Holidays in Malgrat de Mar
The Catalan town of Malgrat de Mar is situated on the green, rugged coast of the Costa Brava. Popular for its sandy beaches and laid-back charm, the town enjoys the best of both worlds with modern hotels and lively nightlife, and a historic downtown area filled with interesting sights and local markets. If you’re going on your Malgrat de Mar holiday with kids, then the destination is located close to both Water World and the hugely popular Port Aventura Theme Park.
Easter for long hours of sunshine and comfortable temperatures.
Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN).
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Start the day the right way with a little relaxation on Malgrat de Mar’s beautiful beaches, from the upbeat atmosphere of Centre Beach to the tranquil Tordera. Take the kids for a day out at Water World, the much-loved water park a short walk away. The park is a family favourite for its thrilling water slides, huge swimming pools and family-friendly dining. If you’re interested in a little sightseeing, head downtown to wander through the old churches and lively market, or make the walk up to the impressive El Castell, which overlooks the town. In the evenings, keep it low-key and try some tasty Spanish specialties by the beach.
Malgrat de Mar has several beautiful beaches set on Costa Brava’s trademark rugged coastline. Tiny golden bays lie between rocky headlands thick with greenery, opening out into long, smooth stretches like the kilometre-long Centre Beach. Awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for its excellent upkeep and cleanliness, Centre Beach is popular with families for its central location, with beachfront cafes and shops nearby. A little further down the coast is the lesser known Tordera Beach, the best place in Malgrat de Mar for a little peace and quiet by the sea.
The bustling downtown area of Malgrat de Mar is the heart of the old town, filled with interesting architecture and old churches. Head down there on a Thursday and you’ll discover the town’s weekly market, a lively affair with lots of stalls selling local goods and crafts. The landmark attraction in Malgrat de Mar is El Castell, a 14th century castle in the heart of the town surrounded by a lush, green park offering beautiful views across the resort. The evenings here are relaxed and sociable, with plenty of good family friendly restaurants and pubs, including several which offer a more traditional Catalan experience.
One of the best family attractions in Malgrat de Mar is the fantastic water park, Water World. Just 25 minutes away by bus or car, the park has dozens of water slides for both kids and adults. Visitors of all ages can also enjoy the wave pool, family lagoon and jacuzzis. To complete the day out, hang out on a sun bed or grab a family lunch at Poseidon Restaurant. Another kid favourite is Marineland, less than 10 minutes’ drive away. The marine park is most popular for its dolphinarium, and you can also see penguins and a sea lion show.
Sun seekers: Malgrat de Mar’s gorgeous piece of the Costa Brava coast has a tempting choice of sun-drenched golden beaches.
Families: Spend the day at Water World, the best water park in the area with slides, pools, rivers and family-friendly places to eat.
Sightseers: The old part of Malgrat de Mar reveals the town’s traditional Catalan past, with modernist architecture, parks and a 14th century castle, El Castell.
Language: The language spoken in Malgrat de Mar is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Malgrat de Mar is the Euro (€)
Local time: Malgrat de Mar is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN).
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours
Tourist Information: Further Malgrat de Mar tourist information can be found at www.tourismmalgrat.com
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 Malgrat de Mar.
Temperature: 25-27 °C summer average.
Best time to visit: Easter for long hours of sunshine and comfortable temperatures.
Malgrat de Mar has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and long hours of sunshine. Located on the Costa Brava, Malgrat de Mar also benefits from a cool breeze from the Pyrenees Mountains, which is pleasant in July and August when the temperatures soars.
By car: Hiring a car is the best option if you’re interested in exploring further afield. The Costa Brava is a picturesque place to drive, and the main resorts and airport have a choice of international car hire companies.
By bus: An affordable bus service runs approximately every 30 minutes in Malgrat de Mar, connecting major areas like the beach and town. The service also travels to nearby resorts like Lloret de Mar.
By bike: Malgrat de Mar is a lovely resort to explore on a bicycle. Many of the hotels provide a reasonably priced bike rental service.
Summer festival: The Festival of St Roc is Malgrat de Mar’s big summer festival, held every year in August. The festival features two days of live music, activities for kids, open-air concerts and lots of food and dancing.
Firework festival: One of the most exciting events on the Costa Brava is Blanes’ International Firework Competition, held for a week in July. The festival features some of the biggest and most creative pyrotechnics in the country, just 15 minutes’ drive from Malgrat de Mar.