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This Spanish gem has been described as ‘heaven’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Spain is undoubtedly a beautiful country, with popular hotspots including Costa Brava and Barcelona, but have you heard of the hidden gem Calella? 

Described on TikTok as ‘heaven’, the holiday capital of Costa del Maresme rivals its more well-known neighbours Lloret de Mar and Barcelona for a relaxing escape with beautiful beaches, Spanish restaurants and plenty of history.

It’s also a thrifty holiday choice as the average pint is just £1.94. According to Hikers Bay, you can get a three-course meal for two people for less than £30. This almost doubles if you go to Barcelona, where it’s about £52.

If you do want to visit the legendary Barcelona for its cathedrals, beaches and history, it’s just over an hour on the train and will cost you around £5.

Be warned, though: Barcelona is much busier, visited by approximately nine million tourists each year.

Comparatively, Calella rakes in a more moderate 250,000 visitors per year — so you likely won’t be fighting over sunbeds here.

Things to do in Calella

If you love the beach, you’re in luck: Playa de Calella stretches from one edge of the town to the other, with a promenade lined with dozens of bars and cafes.

Meanwhile, Playa del Garbi has a basketball court, nine volleyball pitches, two beach football pitches, nine volleyball pitches and even an offshore waterpark.

Dating back to 1856, the famous lighthouse is a symbol of the city and is open to the public six days a week.

Just below is the much quieter Playa de les Roques (beach of the rocks), where you can relax in peace, swim or even snorkel.

The famous lighthouse near Calella, Spain, overlooking the blue Mediterranean Sea. (Pitcure: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

For culture, there are lots of beautiful churches to visit, including the Church of Santa María and San Nicolás, dating back to the 16th century. It’s also home to a ginormous bell tower that you can see from most of the city.

If you wish to escape the heat, Dalmau Park is a great place to relax under shady trees. If you visit on the first weekend of June, you’ll get to experience the Sardana celebration and Historic Catalan folk dances. 

If you love shopping you can take advantage of the promenade which boasts over 500 shops and stalls, all in one straight line. Similarly, the municipal market is a local flea market that happens every Saturday morning.

And, of course, you can expect fantastic Mediterranean food in any of the town’s many tapas bars, brasseries and seafood restaurants.

How to get to Calella

The closest airport to Calella is Girona, but it’s easier to fly from Barcelona.

Flights on Skyscanner are as low as £64 from London.

Barcelona is an hour away by train (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

When to visit Calella

Calella’s hottest months are July and August, with average temperatures at 23C rising to 29C at its peak.

If you prefer more manageable temperatures, the average temperature in May and October is 17, rising to 23C at its hottest.

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