Surrounding BARCELONA, you will find the municipality Castelldefels. Above all, this beach town is famous for it’s large 5 km coastline and for being the home to many famous figures; such as the majority of the FC Barcelona players!
Throughout most of the year, the city enjoys an average temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, which is quite nice to for tourists. This city is known for it’s urban yet calm atmosphere as well as beings a great meeting point due to it easy access to the capital of Catalunya.
History of Castelldefels
If you didn’t know, the name Castelldefels comes from the Castle built for an Iberian community sitting at 59 meters above sea level. This castle was later occupied as a Roman village. This town was known mostly known for the maritime port, witness to several pirate attacks between 1500 and 1715!
Due to the various pirate attacks, many towers were built to ensure it’s defense. Nowadays you can find 12 towers throughout the city, most of them are privately owned; and thus, not open for public visitation.
With the rapid economic growth of Barcelona as well as the increase of vehicles, the town became a popular HOLIDAY CITY for the people of Barcelona.
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What to do
Castelldefels is often seen as an extension of Barcelona. Moreover, up to 23% of the areas population is made up of foreigners, housing the British School of Barcelona. In fact, more than half of the population are originally from other European countries. Even so, it is common for locals to commute daily to Barcelona for work or social activities.
Originally built for the 1992’s Olympics, hosted in Barcelona, this city is home to the Olympic Canal, which is now open to the public. In addition, other water sports can be practiced on the marina named Port Esportiu de la Ginesta.
If you are involved in a business, organization, or companies this city can facilitate your events. With 77 meeting rooms, 2 auditoriums, 1 theatre and 1 convention centre with the capacity more than 3000 people, you are more then set to reserve availability for conferences or business meetings!
In addition, there’s availability in other unique locations such as the castle from the 10th century, rooms in Canal Olímpico and places with spectacular views on the sea.
The sporting facilities, sport bars, game rooms, sunbeds and sunshades make it a perfect place to spend sunny summer days with groups and the whole family. There has been several certifications awarded to the beaches of Castelldefels for its tourism and environmental quality.
Other than the beaches, the city holds certification for a top Family Tourist Destination from the Government of Catalunya. In the same vein, blessed with a wonderful geographic location, between the mountains and the sea, this is a great spot for mountain climbing.
In addition, some of the main climbing spots are Penya Ginesta, Roca Negra, and Dona Morta. Likewise, another point of interest is the Iglesia de Santa Maria built in 1903.
Where to eat
The city of Castelldefels offers many great places to eat. With local and classical Mediterranean cuisines, there are many places you can dine at with your family and friends.
# 1 The New Canasta
Serving you since 1976, The New Canasta is an artisanal and purely Mediterranean restaurant with a MICHELLIN STAR rated dish. Above all, the standard price is 53€, with dishes such as monkfish casserole with crayfish and prawns, lobsters and suquet de peix, which always triumph. Make your reservation and enjoy this unique gastronomic experience!
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 13:00-16:30 & 20:00-23:00; Sunday from 13:00-16:30
Address: Carrer 5, 24, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona
# 2 Tairyo
What else to say about enjoying a piece of the ocean close to the shore? Offering several traditional japanese dishes made with fresh ingredients, Tairyo is the best option to dine at. Even if you want to eat out or ask for delivery right to your door, Tairyo gives you both with quality service.
Opening hours: Every day from 11:30-16:30 & 19:30-24:00
Address: Carrer de l’Església, 31Bajo, 08860 Barcelona
# 3 La Artesana Pizzería
With a standard price of 17€ we bring you the flavors of hand-made artesanal pizza with La Artesana. Certainly, this gourmet pizza place serves you hot dishes right to your door with the upmost care!
Opening hours: Every day from 12:00-16:00 & 19:30-24:00
Address: Carrer d’Arcadi Balaguer, 18, Local 2, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona
How to get there
Due in part to its proximity to BARCELONA, Castelldefels is a perfect destination for a day trip during your stay. Likewise, 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. In addition, there are many buses from Barcelona to Castelldefels running daily.
- Train: from Barcelona Sants train station, approximately 25 minutes
- Bus: from Barcelona Rda. Universitat, approximately 45 minutes
- Car: 25 km, approximately 30 minutes