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Castle of Castelldefels, Catalunya.

Castelldefels

Castelldefels is a municipality located within the surroundings of BARCELONA. The beach town is famous for its 5km+ coastline and for being home to many famous personalities such as most of the FC Barcelona players. The city is named after the Castle situated 59 meters above sea level, which was built for an Iberian community and later used as a Roman village.  The town was always known for its maritime port and was the target of several pirate attacks between 1500 and 1715. Due to the pirate attacks many towers were built to ensure its defense, and nowadays you can find 12 towers throughout the city. Most of the towers are privately owned, and they are thus not open for public visitation. The infrastructure of Castelldefels was never urban-influenced, until, with the rapid economic growth of Barcelona and the popularity of cars, the town became a popular HOLIDAY CITY  for the people of Barcelona.

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Castelldefels is often seen as an extension of Barcelona. Home to the British School of Barcelona, 23% of its population is made up of foreigners, of which more than half are originally from European countries. Most of the inhabitants of Castelldefels commute to Barcelona for work or social activities. The city is home to the Olympic Canal, originally built for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, which is now open to the public and a popular place for people to practice water sports. Other water sports can be practiced on the marina, Port Esportiu de la Ginesta, at the southern end of the city near the Natural Park of Garraf.

Due in part to its proximity to BARCELONA, Castelldefels is a perfect destination for a day trip during your stay. It borders the region’s main airport, AEROPORT DE BARCELONA-EL PRAT, has two main TRAIN stations (Castelldefels and Castelldefels Playa), and it is easily accessible by car from the highway. Also, there are many buses from Barcelona to Castelldefels running daily. Throughout most of the year, the city enjoys an average temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, which is quite attractive for tourists. The city is also known for its urban yet calm atmosphere and for the fact that it is so easily connected to the capital of Catalunya.

Castelldefels beachPhoto credit: fjalonso.blogspot.com

Castelldefels is blessed with a wonderful geographic location between the mountains and the sea, which also makes it a great spot for mountain climbing. Some of the main climbing spots are Penya Ginesta, Roca Negra, and Dona Morta. Another point of interest is the Iglesia de Santa Maria built in 1903.

So whether you are staying in BARCELONA or in SITGES, Castelldefels is definitely worth a visit and perfect for a day trip or a pit stop on the way further south.

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Written by: xavi

xavi

Hello there! I love to travel, and Barcelona is a great city to live, thats why I decided to write about it and share my experiences!

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