The charming coastal town of Calella, with its Mediterranean climate, slightly less than 20.000 inhabitants and its 3 beaches awarded with the ‘Blue Flag’, is the tourist destination par excellence of the Costa del Maresme. It is ideal for families.
It is only 50km from the city of Barcelona and Girona, and is next to the Parque Natural del Montnegre (natural park), tourist attraction for its beautiful pine woods by the sea, dotted with Neolithic dolmens, Iberian remains and medieval churches.
Mainly, you should visit the Playa Grande of Calella (Large Beach), of 2.18 km of extension; the Playa de las Rocas (Beach of The Rocks), of 300 meters, which has a nudist cove; and the beach of Garbi, 200 meters in length and located at the foot of the lighthouse of Calella, a nice tourist viewpoint. It was the first beach in Catalonia in receiving the ‘Q’ for quality.Other natural areas such as the Dalmau Park, paseo de Manuel Puigvert, paseo de Garbi or the Les Torretes site are also recommended.
A visit to the historic center of Calella is a must, where the visitor will be able to see the renaissance heritage from the terrace of a bar, café or restaurant. The more than 650 years old of this city endow it with an interesting historical richness.
The Old Town is distributed around the church of Santa Maria, neoclassical building of baroque façade, and is completed with the House of El Salvador (s. XIV), the House Sivilla (s. XVI) and the chapel of St. Quirze and Santa Julita.
The city’s industrial origins can be appreciated on the famous Llobet-Guri Factory, old textile factory, which today hosts many cultural, sporting and tourist events, and where there are also sports facilities such as table tennis or a boulder to train climbing.
The Market, on the other hand, dates back to 1927 and is located in the plaza de L’hostal or Plaça del Rei.What to do in Calella
Declared as a Sports Tourism Destination, apart from strolling along the beaches, or going shopping into its more than 500 stores, including international brands,
Calella has an interesting range of sports. Snorkeling, windsurfing or diving, climbing, kayaking, volleyball or football on the beach are some of the options on offer. It is advisable to visit its Yatch Club.It is also home to the Half Challenge in the month of May and the Challenge at the end of September, Triathlon races in which triathletes of around the world participate.
Children will enjoy a visit to Marineland, about 11 kilometers from the city, where we can enjoy of great dolphins and sea lions shows.
Hotel in Calella
The Hotel Santa Monica *** of the Medplaya hotel chain has 216 equipped rooms, area with access to Internet, night entertainment and a full buffet.
It is open only in summer. Make your booking on http://www.medplaya.com/hotels/hotel-santa-monica-calella.html, sending us an mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (0034) 937 691 519.