Photos: Running Spain’s Costa Brava

For a mix of athletic adventure, rich culture and delicious food, the Costa Brava region of Spain is a Mediterranean paradise.

Loosely translated, Costa Brava means “the Wild Coast,” and it certainly lives up to its name. Situated in Catalonia, a fiercely independent, autonomous nationality in northeastern Spain, Costa Brava is turning its economy around through smartly managed tourism, making it the ideal location for running, kayaking and mountain biking adventures.

With almost 800 kilometers of Great Route trails alone (a series of standardized trails coordinated by the European Ramblers Association), our group focused on exploring sections of the 200km-plus Costa Brava Way trail, which travels primarily along the coast, passing through medieval towns and ancient ruins, running along rocky cliffs, through olive groves and to the water’s edge, enjoying delicious food and welcoming people along the way. Yes, the locals were even kind and welcoming to stinky, sweaty runners!

Our running, kayaking and cycling route was a multi-stage, 60km loop that began in Girona, passed through agricultural areas and mountainous regions, to the coast at Pineda d’en Gori, north along the coast to Cadaqués and back to Girona. These pictures are sure to inspire your own Costa Brava adventure.

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