What's the weather like in Costa Brava in July
July is one of the busiest months of the year for the Costa Brava, Spain, when the warm temperatures, high number of sunshine hours and low probability of rainfall attract visitors from all around the world. During this month, the average temperature for the Costa Brava begins at 22°C on July 1st and steadily increases until it reaches 24°C by July 31st. Daily highs and lows change in the same fashion, rising from 28°C to 30°C and from 16°C to 18°C, respectively, as the month progresses.
With average temperatures as warm was this, you'll be perfectly comfortable in beachwear, during the daytime and slightly warmer clothing on an evening. You'll definitely need to pack some swimming gear, as well as some suntan lotion and sunglasses in order to avoid sunburn and heatstroke. Although July falls within the summer season, it's still worth packing a thin jumper or cardigan in case temperatures are cooler than expected.
Even though it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures can sometimes rise above 34°C or fall below 13°C during July in the Costa Brava. The hottest July day ever recorded at the Girona airport weather station the most accurately located weather station for the Costa Brava is July 7th 1982, when temperatures as high as 39°C were registered. At the other end of the scale, the coldest July day ever recorded as this weather station is July 10th 1980, when temperatures as low as 8°C were registered.
Throughout July, the Costa Brava receives an average of 31mm (1 inch) of rainfall which is divided between six rainy days. With such a small amount of precipitation occurring on so few days, you might not see a drop of the wet stuff at all during your holiday. If you are worried about rainfall spoiling your break, you can always take some waterproof clothing or an umbrella with you.
The highest monthly precipitation ever registered at the airport in Girona in July is 135.9 l/m2, which was recorded in 2011. The maximum number of rainy days ever recorded here during this month is 14 which happened in 1987 and the maximum amount of rainfall ever to occur within a single day during this month is 106.7 l/m2, all of which fell on July 26th 2011.
The likelihood of precipitation falling on any given day in the Costa Brava in July decreases as the month develops and then slightly rises toward the end. Rainfall is least likely to occur around July 20th, when it falls on 27% of days, whilst rainfall is most likely to occur around July 1st when it falls on 29% of days. The most common types of precipitation you can expect to see during your holiday in the Costa Brava in July are thunderstorms, moderate rain and drizzle.
Average Sunshine Hours
Throughout July, the Costa Brava boasts an average of 12 hours of sunshine each day that's the same as in June. With so many hours of sunshine to take advantage of, you'll have plenty of chances to explore the local area and work on your tan by the pool or at the beach.
Average Sea Temperature
If you do plan on hitting the beach during your holiday in July, you'll be happy to hear that the average sea water temperature for the beaches in the Costa Brava is 24°C at this time of year. Even though everyone feels water temperature differently, visitors and locals alike agree that this is the perfect temperature for all sorts of aquatic activities, including swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and water sports, which is why you'll see so many people on the beaches during this month.
Across July, the length of the day in the Costa Brava is slowly decreasing, with a difference of 45 minutes between the start and the end of the month. The shortest day of the month is July 31st with 14:26 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is July 1st with 15:11 hours of daylight.
During this month, the relative humidity for the Costa Brava fluctuates between 41% (comfortable) and 93% (very humid) rarely dropping down to 29% (dry) or reaching 100%. On average, the most humid day of the month is July 1st, when the average daily humidity rises above 89% three days out of every four. On the other hand the least humid day of the month is July 17th, when the average daily humidity falls below 47% three days out of every four.
In July, normal wind speeds range between 0 m/s (calm) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze) in the Costa Brava, rarely exceeding 9 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 2 m/s (light breeze) happens around July 7th, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s. At the other end of the scale, the lowest average wind speed of 2 m/s occurs around July 31st, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s.
Costa Brava Hotels in July
When it comes to a spa hotel, GHT Oasis Park & SPA is one of the best in Lloret de Mar. This hotel boasts a fantastic spa, complete with heated swimming pool with waterfall, steam bath, bithermal shower, heated loungers, sunbathing area, Jacuzzi and fitness suite. Accommodation is available in the form of single rooms, double rooms, apartments and suites, providing something for all budgets and group sizes. There are plenty of services and amenities available onsite, including all inclusive option, swimming pool, bar, café, free WiFi access, gym and restaurant.
Hotel Picasso is perfect for families and couples looking for budget-friendly accommodation in the Costa Brava. Located in L'Estartit, this complex is located in a quiet area, making it perfect for holidaymakers looking for a peaceful break. Here guests can choose between single, double and family rooms, each of which is priced reasonably. Onsite facilities and services are extensive and include swimming pools, garden, terrace, bars, restaurants, water sports, sports facilities, free WiFi access and free parking.
Hotel Victoria is another top pick when it comes to low-cost hotels in the Costa Brava. Situated in Roses, this hotel is located on Santa Margarita Beach, making it perfect for tourists who want to soak up the sun during their holiday. Here you'll find accommodation in the form of standard rooms, each of which can sleep between one and four people. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the numerous services and amenities available within the grounds, including bar, free WiFi access, spa, swimming pool, evening entertainment, kids' club and restaurant.
Costa Brava Beach in July
Make the most of the superb summer weather and spend a day at the beach during your holiday in the Costa Brava. Cala del Pi in Platja d'Aro is one of the most beautiful natural beaches in the region and due to its small size (it's 65m long and 15m wide) it gets very busy during the summer, so make sure you get here early if you want a good spot. T
he beach is made up of soft golden sands which gently slope down into warm, aquamarine waters, giving it that picture-perfect look. Although there are no parasols provided on the beach, there are some tall trees lining the bay which provide shade throughout the day. In addition to not providing parasols, the beach doesn't supply sun loungers, showers or cafes either, so you'll need to bring along your own supplies for the day.
If you prefer your beaches to be a bit bigger, check out Cala Rovira. Also located in Platja d'Aro, this bay is significantly larger, making it perfect for enjoying a leisurely stroll along. Just like Cala del Pi, this beach also features soft golden sands and clear, warm waters which are perfect for swimming in and practicing all sorts of water sports, including swimming and scuba diving.
There is a small number of sun loungers and shades provided on the beach but you'll need to get there very early if you want to use them because this beach is popular with visitors and locals alike come the summer months. There is a small food and drink kiosk located on the beach in addition to numerous other cafes and restaurants just a short walk away.
Bars and Restaurants
If you can't get enough of seafood, make sure you take the time to spend an evening at La Farigola. Situated in Empuriabrava, this popular eatery serves a wide range of local dishes, with particular attention paid to seafood. Some of the most popular seafood dishes include paella, mussels, garlic prawns and grilled fish, but there are plenty more to choose from. If you're dining with others who aren't too keen on seafood, there are plenty of vegetarian and meat options available, too.
La Lonja in Lloret de Mar is another top pick when it comes to seafood restaurants. The star dish at this restaurant is the paella which can be served up for any number of people. The paella servings are huge and are usually over-flowing with seafood, so keep this in mind when deciding how much food you want to order. If you don't fancy paella, there's also a superb tapas set menu available which is great value for money.
La Sirena is a fantastic choice for holidaymakers wanting to try the local cuisine. Situated in Cadaques, this eatery serves traditional Spanish dishes which are served in a homemade style. Almost all of the dishes here are cooked freshly to order, so although you might have to wait a little bit longer to enjoy your meal, it's definitely worth it in order to enjoy such top quality food and service. If you're not sure what to try, order Zarzuela a highly-recommended typical seafood stew.
Things to do in Costa Brava in July
The Modernist Cemetery is one of the most popular attractions in Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava. Here you'll find a large number of statues and headstones, many of which feature intricate detail and stylish designs. If you'd like to find out more about the artists and designers behind the designs, keep an eye out for the descriptive plaques which are peppered throughout the cemetery. The well-maintained cemetery provides the perfect place to enjoy a quiet afternoon walk and reflect on your holiday away from the bustling holiday resorts.
When it comes to a family-friendly activity that everyone can enjoy, it's tough to beat Minigolf Carmanso. Located in Empuriabrava, this mini golf course is made up of 18 holes which are spread out across well-kept gardens. There are all sorts of holes throughout the course, ranging from easy ones that kids will be able to master all the way up to challenging ones which adults might even struggle with. There is a bar-restaurant available within Minigolf Carmanso which serves a top selection of affordable food and drinks throughout the daytime and evening.
With more than 200km of coastline, the Costa Brava is a top location for water sports. If you'd like to try your hand at a new water sport during your holiday, how about kitesurfing? Club Mistral offers a variety of beginner and refresher kitesurfing courses suitable for first timers and experienced kite surfers alike. The taster session lasts for six hours and includes a theory session, practical handling and then some practise on the beach before moving out into the sea. The beginner course lasts for ten hours and the refresher course lasts for six hours, both of which offer a similar programme, but at a different level.