The cities of the 21st century are valued by various elements, their population, their urban nucleus, but in a special way, for those open spaces that allow a balance between the building and nature: the parks. In Malgrat de Mar, we count three of the main ones, although we also value the squares of the population, as elements of recreation and popular openness.
The most popular park in Malgrat is the Francesc Macià Park, a dream for any child. The entrance in the shape of a castle welcomes a magical world full of colorful giant sculptures with varied motifs: stories, references to cartoons, mushrooms, flowers, an eraser, a train… A tour that awakens the imagination of everybody, and that follows later with swings, tirolines, sensory games, space to play ball, for skateboards and also a picnic area. The Francesc Macià park in Malgrat is one of the most important outdoor leisure centers in the Maresme, it is estimated that 10,000 children visit him at the school or the summer camps throughout the year, and that almost 100,000 people visit it for free. If you decide to come here, do not forget to check the schedules: from July to September, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., from April to June, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and from October to March, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If the Francesc Macià Park is the children’s park by antonomasia, the Parc del Castell (Castle Park) of Malgrat is the Park of the views because its elevated location on a hill allows us a privileged panoramic view of the city of Malgrat. It can be accessed with an elevator from the center of the village, although it can also be walked perfectly if there is no mobility problem. The Parc del Castell of Malgrat, hosts a small area for children’s playgrounds and botanical itineraries, as well as concerts, sardana gatherings, or popular gatherings, among others. To visit the Parc del Castell, you can do it from April to September, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., or from October to March, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The third park in Malgrat, of the three main ones that we mentioned at the beginning of this post, is the Can Campassol Park, which could well be due to a large square or green space that hosts a great popular activity. In the Can Campassol Park there is the Casal dels Jubilats (Home of the retirees), and there is a space for psychomotor services for adults, and some recreational areas for children, where a large number of concerts, performances and various outdoor events are held. In the space now occupied by the Park, there was a long time ago, a colonial summer house where Zenobia Camprubí was born, writer and wife of the Nobel Prize in Literature Juan Ramón Jiménez, which unfortunately we are not conserving today.
And from Malgrat Parks, we go to the charm of its main squares. We have, first of all, the Plaça de l’Església (Church Square), in front of the Church of Sant Nicolau, an enclave in the center of the town, where activities, craft fairs, etc. are held. Next, we have the Plaça d’Anselm Clavé (Anselm Clavé Square), also known as the Plaça de la Barretina – Barretina is the traditional catalan cap-, (headquarters of the Societat Cultural i Recreativa de la Barretina Vermella), which is an active square where during the summer different acts are celebrated, and also hosts the elevator to access the Parc del Castell. And finally, the Plaça de Xesco Boix (Xesco Boix Square), which you can find at the end of Sea walk of Malgrat, and which owes its name to the well-known Catalan singer of folk and children’s songs. In this square you can play basquet, and it’s the headquarters of the Cantada d’Havaneres de la Festa de Sant Roc (Saint Roc Havanera Songs Fest) and the Revetlla de Sant Joan (Saint John’s Verbena).
Malgrat de Mar is waiting for you to show you the beauty of its open spaces that boast of activity and fun! Do not miss them!