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Ampuriabrava / Empuriabrava
Ampuriabrava (Empuriabrava in Catalan), located on the Costa Brava in Spain, is one of the pearls of the Mediterranean Sea and is often called the "Venice of Spain". The residential Marina of Empuriabrava was founded in 1967 and with more than 25 kilometers of canals running through the city it is one of the largest residential marinas in the world with over 5,000 private moorings and properties bordering the canals.
Several bridges in the Marina of Empuriabrava restrict the entry of most canals for motor yachts and boats with an air draft exceeding 2.80 meters. Only the first part of the Marina of Empuriabrava is available for sailboats and large motor yachts and there, all properties have private pontoons and moorings without height limitation for your boat or yacht.
Empuriabrava offers a range of waterfront apartments, houses and villas with a mooring with a private dock so you can dock your boat or yacht directly to your property as well as spacious houses and apartments with views over the harbor or the canals or villas by the beach with magnificent sea views.
Empuriabrava has a very good infrastructure, tourists or residents you find in this town all kinds of supermarkets, international restaurants, cafes, bars, banks, pharmacies, butchers, bakers, travel agents, newsagent, gym, rental boats and cars, diving schools medical, veterinary, schools and nurseries. You can practice many sports or hobbies such as scuba diving in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, windsurfing, kite surfing, sky diving, tennis, squash, horse riding, cycling and hiking tours. All guarantee a good life with a Mediterranean air.
For golf lovers there are wonderful 18 hole golf courts close by at Perelada and Torremirona where you can enjoy an excellent infrastructure, in addition in Castelló d'Empúries is a small "Pitch and Putt".
If you want to practice mountain skiing or hiking you will discover fantastic opportunities in the ski resorts of the Pyrenees located 90 minutes by car.
Empuriabrava is part of the municipality of Castelló d´Empúries and is located about 40 km from the border between France and Spain on the Costa Brava in the beautiful Bay of Roses (Roses in Catalan), 15 km from Figueres and its high speed TGV train station, 60 km from the airport of Girona-Costa Brava, 60 km from Perpignan airport and 120 km from Barcelona.
It is an important destination for individuals who wish to invest in a luxury holiday property on the Costa Brava in Spain.
Why buy a property in Empuriabrava?
There are many reasons why people invest or buy real estate in Ampuriabrava, but the main factor is the omnipresence of water, the properties with private moorings, the sandy beaches and deserted coves of the Mediterranean Sea.
Empuriabrava is built on many canals and waterways, making it particularly attractive for boat owners and lovers of water sports and scuba diving. The marine reserves surrounding Empuriabrava - The Cape Creus Natural Park to the north and the Medes Islands to the south - are from an outstanding beauty and recognized worldwide as one of the best cruising grounds and dive spots of the Mediterranean Sea.
Around Ampuriabrava are miles of beautiful white sandy beaches where you can make beautiful equestrian ballads and often with ideal wind conditions to practice sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
To the south is the Aiguamolls Empordà Natural Park which is a reference for the observation of aquatic birds, storks and pink flamingos or for those who love nature, walking or cycling.
Skydivers from around the world are also attracted to the ideal climate and the beautiful scenery of the northern Costa Brava as well as the modern facilities of the Empuriabrava aerodrome and SkyDive Empuriabrava that has become one of the three largest skydiving centers in the world. Recently a wind tunnel was built to take advantage of the sensation of jumping from a plane without risk, even a on a rainy day or when the “tramontana” wind blows too hard for parachute jumping.
In winter "Empuria" is very lively because most shops, restaurants, bars and clubs are open all year and the superb alpine ski resorts of the Pyrenees are only just an hour and a half drive away.
Empuriabrava is an ideal holiday destination enjoying a typical Spanish Mediterranean climate with mild winters and sunshine in abundance. One buys a property as a permanent residence or as a second holiday home for a vacation and to practice a variety of sports and recreational activities, with the sun and the beach, close to nature, at the heart of town with a rich history.
This small historic town in the interior of the Alt Empordà was the county capital of the province of Ampurias (Empúries in Catalan) from the 11th to the 14th century and has retained an the old streets network and a rich architectural heritage inherited of its medieval past.
Walking through the historic center is like a journey into history. On this trip, you can visit the beautiful basilica of Santa Maria, a prison of the fourteenth century, the flour museum, the old market “Lonja del Mar”, the Casa Grande, former convents, walls and the remains of Puente Viejo. Nearby, one can discover the beautiful Natural Park of the Aigüamolls de l´Empordà the second marsh area of Catalonia, after the Ebro Delta.
Typical Catalan rustic village situated only 7 km from the magnificent beaches of the Bay of Roses 3 Km southwest of Castelló d'Empúries the largest nearby city.
You can find some old farmhouses for sale and a new modern urbanization with beautiful individual villas most with private pools and beautiful country sights.