Spain Guide


Calella Tourist Attractions Things to Do

There's such a wealth of activity and entertainment down at the beachfront of Calella that many holidaymakers never venture further afield. But it's worth taking the time to explore a little because there are so many interesting places within easy reach of the resort.

You may want to start by getting to know the town itself and if you're interested in its history there are still plenty of reminders of a bygone age. Explore the old part of the town with its narrow streets, traditional Spanish tapas bars and bodegas. You'll find a good selection of shops (more than 400 in all). Carrer de l'Esglesia is the main pedestrianised shopping street packed with boutiques, jewellers, shops, leather goods and souvenirs.


The beautiful parish church of Santa Maria is worth a visit with its original baroque entrance surrounded by sculptures of the 12 apostles. The nearby Casa dels Salvadors, the former home of the illustrious local Salvador Saga family, is another lovely old building dating back to the 14th century.

The town's museum has 12 exhibition halls charting Calella's history from pre Roman times. To the south west of the town centre you can see the ruins of the "Torretes de Calella" the old towers built in the mid 19th century as part of a communication system which reached all the way to the French border. Signals, flags and lights were used to relay messages before the advent of the electric telegraph.

Near to the towers is the old lighthouse, built in 1859 on the site of an ancient defence tower which once warned of attacks by north African pirates. The lighthouse, which originally had an oil fired lantern, is still in use today.

Take a stroll through the lovely Dalmau Park, a tranquil spot in the centre of town with Mediterranean pinewoods, fountains and children's play areas.

To see local places of interest, without tramping the streets with small kids, take the tourist mini train which circles the town every half hour in high season.

Check with the local tourist information office, in Carrer Sant Jaume, for details of any local fiestas taking place during your holiday. Traditional festivals and cultural events take place every month of the year here and include everything from children's parties and culinary competitions to religious parades, dance festivals and a German style beer "fest".

If you only plan one day excursion, make it Barcelona which is a one hour train trip down the won't be disappointed. The Gaudi architecture is truly extraordinary and the famous coloured fountains (the real stars of the 1992 Olympic Games) are invariably the high spot for visiting tourists. A stroll along the pedestrianised Las Ramblas with its street stalls and cafes is also a must.

Youngsters will prefer a day out at Port Aventura, 172 kilometres down the coast near Tarragona. This Universal Studios theme park has a host of thrill rides and attractions, most famous of which is the stomach churning Dragon Khan roller coaster with its eight loop the loops (not for the faint hearted!).

Europe's biggest water park is just 20 kilometres north east of Calella near Lloret de Mar. Attractions there include a 250 metre long raft ride over steep hills, round sharp bends and through pitch black tunnels.

A museum dedicated to the work of the great Spanish artist Salvador Dali is 100 kilometres north at Figueres.

For some breathtaking mountain scenery, take a trip to the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat home of the famous Black Madonna statue. The peculiar rock formations here and the outstanding natural beauty of the area has made it a magnet for religious pilgrims for thousands of years.