Guide to Calella de Mar
Calella is a Spanish city located in the Maresme region and province of Barcelona. Calella is 56 km from Barcelona and 25 km from Mataró (capital of the region).
It is also known by the name of Calella de la Costa/ de Mar to differentiate it from the town of Calella de Palafrugell. In the 1970s and until the mid-1990s, it was a very important tourist destination for Central European tourism (German, Dutch, Danish, English, French), being popularly known as Calella de los Alemáns, tripling its population in the high tourist season.
Currently the tourist variety has expanded , receiving visitors from practically all European countries.
The beach of Calella (with beach bars, hammocks, live music, etc.) and Església street, as a main street and shopping center, are the points of greatest tourist attraction.
In Esglèsia street we can find prestigious shops with top quality products, walking through the shopping center allows you to meet the demands of buying products from all over the world, but above all crafts and souvenirs of the stay in Calella.
It is an ideal space to walk in the afternoon or evening. The restaurant offer is also attractive and varied. The offer is made up of more than 800 establishments, of all levels, prices and products.
The botanical itinerary
The Dalmau Park has two types of vegetation: in the lower garden there are many plane trees, which with their dense deciduous crowns shade and cool the summer; At the top predominates a Mediterranean forest with stone pines, holm oaks and bushes.
The botanical itinerary is taken past the fountain of the Lions , in the central section of the park, and is a sample of the most natural vegetation. A potential Mediterranean holm oak grows with aladiernos, holm oaks, strawberry tree and honeysuckle, you smell rosemary, and you can hear the titches. We will find places for rest, leisure and enjoyment of nature.
VISIT THE LIGHTHOUSE!
Undoubtedly the symbol par excellence of Calella.
The Calella Lighthouse is located on top of a promontory of about 50 meters of altitude. In the place where the lighthouse now stands, there was an old watchtower and defense, which guarded and protected the coasts from the danger of attacks by Algerian pirates.
At first, the flashlight was fed with pressurized oil and, later, the fuel was replaced by paraffin and petroleum. In 1927, it was electrified, the optical apparatus improved and changed by another from the Medes Islands, today still in service with minor modifications. Today, the lighthouse light reaches a distance of about 35 miles and is known on navigation charts for its flashes, 3 and 2, every 30 seconds.
From the Lighthouse, the views over the beach of Calella do not leave indifferent. The green and blue tones combine perfectly to put the background to some photographs that will surely immortalize the best summer sunsets. And it is precisely at this moment that activity intensifies. One of the best moments to enjoy the sensations that are evoked from the magic of this space is during the programming of the festival Nits d’Estiu a Calella that year after year is celebrated during the months of July, August and September.
It is not surprising then, that it is increasingly one of the places chosen by couples who find in this lighthouse, the best place to say “I do” of their lives!
Viewpoint of the Calella Lighthouse
From the Calella Lighthouse you will undoubtedly enjoy spectacular views over the city of Calella , the sea and thecoast and beyond, the mountains of the Montnegre and Corredor Natural Park. An ideal visit to capture the best sunsets!
The Nits d’Estiu Calella (NEC) festival reaches different spaces of the city with concerts, performances and shows. It is a double opportunity, both to enjoy quality exhibitions to take advantage of and visit different spaces of the city at night: the Lighthouse, the Dalmau Park or the library courtyard.
It is completed with a tasting of wines and tapas, enjoying music and gastronomy in the same space. The people of Calellenses mix with the visitors to welcome artists who always want to extend the stay. The face of a child discovering the cinema in Platja Gran under the moon is the perfect summary of those moments.
Another prestigious event in Calella is the Ironman. It’s a triathlon with a series of races organized by World Triathlon Corporation.
Participants have to cover 3 extreme events: open sea swimming, cycling and running. The race has a time limit of 17 hours.
To know more, you must read this post that we leave below, of the Hotel Florida Park****.