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Malgrat de Mar

A laid-back family favourite

The laid-back seaside town of Malgrat de Mar may have its roots in agriculture, but these days the vibe is more about getting away from work. Nearly year-round agreeable temperatures, rustic bistros serving locally grown food and beaches bordered by dramatic mountainous terrain make it perfect for a getaway. Part of the charm of Malgrat de Mar holidays is seeing the atmospheric remnants of its ancient industrial past, including an unusual sea-borne rocky outcrop once used to load iron.

Beyond the strip of modern hotels there’s an old terracotta-roofed village just ripe for strolling around. Plus, you’re well positioned to explore the rest of Costa Brava’s beautifully rugged coastline, with its multitude of sun-drenched resorts and the cosmopolitan hub of Barcelona within easy reach by train or car. With plenty of affordable accommodation in quiet surrounds, you can check out the nearby sights with the family, take advantage of Catalonia’s delicious cuisine and have money left over for dessert, which of course has to be the cinnamon-dusted Crema Catalana.

Your Malgrat de Mar questions, answered

One of the crops still grown in the area is the ganxet bean. This buttery, hook-shaped legume appears on the menu at many of the region’s restaurants.

There are three beaches – the wide sandy beach along the coastline is great for swimmers, sunbathers and train spotters (the railway runs parallel to the shoreline).

The town’s small but varied selection of drinking holes ensures the fun continues into the evening, whether you’re into laid-back sports bars, classy cocktail spots or loud discos.

Best things to do in Malgrat de Mar

Ride a funicular

You don’t need to break a sweat to enjoy panoramic views – simply hop on the funicular railway to Parc del Castell to see the town from on high.

Scour the markets

For a spot of al fresco shopping, make a beeline for the stalls that pop up in town on Thursdays, or wander into Santa Susanna for the night market.

Pack a picnic

With its colourful sculpture-filled play areas, the fairy-tale-themed Parc Polivalent Francesc Macia is a lovely setting for picnics or for the kids to let off steam.

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