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Activities for Kids

There are loads of fabulous activities for kids in Maresme from sailing & horseriding to waterparks & tennis clubs.

  • Hiking in the Serralada Litoral

    Recommended by Yvette Oliveau

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    There are different hiking iteneraries suitable for young children and accessible from Cabrils, Vilassar de Dalt and Premia de Dalt. See link for different iteneraries:  
    www.diba.es/parcsn/parcs/plana.asp

    Comments:

    "My kids love to scramble on the rocks and picnic up there. Favourite (obviously) are the ones to Burriac Castle and Creu de Montcabrer." (YO, Nov 2008)

  • Caldes dEstrac

    Recommended by Yvette Oliveau

    Caldes d’Estrac along the Paseo de los Ingleses come highly recommended as family friendly areas with small bars where you can stop for lunch/drinks.

    Comments:
    "In my opinion, for beach-going, the best local beaches are at Caldes d’Estrac along the Paseo de los Ingleses. This was the area where most embassies had their residences in the past. There is no train that runs along the beach….just a fantastic boardwalk and lots of chiringuitos. It’s very different from the kind of activity you’d find at Calella which is way too touristy." (YO, Nov 2008)

    "For those looking for peace and rest for children I would recommend to spend a day in Caldes d’Estrac (Caldetes). You can get by train from Barcelona and the train station is walking distance from the beach. Caldetes is very small but there is a long beach to stroll and a new park for child. If you have no car you can eat at “El Taller” restaurant. The cost per person is 35€ average so nothing sophisticated but good catalan cooking" (Sara Salas Dec 2010)

  • Cycling

    Recommended by Yvette Oliveau

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    Maresme is fantastic for biking along the beach with kids.

    Comments:
    "You can go from Premia de Mar to Sant Adria de Besos easily and uninterrupted. All flat and road is well conditioned for easy biking. Unfortunately, couldn’t recommend to go completely along the Maresme coast as there are patches which are interrupted and force you to bike along the NII." (YO)

  • Club Nautic El Balis, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres

    Recommended by Yvette Oliveau

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    Club Nautic El Balis offers a variety of water based courses for children such as sailing, swimming and kayaking. Sailing courses are divided into ages groups and start at the age of 4. It is possible to do courses at the weekends as well as more intensive summer courses.
    Ctra N-11 KM651 Sant Andreu de Llavaneres
    937929135 cesportiva@cnelbalis.com
    www.cnelbalis.com

  • Mado Dance School, Vilassar de Mar

    Recommended by Sol Torralba-Escobedo

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    Mado dance school specialises in ballet.
    Rosari 8, 08340 Vilassar de Mar
    937595175
    a8057151@centres.xtc.es
    www.escoladansamado.com

    Comments:
    "Madó is generally regarded as a disciplined and strict ballet teacher. The truth is that some great dancers who started dancing in her school now have succesful international careers in ballet companies" (ST, Dec 2008)

  • Club de Tennis La Genera, Cabrera de Mar

    Recommended by Sol Torralba-Escobedo

    The tennis club La Genera offers tennis lessons for all ages. It also has a swimming pool and a gym.
    Ronda Catalunya 42, Cabrera de Mar
    93 750 67 93

  • Municipal Sports Centre, Vilassar de Mar

    Recommended by Sol Torralba-Escobedo

    Piscina Municipal de Vilassar de Mar has a gym, and many types of aerobics, yoga and swimming lessons for all ages.
    Calle La Muralla, 110, 08340 Vilassar de Mar
    937506987

  • Club Nautico de Vilassar de Mar

    Recommended by Sol Torralba-Escobedo

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    In summer Club Nautico de Vilassar de Mar offers many activities for children aside from sailing such as swimming lessons, football and dance lessons.

    Contact Information:
    c/Canonge Almera 32 Platja 08340 Vilassar de Mar 937592741 info@cnvilassar.com
    www.cnvilassar.com

  • Piri - Centro Excursionista Vilassar de Mar

    Recommended by Sol Torralba-Escobedo

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    The Centro Excursionista de Vilassar de Mar organize various excursions throughout the year, which are open to all the public. At christmas time they hold special dinners and christmas songs in the mountatins. At the centre they offer climbing courses for older kids.
    Carrer del Carme 28 Vilassar de Mar
    937594037
    info@cevilassardemar.cat
    www.cevilassardemar.cat

  • Parque Dalmau, Calella de Mar

    Recommended by Katharin Jansen

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    Dalmau park, work of Jeroni Martorell, was created in 1928. It occupies over 18 hectares and is a magnificent natural garden area with a mediterranean forest of pine and cork trees. There is also a children’s play area.

    Comments:
    "Two playing grounds + 1 playing ground with super shoot (in the upper zone of the parc). very green and shadowy park with many little ways, situated at NII, between the hospital and Fabrica Llobet" (KJ, Jan 2012)

  • Parque Misericordia, Canet de Mar

    Recommended by Katharin Jansen

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    Park dating back to 1896 with botanical gardens and wide open spaces

    Comments:

    "Modernist parc, with restaurant from Domenech y Muntañer inside and church (nice inside) with Madonna Misericordia, patron from Maresme. Parque is not ideal for kids in that you need to keep an eye on them but they like it a lot to play there (eucalyptus trees, sand, stonebanks etc.). Meanwhile you can have a drink on the terrasse of the restaurant. Normally enough parking places in front of the church" (KJ Jan 2012)

  • Lenis Cookies, El Masnou

    Recommended by Laura Bagshaw

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    Cute little cookery store selling biscuits, muffins and cupcakes. They regularly do cookery workshops for kids.
    C/Camil Fabra 3, 08320 el Masnou
    info@leniscookies.es
    www.leniscookies.es

  • Montseny

    Recommended by Yasmina Old

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    Montseny is the mountain range north of Barcelona and makes a great day trip or weekend away. It contains the highest mountains in the area south of the Pyrenees and dominates the valley south of Girona. The area is renowned for chestnut picking and mushroom hunting, which kids will love.
    Ctra. de Sant Celoni al Turó de lHome, km 10,8 08470 Fogars de Montclús  
    938475102 p.montseny@diba.cat 
    www.diba.cat/parcsn/parcs

    Comments:
    "The national park was made a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1978."

  • Donkey Rides, Canyamars

    Recommended by The Catalan Tourist Board

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    Fun donkey rides for adults and children in Maremse, or if you prefer to walk, the donkey can just take the bags! You’ll also be able to watch recreations of people at work in the fields, harvesting, transporting water and wood as these tasks used to be done in the old days. The routes are accompanied by a guide and are all within the Montnegre i el Corredor Natural Park. Any of the activities can include a typical country meal. Guided excursions, instructors, bar and shop selling souvenirs also available. Prices: one hour on a donkey lunch: 31 euros. Please enquire about other rates.  Prior booking required.
    Rucs del Corredor Donkey Rides, Vïnat Rimbles, s/n Apartado Correos, 23 08818 Canyamars, Maresme.
    610899926 rucsdelcorredor@hotmail.com
    www.rucsdelcorredor.com

    Comments: 
    "Discounts for children. Closed from 23 December to 1 February"

  • Paintballing, Pineda de Mar

    Recommended by The Catalan Tourist Board

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    Paintballing  in natural woodland covering ten thousand metres squared in the Parque Natural de Montnegre. Price 22 euros, which includes all the equipment.
    Paint Ball Duaka Adventures, Moragas i Barret, 38, 08397 Pineda de Mar, Maresme 
    617024145 info@duaka.com
    www.duaka.com

    Comments: 
    "Duaka offer a range of activities including quad biking and human table football."

  • El Bosc Vertical, Canyamars

    Recommended by Yvette Oliveau

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    El Bosc Vertical is an outdoor, adventure park set in the woods. There are over 80 different activites for kids including rope bridges, tunnels and climbing frames.
    661591988 info@boscvertical.com
    www.boscvertical.com

  • Jalpi Adventure Park, Arenys de Munt

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    Adventure park in Maresme for kids aged 3 upwards. Six different circuits with 90 different activities. Cater for children`s parties and groups: Times vary in winter and summer. See website for details.
    Jalpiaventura - Castell de Jalpí
    info@jalpiaventura.com
    T.637 854 404
    www.jalpiaventura.com

    Comments:
    "This is an excellent day out. My 3 year old was terrified at first and then I couldn`t get him to stop! My 5 year old wants to have her next birthday party here. Great for the confidence. Bring a picnic if you dont fancy eating at the café. They also have donkey rides and Segways in the same centre" (CF, Sep 2012)

  • San Pol de Mar beach

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    This is a fabulous beach for families and is easy accessible either by train or car. Still retains the qualities and charm of the fishing village & cove it once was, and is still popular with well-to-do families from Barcelona. Situated between Canet de Mar & Calella. Train stops metres from the beach. Parking tricky at peak times.

    Comments:
    "I love this beach. It is the first beach on the Maresme that has the cove quality that so many beaches of the Costa Brava, a little further north, have. Stay for the whole day and take a picnic or lunch and one of the fabulous restaurants on the beach or in the village" (CF, July 2010)

  • Vilassar de Mar beach

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    Child-friendly beach in Maresme. Come out of Vilassar de Mar station and turn right - just past the Port there is a little cove next to a Chiringuito.
    Nearest parking in Vilassar de Mar town - about 10-15 mins walk

    Comments:

    "The great thing about this beach is that it is shallow so you can watch the kids from the waters edge. Its also close to a fabulous little chiringuito el petit moll which only serves seafood" (CF, July 2011)

  • Club de Tennis, Teia

    Recommended by Zaida Rodrigo Perez

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    One of Barcelonas most succesful tennis clubs. Clay courts, private classes for children and adults. Padel and outdoor pool as well as a small gym. Café. Summer camp.
    Calle Ramon Lull 12, Teia 08329 
    info@ctbteia.com
    www.ctbteia.com

    Comments:

    "I am very pleased with their set up, the small groups and the attention paid to the kids" (ZRP, Nov 2012)

  • Aventura Park, Mataró

    Recommended by Rebecca Lovell

    Aventura Park is a soft park with branches located all over Spain, including a park in Martaro, Terrassa, Diagonal Mar, Barcelona, Granollers and Sabadell. All of the parks are open in the evenings and at weekends and have two main play areas; one for children between the ages of 2 and 4 and another for children from 5 to 10 years of age.
    Collformic 63, Urb. Can Borrell, La Roca del Vallés (Barcelona) 08430
    Tel. 93.842.44.70  aventurapark@aventurapark.com
    www.aventurapark.com

    Comments: 
    "Like most soft parks, Aventura Park boasts a huge area for children to run around, a bouncy castle, ball pools, slides and soft, safe climbing frames, as well as a drinks and snacks area. Aventura Park also host children’s parties and always has monitors circulating for security. It only costs a few euros and is a great place for kids to burn off energy on a rainy day" (RL, July 2008)

  • Club Hipico, Vallromanes

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    Riding school and stables. Excursions in the mountains. Birthday parties. Summer school (including August)
    935729010
    iban@hipicavallromanes.com
    www.hipicavallromanes.com

    Comments:
    "Great set-up, excellent location. Highly recommend it" (CF, July 2012)

  • Illa Fantasia, Premia de Mar

    Recommended by Carrie Frais

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    A very popular water park in the Maresme district of Barcelona, Illa Fantasia offers numerous activities for the kids. There are 22 water attractions, three big pools, a large picnic area, leisure, a dry children’s area and a series of small pools and toboggans. Services: Picnic area, “El Cheff” restaurant and disco. Times: The park is open from 27 May to 11 September from 10am to 7pm. The restaurant is open all year round Prices vary - look online.
    Finca Más Brassó, s/n 08339 Vilassar de Dalt, Maresme.
    937514553
    www.illafantasia.com

    Comments: 
    Special rates for booking online
     
    "This is such a fun day out. In mid August when the temperatures are soaring there is simply no better way to spend the day. There is a huge array of slides, two large pools and a fantastic wave pool. Great picnic area with BBQs too. Open on Saturday nights too when kids go free, or if you go without the kids, you can enjoy the likes of Sushi and cocktails" (CF, Sep 2012)

  • La Roca Foradada, Vallromanes

    Recommended by Anna-Karin Steinholtz

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    La Roca Foradada is the oldest archaeological remains near Vallromanes. It is a large block of granite rounded in shape with a hole in the middle.
    http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vallromanes

    Comments:
    "Nice family walk in enchanted forest where the final destiny – the rock, gives the whole excursion a touch of magic and mystery! Who made this whole in the rock mummy? Your kids will climb on, over and all around the rock while you all enjoy the lovely pick nick area right beside it! Both sun and shade all year and not far from the village Vallromanes if you want to have lunch or dinner afterwards!" (A-KS, June 2015)

  • Aula de Música Clau de Sol, El Masnou

    Recommended by Sandra

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    A small academy that first opened in 1997 with the aim to teach music to everybody, from young babies to teenagers and adults. The school uses the methodology based on the Dalcroze method, which means that they teach music in a fun and dynamic way, through movement. They teach basic music theory, instruments, modern music. They also prepare many music therapy activities and workshops for families with babies. They offer a flexible program, which adapts to the needs of each student, and offer classes in small groups or private lessons. Students can prepare for official exams (conservatory, ABRSM, RockSchool and Jam Session). The music school also offers English lessons up to the First Certificate level.
    Flors i Calcat, 7-9
    08320 El Masnou
    Tel: 637736203
    email: Martaclaudesol@gmail.com
    www.claudesol.net
    www.facebook.com/aulaclaudesol

    Comments:
    “We decided to take our kids to the Aula de Música Clau de Sol academy because of their methodology in teaching music; we love the way Marta connects with children and makes them have a fun time while their ear familiarizes with music. It is difficult to find a person who transmits her passion for music as she does. We are really happy with this academy, and so are our kids!” (Sandra, Nov 2015)