Cadaqués, Blanes, Santa Susanna, Sitges and Salou in Spain

Anastasia Travelsia
Mar 7
If you have an extra week of vacation in Spain you can hire a car and go along the Costa Brava to discover new destinations. Three of them more comfortable for calm relax and another two-for nightlife

Dali and Natural Park

Cadaqués is one of the most symbolic places on the Gironese Costa Brava. Its rocky coast, fringed by beautiful beaches and quiet coves, forms one of its main attractions, together with the incredible landscape offered by the Cap de Creus Natural Park. It is only a two hours drive from Barcelona. Usually has a population of 3 000 people but up to ten times as many people can live in the town during the peak of the summer tourism season.

The source of inspiration for internationally famous painters and artists for decades, today this center enjoys an intense cultural life, as witnessed by its many museums and art galleries, among which the Salvador Dalí House-Museum is outstanding. The surrealist artist spent family holidays here during his youth and lived much of his later life at nearby Port Lligat, where the Dalís' otherworldly seaside home stands.

Cadaqués is the ideal starting point for getting to know the rest of Spain, full of historic places, surprising natural areas and abundant archaeological remains.

The castle and viewpoint of Blanes

Once a small fishing town, Blanes still retains some of its original charm. Blanes has gorgeous beaches and rocky coves, beautiful churches, a pretty old town and beach promenade, impressive monuments or landmarks and plenty of restaurants and bars for a good nightlife. Moving away from the seafront you'll find evidence of a town steeped in history, with ancient monuments, churches and buildings still standing as reminders Blanes’ colorful past. The medieval castle of Sant Joan still looks down on the town as it has done since the 13th century.

If you are looking for a spectacular view of Blanes, the port, its beaches and the coastline, just hike up the San Juan Hill to the castle of the same name. Its location is 173 meters high, right at the top. Built in the middle of the 13th century, it has undergone many changes over time. Basically just the 16th-century tower and some restored remains are left, but the view is amazing especial in the evening.

The best paella

Santa Susanna is located nearby Blanes and it is the perfect family tourism destination. The town also offers a range of activities and even hosts a range of sports championships. The fact is that Santa Susanna is also a great sports tourism destination. Enjoy a setting in the bosom of nature, nestled between shore and mountains. With two kilometers of quality beaches to enjoy the sun and see, the Montnegre-Corredor Nature Park to stroll about admiring the spectacular landscape. Meanwhile, Santa Susanna’s modern offering of accommodation and restaurants provides the ideal welcome for your family holiday. I tried here the best paella in my life.

Where 300 days of sunshine per year

It is a town about 35 kilometers southwest of Barcelona, renowned worldwide for its Film Festival and Carnival. Sitges has been a resort town since the 19th century and was a key location for the Modernisme movement, which paved the way for the likes of Picasso. These days it’s Spain’s most famous gay holiday destination.

Sitges is a unique enclave on the Mediterranean coast, protected by the Garraf's Parc mountains. With 300 days of sunshine per year, Sitges has an excellent microclimate that allows you to enjoy this beautiful coastal town. Also, it is home to many cultural and artistic activities and numerous art galleries and craft stores. Together with a vibrant nightlife, any visit to this town promises to be unforgettable.

Museu Maricel

The artistic and monumental complex of Maricel, built between 1910 and 1918 by the engineer and artist Miquel Utrillo, commissioned by the magnate, philanthropist and American collector Charles Deering. The interior of the building, which had been a hospital, a Conceptionist convent and a school for girls in the late nineteenth century, was converted into a residence.

The Maricel Museum exhibits a complete artistic route from the tenth century to realism and figuration during the first half of the twentieth century, passing through the art collections of Dr. Jesús Pérez Rosales and the Collection of Sitges, with works of great quality. The museum exhibition integrates multiple languages, techniques and artistic media in order to achieve a maximum consistency in the chronological sequence of the development of the arts.

Is Salou Good for Family Beach Holidays?

Without a doubt! With 14 kilometers of beautiful sandy beaches, it has been a top holiday destination for European for over 100 years. It even became known as “The Beach of Europe” in 1918.

The city is approximately 100 km from Barcelona. Aside from its string of beaches interrupted by rocky coves, and its landscaped promenade, one of its main attractions is the PortAventura World resort.

Port Aventura World is an entertainment resort in Salou and Vila-Seca, which attracts around 4 million visitors per year, making it the most visited theme park in Spain and the sixth most visited theme park in Europe.

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