Perching on Spain’s Costa Brava in the northeast of the country and nestled between two of the region’s most popular resorts is the sparkling seaside jewel of Malgrat de Mar. It is an oasis of terracotta-roofed buildings and cobbled streets that wind down to golden beaches and an azure ocean. This gem of a resort is the perfect destination for those looking to rest and recharge in the Mediterranean sunshine.
If you’re a history buff who likes to explore, spend an afternoon wandering around the downtown district and working up an appetite. Then treat yourself to a sumptuous evening of delicious food and local wine in one of the Old Town’s authentic Spanish restaurants. Whether you’re looking to lounge by the pool before visiting the onsite hotel spa or while away the day on the beach as you listen to the gentle crashing of the waves, magical Malgrat de Mar is pure bliss.
With a trio of sandy stretches making up the four kilometres of shoreline, the beaches of Malgrat de Mar are some of the best in the whole Costa Brava area. While they all boast beautiful soft yellow sand, all have their own personalities and it’s useful to know what each one has to offer. Conca, while stunning, is popular among windsurfer so if you’re looking to unwind make your way further along the coastline. I’d recommend heading to Astillero Beach, where the majority of visitors flock and where you’ll find all the best hotels and bars.
Top Tip: Take a stroll along the beachfront promenade that connects all three resorts and breath in the fresh sea air.
Dine Like a Local in the Old Town
Whether you’ve spent the day exploring, chilling out by the pool or lounging by the sea, there’s nothing better than venturing into town on a balmy Spanish evening in search of scrumptious food. Luckily, in Malgrat de Mar, good dishes aren’t hard to come by.
The food vendors and beachfront bars on the promenade offer cuisines from all over the world, but for a taste of authentic Catalan eats, be sure visit one of the local restaurants situated in the beautiful Old Town.
Break up the days of relaxation with a spot of retail therapy in Barcelona’s renowned Las Ramblas, a shopaholic’s haven. Even if shopping isn’t your favourite pastime, the streets of this vibrant city are bubbling with charm and intrigue that’s sure to be the cherry on the top of your summer escape.
A daytrip to the city is easy – just hire a private transfer and you’ll be outside the shop windows in just under an hour. Even those who don’t get a kick out of knick-knacks will enjoy exploring Barcelona: the city is bursting with landmarks and iconic attractions such as the world-famous Gaudi Park.
Where to Stay
Aqua Hotel Silhouette & Spa – This adults-only hotel always has relaxation in mind. From its luscious garden and pool to onsite luxury spa, you’re sure to have a sensuous stay. All rooms come with free WiFi, air conditioning, a mini fridge and an en-suite bathroom, and you can choose between a pool or sea view.
Sumus Hotel Monteplaya 4* Superior —This four-star luxury accommodation is one for the pool lovers, as it comes complete with a split level swimming pool perfect for lounging. The beach is only a five-minute walk away and you’ll also have access to the buffet restaurant, which serves delicious food from all over the world.
ALGERIA Maripins – Thishotel is situated right on the beach and is great if you can’t decide between sitting in sand or on a lounger – plus it’s only 450 yards from the town centre. All rooms are air conditioned and come complete with a private balcony so you can enjoy the sunrise as you sip your morning coffee.
How to Get There
While your holiday might feel like a luxurious getaway that’s worlds away from the UK, getting to Barcelona is quick and easy. You’ll find a number of airlines offering short two hour flights from London; British Airways is a popular provider.
To make your trip completely stress free, I’d recommend arranging a pre-booked shuttle transfer from the airport to your accommodation through Shuttle Direct so that the relaxation begins the minute you step off the plane.
- UK to BCN Flight Time: 2 hours
- BCN to Malgrat de Mar Distance: 84 kilometres
- Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
If you’re looking for a dreamy destination that promises endless days of sun, blue skies and a sprinkling of culture, Malgrat de Mar may just be your next summer escape. What are you waiting for? Let the relaxing begin!
About Shuttle Direct
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