Beaches for days
Calella's beaches combine to make a seemingly endless stretch of sand lined with pastel-coloured buildings. Their beachfront arches house many restaurants and bars, meaning you can hop off the shore and grab a quick bite or sip with ease – all without ditching your sunbathing spot.
Great for sun-drenched siestas and cooling off in the light waves, the Calella beaches also offer the opportunity to rent a kayak and explore hidden coves dotting the shore. The main beach of Gran Playa has the most to do in terms of watersports and beach activities, from volleyball to aerobics.
Being in Costa Brava – which in English translates to 'wild' or 'rough' coast – means Calella treats its visitors to rugged, natural sites. Up at the top of a hill is Dalmau Park, a serene spot where families can rest underneath the shady oaks and take in sea views as the little ones burn off some energy on the playground.
Along the beach, you'll find the Paseo Maritimo Manuel Puigvert, a waterfront promenade also shielded from the Spanish sun by low-hanging trees, which make sure your walk is peaceful and scenic instead of dehydrating. And if you do find yourself in need of a drink, there are a few bars and restaurants for you to nip into along the way.
Plenty of history
As a spot with heaps of history, Calella houses a number of historic sites open to the public. Atop a steep hill rests the lighthouse, which was built in the mid-19th century, and whose light beam extends a staggering 56 kilometres. Here, you'll find stunning views of the beach, along with a small museum detailing the lighthouse's maritime history.
But if it's the highest point in Calella you're after, look no further than Las Torretas, a set of guard towers also built in the 19th century. Its views of the city are unrivalled, and the cobbled architecture is an excellent illustration of the town's past.
Being located on the coast means Calella is privileged in terms of seafood – and being in Costa Brava means it's treated to some of the top restaurants in the world. Known for their expert combination of meats and vegetables from the nearby mountains with fresh catches from the Mediterranean Sea, eateries in the area combine unique recipes and creative presentation.
A great example of a restaurant that uses locally-sourced ingredients is Calella's Bodega Azor. Specialising in food on toast – think mushrooms, cheeses and cured ham – it might sound basic but they do Spanish tapas at is finest. Calella has no shortage of drinking spots either, whether you're after a night out or a quick place to rest your feet and sip a beer. Chill out in the cool, dark wood rooms of Gringo Joes or head to the beach for a cocktail on the sand at the Blue Bar Beach Club.
Only a 30-minute drive from Calella lies the grand city of Barcelona, a haven for food, art and supreme nightlife. A playground for famed architect Antoni Gaudi, its buildings and parks are as vibrant as its culture – rich in details and colour. Even strolls down streets like the famous La Rambla are a sightseeing excursion of their own.
Nights out in Barcelona are no joke. Dinner begins some time around nine in the evening and drinks can continue to flow until the sun comes up, making that siesta on a Calella beach all the more enticing.
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