Calella - Costa del Maresme
Calella, tourist capital of the Costa del Maresme, is a full-fledged resort town. With its broad coarse sand beach stretching over 3 km, a large hotel infrastructure, with campgrounds to suit all needs, with leisure and fun ensured at nightfall... This and much more have made Calella one of the prime destination resorts in all of Europe. The scenery, full of sharp-edged cliffs carved out by the sea's never-ending pounding, gives us an idea of the proximity of the Costa Brava. The town's lighthouse, inaugurated in 1859, is located on a hill atop the entry to the town and has become one of its most familiar landmarks. Suggested visits include the Santa Maria Archpriest's Church, a Neo-Classical edifice with Baroque portico; the Giol, Bartrina, Galceran and Sivilla Houses, as well as the Chapel of Sant Quirze and Santa Julita. The Museum-Archives and the Gallart Pinacotheque are also worth a visit. Another visit where your time will certainly be well spent is the Dalmau Park, a park with a garden area, pergolas and a beautiful wooded corner, just the right counterpoint after an intense day out on the beach.
There are many ways to arrive to Calella, which is situated in an excellent geographical point at just 50 kilometres in between both Girona and Barcelona. By car you can use the National II main road or the C-32 motorway. There is also an excellent new motorway (C-60), which links up Granollers to Mataro and which has favoured the Maresme Coast by bringing it closer to the interior of Catalonia. Nowadays you can arrive to Calella from Sabadell, Terrassa, Vic and other important Catalan cities in less than an hour. It is also possible to arrive to Calella by using the public transport.
The train is the most important means of communication and is the most used. It runs every half an hour into Barcelona. It also goes to Barcelona airport, Girona and the Costa Brava every hour and this timetable increases during the summer.
The excellent situation of Calella, means that visitors can arrive easily from all over Europe, especially by air, either from the Barcelona or Girona airport. So as you can see Calella has many ways of arriving to her coast, which obviously helps us to keep up front with the best tourist areas of our country.
"THE BEACHES OF CALELLA"
Calella has one of the largest beaches of the Maresme region thanks to the contribution of sands, which proceed from the Tordera River without meeting any physical impediment such as sea promenades or ports, etc. The three beaches of Calella are three kilometres long and 55 metres wide. These three beaches are known as:
· Gran de Calella
· Les Roques
Without doubt, these beaches are the most important attraction of our city for the tourists who visit Calella year after year.
On the beach all types of sports area available such as kayaks, windsurf, sailing, beach volley, football, aerobics, a mini club for children, the beach library, etc. These activities are organised by the animation group known as “Calella Activa”. Also many cultural events are organised by this group throughout the summer such as artisans markets, concerts, fiestas, etc. Also Calella has an ideal infrastructure for the celebration of congresses and conventions. A great variety of restaurants, terraces, dance halls, discos and music bars, which create an excellent nightlife offer, ideal for all ages.