Malgrat de Mar Holidays

Take your holidays to Malgrat de Mar, a Catalan town on the popular Costa Brava. If it’s a beach holiday you want, you’ve got it; sun, sea and sand are all on offer here, thanks to a choice of beautiful beaches. You’ll find plenty to explore in the heart of town, too; wander through the cobbled streets and soak up the atmosphere at the local market, before heading up to El Castell for magnificent views out to sea.

Malgrat de Mar holidays are great for kids, too; the little ones will love messing around on the beach, but they’ll also go mad for the nearby Water World and the fun-filled PortAventura theme park. You’ll find all this and more just a short hop from Barcelona; the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia is only an hour’s drive away.

Malgrat De Mar is best for…

Sun-seekers: Malgrat de Mar’s gorgeous slice of the Costa Brava coast, with a tempting choice of sun-drenched golden beaches. Malgrat Central Beach is a firm favourite, while the lesser-known Tordera Beach is a real hidden gem.

Families: Playa del Astillero beach is a great spot for families, with a colourful play area and a kids’ club. The best water park in the area is Water World; it’s packed with slides, pools, rivers and family-friendly places to eat.

Sightseers: Beyond the beach and the modernist architecture, holidays to Malgrat de Mar will reveal the town’s traditional past. There’s plenty to see and explore here, including traditional Catalan architecture and El Castell, a 14th-century castle that towers above the resort. 

Malgrat de Mar Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Malgrat de Mar is Spanish, but you shouldn’t have any trouble getting by with English.

Currency: The local currency in Malgrat de Mar is the Euro (€), so make sure you change your pounds and pence before heading off on holiday.

Local time: Malgrat de Mar is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Head for Girona Airport, which is around 1.5 hours from the resort.

Flight time from the UK: The Malgrat de Mar flight time is 2.5 hours, depending on where you fly from

Tourist information: Further Malgrat de Mar tourist information can be found at

Visa & Health: It’s worth reading  for recommendations and advice on visas and health for holidays to Malgrat de Mar.

Malgrat de Mar Weather and climate

Temperature: 25-27°C summer average.

Best time to visit: Easter for long hours of sunshine and comfortable temperatures.

Malgrat de Mar has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and long hours of sunshine. Located on the Costa Brava, Malgrat de Mar also benefits from a cool breeze from the Pyrenees Mountains, which is pleasant in July and August when the temperature soars.

Getting around

By car: If you want the freedom to explore beyond the resorts during Malgrat de Mar holidays, hiring a car is the best option. There are lots of lovely spots off the beaten track to enjoy all over the Costa Brava. You’ll find international car hire companies at the airport and in the resorts. 

By bus: There’s a cheap and frequent bus service running every half an hour or so, connecting major areas like the beach and town. It also goes to nearby resorts like Lloret de Mar.

By bike: Malgrat de Mar is a lovely resort to explore on a bicycle. Many of the hotels provide a reasonably priced bike rental service.


Summer festival: The Festival of St Roc is Malgrat de Mar’s big summer festival, held every year in August. The festival features two days of live music, activities for the kids, open-air concerts, and lots of food and dancing.

Firework festival: One of the most exciting events on the Costa Brava is Blanes’ International Firework Competition, held for a week in July. The festival features some of the biggest and most creative pyrotechnics in the country, just 15 minutes’ drive from Malgrat de Mar.

Things to do Around Malgrat de Mar

Start the day right by relaxing on Malgrat de Mar’s beautiful beaches, before taking the kids on a trip to the waterpark. While you’re there, make sure you do a little sightseeing; there’s lots to see in the town itself, like the impressive El Castell that overlooks the town and the bustling weekly market.

Beaches: Set on Costa Brava’s rugged coastline, Malgrat de Mar comes with a choice of gorgeous beaches. You can discover tiny golden bays between rocky headlands thick with greenery. Or you can make a beeline for the long, smooth, kilometre-long Centre Beach; (this spot has Blue Flag status) with beachfront cafés and shops nearby, and it’s a real family favourite. Just a little way down the coast is the lesser known Tordera Beach; it’s the ideal place to escape if you’re in search of peace and quiet.

See the Sights: The bustling downtown area of Malgrat de Mar is the heart of the old town, and it’s brimming with lovely architecture and old churches. Things liven up even more on a Thursday when the weekly market arrives. You’ll find loads of stalls selling locally made goods and crafts, so it’s the perfect place to go for one-off souvenirs. Don’t leave Malgrat de Mar without seeing the landmark attraction: El Castell. This 14thcentury castle is surrounded by a lush, green park offering beautiful views across the resort. The evenings here are relaxed and sociable, with plenty of traditional Catalan cuisine to enjoy.

Family Attractions: Holidays to Malgrat de Mar are perfect for families. You’ve got sandy beaches and shallow waters, and there’s also a fantastic water park. Water World is only 25 minutes away by bus or car, and when you arrive, you’ll discover slides and rides for kids and adults alike. There’s a wave pool, a family lagoon and Jacuzzis too, plus plenty of sunbeds. When you feel like refuelling, make your way to the Poseidon Restaurant and grab some lunch.