Spain Guide


Calella Beaches

Calella's beaches are without doubt the resort's biggest attraction and the local town council has gone to great pains to provide first class facilities to satisfy the most demanding of tourists. Few beaches in Spain can boast the variety of activities and services which you'll find along the three kilometre seafront. You reach the beaches via five subways passing under the railway which separates the town from the seafront. Two of these underpasses are suitable for wheelchairs.

There are three main beaches consisting of a total of 50,000 square metres of sand, so over crowding is never a problem here. The sand is coarse in texture which is not to everyone's taste but it does have the distinct advantage of not flying in your face every time there's a slight breeze!

There's a sports complex and water sports club at the beachfront offering a huge range of sports to enjoy including windsurfing, sea kayaking, sailing and pedaloes. Special areas are designated for football, beach volleyball and aerobics.

A local group called "Calella Activa" organises a summer kids' club with regular beach based games, sports and activities. There's even a beach library!

The main beach is Platja Gran Calella (1,430 metres long and 60 metres wide). During the summer, seven temporary beach bars are erected, all with toilets and showers. Red Cross patrols supply the bars with important updates about sea conditions and other information for beach users, which is then broadcast over a megaphone system.

The beach also has a restaurant, La Gavina, and the Calella nautical club. Nearly 1,000 sun shades and beds are available for hire if all the other activities prove too much for you!

Two rafts with water slides are anchored 100 metres offshore always popular with older children (and dads who never quite grew up).

There are regular boat excursions to neighbouring coastal resorts; these act as water taxis so you can stop off and visit popular tourist sports such as Blanes, Tossa de Marand the Costa Brava tourist capital of Lloret de Mar.

Part of the road alongside Platja Gran has been converted into attractive garden areas so if you tire of the beach there are plenty of shady areas where you can sit and enjoy the sea view and a spot of people watching.

The beach of Garbi, 814 metres long and 72 metres wide, can only be reached on foot (or by bicycle) via an underground pass leading to the Passeig de Garbi promenade. There are public toilets and changing room in the subway.

There are five beach bars here in the summer, sunshade and bed hire, showers, Red Cross patrols and a raft anchored offshore. Every bar has a wooden walkway for wheelchair access. The beach is illuminated at night.

The smaller beach of Les Roques, 750 metres long and 26 metres wide, has a beach bar, shower and toilets.

Beyond the sandy beaches, you'll find some charming, secluded rocky coves which include a naturist beach.

All the main beaches are kept spotlessly clean by an army of council workers who use machines and manual hard graft to remove the inevitable daily debris left by thousands of sun soakers. The beaches have consistently been awarded the European Blue Flag for water quality and cleanliness.

Besides the modern Garbi beachfront promenade, there's also an attractive older promenade called the Passeig de Manuel Puigvert which was built at the end of the 19th century and is lined with trees from that time. The promenade is the scene of many local celebrations and fiestas including the Calella Fair, the October beer festival and regular performances of the famous Sardana folk dance.