Our essential guide to Pineda de Mar

  • Gorgeous beaches and lots of authentic Spanish appeal have made Pineda de Mar a favourite with holiday-makers, particularly with couples and families. It’s a laid-back, low-key resort, which is perfectly located halfway between the Costa Brava and Barcelona, so there’s plenty to see and do right on the doorstep. Get the lowdown on this charming Spanish seaside town with our essential guide to Pineda de Mar.

    Beach life


    Beach life is the heart of holidays to Pineda de Mar. The town boasts four beaches, which extend in an unbroken string all the way along the coastline. The main beach is Fisherman’s Beach (Platja dels Pescadors), which has been awarded a Blue Flag and gets its name from the colourful fishing boats pulled up on the sands. All the beaches boast plenty of facilities, including play areas for kids, fitness areas if you’re feeling energetic, and lots of beach bars to get an ice-cold drink or an ice-cream. You can rent sun beds and parasols if you want to relax in comfort, and the sea is shallow enough for even the youngest kids. There are kayaks, pedaloes and jet-skis for rent, and you can swim out to the platform in the sea or mess about in the banana boats and donuts. Everything you need for a fun-filled beach holiday in the sun!

    Shopping and nightlife


    Pineda de Mar is a proper Spanish town, and you’ll find a wide choice of inviting and authentic places to eat, drink and shop along its narrow streets and trim little squares. It’s not a party town, although it buzzes long into the night during the high season, but there are plenty of bars and pubs where you can enjoy a few drinks and perhaps catch some live music or a quiz night. If you’re looking for more action, the neighbouring resort of Calella (a short hop in a taxi or enjoyable stroll along the seafront) has a wider range of shops and nightlife.

    Festivals and events


    There’s always something going on in Pineda de Mar! The summer ARTS festival takes place all along this stretch of coast from June to September, so you can catch outdoor concerts, theatre and dance performances, exhibitions and more. If you’re in town at the end of August, you’ll have a ball at the Festa Major, a traditional event held in honour of the town’s patron saint. It’s a fantastic way to experience some ancient Catalan traditions, from the correfoc (‘fire-running’), where dragons race through the streets spitting fire to parades of gegants and capgrosses (‘giants and fatheads’).

    Getting out and about


    Pineda de Mar is handily located on the main train line that connects Barcelona with Blanes, the official start of the Costa Brava. Head south to Sant Pol de Mar, one of the prettiest little towns on this stretch of coast, with a winsome, whitewashed old centre and lots of superb seafood restaurants. Or you could head up the coast to Blanes, which has stunning beaches, botanic gardens and an atmospheric old town. Boat trips regularly depart from Pineda de Mar to sights along the coast, from lively Lloret de Mar, one of the biggest and wildest resorts on the Costa Brava to beautiful Tossa de Mar, which is crowned by an ancient stone citadel. Calella, which sits right next to Pineda de Mar, is another lively resort with great beaches. And, if you fancy some hiking and biking, the hills inland have lots of well-marked trails where you can escape the crowds.

    Bright lights, big city


    The gorgeous Catalan capital of Barcelona is just 30 miles down the coast from Pineda de Mar, and is easily reached by direct train. Climb the spires of Gaudí’s enormous and still unfinished Sagrada Família basilica, get lost in the enchanting medieval warren of the Gothic Quarter, tour the impressive Camp Nou stadium, and chill out over cocktails at one of the stylish bars on the beach.

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