Costa Brava In Spain
This is a 14cm diameter souvenir plate depicting Costa Brava attractions in Spain. The Costa Brava is a coastal region of northeastern Spain, in the province of Girona. The Costa Brava stretches from Blanes, 60 km (37 mi) northeast of Barcelona, to the French border. In the 1950s, the Costa Brava was identified as being suitable for substantial development as a holiday destination. The combination of a very good summer climate, nature, excellent beaches and a good foreign exchange rate made Spain an inexpensive tourist destination. Tourism rapidly took over from fishing as the principal business of the area. Until after the First World War, the beaches along the coast of Catalonia served for Sunday leisure pursuits for the local people, plus one or two from neighbouring villages. A few years after the Spanish Civil War when some sort of order had been restored, the gradual breaking down of Spain's international isolation in the 1950s cleared the way for new options in tourism. The overcrowding the Cote d'Azur was already experiencing in those days, enhanced the appeal of the Costa Brava.
Costa Brava The Movie Background
From the early days of cinema, the Costa Brava featured in many films, which has proved on many occasions to be an added value in boosting its profile as a tourist destination even further. The attraction of the Costa Brava for local producers and filmmakers from the local area and from Catalonia in general is perfectly understandable given its geographical proximity and its highly interesting yet easily accessible locations of all kinds. It has also proved a popular location with Spanish and foreign studios and directors, who have filmed high profile films in the area with stellar casts and production values. The commercial success and media buzz created by these productions has made certain locations known all over the world. Sant Feliu de Guixols was the most popular location in the counties of Girona for cinema producers and the second-most popular in all Catalonia (after Barcelona). The area also includes the medieval defensive buildings and religious buildings pre-Romanesque and Romanesque style.