Maresme
Barcelona's stunning northern coast
Maresme coast

Maresme

The beautiful Maresme coast covers a narrow strip of land in the north east of Catalonia, between Barcelona and the Costa Brava. The region is made up of 54 beaches, 30 towns, 16 of which are on the coast, with a total population of just under 460,000 inhabitants (2021). It offers 52km of glorious coastline between Montgat (to the south) and Malgrat de Mar (to the north). The capital of Maresme is Mataró, with around 130,000 inhabitants (2021).

The region has a distinctive landscape where the mountains and vineyards meet the beaches of the Mediterranean as well as unique traditions, a deep-rooted history and fine local cuisine. Maresme boasts golden sandy beaches interspersed with small coves to form an idyllic landscape with warm, dry summers and mild, bright winters.

An enviable quality of life

The Maresme area is renowned for its excellent quality of life with an enviable sunny microclimate, clean air, a low crime rate and an abundance of outdoor pursuits on offer such as horse riding, golf, sailing and hiking. The area features a long stretch of sandy coastline backed by rolling green hills, vineyards and natural parks, making it a highly privileged setting  to visit, live permanently or to own a second home.

It is an ideal location for those that make the daily commute to the city for work but wish to come home to an area that provides a relaxed, healthy lifestyle, as both Barcelona City and the airport can be reached easily by road and rail from all  Maresme towns and villages (from 20 minutes to 45 minutes by train or car).

The region’s towns and villages are divided between coastal towns, inland towns ‘de dalt’ (from above) or ‘de munt’ (from below), which were originally nuclei created on top of the hills to safeguard against the usual pirate attacks.

The Maresme coast region boasts a variety of colourful year-round events including music and culinary festivals, summer beach parties, and national cultural celebrations as well as offering a number of excellent international schools such as Hamelin International School, SEK International School and The International School of Catalonia (ISCAT) and good local schools such as Betlem, Escuela Pino, Montessori village and Salesians.

Maresme in the media

More recently the Maresme coast has caught the attention of the international media who see the region’s benefits of being a little further away from the city centre but offering easy access, culture, history and beautiful beaches. The UK newspaper The Guardian talks about the Maresme as ‘perfect as a base for a beach holiday, with quick trips into Barcelona, or as a place to unwind for a few days after a city break’ and The Telegraph describes the region as a hidden holiday home gem beyond Barcelona

 

The Maresme Coast has a more ‘local’ feel all year round unlike other destinations close to Barcelona such as Sitges or Sant Cugat. There is easy access to the Costa Brava and the ski slopes of the Pyrenees and in Spring it is even possible to come off the slopes in the afternoon in time for a sundowner in a chiringuito at dusk.  The Serralada Litoral Natural Park – a vast area of woodland that provides the backdrop to the attractive Maresme villages, the renowned local wines, award-winning beaches, the numerous sports clubs and fantastic local restaurants (including Michelin-starred) all add to the region’s growing appeal.”
Carrie Frais, Maresme Connect

The Maresme is a very beautiful area that combines the mountains, vineyards and natural parks with the beaches of the Mediterranean. It’s a particularly great area if you enjoy sport. You can run along the coast, cycle in the mountains and windsurf in the sea. The best bit is that you have all this only 30 minutes from Barcelona.
Jane Mitchell, Maresme Connect