Families visiting Catalonia have a multitude of things to see and do close to their Costa Maresme holiday rental. Many of the Catalan resorts are perfect sites for children, with blue flag beaches and a multitude of play areas. Malgrat de Mar is one resort that offers plenty to see and do for the entire family.
Malgrat is on the cusp of the Costa Maresme and the Costa Brava, and has the combination of “old Malgrat” which houses narrow streets, bars, restaurants, bakeries and grocery shops, and the new part of the town, which is abundant with bars, restaurants, mini golf and wonderful stretches of golden sandy beaches.
The train station located in the old town offers visitors the opportunity to travel up and down the coast to Barcelona and many other resort towns for the cost of a few euros. Opposite the train station you will often find elderly men involved in a competitive game of the Catalan version of Pétanque. The neighborhood is a wonderful place to uncover the real town of Malgrat.
The long stretch of beach in the more modern area of the town is divided into three zones: Malgrat beach which has been awarded blue flag status, Pomerada Beach with its protected dune area, and Astillero beach which hosts a lively children’s club. There are plenty of beach bars, crèches and monitored play areas on each, making this a great resort for families to visit.
Just outside Malgrat in Palafolls is Marineland where both adults and children can be entertained all day long with a variety of water slides, dolphin shows, swimming areas and exotic birds. Children under the age of 3 enter for free and the park is open from mid-May each year until the season ends around the end of October. There are a wide range of self-service restaurants or you can bring a picnic that you prepared earlier in your villa on the Costa Maresme.
While in Marineland, children and adults can enjoy the hammock rental service, a fast pass so you don’t have to queue to enjoy the water slides, and souvenir photos which you can take with the dolphins or sea lions.
For those who are visiting the area but haven’t hired a car, there is a free bus to Marineland, with bus stops situated near your Costa Maresme vacation rental or villa in the Costa Brava. Bus schedules run from Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar, Blanes, Malgrat de Mar, Santa Susanna, Pineda de Mar and Calella.
If you are traveling to Catalonia with children and seek a resort with plenty for the little ones to do, book your Costa Maresme holiday rental close to Malgrat, and you will have access to trains, beautiful beaches, great restaurants, bicycles and water parks – everything you need to make your family holiday special.