If the January blues are getting you down and the wind and rain leave you longing for sunnier skies, then why not start planning your next adventure?

Listed as one of the 20 Best Trips of the World 2012 by National Geographic’s Traveller Magazine the Costa Brava is quickly becoming the must-visit destination in Spain.

Known for its year-round balmy climate, picturesque beaches and traditional whitewashed buildings, the Costa Brava is the perfect place to relax and soak-up the Spanish atmosphere.

The north-eastern region is also a thriving cultural hub, and is rightly named by National Geographic as ‘The Creative Coast of Spain’. Once home to legendary artist Salvador Dali, his most famous and most eccentric works can be seen in the Dali Museum which is situated in the small town of Figueres. The museum is easy to spot as giant white eggs sit atop the red exterior walls, making the building itself a surrealist masterpiece.

Closer to Camiral is the medieval city of Girona. Spring is one of the best times to visit as the city comes alive during the annual Temps de Flor flower festival. National Geographic also recommends indulging in some of Spain’s finest food at Girona’s revered El Celler de Can Roca restaurant. To work-off the gourmet meal, amble through the streets of the old town and cross one of the city’s four ancient bridges which all boast great views of the river.

If you fancy experiencing the seaside lifestyle that the Costa Brava is so well-known for, then there’s no better place to visit than the small fishing town of Calella de Palafrugell. With fewer large hotels and less tourists, the atmosphere here is relaxed and tranquil. Visitors can also walk to the larger neighbouring bay, Llfranc, via a stunning coastal footpath.

Do you have any other favourite spots around the Costa Brava? Get in touch!