What to do in Sant Pol de Mar

By Cristian G. Guasch •  Updated: 06/28/21 •  3 min read

The town of Sant Pol de Mar, in the Maresme region is a great place to enjoy the beach. It’s just an hour train from Barcelona, and you can enjoy a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and cristal clear water to swim.

The town has a few restaurants, supermarkets, ice cream shops and more. You don’t need to bring any food if you don’t want to. There is plenty to choose.

Sant Pol de Mar is a cute small beach town, with a church, the hermitage, a few modernist houses and modernist details.

Enjoy the beach and the sun

The sea is clean, cristal clear and usually safe. People come alone, mostly residents and go swimming or nap in the sun without bothering too much. You will probably not see people trying to sell stuff on the beach, not like in other touristy areas like Barceloneta.

Remember, the Mediterranean water is colder than other places in Spain. The sand is a bit rocky, you don’t need special shoes just go bare foot. One of the best moments of the day is watching the sunset.

Modernism in Sant Pol de Mar

What to do in Sant Pol de Mar

There are a few modernist houses around the main street, one of them is in Can Planiol (1910, architect Ignasi Mas i Morell) is located on Abad Deas street another one from the same architect is Cal Doctor Fernández, located in Passeig de la Punta (Dr. Furest).

The school built from 1907 to 1910 from the same architect, Ignasi Mas i Morell, located in Santa Clara street. Other buildings worth mentioning are Ca la Mònica (Plaça street), and Edifici Riera (La Riera street).

Church of Sant Jaume

The church of Sant Pol de Mar is gothic style and was built in the sixteenth century over an existing chapel.

The hermitage of Sant Pau

The hermitage of Sant Pau dates back to the 11th century. It was then part of the monastery of San Pol del Maresme and is currently the only remaining part of this religious complex. From the hermitage there are spectacular views of the village, the Maresme coast and Barcelona.

Sant Pau Restaurant by Carme Ruscalleda

This is one of the best known restaurants in Catalonia with three Michelin stars. Its prices (menu at 150 USD) and the waiting list to go to eat give a glimpse of the fame it has achieved. Carme Ruscalleda, the chef in charge of this restaurant has been awarded many prizes in recent years.

How to get there from Barcelona

To get to Sant Pol de Mar there are several options:

Cristian G. Guasch

I have traveled the world visiting 18 countries, including Japan, most of Europe and North America. I love to learn about the culture and history, taste the different dishes and enjoy the beauty of this planet. I also work completely remotely, and this helps me discover new places all year around.