The picturesque coastline of the Costa del Maresme with its sprawling sandy beaches stretches for 50 km to the north of Barcelona towards France. For the entire length of the coast, all the way up to Blanes, forest conservation areas and vineyards alternate with old towns; and white beaches and green golf courses exchange places with exclusive residential villages.
The history of the Costa del Maresme is as rich as its geography. The first fishing villages appeared in ancient times and one of the earliest mentions is linked to Arenys de Mar.
Later, a little further in from the sea, in order to protect the population from pirate attacks, villages began to appear (Vilassar de Dalt, Teià, Premià de Dalt, and others), which, over time, have turned into beautiful towns and still retain many reminders of the medieval architecture.
The course of the Costa del Maresme’s history explains the general tendency for the old centres of the towns to be built away from the sea. The residential developments, populated by the local aristocracy and elite, also arose away from the working-class fishing areas on the hills, where the air is considerably drier and the views more beautiful. This feature still exists to this day: the most expensive real estate on Maresme's coastline is concentrated in exclusive developments situated 4-6 km away from the sea. Life here is extremely comfortable: it is not solely to do with the mild climate and typical winter temperature of about 10 degrees; it is also due to its proximity to Barcelona with its rich cultural and entertainment scene. The towns of the Costa del Maresme can safely be considered in the same bracket as the closest suburbs to Barcelona: the area has first-class transport links thanks to the high-speed motorway and rail connection with regular services and modern trains.
However, the presence of the rail connection is a matter of great debate. The train runs parallel to the coastline, leaving out just two populated pockets of land, Caldes d’Estrac and the coastal municipality of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. This aspect must be taken into account when choosing a residential property: the walking distance to the sea will inevitably be affected the underpasses beneath the railway line.
The shores of the Costa del Maresme do not only offer beach holidays. For yachting enthusiasts, there are several modern marinas to choose from: the closest to Barcelona is the Port del Masnou, the Olympic marina Port Premià del Mar, and the exclusive Port Balís with a helipad in Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, the oldest yachting marina in Arenys de Mar. In addition, you can easily lose yourself in the other princely sporting pursuits that are well established in this area. Golf courses, tennis courts, horse-riding clubs and even a Formula 1 racetrack in Montmeló are just some of the places where you can earn your laurels.
You can go shopping in the large retail centres in Mataró and Badalona, as well as in “La Roca Village”, a boutique village. Vilassar de Mar is famous for its flower and plant market, where the produce comes from all over the coast. There are two renowned private schools on the coast: Escola Betlem and the La Escola Hamelin Internacional Laie (an international school) in Alella; as well as a significant number of urban schools and kindergartens. If your preference is for the universities and British schools of Barcelona, you will need to cover a distance of 20-40 km on a ring road. The situation is the same for medical facilities: the best clinics in Barcelona are a 30-minute ride away but you can register with the same doctors and the local city hospital.
The Costa del Maresme is lapped by clear turquoise waters on one side and bordered by the coniferous forests of the Sierra Litoral mountain range on the other – and for many, this becomes the decisive factor when choosing properties in these areas.
Lusa Realty has an exhaustive knowledge of the towns and prestige urban areas along the Costa del Maresme's coastline and is happy to share this acquired knowledge with its clients. We are pleased to be able to offer a wide range of houses with pools, villas with gorgeous views, comfortable townhouses and land on which you can realise your dream in the best residential villages on the coast of Maresme: Alella, Cabrils, Sant Vincenç de Montalt, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Supermaresme, and more.
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