Spain’s ‘Wild Coast’ under threat from new building frenzy

“Begur is authentic” declares a sign welcoming visitors to this medieval coastal town. And indeed, nestled amid thick maritime pine forests rolling down to hidden coves, Begur is a world away from the over-developed resorts and high rise condominiums that blight better-known destinations of Spain’s Costa Brava.

Perched on one of last virtually pristine stretches along this almost 100-mile coastline, Begur and its surrounding inlets are drenched in the rugged nature that earned the region the name of the "Wild Coast". 

But, as property developments swing back into action following the end of the decade-long economic crisis, that nature is under threat. Along the Costa Brava, some 20 projects are…