If you’re visiting Barcelona you can easily add a side trip to Santa Susanna, on the beautiful Costa Maresme, in Catalonia – a great way to enjoy another side of Spain. It’s only about 65 kilometres from Barcelona, but you may not have heard of it – so I’m here to give you some insider tips and convince you that, if you have a couple of days to spare, this is a great little place to visit.
There are plenty of things to love about this lovely seaside resort, but the top three are definitely its natural beauty, cultural interest and gorgeous beaches.
Santa Susanna’s Top Three
If getting out in nature sounds like a good way to finish your Spanish holiday, then the stunning Montnegre National Park won’t disappoint. Situated just 3km from the resort, the park encompasses a vast reserve comprising impressive mountains, natural springs, deep gorges, rolling verdant hills, and a plethora of local wildlife (like raccoons, salamanders and much more).
For avid walkers, the park provides endless opportunities to explore the stunning landscape and take in magnificent views. There are other ways of enjoying it as well – namely mountain biking and horse riding. Immersing in this spectacular natural environment allows you to get up close to the flora, fauna and birdlife – some of which is endemic to the region. Guaranteed to revive flagging holiday spirits immediately!
Positioned between Girona and Barcelona, the town is popular with tourists, but still retains a quiet, laid-back feel, and an ambience of history that’s written in its charming streets and architecture. There are plenty of churches, both old and not so old, and all play an important role in the region’s religious history. The Chapel of Santa Susanna, the original town’s main church, has been restored after many years in decay, while the Chapel of Sant Crist de Balasch has a fascinating heritage as a site where travelling pilgrims would stop and pray for safe passage. The more modern chapel of Sant Isidre is also worth a visit.
One of the most visible and important vestiges of Catalan history here is the watchtowers, which were built by locals in response to the pirate raids that occurred between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries.
It’s hard not to be impressed by the local beaches: long stretches of golden sand lapped by the warm, calm waters of the Mediterranean. There are three that serve the resort:
Playa de Llevant – Stretching for 800m, this popular beach is set against the backdrop of the lovely town (it’s located right in front of the promenade) and has been officially recognised with an international tourism sustainability certificate.
Playa de las Caletes – Also located in front of the promenade, this smaller beach (about 400m long) is defined by its numerous rocky coves. It’s a great place to come for a bit of tranquillity.
Playa de las Dunas – Located in the Marine Resort there are plenty of watersports available on this 1,000m stretch of sand. It’s also home to a mini beach club, making it a favourite with families.
Where to Stay:
Alegria Mar Mediterrania: Stunning beachfront location, sea views and superbly appointed rooms: what more could you ask for on a luxury holiday getaway? This superb adults-only hotel offers spacious rooms with a terrace, onsite restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, and it’s just a five minute walk from the town centre.
Atzavara Hotel & Spa: Enjoy world-class service, sophisticated style and first-rate amenities at this fabulous hotel, which is situated just 500m from the beach. Choose a room with a balcony and sea view and you’ll never want to leave!
Hotel Tahiti Playa: Just metres from the beautiful beach, the Hotel Tahiti Playa offers spacious, comfortable rooms, with air-conditioning and satellite TV, a lovely outdoor pool, an onsite cafe/bar with ocean views, and lush garden surroundings. If you’re looking for the perfect location in Santa Susanna, you’ve found it!
How to Get There:
Santa Susanna is a convenient location, with a range of reputable airlines offering well-priced flights to your first stop: Girona Airport (GRO). Pre-book an airport transfer from Girona to Santa Susanna with Shuttle Direct before you leave home, and one of our friendly, professional drivers will be there to meet you. No matter what kind of airport transfer you choose, they’ll get you there without stress or waiting around.
UK to GRO Flight Time: 2 hours, 17 minutes
GRO to Santa Susanna Distance: 46.6 kms
Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: around 40-45 minutes
Types of Transfer
You’ll have various options for your airport transfer from Girona to Santa Susanna. Because everyone’s different, at Shuttle Direct we aim to offer a service to suit every kind of traveller.
A pre-booked airport taxi from Girona to Santa Susanna is a very convenient option that means you won’t spend any time waiting around for regular taxis or public transport. You’ll get a door-to-door service with this convenient, reliable Girona airport transfer.
Sharing with other passengers is a great way to save money and make new friends going to the same destination. Because the cost is split across everyone, it’s a very budget-friendly way of getting from Girona Airport to Santa Susanna.
If you want to start your holiday in style, book one of our private Girona Airport transfers. You’ll travel in luxury and comfort with a professional driver who’ll get you right to the door of your accommodation in the shortest possible time.
If you’re travelling with family or a large group of friends, you might want to consider a minibus transfer from Girona Airport to Santa Susanna. There’ll be room for all your luggage and you’ll have the advantage of being able to travel in one vehicle. The cost is spread over everyone, so it’s budget-friendly, as well.
Choosing the Right Transfer
The kind of airport transfer people choose comes down to two basic factors: cost and convenience. What’s most important to you is something only you can decide.
Cost: If saving money is a high priority, we suggest you opt for a cheaper shared shuttle or minibus transfer from Girona to Santa Susanna. You’ll pay less, leaving you more money for the fun things on your holiday!
Convenience: But if getting to and from your accommodation in the quickest, most stress-free way is top of your list, then a private transfer from Girona to Santa Susanna will suit you better. Luxury, convenience and the ultimate door-to-door service.
About Shuttle Direct
Shuttle Direct has been in the business of providing safe, convenient airport transfers for many years. Our range offers various options for airport transfers to and from destinations around Europe and all over the world. So, whether you’re after a cheap shared shuttle service, or a high-end luxury private transfer, Shuttle Direct has you covered. We won’t let you down, whatever your budget.