A prime spot on the Catalan coast and just an hour from Barcelona, Pineda de Mar holidays are all about beach culture, with a number of inviting bays and calm Mediterranean water to dive into. Dwarfed by a dramatic mountain backdrop and surrounded by a carpet of protected greenery, this charismatic seaside town is totally captivating. You’ll find it has retained all the charm of a quintessentially Spanish village – sun-bleached buildings are topped with terracotta-tiled roofs, and sun-dappled terraces make the perfect setting for plates of tapas.
From the manicured flower beds and miniature urban parks to the fantastically preserved centuries-old farmhouses, it’s a joy to explore, even if you’re travelling out of season. For active types, holidays to Pineda de Mar offer volleyball, sailing, mountain biking and a host of water-based sports guaranteed to keep you busy. Meanwhile, laid-back evenings are made for sunset strolls along the palm-tree-fringed promenade.
Make a splash
Between May and October keen swimmers and snorkellers can take to the Via Brava Pins, part of a network of sea lanes bobbing along the Costa Brava.
Explore the market
Friday is market day in Pineda centre – the promenade becomes a flurry of noise and colour as traders sell everything from souvenirs to sun-ripened fruit and vegetables.
Take a breath
The Montnegre Nature Reserve is full of scenic walking routes. Wind your way past Iberian ruins and forests thick with pine and oak while breathing in the mountain-fresh air.