Situated right on the stretch of Costa Brava’s golden sands is Calella, an old Spanish village that has grown into one of the region’s favourite beach resorts. Providing a beach break and much more, the palm-dotted waterfront and laid-back attitude is the perfect place to let the worries of everyday life fall away.
Calella’s mild, Mediterranean climate can be enjoyed at anytime of the year.
Girona-Costa Brava Airport.
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Make the most of Calella’s beautiful Mediterranean climate and spend as much time as you can outdoors – play games on the beach, sunbathe or swim in the ocean. The resort’s hilly green scenery invites long afternoon walks or bike rides, and back in the town, have a wander round and admire Calella’s old churches. The centre of the resort is the ideal place to sit out and eat lunch, with a good choice of cafes, seafood restaurants plus a few the kids will like. In the evenings, the resort has a sociable and family-friendly nightlife with plenty of pubs and entertainment.
Calella has 3km of golden coastline, with sweeps of sand so wide the beaches rarely feel crowded. If you're looking for beach activities in Calella, why not hire a jet-ski and zip across the water or take a diving lesson? Join in with a beach volleyball game or grab a lounger and work on your tan. The beaches are lined with a good selection of cafes, restaurants and shops, so you won’t have to go far to grab an ice cream or some lunch.
Calella has a modern resort centre with all the facilities you’ll need, including a good choice of restaurants, bars and shops. Beside the new development is the historic part of the town. Spend an afternoon exploring the narrow streets clustered around the church of Santa Maria, or admire the views from Calella’s emblem, the old lighthouse. There are plenty of things to do on your holiday to Calella, particuarly out in the countryside, where the rolling hills rise sharply from sea level and provide mesmerising coastal views. Spend some time exploring the walking trails or visit a golf course.
If you’re looking for things for kids to do in Calella, the beach is a good starting point. Keep them busy learning how to water ski or snorkel, and plan a few day trips. The whole family can enjoy a cruise along the coast, and Lloret de Mar’s water park, Water World, is close by and features a top range of water rides, pools and huge lagoons for the little ones. Port Aventura is another hit with families in the area; a huge theme park with rollercoasters and rides, evening and aquatic shows and even its own water park and beaches.
Sunbathers: You’ll always find a good spot on Calella’s spotless coast.
Families: Visit the local water park, play on the beach and have family meals on the seafront.
Scenery lovers: Costa Brava is one of Spain’s prettiest coastlines, and Calella’s rugged good looks are no exception.
Language: The language spoken in Calella is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Calella is the Euro (€)
Local time: Calella is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Girona Airport. The transfer time is around 1 hour.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Calella is 2.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further Calella tourist information can be found at www.spain.info
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Calella.
Temperature: 26-32 °C
The weather in Calella is typical of the Catalonian region. Short, mild winters with average temperatures in the mid-20s (°C) are followed by long, hot summers with refreshing sea breezes. Spring and autumn are popular times to visit the coast, for guaranteed long hours of sunshine.
By train: Located so close to cities like Barcelona and Girona, many visitors choose to travel by train when taking a day trip. Affordable and regular, the train lets you enjoy the beautiful views of Catalonia, without having to worry about parking.
On foot: Lots of Calella’s hotels are located within easy walking distance of the town and beach, and the area is a lovely spot to explore on foot.
By bus: A regular and affordable bus service operates on the coast, ideal for transport between the resorts or just to hop on and get down to the beach as quickly as you can.
Folklore: One of Calella’s proudest annual festivals is Adifolk, an event that celebrates Catalan culture in addition to folklore traditions, including dance, music and performances. The event takes place in early September.
For beer lovers: An event you may not expect to celebrate on the coast of Spain is Oktoberfest. For the past 25 years, Calella has held the traditional German celebration complete with traditional food, beer, dancing and costumes. Here’s the twist – everyone hits the beach afterwards!