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Come and discover the jewel of the Spanish coast – Costa Barcelona has more than 100 kilometres of coastline and offers long sweeping beaches such as those found at Santa Susanna and Calella.
Resorts such as Pineda de Mar and Malgrat de Mar are perfect for families, with local restaurants catering for children and hotels providing play areas and activity programmes to keep the younger guests entertained.
Costa Barcelona offers fabulous shopping and pedestrianized areas in its towns and cities and is rich in culture from renowned museums and architecture to world famous sporting clubs and events.
Some of the best loved Spanish resorts, which were formerly found in Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, now form part of Costa Barcelona so make sure you are looking in the right place for your next Spanish escape! From Malgrat de Mar down to Sitges, Costa Barcelona province captures the best of what Spain has to offer for a fantastic holiday.
Best time to visit: Hot summers and mild winters make Costa Barcelona a great year-round destination.
With temperatures soaring up to 28°C in summer, July and August are ideal months for beach lovers to visit Costa Barcelona. Spring and autumn enjoy milder highs of 22°C, making them the perfect seasons for sightseers to explore the coast. And with highs of 15°C, winter is a great time to visit the popular resort when it’s a little cooler and quieter.
2hrs 10mins approx
Fly to: Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) or Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO)
The Natural Park of Montserrat Mountain, with its peculiar and unique rounded rock formations, is a symbol of Catalan identity; at the top is 'La Morenata', the 12th-century statue of the Virgin Mary. Close by you will find the Benedictine monastery, with its beautiful chapterhouse and neo-Romanesque cloister, and the Montserrat museum which houses many works of art.
The Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding mountains provide a beautiful natural setting to the town of Sitges. More than four kilometres of beaches stretch along this coast with marinas alongside. There's an interesting historic quarter, with museums to visit and restaurants offering local cusine, such as xató.
Beach lovers will be spoilt for choice on a holiday to Costa Barcelona. The long stretch of coastline has plenty of sandy beaches to visit, including long, sweeping ones (such as Calella, Santa Susanna, Maresme, Castelldefels) and others nestled in secluded coves (like La Vinyeta and Garraf) - their golden sands and crystal-clear waters make them perfect for all visitors. The Mediterranean landscape, with its warm summers and bright winters, is ideal for all kinds of watersports and activities, right along the length of the coastline.
Thanks to its Blue Flag beaches and bustling town centre, Calella is perhaps the most popular destination in Costa Barcelona. By day, you can relax and enjoy the golden-sand beaches, or explore the promenade of this busy seaside town. And in the evenings, there’s plenty of lively nightlife to keep you entertained, with bars, restaurants and more to be found along the promenade.
If you’re looking for a more laid-back break along Barcelona’s golden coastline, then Santa Susanna is the ideal spot. This village is a little quieter and less crowded than some of its livelier neighbours, meaning that you and your family can relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sandy beaches. Plus, the resort also has a popular watersports centre, where you can try out anything from windsurfing to kayaking.
Slow down the pace at Malgrat de Mar, the little town with a lot of culture. Located on the northern coast of Barcelona, this beach resort has plenty to explore, from 18th century architecture in the old town centre, to unique and modern sculptures at Frances Macià Park. It’s a great spot for active types, too, who can go cycling or hiking through the surrounding wilderness.
Sun-seekers: Thanks to its warm, Mediterranean climate, Costa Barcelona is a great year-round destination.
Couples: From beaches and nightlife to museums and galleries, this resort has plenty to please.
Beach lovers: You’ll have golden-sand beaches galore along this popular Spanish coastline.
Language: The languages spoken in Costa Barcelona are Catalan and Spanish.
Currency: The currency used in Costa Barcelona is the Euro (€).
Local time: Costa Barcelona is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Tourist information: Further Costa Barcelona tourist information can be found at http://www.spain.info/en_GB/que-quieres/destinos-playa/costas/costa_de_barcelona.html
Visa and health: Before you travel, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Costa Barcelona.
On foot: What better way to explore this golden coast than by foot? Go for a wander through the bustling town centres, before stopping for a drink on the seafront promenade.
Train: Trains are one of the most popular ways to get around Costa Barcelona - enjoy the scenic views around the coastline as you get from A to B - airport to beach.
Taxi: Local taxis are a great alternative to car hire. You’ll have a lot of coastline to cover, and Catalonia’s famous black and yellow taxis will be hard to miss!
Carnival of Vilanova i la Geltrú
Held every year in February/March - this is a carnival with lots of events, traditional processions and concerts. The Friday of the festival is an important day as it marks King Carnestoltes arrival, and a parade of floats starts a weekend of costumed musical ensembles, street theatre and revelry.
Festival del Grec
The exciting Festival del Grec is the biggest cultural event in Sitges. This month-long event takes place over the summer, and has more than enough to keep everyone entertained - there’s live music, dance shows, theatre performances and more to enjoy. Be sure to catch a show at Montjuïc’s unforgettable amphitheatre.
Calella’s unique music event is not to be missed. This popular 50 year old music festival takes place in early July, and sees folk concerts held right on the shore. Local folk bands play to crowds of people who are either watching from the sand - or floating in boats!