One of the Costa Brava gateway towns is Arenys de Mar which sits at the southern end of this beautiful strip of Catalan coastline. At around 5km south of the highly commercialised Calella, Arenys de Mar is a more subtle, less tourist trodden town which harbours some neat attractions within its folds.
Among the highlights are the very colourful Mercat Municipal, the 16th century Santa Maria church, Museum of Mineralogy and the Teatre Principal.
Further attractions include a small but pleasant beach with coarse sand and the fish auctions which take place every afternoon when the trawling fleets return to port.
As you’d expect being only 40km from Barcelona, the town is well connected by road and rail with ample parking in the town centre.
The easiest route by car involves taking the highly scenic N-II (coastal road) which will also allow you to avoid the toll heavy A-7, although if you do prefer to take the Autopista you can exit at the Sant Celoni junction and follow the B-511.
The train station also lies on the N-II, is no more than five minutes walk to the town centre. It is serviced by Renfe’s C-1 line and connects to Barcelona’s Placa de Catalunya in around 45 minutes. The rail line also links to Calella, Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar, the latter a most beautiful fortified town.
Arenys de Mar is a lovely little town and well worth a visit. Although not a massive place there are enough attractions to keep you occupied for a few days and if like you’re travelling in a campervan there is an excellent wild camping spot just a few kilometres up the coast, just before Calella. You can read about it by clicking here.
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