Catch some sun and seafood on the Costa Brava at these hotels, with lodging options atop cliffs, alongside crystalline coves, or in countryside vineyards. From these views, it's easy to see why this region of northern Catalonia has been drawing vacationers and artists to its picturesque shores for decades.

Hotel Sant Roc

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Best suited for mid-range travelers with their own transit, the Hotel Sant Roc features scenery straight out of The Talented Mr. Ripley, sitting on a rocky headland in Calella de Palafrugell with views across to the nearby fishing village. Accents like colorfully painted headboards and flower blankets in the rooms complement the views.

Start your day with breakfast in the garden, then have lunch or tapas on the terrace surrounded by the sea views. Finish it off with a Mediterranean dinner at El Balcó de Calella restaurant, then drinks on the terrace as you watch the sunset. There are hiking, watersports, golfing, and other attractions all within easy access of the hotel.

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Hotel Aiguablava

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Located on the beach of Aiguablava in Begur, near the towns of Pals and Tamariu, the Hotel Aiguablava's sea view rooms give you a quintessential Costa Brava experience. The hotel was founded in 1934 and is still maintained by the now third and fourth generation of the founding family.

An outdoor pool, tennis court, ping pong tables, and panoramic terrace let you enjoy the sea breezes no matter what your choice of activity is. Restaurant Aiguablava serves up traditional Catalan cuisine alongside panoramic views of the bay in its restaurant, terrace, and garden spaces. Coves filled with crystal clear water surround the hotel, or you can embark on trips to nearby Barcelona, Girona, and Figueres.

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Parador de Aiguablava

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Spain's parador system was designed in the early 1900s, when the Spanish government wanted to create a hotel infrastructure for the country to encourage tourism and a positive image of Spain around the world. The Parador de Aiguablava is one of the more modern paradores, with a recent full renovation at its spot atop the cliff of La Punta d’es Muts, roughly 2.5 miles (4 km) from the town of Begur.

The onsite restaurant offers the traditional cuisine of the Ampurdán district, including an extensive menu of fish and seafood. Meanwhile, the spa overlooking Aiguablava cove offers a waterfall, sauna, solarium, thermal baths, and more. Relax in the pool or on the terrace amid the pine trees, or participate in the area's many aquatic activities.

Platja D'Aiguablava

Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa

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Luxurious Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa sits inside an 18th-century Catalan farmhouse, amid gardens, a vineyard and orchard, and winding paths with views of neighboring Empordà. Though it's somewhat secluded within the mainland, villages and hidden coves are a short drive away. Many of the 39 suites have their own private pools, making them ideal for couples looking for a quiet, indulgent escape.

The restaurant uses local produce to create modern Catalan cuisine inside its floor-to-ceiling windows. The extensive newly renovated spa includes a heated outdoor pool, dry sauna, hammam, water circuit, yoga rooms, and more. Each week sees a rotating schedule of activities for guests, from flower arranging to hatha yoga to cocktail making.

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