Girona, Spain

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4. Rubina Beach

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If an unspoiled paradise is what you’re looking for, then this is the place for you. Dip your body into Rubina Beach’s clean and shallow water or lie down on the soft sand and let the tranquil atmosphere put a smile on your face. There are also spots where dogs can go for a refreshing swim. What makes the beach even more special is that it has an area where you can go kitesufring. In case you didn’t know, kitesurfing is not allowed in the other beaches in town. At the northern part, you will have a chance to see beautiful dune ecosystem up-close.

Rubina Beach

Address: Platja de la Rubina, s/n, 17487 Empuriabrava, Girona, Spain

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5. Canals I Mar

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Canals I Mar will give you an opportunity to check out the waterways of Empuriabrava. You can choose from different kinds of well-maintained boats, depending on the number of people in your group. As you sail along the canals, be captivated by the sight of the luxurious houses and lush areas. It’s also the perfect opportunity to enjoy the sunset view. The trip lasts for an hour, and the boat is equipped with a GPS to prevent you from getting lost.

Canals I Mar

Address: Avinguda Joan Carles I, 1, 17487 Empuriabrava, Girona, Spain

Website: Canals I Mar

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6. Butterfly Park Empuriabrava

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Go for a walk through Butterfly Park Empuriabrava in Calle Santa Clara and be fascinated all throughout. After marveling at the tropical scenery, see different species of the colorful insects up-close. There’s a huge chance of you spotting the Attacus atlas, which is considered to be the biggest butterfly in the world. As you enjoy the sights, you will get to know more about the life cycle of these wonderful creatures. The park is also home to a wide a variety of birds, reptiles, fishes, and exotic plants. It’s the best place for the whole family to enjoy nature to the fullest.

Butterfly Park Empuriabrava

Address: Calle Santa Clara, 0, 17486 Castelló d'Empúries, Province of Girona, Spain

Website: Butterfly Park Empuriabrava

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7. Castelló d’ Empuries

Castelló. Plaça Jaume I
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Empuriabrava is a suburb of Castelló d’ Empuries, which is home to well-preserved historical buildings. Take a trip through this centuries-old town and see the famous Basilica de Santa Maria. The marble exterior, stained glass windows, 15th-century altar, and other features are sure to leave you in awe. It’s the perfect example of Gothic architecture. Proceed to La Torre Carlina and get to know more about its history. The tower was built to protect the town from invasions during the second half of the 19th century. Other medieval wonders worth checking out include the Court’s Palace, and the Great House. You can also go for a stroll through the neighborhoods and experience the culture.

Castelló d’ Empuries

Address: Plaça Joc de la Pilota, 1, 17486 Castelló d'Empúries, Girona, Spain

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8. Minigolf Carmanso

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Posted by Minigolf Carmanso Empuriabrava on Monday, 25 April 2016

Savor the peaceful atmosphere and play at Minigolf Carmanso with your family or friends. The 18-hole course may be a bit challenging, but it’s guaranteed to be a fun-filled experience. As you move around the area, let the lush surroundings captivate you. There are also ponds where you can see turtles and different types of beautiful fishes. After the game, you can head to the café for some affordable snacks and refreshing drinks. Free WiFi is included, so make sure you post a photo a video of your minigolfing skills.

Minigolf Carmanso

Address: Sector Carmansó, 120, 17487 Empuriabrava, Girona, Spain

Website: Minigolf Carmanso

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Be enchanted by Empuriabrava now

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The second week of September is the best time to visit because you can be part of the huge Festival Medieval Tierra de Trovadores. It’s where the entire region commemorates the former capital of Castelló d’ Empuries. You will see Medieval-themed street markets, musical performances, and games. Indeed, it will be like travelling back in time.

With these attractions and events, you can expect nothing but unforgettable moments on your trip. Come see the beauty of Empuriabrava now.

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