HomeAway has a choice of apartments in Alella, a destination that’s perfect for anyone who wants to mix a relaxing Mediterranean beach holiday with a city break in Barcelona. Alella holiday homes boast thrilling luxury flourishes, like designer interiors and private pools, while many enjoy extraordinary coastal panoramas. The town is perched amid vine-clad hills, a couple of kilometres in from the coast, where the daily lives of many are linked with wine production. There are 18-hole golf courses and golden sandy beaches in the vicinity of holiday homes in Alella, while shopping or sightseeing trips to central Barcelona are feasible by car or train.
-Beaches. You’ll have three excellent options for sun, sea and sand nearby. El Masnou Beach is especially appealing, with almost four kilometres of golden sand next to calm waters. A great beach for younger children is Playa de Ocata with its gentle surf and top-notch amenities. Livelier waves can be found at Playa de Alella, making it popular with surfers.
-Golf. Within a few minutes of Alella there’s a good variety of golf courses, whether you’re a serious player or just want a casual afternoon enjoying the weather. There’s an 18-hole course at Club de Golf Vallromanes, taking advantage of the beautiful hilly scenery just in from the coast. More laid-back is the nine-hole pitch and putt a couple of kilometres away at Can Drago.
-Nature. There are tall, wooded hills on three sides of Alella, perfect for a walk or bike ride. Departing from the town, you can head into the eastern part of the Serralada de Marina, a coastal mountain range. You could climb the path to the Mirador de Alella for lovely views of the town and coast. At the tourism office in Alella you can get detailed itineraries and details about guided walks into the moutains.
-Food and drink. The town is practically surrounded by vineyards, and Alella is a D.O. wine that is mostly white, but can be either dry or sweet. You can visit a number of local cellars throughout the year. There’s also a fabulous range of restaurants in the area – if you head to the marina at El Masnou you’ll find some exclusive seafood eateries, and there are plenty of cafes and ice cream parlours along the beachfront.
-Barcelona. Barcelona is so close it’s ideal for a day trip or night out. And with beautiful landmarks, diverse shopping, stylish bars and cafes, as well as a large choice of family attractions there’s a wealth of things to see and do. The architecture is world-renowned – head for Antoni Gaudí’s art nouveau masterpieces, especially the breathtaking Sagrada Família church.
Holidaying at Alella self-catering accommodation you’ll enjoy Mediterranean weather. Summers are long and warm, beginning in May and lasting until mid-October. This season brings long spells of warm, dry weather, reaching daytime temperatures in the upper 20s in July and August. There’s more rainfall towards the end of the summer, but it’s mostly in short bursts. Winters are moderate here – temperatures normally get up to the teens during the day, and there are plenty of clear, sunny days, even in December and January.
The closest international airport to Alella is Barcelona-El Prat (BCN), which is on the other side of the city. As one of Europe’s big air transport hubs El Prat has plenty of connections to the UK, generally with budget airlines. You can get to your Alella apartment by train if you take the R2 suburban line to Barcelona Sants and then change for the R1, which stops at nearby El Masnou. By car it’s about 40 minutes from the airport to Alella, on the B-20.