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Not to be confused with Calella de Palafrugell.
Coat of arms of Calella
Coat of arms
Calella is located in Catalonia
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°36′46″N 2°39′27″E / 41.61278°N 2.65750°E / 41.61278; 2.65750Coordinates: 41°36′46″N 2°39′27″E / 41.61278°N 2.65750°E / 41.61278; 2.65750
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Maresme
 • Mayor Montserrat Candini Puig (2015)[1] (CiU)
 • Total 8.0 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 18,307
 • Density 2,300/km2 (5,900/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Calellenc, calellenca

Calella (Catalan pronunciation: [kəˈɫeʎə]) is a seaside town on the Costa del Maresme, 58 km northeast of Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. It is located on the coast between Sant Pol de Mar and Pineda de Mar. Prior to the arrival of tourism in the 1960s, economic activity town was primarily focused on textile manufacture and fishing.

The town is overlooked from the southwest by a lighthouse, which was built in 1859, and two towers known as "Les Torretes", which are the remains of a Semaphore line constructed in the mid-19th century.


1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2007
4316 7886 7642 9696 11,320 18,034

The population as much as triples in the summer holiday season.


The beach at Calella is a public beach popular in the summer months with locals and tourists. The beach is just over 2 km long and its southern stretch is quieter than the central and northern portions. The beach has been consistently awarded the European quality Blue Flag.[1]

Notable residents[edit]


  • Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona:Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).

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