Calella is a seaside town on the Costa del Maresme, 35 miles Northeast of Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. It is located on the coast between Sant Pol de Mar and Pineda de Mar. Prior to the arrival of tourism in the 1960s, economic activity town was primarily focused on textile manufacture and fishing.
The town is overlooked from the southwest by a lighthouse, which was built in 1859, and two towers known as “Les Torretes”, which are the remains of a Semaphore line constructed in the mid-19th century.
The beach at Calella is a public beach popular in the summer months with locals and tourists. The beach is just over 2km long and its southern stretch is quieter than the central and northern portions. The beach has been consistently awarded the European quality Blue Flag.
If relaxing on the beach isn’t for you the train station is on the seafront and the rails hug the coast all the way to Barcelona. Barcelona is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world.
It has a huge number of attractions including a city centre which retains its medieval street plan; some stunning modernist architecture including several buildings by Gaudí – Spain’s most famous architect; dozens of museums including one dedicated to Picasso, another to Miró and yet another to Barça, Barcelona’s world famous football club!
We use the Balmes, a comfortable hotel situated in a quiet area of Calella, close to the shops and amenities. The Hotel is a short walk to the European quality Blue Flag rated beach.
Calella is an upbeat and prosperous town, the tourist capital of the Costa Maresme, which is located in between the better known coastlines of the Costa Dorada and Costa Brava.
The old Calella town is worth a visit, to find out about the history of the area and a stroll around the narrow, cobbled streets, taking in the ancient buildings. Here you can also find some more traditional tapas bars and restaurants.