With 3km of spotlessly clean sandy beaches, Calella is a great choice for couples', group and family escapes. Like most Costa Brava holidays, Calella is only a couple of hours from the UK by plane, so you could be soaking up the sun in no time at all.
In the resort you can wander around the charming narrow streets and white-washed houses of the old town, or choose from a whole host of Spanish restaurants offering superb Catalan dishes. Why not stay at the Hotel HTOP Olympic to enjoy picturesque surroundings just 300 metres from the beach? In the summer, the hotel offers a mini train that circles the town, so you'll be able to get around and explore with ease.
With excellent transport links, a day trip to the architecturally impressive Barcelona to enjoy the shopping and sightseeing makes a great day out on your holiday. Calella’s famous festival of La Minerva in mid September is one of the biggest fiestas of the year, with its spectacular parade of paper mache giants.
The lighthouse of Calella is the town’s landmark. The historic building, which is still in constant use today, was built in the middle of the 19th century, due to the rough waters out to sea near the town. The elaborately designed building stands out among much of the relatively modern architecture that makes up most of the town.
Barcelona, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is only a short drive from Calella for those who have hired a car. If not there are a number of day trips that run from the town and provide tours of the best monuments and sights of the historic city.
The main church of Calella, the Esglesia de Santa Maria y Sant Nicolau, is beautiful historic building that has been destroyed and rebuilt twice since its initial construction in the early part of the sixteenth century. The beautiful building is one of the oldest buildings in the town and like many Spanish churches home to some beautiful religious artwork
Markets are a great way to get a real feel for the town and its people. There is a daily market held in the town from Tuesday to Saturday where you can buy some of the local produce of the town and the surrounding region. On Sundays there is a street market where local vendors and shop owners sell their wares.
Calella has one major beach that runs the length of the town and it is the reason for the town’s continued popularity. The glorious beach stretches for two kilometres and is made up mainly of white sand. The beach is kept to a very high standard and has been awarded the European Blue Flag for cleanliness for several years in a row.
Water sports are one of the most popular activities in Calella and the town has its own water sports centre which offers a wide range of activities. Why not try out paragliding or water skiing, or if you are in a group banana boating. There are also facilities to hire paddle boats and other water sports equipment.
Along the coastline from the town’s major beach there are a number of smaller beaches as well as some coves and bays that are considerably less busy than the two kilometre stretch of beach that is popular with most visitors. These secluded spots are easy to reach by car and there are a number of buses which run up and down the coast.
There are a large number of hotels in Calella that are situated right on the beach or within easy walking distance from the water. Apartments make up a large portion of the seafront and the majority are available for rental during the busier summer months, perfect for those who prefer to go self-catered.
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Calella beach stretches along the coast for just over two kilometres; the northern part is more popular with tourists than the quieter south part. There are a number of bars and restaurants along the promenade as well as facilities for a variety of water sports. The beach has also been award the European Blue Flag for many years meaning it is exceptionally clean.
Calella has been a popular family holiday destination for years and there are plenty of family friendly restaurants in the town. As with many Spanish tourist towns there are lots of restaurants serving international cuisine which is great for families with kids, but there are also a number of traditional Spanish tapas bars.
The most popular attractions of Calella other than the beach are the nearby theme parks which have lots of rides and activities that are suitable for all ages. There are two water parks near the town Marine Land and Waterworld. Marine Land has more child orientated shows and areas for younger children to play in safety.
Calella has expanded since it became a tourist resort and as such there are a wide variety of hotels and accommodation available. There are many within easy walking distance of the beach and lots of the larger hotels have their own pool. Apartments are also available for those who would prefer to go self -catered.
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The town of Calella is home to a number of bars to suit all occasions and tastes. There is a handful situated along the beachfront which are perfect for a romantic evening beer. In the centre of the town there are plenty of bars which are open into the night that are great if you fancy having a bit of a dance.
There is also no shortage of restaurants in the town and there is plenty of variety. Some of the most popular restaurants are the traditional Spanish tapas bars serving up their speciality dishes. There are also plenty of international style restaurants for those who fancy something a little more familiar.
As Calella has grown and modernised it has attracted a large number of shops. So if you fancy wandering round the town window shopping for an hour or so or taking a whole day to hunt out the best bargains there are lots of shops to choose from. There are a number of Spanish boutique shops as well as some of the more familiar high street names.
As far as accommodation goes in Calella you are spoilt for choice. There are a number of larger hotels complete with swimming pools and spa facilities for those who fancy being pampered or there are plenty of affordable hotels for those who just want to hit the beach. Apartments are also available for rental all over the town.
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