Forming part of the Costa Maresme, Pineda de Mar is a relaxed seaside town north-east of Barcelona. It boasts a golden sweep of sand and a wide choice of restaurants, all on the doorstep of Parque del Montnegre y el Corredor's wooded hiking and mountain biking trails.
Things to do in Pineda de Mar
Stretching along the length of Pineda de Mar is Playa de La Riera, a golden expanse of sand that has been awarded Blue Flag status. Towering palm trees dot the beach while a promenade provides a setting for walking and cycling. Once you’ve built up an appetite, you can refuel at Xiringuito Sa Closca or grab a drink at Santi’s Beach Bar.
If you want to get active, a wide range of water sports equipment can be hired at the Water Sports Centre Calella, which also offers sailing and windsurfing lessons with qualified instructors. Rent a paddle board to slowly explore the coastline at your leisure or jump aboard a jet ski to get your adrenaline pumping. Scuba divers can explore nearby Medes Island, which is a protected marine area.
In neighbouring Calella is Parque Dalmau, which was laid out in the 1940s on the site of an ancient grove. Follow one of the walking trails that wind through its Mediterranean pine and oak forest or relax beneath the shade of the banana palms. In addition to its sculptures and ornate drinking fountain, Parque Dalmau features a modern children’s playground.
Getting around Pineda de Mar
Pineda de Mar is around 45 minutes’ drive from the centre of Barcelona and an hour from Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular trains connect to the Pineda de Mar railway station and the town centre is compact enough to explore on foot.