What better way to learn a language than by living in the culture? At Spanish Express you can learn while enjoying living and studying Spanish in Costa del Maresme. ⭐
This area is located in the north of the province of Barcelona. The beaches of the Maresme are known for their bright sands and for being included in environmental sustainability and conservation programmes 🌴.
Other attractions of Maresme include tasty gastronomy, fascinating museums and popular festivals. An important part of the history of Spain and Europe lies in its archaeological treasures and the tradition of its people.🍷
Why visit the Costa del Maresme?
This Spanish region is rich in cultural diversity and history. As a result, it’s a favourite destination for students. Here are some of the reasons why you’ll want to travel to the Costa del Maresme.
International Museum Day (IMD) is celebrated in May and every corner of the Maresme becomes a dedicated and educational exhibition.
It is common for the municipalities to organise activities and tourist routes through the museums in the area. Some of the most recent museums and exhibitions are:
- Museu Marès de la Punta
- Càntir Museum
- Cabrils Community Museum
- Dalmau Park Air Raid Shelter
- El Masnou Municipal Nautical Museum
- Premià de Mar Roman Museum
History and archaeology
The Roman influence on the history of Spain is very evident in the Maresme region. This can be seen in the vestiges that still remain of this civilisation.
Living and studying Spanish in Costa del Maresme means that its essential to know its cultural roots. Workshops, guided tours and even historical re-enactments are all commonplace here.
In fact, a map of Laietan sites in the Maresme is available online. Some of the best known routes are:
- La yaya del Maresme
- Laietan walk of Cabrera del Mar
- Circular excursion around Cerro de Céllecs
- Route of the four Roman aqueducts
The gastronomy of the Maresme is characterised by seafood and wine. In this land the flavour is born in the vineyards and begins with the work of the fishermen.
If you plan to live and study in Costa del Maresme, you cannot miss the gastronomic activities that are organised monthly. These include product tastings, cooking workshops and visits to major vineyards and villages.
Another point to highlight is the commitment to ecological sustainability, especially in agriculture and tourism. For this reason, public transport is efficient for visiting every corner of the Maresme.
The most popular festivals in the Maresme are known as Fiestas Mayores, and vary according to each municipality. These celebrations are frequent and diverse, so any time of the year provides ample opportunity for tourists to get involved.
The most popular festivals are known for their fireworks, plays or historical re-enactments, dances or tasting of traditional products. Some of these dates are:
- Festa Major petita ‘ Palafolls (April)
- Festa Major de la Santa Creu ‘ Cabrils (May)
- Festa Major de Sant Joan ‘ Vilassar de Mar (24th June)
- Festa Major de Premià de Mar ‘ Premià de Mar (July)
- Festa Major de Caldes d’Estrac ‘ Caldes d’Estrac (September)
- Festa Major de Sant Nicolau ‘ Malgrat de Mar (December)
These are just some of the celebrations in the region. The truth is that every month there are at least two major festivals in some municipalities. Living and studying Spanish in Costa del Maresme means partying.
Enjoy sustainable tourism in Maresme
You can find a wide range of activities in this region. As well as enjoying the beach, the cultural scene is a must. Therefore, we always think about our plans in Maresme and ensure they do not have a negative impact on the environment.
Enjoy the theatre
Whether it is live music or theatre, these activities are an important part of living and studying Spanish in Costa del Maresme. In the music sphere, there are a large number of festivals throughout the year.
The most important music festivals to point out feature classical or traditional music, and even Jazz. Some of them are:
- Jazz Festival
- Santa Florentina Classical Music Festival
- Screamin Festival
On the topic of theatre, we have to mention poetry festivalss and, of course, the National Amateur Theatre Festival. You can also find circus activities in the circus festival Curtcirckit.
Fairs and markets
Various fairs are organised in the Maresme region to promote the region’s products. These fairs are important at a national level, which is why they usually attract many Spanish and foreign tourists.
Among the most important fairs and markets are the Feria del Cántaro and the Feria de Calella. At the former you will find a wide variety of unique handicrafts, while the latter is more popular for seafood and wine.
Activities for the little ones
Some recreational parks, such as La Granja, plan guided tours for children. It’s very common for schools to take their students on school trips to the park.
The activities are designed for children, and consist of circuits or gymkhanas. In these circuits, physical activity is promoted as a key to a healthy lifestyle and sustainable tourism.
Activities with puzzles, sports games or paintball are also common. Fun is essential for living and studying Spanish in Costa del Maresme.
What do you think about living and studying Spanish in Costa del Maresme?
There are endless activities, routes and tourist attractions that you cannot miss if you decide to live and study Spanish in the Costa del Maresme. It is impossible to get bored or frustrated with learning here, , and impossible to pass through the area without having learned something new about Spanish culture. 📚.
With Spanish Express you can perfect your Spanish through the Spanish Homestay Immersion Programme (SHIP). Choose the destination that most appeals to you and you can be sure that you will have fun while improving your language skills.
Let’s learn Spanish together!
Alejandro Coita Sánchez
Spanish Express Blogger