For a holiday that blends beaches, nature and the possibility of days out in one of Europe’s most exciting cities, have a look at HomeAway's list of apartments in Cabrils. A little way up the coast from Barcelona, Cabrils holiday homes are surrounded by low-lying mountains, but are also just moments from the Mediterranean and its well-appointed resorts. Pine forests, olive groves and vineyards make up the landscape, and there are also golf courses within a brief drive. Cabrils apartments are new buildings, devised for large families and groups of friends to enjoy an indulgent and comfortable escape. Most offer private pools, as well as the domestic appliances and entertainment expected of a family home.
-Beaches: There’s a huge choice of destinations for those who want some beach time. The nearest resort is Premiá de Mar, which has typically golden and fine sand bathed in clean waters, as well as all the shops and services needed for a relaxing day by the Mediterranean. The nearest Blue Flag beach is also just a few minutes up the coast at Mataro.
-Local heritage: As this area grew in popularity among wealthy Barcelona residents during the early-20th century, there are a lot of examples of Catalan modernist architecture to admire in the neighbouring towns. El Masnou has a small itinerary listing the most attractive local buildings from this period. It’s also an area known for its many small museums; El Masnou has attractions for mining and ship building, while Premiá de Mar has museums relating to local celebrations and printed textiles.
-Barcelona: Being so close, Barcelona more than warrants the short trip. There’s something for all comers in this stylish and busy city. For culture, there’s the unforgettable architecture of Gaudí or the excellent museums for Picasso, Miró or the history of Catalan art. Families could visit the massive aquarium in Barceloneta and walk the famous Rambla, while there’s first-class dining and shopping all across the city, but especially in Eixample and Gràcia.
-Food and drink: As the landscape suggests, Cabrils is next to the Alella Designation of Origin wine region, which is made up of seven vineyards producing a range of wine varieties including Pinot Noir, Merlot and Chardonnay. Tours are available and there’s a museum about the region in the town of Alella. Food-wise, this is a good location to try Spanish favourites like paella and the many different seafood tapas dishes, like deep-fried baby squid.
-Recreation: This setting provides outdoor activities for a host of different visitors. Golfers need look no further than the 18-hole Vallromanes Club, which is just a few kilometres from Cabrils and is equipped with practice greens, tennis courts and a swimming pool. Those craving nature can join a nearby walking trail to journey into La Conreria-Sant Mateu-Céllecs, a protected wilderness dotted with megalithic monuments.
Holiday homes in Cabrils are at a quintessential Mediterranean destination. Summers are warm and clear, with almost no rain in July and August. This is when temperatures climb to peaks of 30°C and don’t drop far below the high-teens at night. The warm weather lingers until as late as October, eventually giving way to soft winter conditions. It’s a bit rainier towards the end of the year, but most days are clear, with highs of about 13°C come January. Winters last until late-March and things are already warming by the end of April.
Cabrils holiday rentals are set in a municipality about 40 kilometres from the nearest international airport, at Barcelona-El Prat (BCN). As one of the top two airports in the country for size and traffic, there’s a wide selection of routes and airlines for Barcelona from the UK. The car journey from the airport is easy enough, joining the B20 and sticking with it until Premià de Mar. There are also bus connections from the airport to the town, as well as a railway station with links to Barcelona in nearby Vilassar de Mar.