The Costa Maresme coastline in Catalonia runs all the way from Barcelona to Blanes, a distance of roughly 31 miles in total. Along the coast, you’ll find a large number of resorts and luxury Spain vacation rentals, as well as many different sights and attractions. This makes the Costa Maresme coastline a top holiday destination for visitors who love the stunning scenery that this part of Catalonia has to offer.
What is the Costa Maresme Like?
Catalonia is famous for its fine beaches and old, cobbled villages, but the Costa Maresme is probably more diverse and varied than you might think! Some locations like Barcelona are very busy and hectic with a definite city vibe, but there are also a lot of beautiful, historic fishing towns, too. Another great thing about the Costa Maresme is that it’s a prominent wine-growing region, so there are plenty of vineyards dotted around the area. One of the best places for wine is Alella, which has its own Denominació d’Origen.
Places of Interest
Where should you rent a villa on the Costa Maresme? There are many places of interest along the coast, including Barcelona (the capital of Catalonia) and Mataró (the capital of the Costa Maresme region). If bustling cities aren’t quite your thing, there are plenty of other options such as the fantastic harbour town of Arenys de Mar, or the relaxing thermal spas of Caldes d’Estrac.
A Costa Brava vacation rental, a Costa Dorada vacation rental, or a Costa Maresme vacation rental — which is better? While each section of coast has something different offer, the Costa Maresme is considered to be a ‘happy medium’ between the white sand beaches of the Costa Dorada (the Golden Coast), and the rocky landscape of the Costa Brava (the Rough Coast). It really is the best of both worlds!
Catalonia, Spain is famous for being family friendly, and their many water parks are no exception. A plethora of attractions await from dolphinariums (dolphin aquariums) to swimming pools and kamikaze water slides. If you are renting a villa with private pool on the Costa Brava or you are staying in a Costa Dorada vacation rental you have many options when it comes to finding a water park to visit in your area. Here is a short guide to the water parks within traveling distance from your villa in Spain.
Costa Brava Marineland Catalunya
Marineland Catalunya is one of the most popular water parks on the Costa Brava. Located in Palafolls near the seaside resort of Malgrat de Mar, Marineland will keep all of the children (and adults) entertained throughout the day. There is a free shuttle bus which runs from the popular towns of Lloret de Mar, Blanes, Malgrat de Mar, Santa Susana, Pineda and Calella. Expect to see exciting dolphin shows, a myriad of exotic birds, sea lions and a wide selection of water slides and wave pools. If you have a child celebrating a birthday during your trip, let the park know in advance and the park entertainers will organise something special for the birthday boy or girl!
The AquaBrava waterpark is located in Roses in the northern Costa Brava, while Marineland caters for the south of the area, Aquabrava is perfectly located to visit if you are staying near L’Estartit, Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell. The park hosts 19 amazing rides with wild rivers, relaxation pools and twisting, undulating water slides. Their newest attraction is the Cobra water ride, which will take your breath away! For younger children there is also Tropic Island and Kids Lagoon, perfect for the toddlers in your family.
Costa Maresme Illa Fantasia
Illa Fantasia is a vibrant water park set on the Costa Maresme, approximately one hour north of Barcelona by train. With more than 20 water slides and three huge swimming pools, you will find many places to chill out and cool down during the hot summer days. Adults can lounge in the sun or under a shady canopy as the kids hit the water slides. The park´s picnic areas make it easy to bring your own food prepared in your Barcelona holiday rental, so there is no need for any additional expense. There is also a supermarket right next to the park if you wanted to shop for some essentials just before you enter the park.
Costa Dorada Aquopolis
Aquopolis is located in La Pineda near Tarragona, and you can travel here from Cambrils, Salou and Sitges via bus. If you seek high excitement check out the Hurricane, Boomerang and the Black Hole which is a wild water slide in the dark! If you have a competitive streak, challenge the family to a speed race where you can all compete against each other on the water slides. There are also many relaxing wave pools and river rapids to enjoy together. The children’s mini park caters for the tiny tots, too.
With the plethora of water parks located up and down the coastline in Spain, you will definitely find one close to your Spain vacation rental!