Malgrat de Mar travel guide

Weather and climate

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 temperature soars.

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Malgrat De Mar is best for...

Sun-seekers: Malgrat de Mar’s gorgeous slice of the Costa Brava coast, with a tempting choice of sun-drenched golden beaches. Malgrat Central Beach is a firm favourite, while the lesser-known Tordera Beach is a real hidden gem.

Families: Playa del Astillero beach is a great spot for families, with a colourful play area and a kids’ club. The best water park in the area is Water World; it’s packed with slides, pools, rivers and family-friendly places to eat.

Sightseers: Beyond the beach and the modernist architecture, holidays to Malgrat de Mar will reveal the town’s traditional past. There’s plenty to see and explore here, including traditional Catalan architecture and El Castell, a 14th-century castle that towers above the resort. 

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Malgrat de Mar is Spanish, but you shouldn’t have any trouble getting by with English.

Currency: The local currency in Malgrat de Mar is the Euro (€), so make sure you change your pounds and pence before heading off on holiday.

Local time: Malgrat de Mar is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Head for Girona Airport, which is around 1.5 hours from the resort.

Flight time from the UK: The Malgrat de Mar flight time is 2.5 hours, depending on where you fly from.

Tourist information: Further Malgrat de Mar tourist information can be found at www.tourismmalgrat.com

Visa / Health: It’s worth reading www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain  for recommendations and advice on visas and health for holidays to Malgrat de Mar.

Holiday destinations related to Malgrat de Mar:

  • Calella
  • Lloret De Mar
  • Getting around

    By car: If you want the freedom to explore beyond the resorts during Malgrat de Mar holidays, hiring a car is the best option. There are lots of lovely spots off the beaten track to enjoy all over the Costa Brava. You’ll find international car hire companies at the airport and in the resorts. 

    By bus: There’s a cheap and frequent bus service running every half an hour or so, connecting major areas like the beach and town. It also goes 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.

    Events

    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 the 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.