If you’re considering a move to the Mediterranean, what better sounding board than somebody who has already done it – we talk to Cristina Vidal, Office Manager of Lucas Fox Maresme

TS: How long have you lived on the Maresme and what attracted you to this region over any other?

CV: I’ve been here for over 20 years, my parents moved here when I was 7.

TS: What do you like most about living in this part of Catalunya?

CV: I love being close to the Mediterranean – the light, the air, the atmosphere – it’s what makes this area so special.

TS: What are three of the Maresme’s best kept secrets?

CV: Sant Pol de Mar for its laid-back vibe and the best beaches in the region. Walking the Camí de Ronda, the coastal path that interconnects several small bays and inlets running between Mataró and Calella. Treating yourself to a chilled bottle of Vi Blanc Escumós Brut Nature from Can Roda with Maresme strawberries. The combination is yummy and very sexy.

TS: What is your favourite festival on the Maresme and why?

CV: Definitely La Verema, the wine festival, in Alella. Firstly because it’s my home town and has a wonderful community spirit. It’s a chance to catch up with old friends and make lots of new ones. Second because it’s a party that celebrates wine! It may be a small region, but to my mind it makes some of the best wine in the country.

TS: What is your favourite place to eat and why?

CV: Eating is my passion, so depending on the mood I have several different places that I go. If I want arroz negre (black rice) and fish I go to Salero in El Masnou Marina, which has the freshest catch of the coast. For steak tartar I go to 1789 in Alella and when I feel like something super traditional like snails I go to Marfil, also in Alella.

TS: What is your favourite place for a drink and why?

CV: Well that depends on the time of year. In the summer it has to be the beach chiringuitos, but in the winter I prefer going to Marfil for a glass of white wine next to the fireplace.

TS: What is your favourite beach and why?

CV: The one in Sant Pol, because it’s nudist and not too crowded.

TS: What advice would you give to someone looking to move to the Maresme?

CV: The Maresme is made of many small towns, so locals know each other very well. They probably grew up together, and have been friends forever, so my advice to foreigners is to integrate. Participate in the town festivities and any activities that you can, and just make friends with the people who are from here, not just the expats, to live the complete experience.

TS: What are the property opportunities on the Maresme?

CV: The number one reason to move to Maresme is for the sea and the fresh air. Life here is quieter and more easy-going, yet Barcelona city centre is only 30 minutes away so you don’t need to miss out on all the big city offers. Prices are cheaper and there’s a good range of detached houses with a garden and pool, so it attracts a lot of families.