Spain Guide


Santa Susanna Spain

Santa Susanna is located in the Spanish region of Catalonia on the Costa Maresme. The resort is commonly regarded as being on the better known Costa Brava (which strictly speaking starts a little to the north east at Blanes). A popular holiday destination with Spanish and foreign tourists since the 1970s, this is a relaxed resort with plenty of entertainment in the summer months and a host of major attractions within easy reach.

The old town of Santa Susanna, set back from the beachfront, retains much of its original charm with narrow cobbled streets, ancient buildings and monuments and traditional way of life. Down at the seafront you'll find all the trappings of modern tourism with international bars and restaurants, ice cream parlours and a wealth of water sports to serve the seasonal influx of summer visitors.

The resort is sandwiched between the Mediterranean and the mountainous wooded hinterland of the Massif Montnegre, a beautiful national park which attracts nature lovers, hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders.

Barcelona is just 64 miles down the coast and Lloret de Mar, the lively tourist capital of the Costa Brava, is 14 kilometres to the north east.

In medieval times, Santa Susanna came under the jurisdiction of the Castillo de Palafolls, the nearby walled town which is now one of the area's most popular visitor attractions. It only became a town in its own right in 1842 and when the first town council was established, 20 years later, it represented just 350 inhabitants.

The first school was built in Santa Susanna in the 1930s but it wasn't until the 1970s that the town's fortunes really took off with the advent of international tourism.

Fertile fields surround the town which has a strong horticultural tradition. Tomatoes are among the most important of the commercially produced fruit and vegetables which flourish here under an environmentally friendly system that relies on nature's own regulators to protect the local crops from harmful parasites. Crop friendly insects which feed off damaging crop pests are propagated in the fields, so reducing the need for potentially harmful insecticides.

You'll find locally produced fruit and veg in the weekly municipal market held in the town every Tuesday morning. And during the summer months there's an artisans' craft market every afternoon.

If you're visiting in August you'll be able to join in the biggest fiesta of the year in honour of the town's patron saint, Santa Susanna. The celebrations involve round the clock music, dancing and feasting in the streets, children's games and sports competitions. This is a chance to see the famous Sardana a local folk dance in which the participants join hands and dance in circles to symbolise the brotherhood and unity which have long bound the people of Catalonia.

There are some major visitor attractions on Santa Susanna's doorstep including nearby Marineworld where there are more than 300 animals, dolphin and sea lion shows and a water park.

Water World, Europe's biggest water park, is just outside Lloret de Mar and makes a great family day out with a 250 metre long raft ride, dare devil slides, fun pools and bungy jumping.