I've read the posts about Costa Brava options, and I'm wondering what you might recommend in terms of places that are quiet, do not emphasize shopping or partying, are not too upscale or "ritzy," yet of course have some dining options. We do not need to stay right at the water (but we want to be able to go there), and we will have a car. We like having more local, "authentic" experiences as opposed to feeling like we're surrounded by partiers or tourists, and we do not like to shop!
Or, are we looking at the wrong area altogether? It looks lovely, but perhaps too busy for our tastes?
We will be traveling in mid-April, driving up from Barcelona.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations!