Parks

Castell Park


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The best view of Malgrat

Castell Park is located on a hill from where the visitor can enjoy a spectacular view of the entire village. Since it was built, it has become a community leisure space open to everybody, that has held plenty of cultural events. It is equipped with play areas and pathways with botanical themed itineraries. On several occasions, Castell Park has hosted gatherings of sardana dancers, district festivals of Verneda, concerts, and other open-air celebrations.

OPENING HOURS:
  • April to September from 8 am to 11.15 pm.
  • October to March from 8 am to 9 pm.

              

ServICES

Castell Park is open to everyone so its services will surely adapt to your needs. You will find drinking fountains and adapted toilets built into the vegetation equipped with changing tables. Some of the most significant facilities of the park are the following:

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Accessibility

Since the creation of both Francesc Macià and Castell parks, we have put great effort and care in ensuring access under the same conditions to everyone.

Castell Park has an accessible itinerary that makes it possible for people with reduced mobility to explore most of it.

At the same time, the disposition of the aromatic species allows people with visual handicaps to enjoy the different olfactory spaces.

Origins

Castell Park was created around the tower, popularly called the torreta, a defensive construction linked to the Castle of Palafolls (documented from 1382) and a symbol of the local heritage. Going by its size, it was probably part of a larger construction. From the park, you can enjoy a good view of the castles of Palafolls and Sant Joan de Blanes, which suggests that the torreta was part of a medieval defensive ensemble in the area.

During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) a coastal battery and a machine gun nest were placed there, and some shelters were built. Nowadays, you can only see the half-buried doorway of one; the rest remain buried just like the mid wall. The historical function of watchtower is still kept today with just one goal: enjoying the view of Malgrat de Mar and exploring the region.

From the beginning, the park has always brought the community together and fostered social cohesion. Several of its renovations were carried out through community plans to promote employment and job placement for disadvantaged groups. These actions that started in the eighties have provided the town with a community leisure space open to everybody and a base for numerous cultural events.

Remember:

  • It is not allowed to bring any picnic tables nor chairs.
  • Pets are not allowed in the park and neither are bicycles. Parking space for bicycles is provided at Carrer Bernat Estornell.
  • Be respectful to others: do not go shirtless and control noise levels (loudspeakers or other amplified equipment are not allowed).
  • Do not remove plants nor walk on the grass. Please, help us protect this natural and leisure space. We all want to enjoy it.
  • All refuses shall be placed in designated containers or recycling points. Do your part to keep this gathering place clean.

Botanical Features

In Castell Park, you will explore nature in a unique way, because it is filled with Mediterranean species, most of them native and all perfectly adapted to reduce water consumption to the minimum. The irrigation is totally sustainable as it is done with ground water.

The species are labelled so that you will be able to identify them quickly. These labels constitute a great learning tool for children and help them discover the plants in their surroundings at once, just going around the park.

In Castell Park you will find a great extension of aromatic plants, strategically disposed, to allow the visitor (especially people with visual handicaps) to enjoy an itinerary designed to be an olfactory experience.

The small scrub of pines offers you a few shades from where you can admire the view of the town centre, Pla de Grau and Tordera Delta. Check also the panoramic view of the hills that surround our town.

The landscape project of Castell Park proposes a vast variety of plant species, from deciduous to evergreen trees, of different size and proportions, which creates a rich and attractive sight. Besides, it turns the park into a small botanic garden.

In the park, we pursue waste reduction and promote organic waste reuse by composting the organic material we collect in our grounds.

How to get there

Castell Park is situated on a small hill just in the centre of the town.

By Train:

Once in Malgrat de Mar, come out of the station and turn right to take Passeig de Llevant until you reach Carrer de Mar, at the end of the pedestrian walkway. Turn left and follow Carrer de Mar until you get to the church. Continue on Carrer Desclapers and you will reach the steep lift that will take you to the heart of Castell Park. The lift is free and works during the following hours:

April to September

  • From Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 11 pm
  • Monday from 11 am to 11 pm

October to March

  • From Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 20.45 pm
  • Monday from 11 am to 20.45 pm

By Car:

Take the national road N-II to get to Malgrat de Mar. If you are coming from Barcelona, enter the town and take Avinguda Costa Brava. Follow the road to the second roundabout, where you will find Francesc Macià. Go around it and turn right at Carrer Canigó. At the end of the street, turn right to Carrer Lleida and after the roundabout, you will see the entrance to the park. In case you do not find any parking spots, you can keep going until you reach the roundabout that faces the medical centre. On the right, there is a car park with time limit from Monday to Saturday and no limit of time on Sundays.

Take the national road N-II to get to Malgrat de Mar. If you are coming from Girona, take the exit Malgrat Sud. You will get to a roundabout, take the third exit and follow Avinguda Costa Brava. Follow the road to the second roundabout, where you will find Francesc Macià. Go around it and turn right at Carrer Canigó. At the end of the street, turn right to Carrer Lleida and after the roundabout, you will see the entrance to the park. In case you do not find any parking spots, you can keep going until you reach the roundabout that faces the medical centre. On the right, there is a car park with time limit from Monday to Saturday and no limit of time on Sundays.

Play Areas

Play areas for children and teenagers from 3 to 12. Areas equipped with swings and some educational games to spend a good time playing.

Castle Esplanade

Multi-use zone to host outdoor events.

Rest Areas

Sheltered areas equipped with benches to rest during your visit to the park.

Come and enjoy the best views of Malgrat