Photos That Will Make You Want to Ride in a Hot Air Balloon Over Costa Brava

It’s not every day that I travel by hot air ball0on over Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain and go…well wherever the wind takes me!

Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain: as seen from a hot air balloon

Quite literally in this case!  You never know exactly where you will end up! And aren’t those usually the most entertaining adventures anyway? Thankfully, the pilots from Globus Emporda know exactly what they’re doing.

There’s a good section of patchwork fields between the Pyrenees in the north and the rugged cliffs and coastline in the south.  Their plan is to land somewhere in one of the fields. No one knows exactly where, but they’ve got a wide berth to make it happen.

Related Reading: Self-Guided Coastal Hiking Tour from Costa Brava to France.

This is the breathtaking landscape that Costa Brava is famous for and I have a bird’s-eye view of it all:

Getting ready for take off: hot air ballooning in Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain

Taking a ride in a hot air balloon over Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain

The adventures of hot air ballooning over Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain with the Pyrenees mountains in the north.

A boot shaped patchwork farm seen while hot air ballooning over Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain.

Hot air ballooning over a medieval village in Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain

Overlooking a house while hot air ballooning in Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain.

Village seen while hot air ballooning over Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain

Farm seen while hot air ballooning over Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain

Mediterranean Sea, seen while hot air ballooning over Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain

Our hot air balloon route over Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain
Our hot air balloon route over Costa Brava. We traveled just over 15km.

Besides exploring Costa Brava via a hot air balloon, I also suggest these travel adventures:

Know Before You Go Hot Air Ballooning in Costa Brava, Catalunya:

  • Hot air ballooning with Globus Emporda is surprisingly affordable. It starts at €160 per person.
  • Flights leave early in the morning or later in the day when it’s likely to not be as windy.
  • Hot air balloon flights are always subject to weather conditions, which can change quickly.
  • The landing is a bit bumpy, so if you have any health concerns, check with Globus Emporda beforehand.
  • We celebrated with a huge breakfast and Cava (a sparkling Spanish wine, mostly produced in Catalunya)
  • Lastly, I highly recommend it!  It’s exciting and the views are incredible!

Many thanks to Globus Emporda and Costa Brava Tourism for such a memorable and incredible experience!  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel. She's passionate about getting outdoors as often as possible and helping travellers do the same on their vacation in a sustainable way. She's Canadian and grew up in the Canadian Rockies but now lives in Munich, Germany. You can find her skiing or hiking in the mountains most weekends, hanging out with her cat or with her nose in a good book.


January 25, 2013
I have always, always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon and I can't think of a more perfect spot than Costa Brava. Oh, how my heart longs to go back! :) I never really thought about it before, but I thought they were able to steer and direct the balloons a little more than just by the wind. Interesting- living vicariously through you!
January 25, 2013
@Jade - Every time I'm in Costa Brava and eating tapas, I think of you :)
January 25, 2013
What a great view you had from there. But wasn't the noise deafening?
January 25, 2013
@Italian Notes - Agreed, the views were incredible! It was only noisy when they added fire to the balloon, the rest of the time, it was quite quiet and peaceful.
January 25, 2013
¡This is something I really want to do someday! :D
January 25, 2013
@Isabel - And it's soooo close to you too! Would make a great birthday present :)
January 25, 2013
I'm infatuated with hot air balloons. Being married in one will do that to you!
January 25, 2013
@Jennifer - Yeah, I can see how that would work :)
January 25, 2013
I did a hot air balloon ride near Ouray, Colorado. I guess what impressed me most was the silence - when the guy wasn't filling it with hot air - and several near misses on the ground but still great fun. And the champagne was good afterwards. I love the views in your photos from the balloon.
Sonja @ The {Happy} Travel Bug
January 26, 2013
It is one of my dreams to go hot air ballooning! Gorgeous pictures!
January 8, 2014
You gave us a unique view of Catalonia... the landscape is so beautiful. I remember the first time my plane was descending to Barcelona - watching all those beautiful houses and palm trees...

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