Costa del Maresme
Costa del Maresme – Seaside holidays in Spain
North of Barcelona, the Costa del Maresme stretches for about fifty kilometres from the river Torderat to Montgat.
To the south of the Costa Brava, the Costa del Maresme is particularly renowned for its mild climate and a family and festive atmosphere.
Maresme is a comarca, a group of municipalities, of which Mataró is the capital and Calella the tourist capital. Calella is distinguished by the numerous terraces all along its beach.
As for the water sports resort of Santa Suzanna near Malgrat de Mar, it guarantees windsurfing, water-skiing, diving and kitesurfing all year round.
Stages of the Costa del Maresme
Malgrat de Mar
About sixty kilometres north of Barcelona, labelled “Family Tourism Destination”, Malgrat is home to several beaches: the Platja de l’Astillero, facing a residential tourist complex, the very long Platja Malgrat which stretches northeast once past the city centre and right next to the dunes bordering the mouth of the small river Tordera, the Platja Grau Pla.
Nautical Station Santa Susanna
Between Malgrat de Mar and Pineda de Mar, Santa Susanna offers activities such as windsurfing, sea kayaking, scuba diving, kitesurfing, water skiing… a large part of the year.
A few kilometres away, the Montenegre i el Corredor Nature Park is crossed by numerous mountain bike trails.
In July, the resort organizes each year an international horse trek, the oldest race of this type in Europe.
Long beaches, nightlife, discos, cafés, terraces and restaurants characterize Calella which in the High Maresme has become a must for tourists.
Eglésia street and Calella beach, which presents a succession of beach bars and animations, concentrate the night animation of the city which extends over three kilometres. The beaches of Calella have the European Blue Flag.
It is by chance that in the fifties, three German journalists discovered Calella by mistake and promoted her across the Rhine. Successful promotion since even a beer festival, Oktoberfest in October, is organised every year.
Arenys de Mar
Located a few kilometres from Mataró, the “capital” of the Costa del Maresme, Arenys de Mar, has a pleasant seafront and beautiful family beaches, a fishing port lined with restaurants where it is usual to buy fish at the “Llotaja”, the auction. Contiguous, the marina offers nautical activities in addition to its welcome to passing yachtsmen.
A long beach, the Platja del Cavaió extends, towards the north, beyond the port. Arenys beach develops to the south, facing the city centre.
Industrial, commercial and tourist, Mataró has a past and historical remains dating back to Roman times. Equipped with a marina and a beach, it was here in 1848 that the first railway line was built on the Iberian peninsula linking Mataró to Barcelona.
Its marina with its shops, restaurants and services is considered the most important in the county.
By going to Barcelona
Past Mataró ends the Costa del Maresme, a few kilometres from Barcelona, opening the way to the Costa Dorada with Villassar de Mar and its beautiful beaches. Then there are two marinas, at Premia de Mar and El Masnou before arriving in Mongat, at the southern end of the Costa del Maresme.
Montgat has three beaches practically at the gates of Barcelona: Montgat beach, Moreres beach and Sant Joan beach.
This coastline is bordered both by the N-11 national road and a railway line that serves the coastal municipalities.