Costa Brava festivals add cultural flair to golf vacations
For a unique experience, golfers are encouraged to combine their rounds on the spectacular courses of Costa brava with the many festivals and events across the region for an added cultural flavor to their Spanish vacation.
From large, internationally renowned festivals with world-class programming to smaller shows, there are over 30 festivals for golfers throughout the summer months – with festivals of music, theater, magic, circus and films that take place across Girona and surrounding areas.
Hosted in some of the most idyllic and emblematic spaces of the Costa Brava such as villages, castles, botanical gardens, archaeological sites and historical monuments, as well as natural refuges and beaches, the variety of festivals and places breathtaking are among the best in the world.
Music festivals feature prominent performances in genres such as classical, opera, jazz, pop and rock, not to mention traditional havaneres (colonial huts) and sardana music, while a range of festivals devoted to theater and other performing arts – such as dance, clowns and puppets – are also a big hit. For lovers of the seventh art, there is a fantastic selection of film festivals and shows which always draw large crowds.
The streets fill with acrobatics, choreography, magic, surprises and joy with festivals of circus, dance and magic turning some towns into huge stages, attracting people of all ages ready to enjoy the show.
For those looking to experience the culture of a Spanish city, tourists can join local communities for their most anticipated event of the year, the festa major (main local festival), where locals come together to celebrate and enjoy magical moments full of playful and symbolic value with the most deeply rooted traditions.
During the day the streets also come alive and turn into bustling markets in an atmosphere full of aromas and colors – giving visitors a real insight into the people, traditions and collective spirit of Girona.
Notable festivals include the Cap Roig Festival, a music and dance festival held in the gardens of Cap Roig. Celebrated annually since 2001, this event attracts a variety of national and international artists.
The Festival de Porta Ferrada, born in 1958 in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, is the oldest summer festival in Spain and takes place throughout the village in its streets, squares and venues with a range of local and international artists from various disciplines – including musicians, singers, orchestras and choirs. The festival is also renowned for the number of educational activities and workshops it organizes for the benefit of young Catalan musicians.
The medieval castle of Peralada is the setting for the Castell de Peralada festival during the months of July and August. Located in the gardens of the castle park, the auditorium is the ideal place for concerts on a summer evening. The church and cloister, on the other hand, host recitals, chamber concerts and small-scale operas.
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A spokesperson for Golf Costa Brava said: “We encourage all golfers visiting the area to immerse themselves in the culture and fill their calendars with very rewarding activities to get the most out of their experience.
“Not only do we offer world-class golf, but you can also enjoy an unrivaled program of festivals unique to the rest of the world. After a day on the course, what better way to relax than to celebrate with us and enjoy memorable performances in spectacular surroundings and locations? “
Besides the exceptional golf courses, culture, festivals and events, there is much more to discover about the region with its wealth of accommodation options, diverse nightlife, easy travel links, wonderful weather. and its value for money. Golfers can enjoy superb gastronomy, dazzling beaches, paradisiacal nature, rejuvenating well-being and even the possibility of practicing snow sports with the Pyrenees in the backyard.
For more information on the festivals, as well as their schedule, please visit: www.costabravagironafestivals.com/en/que-es-cbg-festivals.
And for more information on golfing on the Costa Brava, visit: golf.costabrava.org or our travel partners Golfbreaks.