Located north of Barcelona, Spain’s Costa Maresme is one of the most scenic regions in Catalonia, an area of striking natural beauty. Nestled between the coastal mountains and the sandy beaches, Maresme, or the Barcelona North Coast, stretches along 52 kilometres of beautiful coastline between Montgat and Malgrat de Mar, and a magnificent interior region that includes Parc del Montnegre and the mountainous Corredor, consisting of the Serralada Litoral and the Serralada de Marina.
The Maresme stands out because of its Mediterranean climate with pleasant year-round temperatures and high number of bright, sunny days, its spectacular landscapes, the brilliant blues of the sea and the skies that contrast with the intense greens of the natural parks.
Costa Maresme property has always been popular with wealthy Catalans, although it is increasingly on the radar of foreign homebuyers who are attracted by the region’s exceptional quality of life and outstanding access to Barcelona.
There are few locations along the Mediterranean coast that can offer the same extraordinary diversity of lifestyle opportunities that are on offer in the Maresme: stunning beaches and excellent sporting facilities, including golf, tennis, football, marinas and equestrian centres. In addition, there are more than 20,000 hectares of protected natural areas, a mild microclimate, renowned gastronomy and its own wine denomination. Add easy access to Barcelona, one of Europe’s most celebrated and cosmopolitan cities, and it is clear Maresme has a lot to offer.
Spanish buyers still dominate the market for luxury properties on the Barcelona-Maresme coast, but there is a growing demand from overseas buyers. The British are the most active foreign buyers of Costa Maresme real estate, with others coming from France, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, the Middle East and the U.S.
Many of these international house hunters are looking for a second home or holiday villa, whilst others are relocating to the area for work and looking for a primary residence. A common key driver for many property buyers in Maresme, local as well as foreign, is proximity to Barcelona and, in particular for overseas buyers, proximity to international schools.
There is a wide range of properties available, from luxury villas with magnificent sea views, Mediterranean-style homes, prestigious estates and mansions with large areas, to beachfront houses and elegant apartments.
The most sought after real estate in Costa Maresme is located in the residential areas and towns, such as Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Sant Vicenç de Montalt, Sant Pol de Mar, Premià de Dalt, Cabrils, Alella, El Masnou and Vilassar de Dalt. Some of the region’s most exclusive residential developments include Can Teixidó in Alella, Rocaferrera in Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Sant Berger in Teià and Supermaresme, offering some of the most desirable villas in Barcelona for sale.
Barcelona North Coast is a very desirable place for permanent living due to its sophisticated infrastructure, top-rated schools and peaceful and safe environment. It boasts very good schools and colleges: Mataró has the Tecnocampus and L’Escola Universitària Politècnica de Mataró; in Alella there is the trilingual Hamelin Internacional Laie school, and the Betlem school in Premià de Dalt, to name only a few.
Thanks to excellent road and rail links, the region is easily connected to Barcelona, the rest of Spain and the South of France.
With an enviable Mediterranean lifestyle and a coveted location, properties in Costa Barcelona-Maresme ticks all the boxes for buyers looking for a peaceful atmosphere in a super convenient position within Barcelona’s commuter belt. It is easy to see why more and more people around the world come to buy their primary residence or second home in this part of the Catalan coast.