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Take a summertime trip to El Maresme

Written by Christine

Summertime is all about fun and taking it easy, but if you’re looking to explore something new then there are many beautiful villages in El Maresme for you to discover. This comarca, or region, is located just north of Barcelona and has many traditional pueblos near the beaches and in the mountains. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in El Maresme!

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Alella is located north of Barcelona city and is most notable for its selection of wines and cavas that are produced in this region. Most that visit this town go to take a tour through the vineyards or to do a wine tasting at one of the many wineries. While you can book accommodation to stay in Barcelona through ShBarcelona, there are many lodgings available in Alella if you’re planning on staying for a few days to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. For the foodies, there are also many highly-rated restaurants in which you can try some traditional Catalan cuisine paired with a homemade glass of sparkling cava or delicious wine. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway and something to delight your taste buds, then Alella might be just the place for you.

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Sant Pol de Mar

50 kilometers up the coast from Barcelona is little Sant Pol de Mar, known as one of the most beautiful beach towns in Barcelona province. You can catch the R1 train line from Barcelona and be in Sant Pol in just about an hour, and along the way, you will see other beautiful villages and beaches of El Maresme. This village is small and during the summer there is an influx of tourists, but overall the town remains to be a peaceful and welcome break from the noisy city. In addition to the beautiful beaches, you can explore the town easily on foot, being sure not to miss the church of Sant Pau, which dates back to the 6th century! You can also visit the Gothic church of Sant Jaume and the old fishermen’s houses. Sant Pol is a great trip for anyone who wants a relaxing stay at the beach partnered with some impressive architecture.

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Mataró is the capital of El Maresme in addition to being its biggest city in terms of size and population. Even though it’s definitely not as big as Barcelona, you can enjoy many aspects of the city life like dining and shopping but in a calmer setting right on the beach. Many people look for rentals in the summer near the beach to have the best of both worlds: a little bit of the city and a little bit of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Mataró is also a great village to visit to see some Roman ruins, as this city dates back to the Roman era when it was known as Iluro.

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El Masnou

Last on the list is the beach-side village of El Masnou, a short train ride north of Barcelona. Here, in addition to the beach, you should take a walk through the town to see the architecture and to take a tour through the town museum. Here you will see a collection of traditional Catalan ceramics and important historical artifacts. Lastly, make sure that you try a savory seafood meal at one of the many delicious restaurants that you will encounter along the beach and throughout the town. El Masnou has a lot to offer those looking to enjoy culture and the beach.

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About the author


Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

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