The area comprising the Costa del Maresme encompasses Mongat to Malgrat de Mar—right before Blanes, where the Costa Brava begins. Mataró is the capital of this coastal region, which has a large and modern recreational marina, aside from an excellent promenade.
The Costa del Maresme can be divided into two areas: on the one hand, the northern part or Alt Maresme—which has always been more closely linked to Girona—and on the other hand, the southern part or Baix Maresme—linked to Barcelona. Its wide range of options and activities available has turned it into a tourist destination par excellence.
In spite of the fact that the entire region has a large number of hotels, Alt Maresme has always focused on beach tourism, whereas Baix Maresme has been largely eclipsed by the area of Barcelona and its large metropolitan area.
This region, which enjoys a very pleasant climate, has excellent connections—both by train and by road—, making it an area that bustles with activity all year round. What’s more, over the past few decades, it has gradually added a great variety of facilities to meet any type of demand, from family, sports or culinary tourism. This is why, aside from enjoying the sun and the beach, you can engage in different sports such as golf, horseback riding, etc. and visit top destinations such as Girona or the remarkable city of Barcelona.
What to see on the Costa del Maresme?
This coastal region boasts twelve blue flag beaches, which are proof of the great efforts made to improve its areas to offer a truly unique experience. One of the most famous and recommended beaches is that of Sant Pol de Mar, which possesses certain features and terrain that make it stand out from other beaches in the areas.
But this area not only offers beach tourism, as there are three natural parks just waiting to be discovered. Among all of them, the Montnegre i el Corredor Natural Park is perhaps the most well-known. That said, we should also highlight the Serralada Litoral Park for its small mountains and hills that are divided into the mountainous areas of La Conreria, Céllecs and Sant Mateu. Neither can we neglect to mention the Serralada de Marina Park, a natural oasis right in the middle of a highly urbanised area.
Now, as traditional culture and folk and popular music are hallmarks of Catalan identity, it will not be very difficult at all to find places where the different esbart dansaires perform, or the popular sardana is danced. You can find more information about them at any hotel on the Costa del Maresme.
There is no shortage of areas on the Costa del Maresme where you can take a hike or ride your bike. Aside from being clearly waymarked, many of them also offer marked itineraries and the possibility of accessing maps and descriptions to enjoy the magnificent views and stunning natural landscapes even more.
Among cities which are definitely worth a visit for their great cultural heritage, there’s Girona (where some of the scenes in season six of Game of Thrones were filmed), Barcelona (which has a mind-boggling variety of popular tourist attractions) or Alella, famous for its large selection of wines with its very own designation of origin. In Alella, it’s possible for us to visit its cooperative winery, built at the beginning of the 20th century, to enjoy superb wine tasting, and without neglecting its renowned park and its famous Escolapis.
If you're looking for a hotel on the Costa del Maresme, we recommend that you stay at the Augusta Barcelona Vallès so that you can easily visit the top destinations in the area thanks to our excellent location and connections. What are you waiting for to embark on an unforgettable holiday?
Staying at a hotel on the Costa del Maresme
The hotels on the Costa del Maresme have quickly achieved a high level of development, particularly in towns which are highly popular among tourists, such as Canet de Mar, Calella, Malgrat de Mar and Santa Susana. These places are perfect to get some rest and relaxation.
But, the downside to staying at a hotel on the Costa del Maresme which is found near the coast is that it restricts your opportunities to explore other popular destinations in the area. What’s more, these hotels on the coast tend to be much more expensive due to the simple fact that they are found close to the beach. They are also less quiet, due to the large number of people visiting the area on important dates, which means that they are not the best option if you wish to enjoy some moments of peace.
Not to mention that if you’re travelling by car, finding parking can become mission impossible, completely putting you off the idea of visiting other destinations, so that you can leave the vehicle right where it is.