The region of El Maresme is rich in history and patrimony and offers visitors a large number of museums in addition to attractive cultural routes and various fairs, festivals and town celebrations, as well as local culture that is very much alive and is the expression of the popular traditions of each municipality (lace making, Sardana gatherings, human castle groups...).
ARCHITECTURE AND PATRIMONY
The oldest traces date from prehistory (the Roca d’en Toni dolmen) with abundant examples corresponding to the Iberians (Laietani, the Turó de Montgat Iberian settlement) and the Roman era (the Cella Vinària: Vallmora Roman wine cellar in Teià). Many medieval buildings survive (10th to 15th centuries) in addition to a legacy of watchtowers and coastal defense towers from the 16th and 17th centuries, the Calella Lighthouse built in 1859, as well as numerous churches and farmhouses.
But the true awakening of the region occurred during the 18th and 19th centuries. First, thanks to maritime trade and shipbuilding, as can be seen in the houses of the Indians scattered throughout the region; later, with industrialization that brought the first railroad on the Iberian Peninsula.
Likewise, Modernism left its mark in Mataró, Canet de Mar, Argentona, and Alella, among the other towns of El Maresme.
El Maresme is a region rich in associative activity and has a year-round calendar of festive, cultural and commercial activities.
The Festival de Música Clàssica de Santa Florentina (...
The active history of El Maresme’s municipalities has resulted in the existence of a large number of museums, some of which are devoted to unusual and curious specialties, such as the Museu del...
The industrialization of the region and its status as summer vacation center of the Barcelona and Catalan bourgeois turned El Maresme into a territory rich in Modernist architecture, linked to the...