Maresme Travel Guide, Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Catalonia, Spain

The Maresme is one of the counties of Catalonia. It is located between the Mediterranean Sea and the river Tordera (north) and the town of Montgat (included in the region, south). On the other side of its northern border, past the river Tordera, is the town of Blanes, where the Costa Brava begins, and past its southern border, beyond Montgat, begins the region of Barcelonès. In addition the Maresme includes part of the natural regions of the mountain ranges of Marina, Montnegre and Corredor. This geomorphological richness makes the Maresme a coastal region with strong contrasts and a great diversity of landscapes.

Located in the east of the country, it stretches across a narrow and elongated strip of territory between the Coastal Range and the coast. Mountain and sea that make us talk about a territory identified with green and blue. A region, moreover, with a privileged climate thanks to the protection of the mountain range. It enjoys a pleasant climate, Mediterranean, clear and bright sky that allows you to enjoy 75% sunny days a year.

The Maresme region, with an area of 398.5 km 2, is one of the seven smallest counties in Catalonia. However, it is the fourth most populous region.

The region is a narrow strip on the slopes and at the foot of the mountains of the Litoral mountain range —serras de Marina, Sant Mateu, del Corredor and del Montnegre (the four now protected as a natural park) – of long, sandy beaches where a series of streams formed in the said mountains. Mataró is the capital and includes towns with a lot of personality and vitality: Vilassar de Dalt, Arenys de Mar, Calella, Canet de Mar, el Masnou, Premià de Mar, Vilassar de MarTordera, among others. The Maresme is made up of a total of 30 municipalities. Its coast is known for tourism as the Costa del Maresme.

The Maresme is a region located between Barcelona and the Costa Brava that combines the richness of an internationally recognized tourist area with beaches of Mediterranean beauty, active marinas, culture, gastronomy and the traditions of its popular festivals with lush vegetation. of the three parks: Serralada Litoral, Montnegre and Corredor; and Serra Marina.

The Maresme is made up of 30 municipalities; 16 coastal and 14 inland and has become a good cultural and leisure alternative. Natural spaces with signposted paths and trails, beaches with multiple services to enjoy the summer, cultural routes and a wide range of museums to visit, leisure companies with original proposals… A gastronomy based on garden and sea products, where the strawberry, the pea, the squid and the wines of the DO Alella stand out, among others. An entire offer based on quality products.

The Maresme is geomorphologically a coastal area formed by a Hercynian mountain range of the Germanic model, so called because its orography forms peaks and valleys with a balanced alternation. Mostly its mountains are recent and of plutonic materials, usually granite. Its Quaternary plains are made of weathered granite that in the Maresme is popularly known as sauló. This sauló reached the sea with the strong floods of its many streams and torrents has created beaches with a pleasant sandy touch. The Maresme mountains are gentle but high enough to contain the icy winds of the north in winter, which combined with the sea breeze helps to temper the climate.

Despite the geographical coherence and the uniformity of the landscape, until the creation of the regional map of Catalonia of the Second Republic, the current boundaries of the Maresme were not drawn. Until then it had been compartmentalized and encompassed into different geographical, political and administrative units. It is worth noting as an example that these counties have been segmented by two counties, two bishoprics and two notarial and judicial parties.

The Riera de Caldes d’Estrac has traditionally served as a dividing line between the counties and bishoprics of Barcelona and Girona. Currently this watercourse is used to separate the Alt Maresme from the Baix Maresme but traditionally separated the Marina de la Selva from the Marina de Llevant. The historical footprint of this division has greatly marked the mood of the two territories that make up the Maresme and has kept alive the debate on the duality of the region and has often called into question the capital of Mataró and the name of the region.

The presence of relatively high mountains and a short distance from the sea together with the coincidence of a Mediterranean climate of few episodes of rain but strong intensity, has made the presence of streams, rials and torrents common to all peoples. of the region and that all its localities at some point in its history have suffered the violence of the frequent floods.

The Montnegre massif and the Corridor
The Montnegre massif and the corridor are a geological system located in the Coastal Range at the eastern end of the Maresme region bordering and sharing nature with the Vallès Oriental and La Selva. The Argentona and Tordera streams mark their extreme geographical limits, while the Vallgorguina and Arenys streams separate the two massifs. The Montnegre-Corredor massif complex is considered a natural park and is protected by the Barcelona Provincial Council’s Network of Natural Parks.

The Corredor and the Montnegre are a fairly compact set of mountains with a rather gentle relief. Although human activity has shaped some of its spaces, mostly and thanks to the regression of the peasantry, forests are returning to their original exuberance. The Montnegre is a little steeper due to the slate layers of its geology that give a note of color in a mostly granitic environment. The Corridor on the other hand is kinder and of more rounded forms.

The vegetation varies depending on the sunny or shady areas, however, the presence in the Corridor and Montnegre of holm oaks, pines, cork oaks, hazelnuts, chestnuts and shrubs favors the presence of mammalian inhabitants such as the guilla, the wild boar, the cellar rat., the genet, the squirrel, the pheasant, the badger, the weasel, the red mole, the gray dormouse, the roe deer and the mesquer cat; birds such as the bald eagle, the peregrine falcon, the jay or the green woodpecker, the white-throated grebe and the woodpecker; and reptiles such as the green snake, the white snake and the lizard.

The Sierra de Marina or Sant Mateu
The Sierra de Marina or the Sierra de la Conreria, as it has always been called, are the names given to the section of the Catalan Coastal Range between the Coll de Parpers (between Argentona and La Roca del Vallès) to the east. and the river Besòs to the west. If the Montnegre-Corredor Massif closes the region to the eastern part, the Sierra de Marina does so in the western sector, being the point of contact between the Vallès Oriental and the Barcelonès. A series of “island mountains” such as Montcabrer in Cabrils, Burriac in Cabrera de Mar or the Céllecs hill between Órrius and Vilanova del Vallès are very characteristic of this mountain range.

As in the case of the Montnegre-Corredor Massif, the vegetation varies depending on whether we are in the sunny part or the shady part. In the maritime area, the forests of Scots pine, scrub, scrub, heather and aloes abound, while on the slopes of Valles, due to the humidity, holm oaks and oaks predominate, although there is also a lack of scrub, heather rosemary the cat. Reeds, hedgerows and holly abound in torrent areas.

Among the mammals of the mountain range, the king is the wild boar. The guilla, the squirrel, the genet, the pheasant, the cellar rat, the weasel, the red mole, the hedgehog, the badger and the dormouse also abound. gray. In the woods you can find green and white snakes and lizards. Its sky is dominated by the bald eagle, the kestrel, the owl, the jay or the green woodpecker, the gorjablanc, in addition, being the hills of the mountain range place of passage of many species of migratory birds, it is frequent to see -there are many birds such as thrushes that, despite not being native to the area, are not strange to the inhabitants of these lands.

The Serralada de Marina has been affected by several developments that have damaged the ecosystem as well as some quarries that have severely damaged the environment. In order to protect it, the Provincial Council has created the Parc de la Serralada litoral and the Parc de la Serralada de Marina which ensure its protection.

Costa del Maresme
The Maresme coast is the section of the Catalan coast that coincides with the coast of the Maresme region and that covers a total of sixteen municipalities from Montgat to the mouth of the Tordera. It is bordered on the north by the Costa Brava and on the south by the Costa de Barcelona.

It is a coastal strip that stretches between the Mediterranean Sea and the Coastal Range, which protects it from the north winds. The Maresme coast is identified with extensive beaches and golden sand, fishing villages and towns with a long tourist tradition. Characterized by its mild climate and the Mediterranean landscape, it is a residential and tourist area of the first magnitude that in recent decades has hosted many people of metropolitan origin who have moved their first residence.

The region has five marinas and fishing activity is concentrated mainly in Arenys de Mar. For this reason, this town and Sant Pol de Mar have been distinguished as seafaring villages by the Catalan Tourism Agency.

Natural area Costes del Maresme
In front of the Maresme coast lies the Alghero of Mataró which contains some of the best preserved meadows of oceanic posidonia in the country. Its more than 2,900 ha have been integrated since 2006 within the Costes del Maresme protected natural area and in 2014 they were declared a Special Conservation Area (ZEC) by the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Posidonia or glass algae is a plant of great ecological importance and very beneficial for marine ecosystems which is the subject of study and dissemination from public-private initiatives in the region such as the Posidonia 2021 project.

Maresme beaches
The Costa del Maresme has a total of 54 beaches and coves that add up to a length of 55 km, most of golden sand with medium and coarse grain.

They range from urban beaches, with all kinds of services, to more natural beaches and away from urban centers. These include those that have been awarded the Blue Flag, others that have been awarded the Biosphere sustainability commitment and others that have been awarded the Q for Tourism Quality. Some resorts have also been certified as Family Beach destinations and offer facilities and services specially designed for family audiences.

The fauna of a territory is linked to the vegetation that is present. The alterations and degradation of this will be reflected in a decrease in animal population, both qualitatively and quantitatively. In general, larger animals are the first to be affected; the decline of predators, which find refuge in areas less traveled by man, are remarkable everywhere.

The fauna of the Maresme can be divided into five groups:

The fauna consists of all of beings who live in the same ecosystem, in March, and between them have a relationship that allows food the ecological balance; in the sea we also find birds, many of which live in the region and others that only pass there when they emigrate.
In the wetlands, there is another ecosystem that allows the development of small swimming invertebrates that serve as food for the birds that live there, and also for migratory ones.
In forested areas, there are animals that have adapted to man and his action. Thus, the disappearance of large predators has led to the proliferation of small mammals and the disappearance of crops, the population of birds that feed on them.
Some animals have taken advantage of human presence and cities to find the resources they need to live, as well as being protected from predators.
In farmhouses, there is an ecosystem similar to wetlands, it is one of the places where there is stagnant water and therefore you can find animals similar to those who live there.

Regional history
The Maresme is a corner of a dual world, half terrestrial, half maritime. It is a narrow strip of land with gentle granite mountains that, when it decomposes to form the sandstone, creates the sandy soil that its inhabitants have been working and enjoying for centuries. The history of the Maresme comes from afar and that is why every rock, every pine, every oak, every river, every hill… with the cadence of the comings and goings of the waves echo stories, legends, fables and songs.

The first human settlers of the Paleolithic and Neolithic have left numerous testimonies of their occupation in the region. Megalithic constructions such as the menhirs of the Pedra Llarga of Dosrius or the dolmens such as that of Castellruf de Tiana or that of Roca d’En Toni de Vilassar de Dalt or the enigmatic Table of the Witches of Horsavinyà are quite evident in many places.

There are several archaeological remains: The dolmen of Roca d’en Toni in Vilassar de Dalt, the Iberian village of Burriac (Cabrera de Mar), the Roman remains in Sent-romà (Tiana), the Roman Villa of Can Llauder in Mataró, the Roman aqueduct of Can Cua in Pineda de Mar, etc.

From the age of the metals, more specifically to the horizon of the Late Bronze Age and the Iron Age, Iberian culture shone with great force in our country. The Laietans who were the Iberian people who occupied the current Maresme and who organized the territory from the dry capital to the oppidum of Ilturo in Burriac (Cabrera de Mar).

The arrival of the Romans in the Iberian Peninsula in 218 BC, at the height of the war with the Carthaginians, led to the establishment of some military detachments to occupy a territory that had traditionally been closely linked to the Phenopun trade. And shortly afterwards, Laietania became a permanent settlement for the Romans to establish trading posts or to use the old retired legionaries for the conquered lands. This is how the city of Iluro (Mataró) was founded, which together with the neighboring Baetulo (Badalona) Blandae (Blanes) organized the whole territory through the centuriation around the Via Augusta that connected Rome with Gades (Cádiz). The Roman trace is very clear in the region, especially in industrial establishments such as the Teià Wine Cell,

The Middle Ages caused a demographic decline and a movement of the population to new nuclei less coastal and more sheltered from the dangers of the sea and led to the birth of the villages we know today as Munt or Dalt. There is little evidence of the passage of Muslims between 711 and 801 in the region, in fact only a few place names are the result of Islamic heritage. The conquest of the region by the Franks forever marked the future of the territory by establishing in the Caldes d’Estrac stream the boundary of the counties and bishoprics of Barcelona to the south and Girona to the north. From then on, the territory remained administratively separated, linking the towns and people of the Upper Maresme in Girona and those of the Baix Maresme in Barcelona.

The Riera de Caldes has been the point of separation of the region since the Carolingian conquest around 800. What was born with a political and ecclesiastical administrative will at the time of the Frankish conquest, during the Middle Ages fossilized separating the territories of the viscounty of Cabrera in the Alt Maresme area from the areas of royal ownership of the house of Barcelona in the Baix Maresme. Pope Alexander III, in 1169, sealed this separation that would become historic, confirming that the territories north of the river were under the tutelage of the bishop of Girona and those located in the south were under the pastoral observation of the prelate. Barcelonan.

In the lower Maresme, small feudal lords distributed the territory that gradually passed under the control of large bourgeois families in Barcelona. In the high Maresme, the territories became part of the Viscounty of Cabrera, which promoted the population of the coast around Blanes and Calella.

In the 15th century, with the abolition of the servitude of the gleva, the coastal area began to be repopulated and the defense towers began to proliferate in response to maritime aggression and the futility of defending the peasant interests of the military feudal lords. Also at the end of this century many localities freed themselves from feudal power and joined the streets of Barcelona as is the case of the town of Mataró and the parishes of Argentona Cabrera, Vilassar and Premià ending what during those last bars of the fifteenth century had been the Barony of the Maresme and which brought together the lords of the castles of Mata and Vilassar-Burriac.

Between the 16th and 18th centuries, the Maresme economy prospered remarkably as the Maresme became the wine suppliers of the Spanish imperial armies, then obstinate in defending their interests in the Netherlands and occupied in such long or sterile wars with the French and English..

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Maresme exported wine and brandy by land and sea, as well as lace and rand, glass products and even watches. With the Decree of Free Trade of Charles III, many Maresmen embarked on the career of trade with America, many settled there and many others began important sagas of sailors and pilots. From the commercial profits, an incipient cotton industry was soon born in the 19th century, which remained very much alive until the 1970s.

The industrial and commercial vitality of the Maresme and its remarkable demographic growth allowed on the one hand that the coastal zones were populated and that many towns of friction to sea separated from their mother towns of above or mountain as it would be the case of Montgat, Masnou, Premià de Mar, Vilassar de Mar etc and on the other, the arrival of the communications revolution first with the railway that first connected Mataró with Barcelona in 1848 and later united the capital of the region with Arenys de Mar and Tordera-Blanes. In the coming years, fishing and marinas were built throughout the east of the region and since 1969 the Maresme was once again a pioneering place now it was the turn of the arrival of the first toll motorway.

In the field, the arrival of electricity led to a revolutionary change that took place from the historical expanses of dryland agriculture where the vineyards, cereals, olive trees and orange groves, with an alternation of grains, have reigned since the darkness of time. barren areas to a new irrigation paradigm that used irrigation through electric vents. With the arrival of water in all corners of the region, the cultivation of potatoes soon turned the Mataró Potatoes designation of origin into the main product of the Maresme vegetable garden. The organization of the exploration of the Royal Kidney tuber variety caused a resurgence in the articulation of the peasantry and local unions that founded the Federation of Coastal Agricultural Unions (FSAL) to manage exports and sales, especially in French markets., Germans and English. This international trade allowed the peasantry to acquire many profits and remarkably modernized the sector. In the 50’s little by little the potato was replaced by the cultivation first of the carnation, then the rose and later e all kinds of cut flowers and nursery plant fact that turned the fields into large expanses of greenhouses and went cause the founding of the Florimar union that brought together the interests of florists.

From the beginning of the 20th century, the phenomenon of summering took place, which varied from the second residences of the Barcelona bourgeoisie to places such as Caldes d’Estrac, Vilassar de Mar, Argentona and Canet de Mar, among others. of the large hotel complexes and camping areas in Calella, Pineda de Mar, Palafolls, Santa Susanna and Malgrat.

The Maresme has been an important industrial hub, especially the textile, chemical and metallurgical industries. Agriculture stands out historically in its aspects viticulture and floriculture, horticulture which accounts for more than half of the production of this sector in Catalonia. Fishing and tourism have also been relevant sectors in a region with so many kilometers of coastline. but over the years our economy has been transformed to move to the tourism sector.

But in recent decades it has become – due to the mild climate and the beauty of the landscape and also the proximity to Barcelona – an eminently tourist region, especially in the Alt Maresme, and residential due to the proximity of Barcelona, especially in the Baix Maresme. This region has a good tourist infrastructure (hotels, campsites, marinas, golf, etc.).

The Maresme is bounded on the west by the Serralada Litoral, which separates the region of Vallès Oriental, on the east by La Selva and on the west by Barcelonès. The C-32 Barcelona-Palafolls, the N-II and the railway line Barcelona-Maresme Maçanet grant exceptional access conditions.

Alella is a promenade of vineyards by the sea. Come and discover the wines of the DO Alella and enjoy our wide cultural and gastronomic offer, in an environment of tranquility and a very special landscape.

Arenys de Mar
Arenys de Mar, a different place where the magic of the sea and its people make Arenys, a real Catalan seafaring town. Enjoy its great cultural and gastronomic heritage.

Arenys de Munt
La Riera is its backbone where you can shop and stroll. A traditional lacemaker village, located between the Montnegre and the Corredor, you can do activities in nature and enjoy its restaurants.

In Argentona, history and modernity go hand in hand: the church of Sant Julià from the 16th century. XVI, the Picant fountain, the Càntir Museum and the houses of the Argentine Eixample with modernist façades form a magnificent cultural ensemble accompanied by good gastronomy.

Cabrera de Mar
Located in a small valley open to the coast combines mountain and sea with fantastic views from the Castle of Burriac and a great archaeological wealth in the Iberian village, at the foot of the castle, and in several Roman areas in the town. The main population centers are concentrated in the Center del Poble and Pla de L’Avellà.

Cabrils is known as the gastronomic town par excellence. At the foot of the coastal mountain range and 3 km from the beach, it has an excellent restaurant offer in the Maresme. We can also highlight the Arboretum of Catalonia, a green space where you can find all the flora of our country, and the Creu de Montcabrer, a magnificent viewpoint of the whole region.

Caldes d’Estrac
Caldes d’Estrac, also known as Caldetes. The town has several tourist attractions that make it an area visited by people from all over the world at all times of the year; thermalism and thalassotherapy, an art center with more than 30 works by Picasso, remarkable gastronomic days such as the “Pesolada”.

Calella, a destination for Family Tourism and Sports Tourism with three magnificent beaches, a very important shopping center and very close to Barcelona and Girona. Calella, known as the tourist capital of the Costa de Barcelona, is a cosmopolitan and cheerful city, with a typically Mediterranean climate. Its geographical location and the surrounding roads are ideal for all kinds of excursions. This makes it a special place to spend a family vacation. Its pleasant climate and magnificent sports facilities make Calella an ideal place to practice sports all year round. You can practice all kinds of sports, such as football, athletics, swimming, triathlon, table tennis, basketball, handball… as well as water sports at the city’s yacht club. Calella also hosts the important Ironman Barcelona – Maresme (international triathlon) event every year.

In the Canyamars valley, within the Parc del Montnegre and the Corredor, there is a whole series of active tourism proposals. From an unforgettable donkey ride, to visiting an old ice well, passing by the adventure park or discovering the forest on a segway.

El Masnou
Just 20 minutes from Barcelona, with excellent communication, El Masnou, is a quiet village located in the south of the Maresme region, between Premià de Mar and Montgat. The town follows the coast with more than three kilometers of beach, which has marked the close relationship with the sea, such as the hobby of fishing and water sports activities in general. Walking along the sea side, getting to know the corners of the old town, where the history of the town is still breathed, and savoring a good meal are some of the things you can enjoy if you come to El Masnou.

Malgrat de Mar
Malgrat de Mar is the last coastal town in the Maresme region. The village is bounded by the river Tordera. Its tourist attractions include its four, the two large natural spaces that allow magnificent views of the town and a variety of leisure possibilities.

Mataró is an active and changing city, committed to new technologies and faithful to its culture and history. This is the Mataró that awaits you. You will know its rich architectural and archaeological heritage; you will enjoy its beaches, parks and mountains; you will have fun with their festivals and traditions; you will find a wide range of commercial offerings and the traditional Mediterranean markets. When you come, you will share with the people of Mataró their quality of life and the challenges of the 21st century.

Montgat is a quality town where we enjoy a good geographical location, with a mild climate, large public spaces and privileged beaches; good communication with the area of influence of Barcelona and El Maresme. Montgat is a town to know.

Òrrius is the smallest town in the Maresme, with an area of 5.57 km² and 654 inhabitants. Located between the Vallès and the Maresme, connected by the BV-5106 with La Roca and Argentona, it enjoys a privileged environment surrounded by forests and mountains, overlooking the Montseny and beautiful walks along the Turó de Céllecs, where you can also enjoy the ‘sport in nature with various possibilities: climbing, hiking, cycling… If you want to disconnect from the noise and the rush, spent a few hours in this place of Òrrius and regain your breath and connection with nature.

Pineda de Mar
Pineda, a sea of possibilities. Enjoy an environment full of nature; rest and leisure in the family; culture, heritage and traditions; good food… We are waiting for you. Destination certified with the Family Tourism brand. It is an ideal destination to spend unforgettable days in a quiet environment. Its wide and long beach, a varied offer of accommodation, a good number of cafes, terraces and restaurants, a great commercial offer and an urban configuration of green squares and children’s play areas, make it a privileged nucleus for the enjoyment of family vacations.

Premià de Dalt
Premià de Dalt, a village in the Sant Mateu valley. Here you will find good food, extreme sports, literature and tradition. Simply, Premià de Dalt likes it.

Premià de Mar.
Premià de Mar, a town with a maritime tradition where you can visit the Museu de l’Estampació and the Roman remains of Can Farrerons. We invite you to enjoy our festivities and one of the most dynamic commercial areas of the Maresme.

Sant Andreu de Llavaneres
Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, enjoy our gastronomic and commercial offer of excellent quality and do not leave without taking peas and cake LES 3 VILES Under the brand Les 3 Viles, the towns of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Sant Vicenç de Montalt and Caldes d’Estrac, have been united since 2007 to work together in the promotion of tourism and revitalize the area.

Sant Cebrià de Vallalta
Located in a valley surrounded by mountains with the Montnegre Natural Park and the Corridor in the background and the sea just 3 km. The great values of the municipality are its natural spaces where to walk and the gastronomy. The latter marked mainly by the cultivation of the strawberry, by the recovery of the vineyard in the territory and by the mushrooms.

Sant Iscle de Vallalta
The small town is surrounded by the rural and natural territory of the Montnegre – Corredor park, which, on Sundays, has an information point in the center of town.

Sant Pol de Mar
Sant Pol de Mar is an example of a Mediterranean village, with its narrow streets and white, stepped houses and its coastline cut by clean, granular sandy beaches reminiscent of its maritime origins.

Sant Vicenç de Montalt
Sant Vicenç de Montalt is a charming village. Located at the foot of the Cim del Montalt (595m), it offers the contrast of the beautiful mountain landscape with the extensive beach that opens to the sea.

Santa Susanna
Santa Susanna enjoys a privileged location between the sea and the Montnegre-Corredor Natural Park and very close to Barcelona and Girona. It has woven its own model specializing in sun, beach and nature tourism and with services such as the BTT Center and the Nautical Station. Santa Susanna bears the marks of Family Tourism and Sports Destination. Modern destination to enjoy sun, beach and nature tourism, with quality services and active leisure with specialized and diversified products. It enjoys a privileged location, with good communications and close to Barcelona.

Santa Susanna has been the first tourist destination on the Costa del Maresme certified by Turisme de Catalunya with the distinction of Family Tourism. This has led to adapting its hotel floor with a whole range of specific services and to promoting a complete calendar of activities. In summer, the Mini Beach Club works for all children staying in Santa Susanna, with inflatable workshops and games in addition to the family activities organized by the establishments themselves. Specific products for children have been created. Thanks to its strategic location, sports facilities and the modern hotel floor, an optimal space for better physical, technical and tactical sports performance of clubs, federations and all those athletes concerned to always be at the highest level and, all this, by the sea and close to Barcelona, with an unbeatable climate and with the support of the “sports coordinator” who will accompany you and assist you during your stay.

In its orography we can highlight the hills of Baldiri and Lladó that are part of the Sant Mateu massif. Of interest you can visit the Cella Vinaria, the CAT of Teià Fonts Batllori as well as the route through the urban landscape where we can know Casa Pol, Can Godó or the Church of Sant Martí

Tordera is a town in the Alt Maresme, located in the NE of the province of Barcelona. It is 36 km. from Girona and about 64 from Barcelona. It has approximately 84 km2 and is the largest in the Maresme region. Two thirds of the municipality is mountainous and the rest is flat. The territory stands out for its natural and landscape importance. They include the town center, on the banks of the Tordera, and the aggregates of Hortsavinyà, Sant Pere de Riu and Vallmanya, as well as several farmhouses grouped in neighborhoods such as Sant Daniel, Sant Ponç, Sant Vicenç, Sant Jaume, Sant Andreu, Sant Pere and Sant Tou, in addition to several urbanizations built in the mountainous sector of the municipality. The highest point of the municipality is the Turó de N’Alomar, of 701 m. and the 572 m peak of Hortsavinyà, within the Montnegre Natural Park. At present, it has more than 15,000 inhabitants.

Vilassar de Dalt
Vilassar de Dalt is a town with a rich archaeological, natural and industrial heritage. Population of steep streets, entrance to the Parc de la Serralada Litoral still retains, in its old town, many of the architectural elements that characterize it. Walking through its streets we find farmhouses, houses of lords, houses of body and the testimony of the old textile factories that formed the current urban fabric at the end of the 19th century. It is necessary to mention the dynamism of Vilassar de Dalt, with remarkable examples like the theater of the Mass or the different activities organized by the organizations from the population that make of Vilassar de Dalt a alive town.

Vilassar de Mar.
Seafaring village characterized by its beach, an old town with modernist buildings, museums, the Christmas tower and the Flower Market and Ornamental Plant of Catalonia.

The Maresme is a region rich in culture and, thanks to its historical legacy, can be made from archaeological routes (especially important those of the Ibero-Roman era) to modernist routes, of Indians, or those that review the industrial legacy of the region. The industrialization of the region and the conversion into a summer resort of the Barcelona and Catalan bourgeoisie turned the Maresme into a territory rich in modernist architecture, linked to the first works of the most important architects of that movement: Lluís Domènech i Montaner (Canet de Mar), Josep Puig i Cadafalch (Mataró and Argentona) and Antoni Gaudí (Mataró and Alella). Among the routes offered by the municipalities are, without a doubt, the Modernisme routes linked to Canet de Mar, Mataró and Argentona. But there are many others, of a literary or gastronomic nature or even those that propose a more direct contact with nature. Each municipality offers free or audio-guided routes to discover the heritage of the Maresme.

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What better way to discover the Maresme and its cultural, natural or architectural legacy than through guided routes and theatrical visits. Guided and theatrical visits can be made to museums, archeological sites, modernist buildings or natural places in the region. Among the different proposals in the region you can take guided tours of museums or routes through natural environments such as the Walking Route through the Cisa de Premià de Dalt or urban routes such as the route ” Route to discover the modernist and Indian heritage of Canet de Mar “, gastronomic proposals such as The modernist tastings of the Casa Coll i Regàs, a tasting of local products or even family visits and workshops such as the gymkhana “El gran joc del Masnou, terra de Mar”. For detailed information on each route consult the agenda on our website.

The active history of the municipalities of the Maresme has resulted in the existence of a large number of museums, some dedicated to very curious specialties, such as the Càntir Museum in Argentona or the Marès de la Punta Museum in Arenys de Mar. Some of them are in buildings of notable architectural interest, such as the Municipal Museum of Textile Printing in Premià de Mar, which occupies the modernist building of the old gas factory.

Gaudí Ship – Bassat d’Art Collection
In 1883 Gaudí built his first work and did it in Mataró on behalf of the Sociedad Cooperativa la Obrera Mataronense. The Nau Gaudí is a manifesto of his way of understanding architecture and is currently the headquarters of the private collection of the publicist Lluís Bassat.

Municipal Nautical Museum of Masnou
The Museu del Masnou was officially created in 1962 and after being located at Carrer Sant Francesc d’Assís, 28, with its own museography from the 1970s, it moved to its new headquarters in 1998. in order to modernize it, it was closed in 1999 to open to the public completely renovated in new facilities, the current space, in 2001. The facility has 2,048 m2. The Museum’s spaces are distributed in different areas: The blue sea (morphology of the coast); Antiquity (archaeological remains of different sites in the area); The birth of a village (origins of the town of Masnou); The Masnou boats (shipyards and complementary trades in shipbuilding); Trade (overseas trade routes); and The maritime heritage in Masnou and the audiovisual space “El Masnou del segle XX”.

Carme Rovira House Museum
The Casa Museu Carme Rovira shows the private world of the naive painter Carme Rovira and exhibits a selection of her works, complemented by the restoration of the murals on the walls of the house by Joan Salvà, painter and friend of Carme Rovira, with the aim of giving back to him the aspect that had in life of the painter.

Cusí Museum of Pharmacy
In the Alcon Laboratories is the Cusí Museum of Pharmacy, privately owned (Royal Academy of Pharmacy of Catalonia). It is an 18th-century Benedictine pharmaceutical facility from the monastery of Santa María la Real de Nájera, La Rioja, and a collection of ceramic containers from various areas of Spain in the 18th and 19th centuries. There is also a magnificent library and various objects related to pharmacy and medicine.

Museum of Mataró
The Mataro Museum is a multidisciplinary institution linked to the territory, its collections are diverse, and include: archaeological materials, natural specimens, historical objects, art and decorative arts. It offers stable research and dissemination programs (exhibitions, publications, school activities, visits…) and integrates a documentary center of natural sciences and an area of archaeological management of the city of Mataró. The headquarters are located in Can Serra, a 16th century Renaissance building. The ground floor is used to house temporary exhibitions, and on the first and second floors are presented in a synthetic way, two of the thematic axes of the museum’s exhibition program. The exhibition “Iluro, a Roman city” offers in five areas an approach to Mataró from the Roman era that the excavations of recent years have made it possible to know much better. On the second floor, the exhibition “Mataró, a Mediterranean city” takes a tour of three major areas of the city’s history from medieval times to the present day.

Arenys de Mar Museum. Marès de la Punta Museum
Monographic museum dedicated to the history and technique of the artisan and mechanical point. The Museum has a valuable collection of pieces from all over Europe from the end of the 16th century to the present day. In the same space is a room dedicated to the history of Arenys de Mar with archaeological objects from the Iberian village of Torre dels Encantats to the present day.

Dalmau Park anti-aircraft shelters
The anti-aircraft shelter in Dalmau Park was put into operation in 1937, months after the Municipal Committee, on November 2, 1936, decided to create shelters to protect the civilian population from aerial bombardment. Three shelters were built in the city: the first in the Roser mountain, the second in the Parc dels Pins or Dalmau park and the third called La Granja. All three had a total capacity of 3,600 people, just half the population of Calella at that time. The population was distributed among the three shelters according to the street where they lived; each of the shelters had three access doors to facilitate access and prevent congestion. Calella City Council, in collaboration with the Democratic Memorial, restored and signposted the Dalmau Park Anti-Aircraft Shelter to make it visitable, the space was inaugurated on April 11, 2010 and included in the Network of Memory Spaces of Catalonia. The visit is complemented by explanatory panels and its own museography, as well as the audiovisual “War Witnesses” where several people from Calella tell their experiences during the years of the civil war and the postwar period.

Archive Museum of Santa Maria
The artistic, historical and cultural heritage of the parish of Santa Maria, the oldest in the city, is exhibited. In addition to the sections of the Roser, Les Santes and the Sala Síntesi, the Museum includes, as the most outstanding section, the Conjunt dels Dolors, a relevant exhibition of Baroque art in which the artist Antoni Viladomat took part.

Tharrats Foundation for Graphic Art
It is a collection of graphic art by various authors, especially contemporary Catalan: Miró, Clavé, Tàpies, Cuixart, Pons, Brossa, Tharrats, Perejaume, Subirachs, Hernández Pijuan, Guinovart.

Water Mine Interpretation Center
The aim was to recreate the exit or courtyard of a well-to-do house in the town with the typical laundry room, rebuilt from original pieces. You can also see a collection of objects linked to the construction of this network for water supply and the audiovisual Les mines del Masnou, a heritage of all. The section of mines accessed during the visit, about 40 meters, runs through an underground gallery that was reinforced to facilitate access and ensure security, as well as an anti-aircraft shelter. A complex system of galleries was explained that served to supply water to the local population. Excavations began in El Masnou (former municipal districts of Alella and Teià) from the 18th century onwards to capture and collect water that seeped into the subsoil and channel it to the tanks and laundry of the houses. This supply system responded effectively to the lack of continuous watercourses in the territory. The result was a network of 28 galleries that cover 27 km through the Masnou subsoil.

Roman Museum of Premià de Mar
Can Ferrerons is the only octagonal Roman building currently known in Catalonia. It is in excellent condition, with walls of 2.5 m. of average height. It occupies 710 m 2 and was built during late antiquity. It has three phases of occupation, which include bathrooms (balneum) and reception rooms. In a second phase, the building will be used for production, with presses (torcularia), cellar (cella vinaria) and other elements. Abandoned in the s. VI AD, a small necropolis was built. In the Museu de l’Estampació you can visit a small exhibition on Premià archeology, which houses the remains evidenced in Premià de Mar from the Neolithic to the late Roman period.

Argentona Pitcher Museum
The Museu del Càntir d’Argentona preserves and disseminates an important collection of more than 4,000 water containers, the vast majority of traditional earthenware jugs, which show a journey of almost three thousand years of human creation, since from the Bronze Age to contemporary art, with several copies by Pablo Picasso. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum dedicates a floor to thematic exhibitions on the world of the jug and a room for temporary exhibitions of current artists. The shop offers publications, reproductions of museum pieces and a wide range of ceramic products.

Palau Foundation, Picasso in Caldes
The Palau Foundation aims to preserve, exhibit and disseminate the artistic and documentary collection of Josep Palau i Fabre. Josep Palau i Fabre is considered one of the most prestigious specialists in the world on the life and work of Picasso, of whom he was also his personal friend. Poet, playwright, short story writer and essayist, she is one of the great personalities of Catalan literature of our times and has connected Catalan culture with the most important artistic currents of the 20th century. The Palau Foundation permanently exhibits a part of its artistic and documentary collection, of which a room dedicated entirely to Picasso stands out. It also exhibits works by such significant authors as Gargallo, Torres-García and Rebull, who were part of the artistic context in which the young Palau i Fabre grew up, and by more avant-garde painters such as Miró, Clavé, Ponç and the contemporaries Tàpies, Perejaume and Miquel Barceló.

Vilassar de Dalt Archive Museum
The Archive Museum of Vilassar de Dalt occupies the Can Banús farmhouse and shows the public a permanent collection of the main archaeological evidence of our town. At the same time, it organizes a series of temporary exhibitions on different topics throughout the year.

Premià de Dalt Museum
Collection of diverse nature, especially archeology. Virtual reconstruction of the history of Premià de Dalt. Specific treatment of real estate cultural heritage.

Collection of Churches of Catalonia by Joan Cuquet i Castelló
Permanent collection of about 3,300 handmade ceramic plates from churches throughout Catalonia.

Museum of the Old Mine
Ca l’Eudald is the headquarters of the Museu de la Mina Vella. An old hydraulic mill built in 1806. The visit begins in the courtyard where the Vilassar de Mar weather station is located. Next we have access to the Pou de ca l’Eudald, which is one of the eight wells that serve Vilassar de Mar. With 3 meters in diameter it is the widest in the village, its depth is 45 meters. Right next to the well we can see the solar panels of a small power plant. Before entering the museum building we need to see how the water from the wells and mines reaches the general tank. Water that will be supplied to the population. The museum’s permanent collection is on display in five rooms. On the ground floor you can see the history of the water companyand how the water is distributed in Vilassar de Mar. If we go down to the old basements of the mill in the first we can learn how to build the wells and mines that still serve our population today. The second and third basements correspond to the space of the old hydraulic mill. In the third we can see the old drainage mine, currently dry, about 300 meters long.

Premià de Mar Printing Museum
It tells the history of printing from the seventeenth century to the present, universally and in Catalonia, dealing with both technical, scientific and artistic or design.

Stained glass window workshop
The City Council and the Estralls workshop offer the possibility of visiting the modernist stained glass workshop and thus being able to complete the different cultural and tourist routes that can be done in Canet de Mar. In Estralls you can see the workshop for making leaded stained glass, which is a traditional technique and they will tell you the history of glass and stained glass, with special mention to modernist stained glass. You will be able to see some replicas of the work done, as well as the tools and the raw material used. In addition to work carried out for private houses, the craftsmen of Estralls, have restored and made the stained glass windows of the cruise of the Parish, of the Technical University School of Knitted Fabrics, of the Sanctuary of Mercy, of the Castle of Santa Florentina or the Casa Roura.

Jordi Puigduví Vertebrate Fauna Collection
La Central is an information center in the Parc del Montnegre and the Corredor where there is a small collection of naturalized birds. The center organizes various activities related to nature: talks, workshops, ornithology courses, guided walks, screenings, etc. You can also find publications and information on the itineraries that run through the natural park and the surroundings of Arenys de Munt

Batllori Fund
The Batllori Jofré Collection was set up in September 2003 as a result of an agreement between the artist’s family (which donated the studio and the whole of his work to the town of Teià) and Teià City Council., which, as a representative of the people, is committed to preserving and disseminating this legacy. In total there are more than two thousand pieces between objects and drawings, arranged in three spaces: the studio, preserved exactly as he had it, which is the “jewel in the crown of the Fund”; the archive, where around one thousand five hundred originals are kept and the permanent exhibition, with the biography and a sample of the illustrator’s career.

Can Marfà Knitwear – Mataró Museum
Mataró has been the capital of the knitwear industry for many years. Knitting has become one of the mainstays of its economy and industrial activity that has given uniqueness and identity to the city within the territory. Since March 28, 2015, the Fàbrica Marfà de Mataró (Can Marfà), has hosted the new extension of the Museu de Mataró dedicated to the knitwear industry, a fundamental part of the history of the city and the country that did not yet have of its own museum space. The new exhibition space is located in Can Marfà, which before 1936 was the most important knitwear factory in Spain, both in terms of the number of workers and the volume and quality of its production. It is a set of style industrial architectureManchester, built between 1880 and 1881, protected by the Catalog of the Architectural Heritage of Mataró and declared a Cultural Asset of Local Interest. The small nave, which has been restored and adapted to accommodate the new museum functions, has 1,800 m 2 distributed over three floors:

Ground floor. It is conceived as a multipurpose space open to the city where the program of activities of the museum is developed: temporary exhibitions, conferences, days, presentations, didactic workshops… The objective is to offer an attractive program for different types from public, where the history and current affairs of the sector, knowledge and reflection can coexist with playful experimentation.

First floor. It hosts the reference exhibition of the equipment, a significant sample of the thematic and chronological scope of the collections that the Jaume Vilaseca Foundation has been recovering over 25 years with the collaboration of hundreds of people. With an attractive museography, a route is proposed following a double line of argument, on the one hand, the process of manufacturing knitted fabric, and on the other the evolution of this industry in Catalonia from the eighteenth century to the present.. From an economic and social perspective, the aim is to tell a story that many people from Mataró have lived in the first person, and to invite reflection, with the perspective of time, on the events of the past and the challenges of the present and the future. The contents occupy 600 m², and are arranged in 7 areas or thematic units that contextualize the machinery,

Second floor. Pending adaptation, it is intended to house the collection area, the technical work area and the reserve and warehouse area. Work is underway to make part of the collection reserve area visitable, as an extension of the exhibition space on the first floor, which will make a significant percentage of the collections available to visitors. This floor will also house the space for in-depth teaching, conceived as an area for experimentation that will complement the visitor’s experience.

Museum of Tourism
The Calella Tourism Museum was born as a unique museum proposal in the world that aims to show in an attractive, didactic and participatory way the history of tourism and its socio-cultural and economic effects at a global level. The facility is organized into four spaces: the lobby, the Sala Turisme, the Sala Calella and the Espai Mutur. The lobby is the space that introduces the dimension and the global effects of the tourist phenomenon, as well as the evolution of the fact of traveling. The preparation of the trip, the departure, the arrival and the return focus on the themes of the different exhibition, interactive and audiovisual blocks of the Sala Turisme. This area is complemented by various interactive materials, audiovisuals, city maps, tourist guides, models, objects and tourist promotion material, as well as a mural dedicated to tourist posters.

The Sala Calella is dedicated to the history of tourism in Calella and makes a historical tour of the town from La Calella before tourism, with orchards and their daily life, to the arrival of tourism and the transformation that the tourist boom represented. This space wants to be a tribute to all those who have participated in the transformation of Calella into a quality tourist destination, as well as materializing the personal stories behind a key era for the municipality. The Espai Mutur is the Museum’s multipurpose room, the most dynamic space in the MUTUR which houses temporary exhibitions, the work and research area and the function room. One of the objectives of the MUTUR is to become a reference center for research and documentary dissemination of tourism. On the other hand, we want to highlight the potential of the facility as a meeting point for the promotion of activities that help to disseminate, communicate and deepen in different aspects of the tourism sector.

Archive Museum of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres
The Museu Arxiu has its headquarters in the Can Caralt building, an 18th century farmhouse transformed into a stately home in the second half of the 19th century. It consists of three bodies, two floors, two galleries on the left side and attic and large gardens. The Museum, located on the ground floor, has collections of pieces of ceramics, numismatics, toys, glass, an ethnographic collection of the countryside and home, radios and a wide collection of cameras and projectors from of the late nineteenth century. The art gallery occupies the entire first floor of the building and contains works by painters related to Llavaneres such as Masriera, Durancamps, Toulouse, Vancells, Cardunets and contemporary Catalan painting such as Ràfols Casamada, Antoni Clavé, Miró, Tàpies and Guinovart, among others. others. It also has a sculpture gallery with works by Borrell Nicolau, Manolo Hugué, Subirachs and Riera i Aragó. The museum has a room where temporary exhibitions are held.

Roman ovens of the Fornaca
The Roman kilns of La Fornaca is a Roman pottery that was in operation from the 1st century AD to the 3rd century AD. The kilns dedicated to the production of construction elements and large-format parts are excavated in the clay of the land and constitute a unique industrial site for its characteristics.

Vallmora Wine Tourism and Archaeological Center
With a small museum space we present the theme of wine exploitation in Roman times and its wine culture that we develop in the guided tour of the Archaeological Park of the Roman winery of Vallmora of 3,400 m 2. It also contains the country’s only two reconstructions of wine presses as they were and just where they were 2,000 years ago.

Cabrils Archive Museum
The Municipal Museum located in Can Ventura del Vi consists of a collection of tools from the field, archaeological material and material of traditional trades from donations from residents of the municipality.

Cau del Cargol
More than 1,000 shells selected from a collection of more than 16,000 different species offer you a trip around the world to discover the richness of biodiversity.

Domènech i Montaner House Museum
The Casa Museu Lluís Domènech i Montaner is a museum complex that incorporates the Rocosa farmhouse, from the 17th century, and the Casa Domènech, built between 1918 and 1919 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, his son Pere Domènech and his son-in-law, Francesc Guàrdia. The whole complex was inaugurated as a museum in 1991, after careful restoration work. The Casa museu wants to present the house of Canet de Mar where the architect spent long seasons in the village, especially in summer. In his office at Masia Rocosa he designed such well-known buildings as the Café Restaurant and the International Hotel of the 1888 Universal Exposition, the Palau de la Música, the Hospital de Sant Pau and the University of Comillas, among others. others. It should also be noted that in Canet de Mar he built several buildings, in addition to his residence. In the Sant Domènec stream you can see the Ateneu and the Casa Roura and, within the forests of Pedracastell, there is the Castle of Santa Florentina.

Painting Museum of Sant Pol de Mar
The Museu de Pintura de Sant Pol has a remarkable permanent collection of Catalan paintings from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. With works by Miró, Perejaume, Ramon Casas, Guinovart, Ràfols-Casamada and local painters. Exhibitions of art, heritage and the painting collection, children’s educational workshops and various cultural activities (concerts, readings, shows…) are organized.

Arenys de Mar Museum. Mollfulleda Museum of Mining
Science museum with the most important collection of minerals in our country. The ground floor houses specimens classified according to their chemical characteristics and the first floor houses the only collection of minerals in Catalonia and an experimental space with a touch module and a touch computer with interactive information about the minerals and their uses.

Calella Lighthouse Interpretation Center
Around the figure of the Lighthouse, the Center aims to explain its communication relations with its environment from three points of view: Maritime communications, due to its intrinsic function of orienting boats. The terrestrial communications, through the optical telegraphy that we can contemplate in the Turrets, touching the Lighthouse. Urban communication, with the city, through the church bells and the various bell towers. Outside the Center, the facility has an excellent viewpoint from which you can enjoy privileged views of the city of Calella, the sea and the coast and beyond, the mountains of the Montnegre i Corredor natural park.

Festivities and fairs
The Maresme is a region with a very rich associative activity and a calendar of festive, cultural and commercial activities that fill the year-round agenda.

During the summer months music festivals are organized in various municipalities. The Santa Florentina Classical Music Festival is held in Arenys de Munt, the Jazz Festival (Arenys de Mar), the Poetry i + festival (Caldes d’Estrac), Screamin Festiva l (Calella) or the Psychobilly Meeting (Pineda de Mar), among others.

The performing arts also have a privileged place on the agenda of events in the Maresme. In April, the Pineda National Amateur Theater Show kicks off, a real showcase for the Maresme in which groups from all over Spain take part. The Curtcirckit circus festival is also held in Montgat between the end of May and the beginning of June, and in July there is an appointment with the theater in El Masnou with the international comic theater festival Ple de Riure. An event that wine lovers cannot miss is the Alella Harvest Festival in September, with wine tastings, visits to wineries or guided walks. The Oktoberfest, in October, in Calella is already a regular event for beer lovers, with more than 30 editions. Here you can try culinary specialties from various countries and enjoy live music.

Tordera and Mataró host the most nourished markets every week, real visual and gustatory shows. Argentona, meanwhile, has made popular the Fira del Càntir, which is held in August and offers interesting samples of clay crafts. Also worth mentioning in this collection is the Calella and Alt Maresme Fair, in September, recognized as a trade fair example throughout the country. The main festivities are the culmination of the popular traditions of each municipality. The most outstanding is the one in Mataró, known as ‘les Santes’ and which is celebrated at the end of July, but there are others that are also very prominent, such as the ‘Pirates and Premianencs’ (Premià de Mar).

Cirera d’en Roca Fair and Gastronomic Conference in Arenys de Munt
Modernist Market Fair in Canet de Mar
Calella and Alt Maresme Fair
Sant Andreu de Llavaneres food, autumn and mushroom fair
Fira del Càntir, the international ceramics fair in Argentona
Winter Fair in Malgrat de Mar.
Mataró Tree and Nature Fair
Masnou Trade and Gastronomy Fair (May)
Masnou Floating Fair (May)
Tordera Fair (December)
Mushroom Fair in Vilassar de Dalt (October)

Cultural events and festivals:
Harvest festival in Alella (September)
Easter gathering at the Sanctuary of the Corridor (Dosrius)
Mass of the Saints in Mataró (end of July)
Classical Music Festival at the Castle of Santa Florentina, Canet de Mar.
The Magic Night, Canet de Mar (summer)
Gathering of the sardana in Calella (June)
Gathering of the Sardana del Masnou (March)
Festa Major de Sant Pere del Masnou: Earth, Sea and Fire (June)
Plenary of the Laughter in the Masnou (July)
Fascurt del Masnou (July)
Altarpiece of the Holy Martyrs in Vilassar de Dalt (April)
Donkey Hanging in Vilassar de Dalt (August)
Hanging of the Donkey in Vilassar de Mar (June)
Pirates’ Festival in Premià de Mar (July)
Festa Major de la Minerva in Calella
Flower carpets for Corpus in Argentona
Square dance in Arenys de Mar (August)
Premià de Mar Sea Market
Celebrations of the Virgin of Mercy, patron saint of the Maresme, in Canet de Mar.
Oktoberfest in Calella
Els Pastorets de Mataró
Summer arts in Pineda de Mar (summer)

The Maresme is one of the largest vegetable gardens in the country, rich in local products, as evidenced by the more than 50 gastronomic events scheduled throughout the year, a testament to the richness and variety of the culinary culture of the region. Some of its products have gained a good reputation, such as pea flowers and carob trees, around Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Caldes d’Estrac and Mataró; the strawberries Vallalta in the area of San Cipriano de Vallalta, Sant Iscle de Vallalta, Sant Pol de Mar, Arenys de Munt Canet de Mar; the cherries of Roca d’Arenys de Munt (in spring); fish and seafood and the Montserrat tomato or Maresme apple (in summer); the squid, prawns, prawns and clams of Arenys de Mar; the beans or beans from the hook of Malgrat de Mar and Palafolls, and the mushrooms of the Maresme (in autumn).

In the cuisine of the Maresme the products of the sea and the kitchen garden predominate. Some of its products have prestige: strawberries, especially from Sant Iscle de Vallalta and Sant Cebrià de Vallalta, cherries from Arenys de Munt, pink tomatoes, peas from Sant Andreu de Llavaneres and Caldes d’Estrac, Palafolls crochet beans and mushrooms from the lower Maresme. Of the sea, the prawns, crayfish, squid and clams of Arenys de Mar stand out, as well as the wide range of fish on the coast. A complement is the Alella Designation of Origin famous, above all, for its white wines.
Gastronomic days
Calamarenys in the Maresme
from the Vallalta Strawberry to the Maresme
de Tardor, Bolet del Maresme
del Fesol del Ganxet del Maresme
of Fish and Seafood in the Maresme
of the Maresme Tomato
of the Wine of the DO Alella
of the Mataró Plate. Peas with cuttlefish and potatoes

Discover genuine and local products to enjoy a 0 km shopping. The weekly markets, fairs and themed markets that take to the streets offer the opportunity to enjoy outdoor shopping. In the Maresme you will find shops of all kinds ready to offer you what you are looking for. One of the destinations with its own stamp is Calella. This coastal town is strongly committed to shopping tourism. The Calella Shopping Line is 2 km long, with more than 500 shops in the town center. Located on Carrer de l’Església, it combines an offer of exclusive brands and small shops with cultural visits and restaurants so that you can also discover the Renaissance heritage and gastronomy of Calella.

The Shopping Nights is an event established in Maresme trade agenda. Tapas, dishes and tastings, clothes, accessories, gifts… all accompanied by shows and street entertainment. You can enjoy the nights of trade in places like Vilassar de Mar, Malgrat de Mar, Premià de Mar or Arenys de Mar, among others. Mataró, the capital of the region, stands out for having a varied commercial offer. The city center is home to more than 1,600 shops and two municipal markets. In Mataró city alone, five weekly markets are held every Saturday, in addition to the range of local products that you can find in shops and municipal markets. In addition, the city has a shopping center, Mataró Parc, with 52,000 square meters dedicated to trade and leisure in the region. In Tordera you will find one of the oldest markets in the region, with a tradition dating back to 1853 and nearly 300 stalls that fill the historic center of the city with smells, colors and flavors.

In Palafolls, the El Molí d’En Puigvert Private Foundation offers you shopping with social value. This foundation, which helps the employment and social integration of people with mental health disorders, has a selection of outlet fashion stores in the center of Palafolls. Massimo Dutti For & From, Berska For & From, Yerse, Condor or Lola Casademunt are some of the shops that are part of the Palafolls social purchase project.

In the Maresme there are also fairs and markets for all tastes: medieval fairs (such as the Forest Fair in Dosrius or the medieval fair in Palafolls), antiques and handicrafts, gastronomic fairs (Ulysses Fair in Premià de Dalt, gastronomic show of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, fair of artisan cheeses and shepherd of Sant Pol de Mar), fairs inspired by the sea (Firamar in Sant Pol de Mar) and on land (Ecofira de Dosrius), Christmas fairs and fairs where to buy and sell second hand products… a whole world to discover and buy. Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to find the perfect bargain and what makes you the most in markets for antiques and local products.

Enjoy the healing properties of our spas, with the mesothermal waters of Caldes d’Estrac, and to relax in the SPA centers offered by some hotels, with swimming pools and treatments to relax body and mind.

Resort & Spa Hotel Colon
Visit the Hotel Colon and discover the pleasure of relaxing between water and treatments. You can complete the day with a meal in the hotel restaurant.

Caldes d’Estrac Spa
Mesothermal waters of medium mineralization, hypotonic, with a temperature of 38.8ºC. Halotherapy (Salt Cave), or Vaporarium (Water and powder crystals). The spa has anti-stress and rheumatic ski passes.

Parks and gardens

The Maresme is a privileged space. The coast is the face, but its backbone, which separates it from the counties of Vallès, La Selva and El Barcelonès, is made up of the mountains, valleys, forests and gentle plains of the eastern half of the coastal range. Catalan. More than 20,000 hectares are protected and included in the Parc del Montnegre and the Corredor, the Serralada Litoral and the Serra de la Marina. More than eight hundred plant species and about two hundred and twenty vertebrates make it an area of great natural wealth and fauna marked by biodiversity. In addition to offering corners of great beauty and magnificent views of the region.

Water parks
The offer of water parks aimed at all audiences is one of the great proposals of the region for family tourism.

Marineland in Palafolls, between the Costa Brava and the Costa de Barcelona-Maresme, 45 minutes from Barcelona, is a Dolphinarium, marine zoo and water park. Two parks in one. With an experience of more than twenty years, it offers for all types of public an ideal place to enjoy all day in a privileged environment. MARINELAND is an ideal park for all ages where you will enjoy our water attractions and the best exhibitions of Dolphins, Sea Lions and Exotic Birds. An unforgettable day of entertainment and contact with nature. Marineland Catalunya is a perfect combination between dolphinarium and water park that offers a program of Pedagogical Activities that allows you to know the world of dolphins, sea lions, and be surprised by the flight and skill of the most colorful and colorful birds of the most exotic places of the planet.

Fantasy Island
It offers an unforgettable day for the whole family with the multi-track area, the wave pool, the Rambo Park, the children’s area, the lake, the kamikazes…

Natural space

Enjoy the 52 km of beaches on the Costa de Barcelona-Maresme, with a total of 54 medium and thick golden sand beaches. One of the main attractions of the Maresme, for both tourists and residents, are the magnificent beaches that characterize the 16 coastal villages of the region. For nature and sea lovers, the small rocky coves of white sand and the extensive beaches of golden sand will undoubtedly be an idyllic place to spend unforgettable days. These are mainly characterized by the quality of their waters, which means that the Maresme has ten beaches with the blue flag and three with the Q for tourist quality. In addition, the mild climate and the clear and sunny days throughout the year make the Maresme coast a perfect setting for water sports, for the enjoyment of the landscape and a wide range of activities. such as scuba diving, fishing, paddle surfing or kayaking.

Outdoor activities

In addition to the outdoor proposals, the Maresme offers other activities that undoubtedly increase the attractiveness of the region, making it much more dynamic and attractive to the visitor. For those who like holidays with more action, the Maresme offers plenty of possibilities to download adrenaline. You can visit various adventure parks for the whole family, practice zip-lining or do team building activities; in addition to the offer to share experiences with animals.

Nautical activities
Another of the great attractions of the Maresme for lovers of the sea and maritime sports is its nautical offer. The Maresme offers the possibility of scuba diving and sailing, renting boats or taking scheduled walks. One of the main marine natural resources is Alghero de Mataró, an extensive meadow of oceanic posidonia of great importance within the marine ecosystem. The offer of activities at sea offered by the Maresme is designed for all audiences. In addition to satisfying the most intrepid, it contemplates different proposals to discover the nautical world and the friendliest sea.

Cycling tourism
Combining riding bike and vacation with the practice of your favorite sport has never been so easy. In the Maresme you will find experiences that fit your needs. Whether you come as a group or as a family, or if you prefer to go for free, we offer a wide range of proposals for cycling. In the region you can go out on the road or on mountain roads by mountain bike in the parks of the Coastal Range and Montnegre and the Corridor, while enjoying magnificent sea views. In addition, in the Maresme we have two towns certified by the Catalan Tourism Agency as sports tourism destinations, Calella and Santa Susanna. In them you will find specialized accommodation with services for cyclists such as routes, sales, rentals and bicycle repair.

If you are passionate about adventures, don’t miss the offer to take part in a Geocaching in the Maresme. Treasures, scattered throughout the region are waiting to be discovered. Taking advantage of the 10 routes proposed by the guide of the grandmother of the Maresme to discover the region with the family, a total of 10 treasures that link the history of the Maresme and sustainability have been hidden.

Golf and Pitch & Putt
The Maresme region is an ideal destination to enjoy both golf and Pitch & Putt in a privileged natural environment that offers unparalleled views of the Mediterranean Sea. The Maresme is well connected to the cities of Barcelona and Girona and has two 18-hole golf courses in the villages of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres and Sant Vicenç de Montalt, as well as four Pitch & Putt courses throughout the region.

The Maresme equestrian centers offer tutoring and riding lessons, as well as horseback riding in beautiful natural landscapes such as the Montnegre and the Corredor park or various equine celebrations and activities.

Vies Braves
The Vies Braves is a public network of sea and open water itineraries for the practice of sports, leisure and educational activities. This unique initiative in the world is a differentiating, sustainable and quality product for tourist destinations, and promotes, through responsible tourism, economic promotion, deseasonalization and mobility in the territory. These itineraries are signposted and marked, allow everyone to enjoy the “open water” safely and promote the territory as a tourist destination for the practice of open water swimming and snorkeling. Combining disciplines such as swimming and snorkeling with hiking or running is possible thanks to the Vies Braves, as most of the routes run parallel to the existing circular paths along the coast and allow you to discover the territory from different perspectives.

The Maresme has five ports, which allow you to have a wide and varied range of nautical activities, distributed throughout the region, but with a greater concentration to the south of it.

Wine tourism
Discover the Maresme through wine tourism experiences. DO Alella wines paired with experiences for all tastes. From a helicopter flight or a quad excursion between vineyards to a yoga class with privileged views or a meal, tasting or calçotada in the middle of the vineyards.

The designation of origin (DO) Alella is recognized for the quality of white wines, both single-variety and resulting from blends. The most characteristic grape variety of the DO Alella is the white raisin, although we also find whites with white Grenache, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, among others. On the other hand we find aromatic rosé wines, with Grenache, Merlot and raisins and, in smaller quantities, reds made with the varieties Merlot, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, as the most representative.

With a large part of the surface cultivated in peri-urban areas, the DO Alella enjoys a Mediterranean climate, very close to the coast, quite humid and with a soil of easy drainage and that retains the solar radiations. Between tradition and urbanity, the vineyards are rocked by the sea breeze, as they scratch ground and dig their roots into the ground. The Alella Designation of Origin is the smallest in Catalonia and one of the smallest in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula. The area of vineyards is 227 hectares, there are about 50 winegrowers and 8 bottling wineries and the average annual production is 4,000hl.

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