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Family-Friendly Holidays on the Costa del Maresme

The Costa del Maresme is probably Catalunyas less well known coastline but yet it offers some truly beautiful beaches and great activities for families. It is located just south of the Costa Brava and occupies about 50 kilometres of coastline. It is popular with inhabitants of Barcelona as the beaches tend to be less crowded than those of the Costa Brava.
Places of  interest include the archaeological sites in Burriac and Mataró, the Baroque architecture in Arenys de Mar and Modernist architecture in Canet and Argentona. Other popular destinations include Malgrat, Arenys de Mar, Sant Andreu de LLavaneras and Alella. Calella  and El Masnou are blue flag beaches. Other tourist beaches include Pineda, the beautiful Sant Pol de Mar, Caldes de Estrac, Vilassar de Mar and Premiá de Mar.

  • Pineda de Mar

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    Midway between Barcelona and Girona, in the very heart of the Maresme, lies Pineda de Mar, a pleasant and welcoming place, with green squares, lines of trees, fountains, flowers and play areas for children, which make it a favourite holiday destination for families.
    Its wide, sandy 2-mile beach, which boasts a Blue Flag award, is perfect for children. It provides all the services you could possibly need: from showers, bicycle racks and ramps for disabled access to monitored childrens play areas, child safety guides and readily available tourist information throughout the town...

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  • Malgrat de Mar

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    An oasis of serenity, Malgrat de Mar lies on the very edge of the Costa Brava. Its extraordinary 3-mile long beach of coarse-grain sand is divided into three zones: Astillero Beach, where we find a boisterous childrens club, the superb Malgrat Beach, which has been awarded the Blue Flag and Pomareda Beach, with its protected dune area. Each beach is ideal for children and provides security services, showers, toilets, access for disabled people, beach bars, crèches and fully monitored play areas...

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  • Santa Susanna

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    A magnificent beach, sun and astonishing wildlife in the very heart of the Maresme, right on the edge of the Montnegre nature reserve. And whats more, it can be experienced from safe, modern buildings and a generous offer of hotels, campsites and cottages. Santa Susanna is both easily accessible and perfectly situated very close to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Barcelona....

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  • Calella

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    With its endless beaches, sun, wildlife, pleasant atmosphere and distinct family feel, Calella is a lively cosmopolitan town which without a doubt offers the best of Mediterranean culture.
    Set in a natural landscape of great beauty right on the Costa del Maresme, not far from the Montnegre nature reserve and Barcelona, the town is at the forefront of family holidaying on the Catalan coast....

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