#DestinationSpain: A Guide to the Maresme
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.
Ocata beach is a wide, sandy beach just a 15 minute train journey from Arc de trionf station in Barelona. Despite its handy location, it never gets crowded (even in July and August). It is within walking distance of the Masnou port, with lovely bars and restaurants.
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 www.ruscalleda.com
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 www.restauranthispania.com
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 www.restaurante1789.com
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 www.restaurantorquestra.com
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 http://elnou-cents.restaurant/
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 www.lallotja.es
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 Barcelona +34 937 92 75 92 www.bluefinnsushi.es
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 Barcelona +34 937 92 99 00 www.cnelbalis.com
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 Barcelona +34 935 40 30 00 www.portmasnou.com
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.
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 Barcelona +34 935 55 28 84 www.espaidivi.es
Slow Life Dance Club, Club Náutico el Balís, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres
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 www.facebook.com/slowliferestaurant
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 Barcelona +34 935 55 58 53 www.titus.cat
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 www.cnarenys.com www.facebook.com/discojohnnys
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 Mataró Barcelona +34 679 471 701 www.privat.cat
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) Barcelona +34 938 42 39 39 www.larocavillage.com
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 Barcelona +34 937 98 82 98 www.mataro-parc.com
Club de Golf Vallromanes
Calle Afueras s/n 08188 Vallromanes Barcelona +34 935 72 90 64 www.clubdegolfvallromanes.com
Club de Golf Llavaneres
Camí del Golf 49-51 08392 Sant Andreu de Llavaneras Barcelona +34 937 92 60 50 www.golfllavaneras.com
Golf Sant Vicenç de Montalt
Carrer Vinyes d’en Mandri 82 08394 Sant Vicenç de Montalt Barcelona +34 937 91 51 11 www.golfsantvicens.es
Teià Pitch and Putt
C/Ramón Llull 14 Urb Sant Berger 08329 Teià Barcelona +34 935 40 30 89
Pitch and Putt Sant Cebrià
Afores s/n 08396 Sant Cebrià de Vallalta +34 937 63 12 77 https://www.facebook.com/santcebriapitchandputt
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 Barcelona +34 937 92 99 00 www.cnelbalis.com
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 Barcelona +34 935 40 30 00 www.portmasnou.com
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 www.cnarenys.com
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 Barcelona +34 937 55 09 61 www.portmataro.com
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 Barcelona +34 937 54 91 19 www.marinapremia.com
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 Barcelona +34 935 72 90 10 www.hipicavallromanes.com
Centro Ecuestre Llavaneres
This equestrian club covers 12 hectares including 4 tracks and 100 stalls.
Camí Can Cabot de Munt 08392 Llavaneres Barcelona +34 937 92 88 02 www.centroecuestrellavaneres.com
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 Barcelona +34 935 40 53 17 www.esteve-barranco.com
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 Barcelona +34 937 53 97 90 www.teatrelamassa.cat
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 Barcelona +34 937 91 35 93 www.fundaciopalau.cat
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 Barcelona +34 937 95 46 15 www.casamuseu.canetdemar.org
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 Barcelona +34 937 91 26 05 www.banystermals.com
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 Barcelona +34 937 91 19 77 www.balnearititus.com
Silence Thalasso Spa & Fitness, Calella
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 Barcelona +34 937 69 00 01 www.silencespa.com/es
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 Barcelona +34 937 91 04 00 www.hotel-colon.net
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 Barcelona +34 666 591 988 www.boscvertical.com
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 Barcelona +34 679 443 095 www.activ-natura.com
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.
Visit the Alt Alella vineyard for a tour and lashings of Cava, attend the local Fiestas to get a feel of the region (for up to date information, pick up a free copy of local El Clau magazine).
Must not do
Miss the spectacular walking trails in the Parc de la Serralada Litoral, offering magical views over Barcelona and on a clear day, Montserrat!
Lucas Fox favourite haunts
“Enjoy a truly local experience, sitting on wine barrels whilst sampling delicious tapas served at the back of this classic bodega in the heart of the beautiful village of Alella. Then pop next tour to Restaurant Marfil to fill up with traditional Catalan cuisine.”
– Carrie Frais, LFStyle Editor
Rambla Àngel Guimerà 60
+34 93 555 18 16
“An idyllic setting on the soft sands of the beach at Vilassar de Mar. Only open from May to September, this quaint little seafood restaurant (more of a shack) is absolutely perfect for families – kids can play in the sand and shallow clear waters with parents looking on whilst sipping a chilled glass of rosado and nibbling calamares or pescadito frito. On Tuesday summer nights you can enjoy the melodic sounds of Habaneres singers, who, last time I was there, were cheered on by current Catalan President Artur Mas!”
– Carrie Frais, LFStyle Editor
Espigó de Garbí
08340 Vilassar de Mar
+34 600 520 000
Jaume, Premia de Dalt
“For Sunday brunch I love the square (plaça) in the beautiful village of Premià de Dalt. The restaurant offers a range of tapas and larger meals and if you have kids there is loads of space for them to run around and leave you in peace!”
– Carrie Frais, LFStyle Editor
Riera de Premià 147
Premià de Dalt
+34 937 522 908
What you will hear in the Maresme
“You must try some of this delicious local wine.”
What you will never hear in the Maresme
Too many English/French/Russian/Swedish/German voices on the beach.