Maresme’s Top 10 Towns and Villages

Maresme’s Top 10 Towns and Villages

Maresme Villages – hidden gems in Catalonia

Endless stretches of sandy beaches, numerous marinas, several quality golf courses, a protected natural park, a unique microclimate and easy access to one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. This is Maresme. There are few Mediterranean locations that offer such an attractive and varied lifestyle. The UK newspaper The Guardian flagged up Maresme as one of Europe’s best hidden coasts and some Maresme villages are some of the prettiest you will find in Catalonia. The region is made up of 30 towns and numerous charming villages. The 52km coastline stretches from Montgat to Malgrat de Mar and the region is characterised by its fantastic quality of life, its climate, its proximity to the Mediterranean and the city of Barcelona, as well as its green surroundings and excellent sporting facilities, including many golf courses and sailing marinas. It is also a renowned wine-growing area.

Maresme Connect shares its Top 10 towns and villages in this beautiful and unspoilt region of Catalonia.

El Masnou

Maresme Villages - el Masnou

El Masnou (literally ‘the new farmhouse’) is around 15 minutes’ drive north of Barcelona. A Roman village called Cal Ros de les Cabres was one of the first settlements located on the site of the current town and the town’s museum has collections of archaeology and beautiful ceramics from this era. With a population of around 22,000, the town is a thriving hub and is a popular commuter town for the city, as it is well connected to the C32 motorway and the train station takes you to the heart of Barcelona in just 20 minutes. Buildings in the town centre have a wide range of eclectic styles including Neoclassical and Modernista and increasing numbers of new homes are popping up. Camping Masnou is the oldest campsite in Spain and the nearest one to Barcelona.

“El Masnou offers everything including easy commuting distance to Barcelona, a range of independent shops and amenities and a large beach literally on your doorstep!”
Carrie Frais, Maresme Connect


Maresme Villages - Teià

The charming village of Teià is surrounded by some of the best boutique vineyards of Maresme. This peaceful little village is located in the hills behind the coastal town of El Masnou, is just 20 minutes by car from the city of Barcelona. The Teià tennis club is one of the best in the Maresme region and, close by, there is also a golf courses and nature reserve. More recent urbanisations have led to the construction of some excellent modern properties with great views, large open spaces both inside and out, and high levels of security and privacy. Teià properties are ideal for holiday homes, lifestyle properties, retirement homes or indeed as a principal residence.

“The charming village of Teià has a great community feel. Ideal for families as there are excellent schools and always many cultural events on offer.”
Carrie Frais, Maresme Connect


Maresme Villages -  Alella

Alella is one of the prettiest villages on the Maresme Coast. Mountains rise up behind the town, creating a countryside oasis within easy distance of the both beaches and Barcelona. What used to be the old Roman road (Vía Augusta) uniting Rome and Andalucía is still today a narrow road running through the village. The town is known for its wines and cava (many of which are served in Michelin starred restaurants around the world) and it is also a commuter town for Barcelona and Girona. There is a large international community in Alella thanks to the easy commute and many children attend the nearby trilingual international school Hamelin in Montgat. Alella properties include large country estates and small farming properties, villas in newer urbanisations and townhouses.

“Alella is now an established international hub and its reputation is expanding far beyond Catalonia. It has an excellent quality of life, renowned wine which have been served at Michelin starred restaurants, good schools as well as being within easy commuting distance of Barcelona.”
Carrie Frais, Maresme Connect



Maresme Villages - Cabrils

Cabrils is a charming, ancient village, just 23km from Barcelona and 10km from Mataró. The village dates back to the early 1300s, with today’s buildings being a mix of antique stone buildings and refurbished estate homes. The village is surrounded by the hills of Cirers and Montcabrer, as well as abundant pine and oak forests, which make it perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities. The village boasts a few excellent restaurants (including Axol and Hostal de La Plaça) and the village hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year. All this, combined with the close proximity of the beach and marinas, means there is something for everyone. The Montcabrer residential area is one of the most prestigious in the region whose properties include family villas, lifestyle properties and retirement homes.

“Cabrils has so much to offer on a lifestyle level: a great local and international community, lots of local events and festivities and for sports fanatics, it offers more or less everything including golf, horse riding, cycling, hiking and a range of water sports at nearby marinas.”
Carrie Frais, Maresme Connect

Caldes d’Estrac

Maresme Villages  Caldes d'Estrac

Caldes d’Estrac (also known as Caldetes) offers a truly unique paradise. The pristine beaches offer the best of the coastal lifestyle. The charming village has a mix of stunning Modernista and Gothic architecture and a series of year-round agricultural and horticultural events have led to a flourishing restaurant scene. In the late 20th Century up until the 1920s it became popular with the Barcelona bourgeoisie thanks to its thermal baths. The area equally accommodates recreation lovers looking for outdoor adventure as well as those keener on more cultural pursuits, with a literary trail that celebrates Caldes d’Estrac’s history of Spanish poets and writers.

“Caldes d’Estrac has probably the best stretch of beach in all of Maresme and even in August it never gets too crowded. Take a step back from the sands and you find yourself among some of the most visually striking architecture in the whole of Catalonia.”
Carrie Frais, Maresme Connect


Maresme Villages  Vallromanes

Vallromanes is a small municipality located in the attractive Vallès Oriental, separated from the Maresme Coast by the hills of the Serralada Litoral Natural Park. Inhabitants of Vallromanes enjoy excellent access to Barcelona (20 minutes) either via the coastal highway or the AP-7 motorway. Vallromanes also offers facilities such as an equestrian centre and a pristine golf course and is a short drive from Maresme’s beaches and the beautiful Montseny Natural Park. Nearby you can find the outlet shopping village La Roca del Vallès and the Montmeló F1 circuit. A quiet town strategically located for enjoying literally all that this area of Catalonia has to offer.

“Vallromanes boasts a gorgeous location in the lovely Montseny Natural Park and gives its residents  the feeling of living a country lifestyle whilst still enjoying easy access to the bustle of Barcelona, the beach, a great horse riding centre, world-class shopping and an amazing golf course.”
Carrie Frais, Maresme Connect

Premià de Dalt

Maresme Villages - Premià de Dalt

Premià de Dalt is set in the hills behind the coastal town of Premià de Mar, just 25 minutes from the centre of Barcelona via road or rail. The quaint little village centre is brimming with old-fashioned Mediterranean charm with perfectly maintained stone houses and a central park and square where local events and festivities bring the town to life all year round. In the rest of the municipality we find more modern luxury housing developments with impressive villas with pools and sea views. The town itself is surrounded by horticultural land, offering charmingly picturesque landscapes all year round.

“Premià de Dalt is a peaceful, picturesque Mediterranean village in the hills and, at the same time, it is an easy commute to Barcelona.”
Carrie Frais, Maresme Connect

Sant Vicenç de Montalt

Maresme Villages  Sant Vinçent de Montalt

Bordering the Montnegre Natural Park and leading down the quaint coastal town of Caldes d’Estrac with its long, pristine beach, Sant Vincenç de Montalt offers the best of lifestyle living. For those who enjoy the outdoors, this town is well located for activities such as horse riding, golf, hiking, 4-wheel driving tours and even upscale sailing in the nearby coastal town of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres with its luxury marina. The town’s calendar of cultural events is peppered with medieval fairs, antiques markets and gastronomic celebrations all year round, which are enjoyed by the local population of 10,000 and a growing number of international residents. Barcelona is easily reached from Sant Vincenç both by car and by train from Caldes d’Estrac.

“Sant Vincenç de Montalt is a truly charming village located midway between Blanes and Barcelona. It forms part of the so-called ‘Golden Triangle made up of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Sant Vicenç de Montalt and Caldes d’Estrac (also known as Caldetes)”
Carrie Frais, Maresme Connect

Sant Pol de Mar

Maresme Villages - San Pol de Mar

Situated halfway between Barcelona and the Costa Brava and with excellent public transport links to both the city and the international airport, Sant Pol de Mar is a popular coastal town, yet not over crowded in the summer. The pretty, sandy beaches, dotted with little fishing boats are ideal for a summer holiday by the sea and the green hills, peppered with white houses make an attractive backdrop. The town of Sant Pol de Mar is steeped in history and the narrow streets of its centre offer some surprisingly good fine dining options for such a small town. Events and festivities are at their peak in the summer months with a jazz festival in June, fireworks for the St James’ celebrations in July and the popular Havana festival in August.

“Sant Pol de Mar is a picture-postcard seaside town which is well loved by locals and visitors alike, in part because it is slightly livelier than other neighbouring towns on the Maresme Coast, yet is still authentic and not spoiled by mass tourism.”
Carrie Frais, Maresme Connect

Sant Andreu de Llavaneres

Maresme Villages  Sant Andreu de Llavaneres

Greatly overlooked by the mainstream tourism market, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres has maintained a high class atmosphere and immaculate sandy beaches in front of its attractive boardwalk and marina. The surrounding countryside is well-maintained and is home to a wonderful golf course, making this an ideal location for golfers and sailors alike. Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, often shortened to Llavaneres, is some 36km north of Barcelona and can be reached via rail or road on the N-2 road or C-32 highway. The town and surrounding area are both residential and agricultural and Llavaneres is mainly known for its upmarket sailing in summer.

“Property in Sant Andreu de Llavaneres tends to be freestanding villas on generous plots with enviable views over the sea, the nearby marina or the golf course. Residence in Sant Andreu de Llavaneres is synonymous with luxury living.”
Carrie Frais, Maresme Connect

Check out our activities in Maresme section for ideas about making the most of this beautiful region