A Guide to Maresme: unique landscapes and sandy beaches, located just north of Barcelona, offering a wonderful lifestyle

The Maresme region covers a narrow strip of land in the north east of Catalonia, between Barcelona and the Costa Brava. The region is made up of 30 towns, 16 of which are on the coast, with a total population of around 440,000 inhabitants and 52km of coastline between Montgat (to the south) and Malgrat de Mar (to the north). The capital of Maresme is Mataró, with around 125,000 inhabitants.

The region is known for its unique traditions, history and fine local cuisine and has a distinctive landscape where the mountains and vineyards meet the beaches of the Mediterranean. The area offers the best of both mountain pursuits and water sports. Maresme boasts golden sandy beaches interspersed with small coves to form an idyllic landscape with warm, dry summers and mild, bright winters.

Just 15 minutes north of Barcelona, discover the history of the region’s towns and people and savour its local cuisine and fine wines.


The coastline offers 49 golden sandy beaches (with medium to coarse sand), forming 37km of seafront. These vary from long, wide sandy beaches to rocky coves with an average width of just 55m.

Tres Micos, Caldes d’Estrac

This beach is near a small hill with a woodland area, with many hiking paths beginning and ending here. There is a map detailing various routes to neighbouring villages. The beach itself is 370m long and 78m wide, with a mix of pebbles and golden sand. Nearby parking provides easy access. It is possible to rent kayaks, and there is a quaint chiringuito (beach bar) for a refreshing beverage in the sun.

Canet de Mar

The long sandy beach of Canet remains relatively peaceful and calm, even during the summer months. There are good facilities such as showers, walkways and lifeguard services along its 1,600m length. There is a charming promenade which extends to a neighbouring beach.

Sant Pol i Els Pescadors, Sant Pol de Mar

Due to its unique geography, the coast of San Pol is composed of several small rocky coves that set this spot apart from other towns in Maresme. The beaches of San Pol are clean with coarse sand and are set beneath dramatic cliffs. As the town’s main beach, there are many facilities and safety services.

Garbí i Gran, Calella

Parallel with the seafront promenade, this beach has been awarded a prestigious blue flag for the third time since 2006. This indicates that the beach is of a high environmental standard, as well as its compliance with healthy and safety measures.

La Riera i Els Pescadors, Pineda de Mar

Pineda de Mar village is completely open to the sea. It has a 2,280m long sandy beach around 40m wide. This beach has also been awarded the Blue Flag certificate in recent years, for the quality of its sand and clean waters as well as nicely maintained facilities.

L’Astillero i Malgrat Centre, Malgrat de Mar

There are many hotels along this popular tourist beach. With a fun atmosphere, there are many bars and picnic areas for families. The beach facilities are well maintained and part of the sea is accessible for handicapped swimmers.


Sant Pau, Sant Pol de Mar

This small restaurant with just 9 tables, is run by chef Carme Ruscalleda and her sommelier. The restaurant has held three Michelin stars since 2006 thanks to the simple, elegant and tasteful menu and perfect execution.

Carrer Nou 10
08395 Sant Pol de Mar
+34 937 60 06 62


Hispania, Arenys de Mar

This restaurant, located in Arenys de Mar, offers traditional Catalan cuisine made ​​with local produce. Hispania is perfect for group meals, business meetings, family gatherings and romantic dinners.

Carretera Real 54
08350 Arenys de Mar
+34 937 91 03 06


1789, Alella

The menu at this 1789 is based on dishes made with market ingredients from Maresme. Its specialties are meats, fish and seafood. It also has a wine cellar with an excellent selection.

1789 is a quiet and innovative restaurant perfect for dining with friends, family or for business meetings. The establishment’s prestigious chefs will make your stay an unforgettable experience.

Rambla Àngel Guimerà 1
08328 Alella
+34 935 55 34 55


L’Orquestra, Argentona

This restaurant is located in an intimate historical tower, offering creative and market-inspired Catalan cuisine. Perfect for business meals and small private celebrations.

Carrer de la Bellavista 1
08310 Argentona
+34 937 97 13 70


El Nou Cents, Mataró

This is a small, family run restaurant set in an atmospheric historic building in the heart of Mataró. The meticulously prepared dishes incorporate many elements of Catalan cuisine, made with locally sourced products. The aesthetic is warm and harmonious, with a welcoming feel – perfect for couples as well as gatherings of friends and family.

Lugar El Torrent 21
08302 Mataro
+34 937 99 37 51


Restaurant La Llotja (Els Pescadors), Port of Arenys de Mar

Traditional restaurant reminiscent of the old fishing port in days gone by – fishing nets adorn the walls and the menu lists the freshest catches of the day.

Zona Portuària s/n
08350 Arenys de Mar
+34 937 92 16 00



Blue Finn, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres

Blue Finn is well known for creating delicious Gin and Tonics (Spain’s most fashionable drink). Don’t miss their freshly prepared sushi.

Port Balis s/n
Local 3
08392 Sant Andreu de Llavaneres
+34 937 92 75 92


Club Náutico el Balís, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres

This modern port is home to a number of bars, clubs and restaurants overlooking the sea. Bars include the traditional La Taverna del Port, classic Mediterranean lounge “Slow Life”, and the jolly Mamma Mia!, with a friendly atmosphere in a relaxing seafront location. There is also an Oyster bar, Ostres Quin Raconet, perfect for a refreshing aperitif to accompany delicious fresh oysters.

Polígon Petita Indústria 2
08392 Sant Andreu de Llavaneres
+34 937 92 99 00


Port Masnou, El Masnou

This port boasts a great number of bars, restaurants and clubs overlooking the sea. Head to German bar Frankfurt Leo for a selection of Bratwurst and beers. 2 Stils Pub is a large cosy pub with a contemporary music selection and a good atmosphere. Food, Music, Drinks and Style culminate at Lola’s Lounge – perfect for relaxed drinks at sunset, followed by dancing into the night. Take It Easy is a much loved Masnou institution, known for its extensive menu of Chupitos (shots)!

Paseo Port Esportiu s/n
08320 El Masnou
+34 935 40 30 00


Club Náutico de Arenys de Mar, Arenys de Mar

Arenys de Mar is home to a great number of bars, restaurants and clubs overlooking the sea, including Bar Ateneu. This relaxed bar is perfect for breakfast, lunch or just coffees; a great bar to watch football matches. The port is also home to Bar Casa Del Mar, where specialities include tapas and small fish dishes. They have a lovely summer terrace perfect for drinks, watching the sunset over the port. El Pòsit d’Arenys puts on live piano sessions every Sunday afternoon and serve an unmissable seafood paella. Restaurant Portinyol, with direct beach access and stunning sea views also has a large open air terrace.

Zona Portuària s/n
08350 Arenys de Mar
+34 937 92 16 00


Espai Di Vi, Alella

Espai Di Vi is situated in the cellar of a historical palace and has a wide selection of wine and gin and tonics. A great space to hold events for family, businesses and friends alike.

Passeig Antoni Borrell 1
08328 Alella
+34 935 55 28 84



Slow Life Dance Club, Club Náutico el Balís, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres

Area Guide Maresme Nightclubs 3

Slow Life Dance Club boasts three bars (a large main bar, a lounge bar and a private VIP bar) and a large terrace. For a fun evening from early drinks to late night dancing, Slow Life Dance Club is always a great option.

Port Balís
08392 Sant Andreu de Llavaneres
+34 937 92 79 29


Titus, Port Masnou, El Masnou

Located in the Masnou Marina, Titus never fails to disappoint. With a well maintained interior, good lighting effects and a great DJ, it is undoubtedly one of the best clubs in the area. There is also a fantastic terrace overlooking the sea, perfect for drinks with friends whilst enjoying the views.

Port Esportiu el Masnou
Local 3-10
08320 El Masnou
+34 935 55 58 53


Discoteca Johnny’s, Arenys de Mar

Discoteca Johnny’s is situated in Arenys de Mar port and is regarded as something of a Maresme institution, being the oldest club in the area. Having undergone a revamp, the club is still as popular as ever.

Zona Portuària s/n
08350 Arenys de Mar
+34 937 92 16 00


Sala Privat, Mataró

A Mataró institution for 14 years, Sala Privat always provides a great atmosphere. They frequently host themed soirées with guest DJs or acclaimed tribute performances.

C/ Francesc Layret 16
+34 679 471 701



Mostra gastronómica, Cabrils

2014 will mark the 26th year of this celebrated food and wine tasting festival. The event takes place in mid-August every year, when local restaurants, vineyards, artisans and residents showcase their products. A fun atmosphere for foodies and wine buffs seeking high quality products that epitomize the gastronomy of Catalunya.

Festa de la Verema, Alella

The annual harvest festival takes place over the second weekend in September, with a series of traditional activities to celebrate the wine harvest, with an emphasis on Alella’s own production and ties to the wine industry. Over this weekend there are wine, food and craft stalls, and many local wineries run tours. Don’t miss events such as the “blessing of the first grape” and the “grape stomp”!


Medieval Fair, Sant Vicenç de Montalt

This annual fair (usually held in mid January), celebrates the town’s medieval heritage with typical shops, artisan demonstrations and musical performances. There are several reenactments of Medieval scenes throughout the weekend and visitors can expect a jovial atmosphere as the community comes together.


Christmas Events

Don’t miss the Christmas events organized in each town. Particularly the 3 Kings parade on the evening of the 5th, when they pass through the streets on decorated parade floats, throwing sweets to the crowds below. There are processions in most towns in Maresme.

Shopping Centres

La Roca Village

La Roca Village is a luxury outlet shopping village home to over 100 boutiques representing some of the most luxurious brands and lifestyles for discerning shoppers. The mall is set out like a traditional village and provides a relaxing open air shopping experience that has become a tourist attraction in itself. A fantastic place to pick up bargains from your favourite luxury brands. There is a direct bus leaving from the centre of Barcelona, for a stress free 40 minute journey.

La Roca Village s/n
08430 Santa Agnès de Malanyanes (La Roca del Vallès)
+34 938 42 39 39


Mataró Park

This modern shopping centre and entertainment complex houses numerous restaurants and popular shops as well as a 12 screen cinema and bowling alley.

C.C. Mataró Parc
C/Estrasburgo 5
08304 Mataró
+34 937 98 82 98


Golf clubs

Club de Golf Vallromanes

Calle Afueras s/n
08188 Vallromanes
+34 935 72 90 64


Club de Golf Llavaneres

Camí del Golf 49-51
08392 Sant Andreu de Llavaneras
+34 937 92 60 50


Golf Sant Vicenç de Montalt

Carrer Vinyes d’en Mandri 82
08394 Sant Vicenç de Montalt
+34 937 91 51 11


Teià Pitch and Putt

C/Ramón Llull 14
Urb Sant Berger
08329 Teià
+34 935 40 30 89


Pitch and Putt Sant Cebrià

Afores s/n
08396 Sant Cebrià de Vallalta
+34 937 63 12 77



Club Náutico el Balís, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres

This modern port is equipped with all modern amenities for the discerning captain including refuelling docks, water services, sports facilities, well maintained showers, a social club, secure parking and a helipad. Port Balís is set in a strategic location, perfectly situated for routes to and from the Costa Brava, Costa del Sol and the Balearic Islands. There are many restaurants and bars, as well as several shops specializing in various nautical repairs and services. The port is located in the municipality of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, and is just 4 km away from Mataró, (home to shopping centres, cinemas, hotels, a post office, clinics, and laundry services).

Polígon Petita Indústria 2
08392 Sant Andreu de Llavaneres
+34 937 92 99 00


Port Masnou, El Masnou

Port Masnou is situated at the gateway to the Maresme, in close proximity to Barcelona and just 20 minutes from the town center of El Masnou itself. Facilities include 24 hour refueling facilities (self-service, payment by credit card), over 1000 moorings for lengths of up to 22m, shops and ancillary services, yacht clubs and sailing schools and a range of restaurants and bars.

El Masnou has managed to preserve the charm of a seaport, a historic center for sailors and merchants, with a history which is evident in the Art Nouveau architecture and excellent restaurants. The port is extremely well–connected, just five minutes on foot to the railway station (on the Barcelona–Girona line), with access to the main roads and motorways.

Paseo Port Esportiu s/n
08320 El Masnou
+34 935 40 30 00


Club Náutico de Arenys de Mar, Arenys de Mar

Arenys de Mar Sailing Club or CNAM was established in 1952 in the port of Arenys de Mar, an exceptional location on the Catalan coast due to its proximity to the Costa Brava (13 nautical miles) as well as to Barcelona (22 nautical miles) and famous for being the most sheltered port on Barcelona’s northern coastline.

Facilities and services include 408 beths for vessels of 6 to 18m, water and electricity, Wifi, changing rooms with lockers, 24 hour security and pump facilities. Refueling service is available from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and on weekends and public holidays from 8am to 1pm.

There are two open air swimming pools as well as a children’s playground and an extensive library.

Zona Portuària s/n
08350 Arenys de Mar
+34 937 92 16 00


Consorci Port Mataró, Mataró

Port Mataro is a modern port in the capital of Maresme, which is regularly updated. With 1,080 berths and 7,000 square meters of shopping space. The Port of Mataró is at the forefront of environmental initiatives, and has been awarded the EMAS certificate since 2005 and the European quality seal, the Blue Flag, continuously since 1998.

Passeig Callao s/n
08302 Mataro
+34 937 55 09 61


Marina Port Premià, Premià de Mar

Marina Port Premia is specially designed for the convenience of its users. Its modern premises and its large team of professionals are at your disposal to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

The marina has capacity for 554 boats, ranging from 6 to 30 meters in length and 350 parking spaces available.

Camí Ral s/n
08330 Premià de Mar
+34 937 54 91 19


Horse riding

Club Hípico Vallromanes

This equestrian club is 13km from Barcelona city centre. The complex covers 13 hectares of land, and consists of 3 tracks, 90 stalls and 10 harness rooms as well as changing rooms for men and women.

Additionally the premises also include a country hotel with 12 rooms.

Carretera Granollers Al Masnou Km 7,5
08188 Vallromanes
+34 935 72 90 10


Centro Ecuestre Llavaneres

This equestrian club covers 12 hectares including 4 tracks and 100 stalls.

Camí Can Cabot de Munt
08392 Llavaneres
+34 937 92 88 02


Hípica Esteve Barranco, Dosrius

This equestrian club is just 40km from Barcelona city. 5 hectares include 50 stalls and 5 tracks.

Ctra Dosrius – Canyamars Km 3,5
08319 Dosrius
+34 935 40 53 17



Teatre la Massa, Vilassar de Dalt

This theatre is located in a building of great architectural and historic interest; the last and most notable work of architect Rafael Guastavino. Currently the theatre has a capacity of 496 seats and is equipped with the best technical equipment.

Plaça de la Vila 1
08339 Vilassar de Dalt
+34 937 53 97 90


Fundació Palau, Caldes d’Estrac

The Fundació Palau preserves and exhibits the artistic and documentary work owned by Josep Palau i Fabre. One of the highlights of the collection is the permanent exhibition room which includes the foundation’s Picasso collection. Visitors can see for themselves evidence of the long-lasting friendship that existed between the Malaga artist and the Catalan writer.

In addition to the permanent exhibition rooms, the Fundació Palau organises activities related to art and literature, as well as temporary exhibitions and “Poesia i +”, the summer poetry festival of Caldes d’Estrac.

Carrer de la Riera 54
08393 Caldes Estrac
+34 937 91 35 93


Casa Museu Lluís Doménech i Muntaner, Canet de Mar

Lluis Domenech i Montaner (Barcelona, ​​21 December 1849-27 December 1923) was not only an architect and one of the main representatives of the Catalan Modernist movement; he was also a historian, a humanist, an illustrator and a designer of fonts and book bindings. He was one of the primary figures in the promotion of Catalan politics at the turn of the century during a very complex and controversial time.

Xamfrà rieres Buscarons i Gavarra
08360 Canet de Mar
+34 937 95 46 15



Banys termals, Caldes d’Estrac

The thermal waters of the hot springs of Caldes d’Estrac are well known for their high mineral content and medicinal properties. Due to their temperature (38 ° C), they are extremely soothing for muscles and ligaments.

La Riera 29
08393 Caldes d’Estrac
+34 937 91 26 05


Balneari Can Titus, Arenys de Mar

The Balneario Titus Thermal Baths are located between Arenys de Mar and Caldetes, 38 Km. from Barcelona and 9 Km from Mataró, just 50m from the beach and with superb views of the sea. Their gardens, outdoor thermal pool and magnificent therapeutic installations make them a truly exceptional spa centre in the heart of the Maresme region.

Subida del Montmar s/n
08350 Arenys de Mar
+34 937 91 19 77


Silence Thalasso Spa & Fitness, Calella

Area Guide Maresme Spa 3 (Silence)

This spa is a space designed especially for you to unwind and relax. Silence Thalasso has fantastic facilities perfect for escaping everyday stress in relaxing surroundings.

C/ Sant Jaume 20-34
Edificio Creu Groga
08370 Calella
+34 937 69 00 01


Hotel Colon Thalasso Termal, Caldes d’Estrac

This is the only hotel in Barcelona that combines thermal water and seawater in its spa treatments and therapies.

Plaça de les Barques s/n
Caldes d’Estrac
+34 937 91 04 00


Nature activities

Bosc vertical, Dosrius

Bosc Vertical is an adventure park set in a stunning natural park. This fun and challenging treetop adventure boasts over 90 challenges, including bridges, zip lines, nets, and rope ladders. Don’t forget to check out their forest laser combat and Segway adventure tours.

Ctra BV 5101 Dosrius – Canyamars Km 1,5
08319 Canyamars
+34 666 591 988


Activ Natura, Santa Susanna

This outdoor adventure park offers many activities to enjoy with family and friends.

Camí de la Riera s/n
08398 Santa Susanna
+34 679 443 095


Hike and Bike BTT, Pineda de Mar

A travel agency specialised in Ecological and Sustainable Tourism, offering hiking, northern walking, MTB and road cycling excursions and holidays. Located in the Nature Reserve of Montnegre i el Corredor, on the Maresme Coast north of Barcelona, where most of their trips and routes take place. Hike and Bike BTT offer short, medium and long distance routes, that range from very easy to expert level.

All of their services are designed to meet high environmental standards, such as recycling, CO2 emissions, renewable energy and environmental education.