Spain Guide

Calella Nightlife

Calella has a lively nightlife with something for everyone. The town comes to life at night, especially in the summer months, with a seemingly endless series of Spanish fiestas, nightly hotel entertainment geared to middle market package holidaymakers and wild and wonderful foam parties (definitely NOT for the wrinklies amongst you!).


The old part of the town is the place for late night tapas bars and Spanish restaurants serving traditional Catalan specialties.

There are more than 50 bars in Calella, most of which stay open until well after midnight in high season. Throughout the resort you'll find a good selection of music bars and international restaurants geared to the tastes of Dutch, German and British tourists. There are Indian, Chinese and Italian restaurants, kebab houses and the inevitable McDonalds. 

The modern south west end of town is the place for all night clubbing. Here you'll find about 10 night clubs with laser shows, international DJs and a throbbing party scene which continues till dawn. You can even take a free limousine ride between selected clubs. Turisme 35, the Avenue, the Tunnel and Western Saloon (a favourite with foam party fans) are among the top clubs favoured by international visitors.

If you're on a package holiday you'll probably find a good programme of night time entertainment organised by your hotel and tour rep. It's worth checking this with your preferred tour operator before you book your holiday. Many parents find that a well organised kids' club with early evening activities is an absolute godsend. It means you get to enjoy a leisurely bath and undisturbed aperitif before dinner!

Don't miss out on the Spanish style partying which takes place here throughout the year with some wonderful fiestas involving a riot of colour, music, dancing, feasting in the streets and fireworks.

There's at least one fiesta every month of the year, one of the biggest being the festival of La Minerva in mid September. This involves several days of partying with traditional music, blues and jazz, the election of Miss Calella, a Catalonian cooking exhibition and a big fireworks display. One of the highlights of this fiesta is the "parade of the giants" when huge and beautifully sculpted papier mache figures from all over Catalonia are carried through the streets. There's also a paella contest when huge pans of Spain's most famous dish are prepared on the beach.

No sooner has the Minerva festival finished than the "Oktoberfest" beer festival begins, giving Calella an excuse to carry on the party for at least another three weeks!

During the summer months there are regular music and cultural evenings in the Museum of Calella and performances of the famous Sardana every Sunday evening at the beachfront promenade. Local people join hands and dance in circles for this fiercely cherished Catalonian folk dance which was banned during the years of Franco's fascist dictatorship. Calella hosts the Sardana dance festival at the beginning of June, an important event in the Catalonian diary.

Other big fiestas include the procession of the three kings of the Orient on the night of January 5th (a more important celebration than Christmas Day for Spanish children) and the Mardi Gras style carnival which takes places towards the end of February.