Family-friendly Calella

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Calella combines two holiday opportunities for the family visitor. Because it lies between the Mediterranean Sea and the lush forests of the Montnegre Natural Park the holidaymaker can combine beach holidays, a city visit (Barcelona) and the opportunity of a visit to a national park which is something most visitors to Spain don’t go to see. Only 50 km from Barcelona and Girona and close to major motorways, its location couldn’t be better for those who don’t want to spend all the holiday in just one location. More importantly, the town is geared for children.

Calella was seen as a model which inspired the development of tourism in the Catalan area during the fifties and sixties: with the promotion of sun and sea holidays dedicated primarily to European families. Calella has more than 180.000 sq. metres of beaches, which year after year are awarded the Blue Flag and the “Q” award for quality. A children’s play area with games and activities is at the beach and and supervised by monitors. The beach activities events are free for all those staying in Calella allowing you peace of mind (identification bracelets for children ) and peace of pocket as you don’t really need to pay for any other extras. In the restaurants there are even children’s play areas in restaurants. There are children’s activities on the prom every Friday staring at 5pm and these run through the summer holiday period from early July until the ninth of August.

If the kids fancy a change from the beach then there are nearby waterparks with free transport provided to them. Marineland is just 10 kilometres away and has a marine zoo and waterpark. There are dolphin, sea lion and exotic bird’s exhibitions. Waterworld is 20 kilometres away and has attractions that are for the the more adventurous with areas having names like Kamikaze, Splash Mountain, X-Treme Mountain and Mountain Water. Finally there is Illa Fantasia 35 kilometres away and which has a waterpark with a circuit quad, jumping, ball pools. Whilst no one seeks accidents it is useful to know that each of these has medical facilities just in case something happens.

But if you tire of the beach, watersports and the town then a short wander will bring you to “Les Torretes” giving you views over the Mediterranean forests and where you can still see the ruins of two optical telegraph towers from the nineteenth century, This is one way to venture into the Montnegre Natural Park, just 6 kilometers away. The mountainous and isolated nature of these surroundings make it an ideal place for those wanting a more energetic time that just lounging on a beach there are hiking, walking or mountain biking trails.

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