Costa del Maresme comprises the entire coast of the province of Barcelona until El Garraf and, apart from being near Barcelona, one of the most beautiful and visited cities in the world, this coast offers lots of natural features and a rich cultural and historical heritage.
There are many things you can do in Costa del Maresme, like paying a visit to the fantastic and neighboring Barcelona, even on a day trip. For those who prefer to escape from the big cities, here are some examples of beautiful spots to visit:
Refugio antiaéreo del parque, Faro de Calella, the old town of Masnou, the ParcDalmau de Calella and its different routes, such as the modernist route through Canet de Mar and the Fantastic product market near San Pol de Mar on the second Saturday of each month.
Nature lovers will enjoy the different hiking and biking trails of Parque Cordillera de la Marina, Serralada del Litoral or Parque del Montnegre y el Corredor, where they can get lost in a typical Mediterranean vegetation amongst all kinds of oak trees. Winemaking lovers can visit the wineries to learn more about the elaboration of the delicious wines of the area.
Here, the Mediterranean diet is enhanced by the fresh products of the sea and mountains, such as mushrooms, which are in many of their recipes. Some of the most famous dishes of this region are the "ganxet con estragon”, stuffed squid, mushrooms and butifarra, or “lomo de bacalao al pipil con trompetas de la muerte”, a delicious mushroom that despite of its name (it sounds a bit scary in Spanish), it is not poisonous.
There is a great culinary tradition in Cosata Maresme, an example of that are their gastronomic fairs or "Calçotadas", picnics among vineyards, gastronomic routes where to taste the best of each population, wine tastings and an endless of activities related to gastronomy.
Some of the towns found along the 52 kilometers of coastline are Arenys de Mar, Arenys de Munt, Masnou, Canet de Mar, Vilassar de Mar, Mataró, Sant Pol de Mar, Pineda de Mar and Calella, feature beaches of golden sand and crystalline waters.
This place is certified with the Sello de Destino de Turismo Familiar by the Generalitat of Catalonia, because it is a well-equipped area for family friendly tourism, as it has all the necessary conditions for families traveling with children.
In addition, there are two water parks to spend a fantastic summer day with your family: Illa Fantassia in Vilassar de Mar and Marineland de Palafolls. For active people, there is a wide active tourism offer, as along the entire coast they can do a myriad of activities such as bike routes, horseback or donkey riding, visit multi-adventure areas such as Parque de Naturaleza Familiar Activ Naturaleza Outdoor in Santa Susana, or Parque Jalpí Aventura in Arenys de Mar.
In Alella you can tour the vineyards to experience the aromas, textures, scents and flavors of the place. This is a totally recommended activity for the whole family.
Being close to Barcelona, an important, modern and well connected city, Costa del Maresme is very easily accessible by land, sea or air. If you travel by road, you must drive through the AP7 that skirts the whole coast. Different highways connect the coast with the interior and other important Spanish cities. The train is another good transport option to get here, since Barcelona has high-speed trains that arrive from Europe and skirt the peninsula, connecting it with the main cities. From the city of Barcelona, you can take a suburban train that will take you to different coastal towns.
The main airport is in Barcelona, but you can also get to Costa from the Girona airport. From the train station and Barcelona airport, different bus companies run through different towns. And finally, you can get here by boat from four of its ports, which are Masnou, Mataró, Port Balís and Arenys de Mar.
There is a wide accommodation offer in Costa del Maresme, but if you travel with your family or a group, the best option is to rent a house or an apartment to have more space, go at your own pace and, most importantly, save money. If you want to spend your holidays near Barcelona, renting an apartment in Costa del Maresme is the best option!