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CALELLA IN FAMILY: THE ESSENTIALS (part I)

Jul192021

CALELLA IN FAMILY: THE ESSENTIALS (part I)

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Surrounding the Catalan capital, we find ourselves in front of a series of regions that are part of the Costa Barcelona tourist brand. Calella is a small corner of the Maresme that, despite not being a very big destination, it is full of activities, events and places to visit. Along with Santa Susanna, Pineda de Mar and Malgrat de Mar, it is a municipality with the Family Tourism seal awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya. It brings together all the essence of the Mediterranean, standing out for its beautiful beaches but it is also characterized for having very good options for family, sports, gastronomic or cultural tourism.

In this city, also known as Calella de Mar and being considered the tourist capital of the Catalan coastal region, you can find a very good range of services, a wide range of leisure activities designed for all ages, a well-equipped beach and commercial offer of all kinds. In addition, it is perfectly adapted for pedestrians and has numerous green spaces, something that is fantastic because it allows you to do a lot of excursions and activities designed for all members of the family. So you can see that it is very difficult not to feel comfortable in this city specially prepared for you to spend quality time with your family!

Taking into account all this information, we want to propose 3 essential activities that you can not miss if you come to visit our city:

ESSENTIAL NUMBER 1: SWIM ON CALELLA’S BEACHES

Calella has almost three kilometers of blue and clean water, so the first thing we recommend you do when you arrive in Calella with your family is to enjoy its beaches. On the one hand, if you prefer to swim in a more intimate and quiet area, we recommend a short walk (inclusive) from the Passeig Marítim to Les Roques Beach where you will find a small beach of transparent water surrounded by rocks. This one is very close to the Lighthouse and to “Les Torretes“. It is also surrounded by small coves, Rocapins, La Vinyeta, Cala d’en Pere (nudist) or La Roca Grossa. However, if you are looking to be on a beach where you do not have to worry about finding a place to lay and where you can practice a wide variety of sports, we recommend going to Platja Gran or Platja del Garbí. From Platja del Garbí, awarded with the Q for Quality and Blue Flag, we not only highlight its waters and its breadth but also the great variety of  bars perfect to go for a drink. Out of the different options available, we highlight the Bahari Club, Hotel Bernat IIs Beach Club, located right in front of the hotel area of Calella. Here you can find discounts on drinks (if you are staying at the Hotel Bernat II) and also, if you make a reservation at their restaurant, they give you sunbeds, parasols and also a parking space! Something that is appreciated because sometimes it is difficult to find parking at the beach area.

On the other hand, in the hotel area where the Bahari Club is located, there is the Calella Tourist Association activity point, where you can find plenty of free or 20% off activities (for people staying at the Hotel Bernat II), ranging from bouncy castles to kayak excursions. Check out all the activities available here.

ESSENTIAL NUMBER 2: GET LOST IN DALMAU PARK

The Dalmau Park in Calella is a very pleasant natural area and the largest leisure area in the town for excellence, where the brand of Family Tourism Destination (DFT) can also be seen. That’s why we’ve added it to the must-do list.

It can be visited in an easy route, thanks to the paths and trails expressly indicated. It has children’s areas, picnic area, fountains, pine forests, garden areas and numerous benches to rest. It is an ideal environment full of greenery and multicolored flowers, which has at least 10 hectares of idyllic gardens and shady forests in the heart of Calella perfect for all those walks among pines and sculptures lovers. Dalmau Park, then, is the perfect counterpoint to combine beach and nature and, moreover, it can also offers a wide variety of activities to do:

  1. Do the botanical itinerary. It starts in the central part of the park, in the Font dels Lleons. In this way, the different types of vegetation that inhabit it can be observed. At the bottom are banana trees and in the part superior the Mediterranean forest predominates, with pines, oaks and weeds.
  2. For the little ones there are areas with children’s play facilities ranging from classic swings and slides to new and very modern games that encourage imagination and adventure.
  3. You can’t miss visiting the anti-aircraft shelter located on the edge of the park built in 1937, during the Civil War, to protect the population from bombing.
  4. If you want to walk around Calella, you can do the Ruta de l’Esquirol, one of the routes that passes through the middle of the Park. It lasts about an hour and is also perfectly marked with red squirrel-shaped paint. Its difficulty is very low and this allows it to be suitable for all family members.

ESSENTIAL NUMBER 3: DISCOVER THE STREETS WITH THE “CARRILET”

You can’t miss the opportunity to get on the Carrilet de Calella. It’s a little train and, almost like all this kind of trains, is open and they allow you to see the scenery and catch some fresh air while exploring the city. It’s the perfect option for walking the city’s main streets in a different way, especially if you’re traveling with kids and during the summer months. The full tour lasts approximately 40 minutes and it is a perfect plan to do with all the family!

The Calella tourist train offers an urban route through the different streets and the seafront. Round trip prices are € 3 for adults and € 1 for children. Up to 2 years is free. It runs every 20-25 minutes and runs from 9am to 10pm during the high season months. It has stops from one end of the city to the other, and one of those it is right in front of the Hotel Bernat II. It is also perfect for using it as a public transport if you come to Calella to spend the day.