Calafell – the best seaside resort in Catalonia for holidays with children
Calafell is a municipality in the Spanish province of Tarragona, in the tourist region of Costa Daurada. In the east the city borders on Cunit, in the west – with Vendrell. An official document issued by the Government of Catalonia confirms Calafell’s specialization – family tourism.
This is the best place for a relaxing holiday: in a city with a population of only 25 thousand people it is quiet, safe, and comfortable. The sandy beaches of the resort are marked with the sign of the world standard of “blue flags”, confirming the quality and purity of the water and the beach as a whole. The city has numerous restaurants offering fresh fish dishes. The medieval and ancient monuments of architecture (the historical center of the town of Calafell) are only a 10-minute walk from the beaches.
Geographically and strategically the city is divided into three zones: Calafell (administrative center, including the old city), Segur de Calafell, which contains the main sports facilities, and Platja de Calafell – the shopping and entertainment segment of the city.
Beaches in Calafell and where to swim
The total length of the beaches in Calafell is over 8 km. The only ‘problem’ with the local beaches in Calafell is the depth. Only 15-20 m from the shore, is the depth more than 1.8m. Although this disadvantage becomes a plus in the case of talking about holidays with young children. All the beaches of the city are fine sand beaches.
The city beach is regularly (2 times a day) cleaned by the local council.
A big plus of going to the local beaches is the presence of a large amount of iodine in the water (compared to other resorts in the Costa Dorada).
The largest beach in Calafell: the central beach is 2.5 km long. Also available in the city: Segura beach (length 1.7 km, width – 120 m), beach Estan (length – 450 m, width – 50 m).
The most expensive hotel district in Calafell is Segur.
In 1994, the beaches (as a result of the natural process of erosion) were reconstructed using imported new sand from neighboring areas.
All the beaches are public.
Umbrellas and sun loungers are offered for rent at prices significantly lower than, for example, in neighboring resort cities such as Sitges or Salou.
In the city there is a sailing school. Any equipment for fun on the water (including boats and catamarans) can be rented. Prices are also very competitive compared to neighboring developed resorts such as Salou or Sitges. You can now also find many SUP and kayak schools. In addition, on the beach of Segur there is a diving school.
One of the resort’s attractions is the city’s waterfront with a huge number of cafes and restaurants offering fresh fish dishes.
The main castle in Calafell – Santa Creme de Calafell. Guests of Spain, having studied numerous country guides, were surprised to find references to a small, little-known town, and its main castle: Castell de la Santa Creu de Calafell. In the handbooks they say the castle appeared as a defensive structure, when attacks on this region of Spain from the Muslim states (Arab conquests) in the 11th century began.
During the tour of the castle (a small fee is charged), you can see the medieval necropolis and graves dug up in the mountain. The castle is crowned with a communitarian – a square building, blessing the building and driving away the bad spirits. Through the castle walls you can see medieval embrasures, the central tank, working as a receiver from aqueducts, a well and other buildings.
The Church of Santa Creme. It was built in 1806. Style – neoclassic. Free admission.
Food, cuisine and restaurants
In total, the city has more than 70 restaurants and cafes. Among the best local dishes experts name; all kinds of fish on the grill, stew with sauce, and desserts with nuts and chocolate. Experts also recommend its local wine brands. In the restaurants of Calafell it is common to find wines produced by local companies. However, the local wine, which is produced on a limited scale, is almost impossible to find in other regions of Spain.
How to get to Calafell?
The nearest major cities to Calafell are Barcelona and Tarragona. Calafell is located 54 km from El Prat Airport (62 km from the center of Barcelona). Therefore, the best option is getting a direct flight to Barcelona, and from there you can find 2 types of transfer to Calafell – train or car (bus).
The best train route from Barcelona (direct communication – Barcelona Estació de Barcelona-Sants) – train to Sant Vicenc de Calders – stop Calafell.
Car: highway with exceptional sea views – N340. Travel time is about 40 minutes from Prat airport or 1 hour from the center of Barcelona.
There are also regular buses from Barcelona (including Prat airport) to Calafell. The ticket price is less than 7 euros.
Shortest distances to the main Catalan cities and resorts
From Balaguer: 1 h 31 min (146 km) via AP-2
From Begur: 2 h 3 min (198 km) via AP-7
From Berga: 1 h 29 min (134 km) via C-16 and C-15
From Cardona: 1 h 21 min (113 km) via C-15
From Cervera: 1 h 6 min (98.9 km) via A-2 and C-15
From Corçà: 2 h 3 min (195 km) via AP-7
From Figueres: 2 h 5 min (213 km) via AP-7
From Girona: 1 h 50 min (171 km) via AP-7
From Hostalric: 1 h 25 min (136 km) via AP-7
From La Seu D’Urgell: 2 h 23 min (195 km) via C-14
From L’Arboç: 12 min (10.6 km) via N-340 and TV-2126
From L’Estartit: 2 h 18 min (208 km) via AP-7
From Lleida (Lerida): 1 h 10 min (118 km) via AP-2
From Lloret de Mar: 1 h 39 min (140 km) via C-32
From Manresa: 1 h 4 min (88.6 km) via C-37 and C-15
From Mataró: 1 h 11 min (96.7 km) via B-20 and C-32
From Montblanc: 41 min (58.6 km) via AP-2
From Os de Civís: 2 h 52 min (217 km) via C-14
From Osor: 1 hr 58 min (183 km) via AP-7
From Pals: 2 h 4 min (198 km) via AP-7
From Puigcerda: 2 h 9 min (182 km) via C-16
From Reus: 36 min (49.3 km) via AP-7
From Ripoll: 1 h 48 min (165 km) via C-25 and C-15
From Sabadell: 1 h 1 min (86.6 km) via AP-7
From Salou: 35 min (48.9 km) via AP-7
From Sant Llorenç de Morunys: 1 h 57 min (153 km) via C-55 and C-15
From Sitges: 23 min (28.4 km) via C-32
From Solsona: 1 h 34 min (133 km) via C-1412a and C-15
From Sort: 2 h 49 min (213 km) via C-14
From Suria: 1 h 12 min (98.4 km) via C-15
From Tarragona: 29 min (38.6 km) via AP-7
From Tàrrega: 1 h 3 min (90.2 km) via C-14 and AP-2
From Talamanca: 1 h 44 min (116 km) via C-15
From Terrasa: 1 h 2 min (85.1 km) via AP-7
From Tossa de Mar: 1 h 49 min (171 km) via AP-7
From Torroella de Montgrí: 2 h 12 min (203 km) via AP-7
From Tremp: 2 h 13 min (173 km) via C-14
From Valls: 35 min (44.7 km) via AP-2
From Verges: 2 h 2 min (196 km) via AP-7
From Vic: 1 h 31 min (134 km) via C-25 and C-15
From Vilanova i la Geltrú: 21 min (17.6 km) via C-32
From Andorra: 2 h 47 min (214 km) via C-14
Area: 20.05 sq. km
Population: 24 898
Languages: Spanish, Catalan
Time: Central European UTC +1, in summer +2