Just over one hundred years ago, on 12th September 2008, the journalist and writer Ferran Agulló published the article entitled “For the Costa Brava” in the La Veu de Catalunya newspaper, thus christening the coastline stretching from the mouth of the River Tordera, in Blanes, to Portbou, on the French border, with the name Costa Brava (Brave Coast), in allusion to the Mediterranean coves and towns of the area.
In commemoration, the Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona has organised the Centenary of the Costa Brava, a celebration that recalls and pays tribute to the values of this area, which thanks to its lifestyle and way of doing things has become a worldwide pioneering tourism brand. The Centenary has the backing of the Spanish Parliament, which has declared it an event of exceptional public interest (Official State Journal, no. 309, Wednesday 24th December 2008, p. 51855). This declaration is aimed at promoting participation and the private sponsorship of the Centenary events, as well as raising the international profile of the Costa Brava tourism brand through special actions. The support programme is in place from 1st January 2009 to 31st December 2010.The Costa Brava breathes through its landscape, people, music, cuisine and wine, books and the individuals who have helped to publicise it. An amalgam of senses and feelings helps us to discover the essence of this land.