El Masnou is one of the cosiest holiday resorts of the Mediterranean. Its proximity to Barcelona makes it a particularly beloved destination, besides, the town also boasts splendid beaches. Which is the best place to stay in El Masnou? Join us to find out about the must-see attractions in the idyllic port town and its surroundings!
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The coastal town is situated between Montgat and Premià de Mar. El Masnou is close to Barcelona and back in time, its current site was home to the Roman village of Cal Ros de les Cabres.
The town is renowned for its two majestic beaches. Ocata Beach is considered to be one of the best beaches in the area; apart from its impressive length and width, the beach is also very clean. Moreover, it’s particularly quiet, making it a perfect spot for those who are seeking to relax. The smaller Platja del Masnou is located only a few steps away from the train station. El Masnou’s marina, offering excellent facilities also belongs to the town’s most prominent attractions.
What to see in El Masnou: the town’s attractions
El Masnou’s centre is dotted with buildings of different architectural designs: neoclassicist, modernist, noucentista and simply eclectic characteristics are all represented.
Make sure you add Miquel Garriga I Roca’s neoclassicist Casa de la Vila (City Hall) to your must-see list.
The Palace of Casa del Marquès del Masnou is also a stunning attraction related to Romà Fabra I Puig who in 1922 received the title ‘The Marquis of El Masnou’.Other must-see landmarks include the Church of Sant Pere I Mirador or the El Museu Cusí de Farmàcia, the Pharmacy Museum.
The town is situated on the southern part of Costa Brava, between Cabrera de Mar and Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, 30 km northeast to Barcelona. Are you in for a swim? Mataró’s palm-fringed, sandy beach is a perfect choice.
An interesting fact is that the town is the birthplace of the architect, Josep Puig I Cadafalch. It was him who had designed many of Mataró’s buildings. You can also visit the archaeological site of the ruins of the Can Llauder Roman villa near the town.
The city’s history dates back to the 3rd century, right to Roman times. Badalona boasts a stunning 8 km sandy coastline, with well-equipped beaches. If you are a history lover, you can visit such famous attractions as the Castell de Badalona Godmar or the Casa de la Vila- the city hall. You also have to add the Roman baths and the La Rambla (promenade) on your must-see list!
Premià de Mar
Located on the coast between El Masnou and Vilassar de Mar, Premià de Mar is not only a touristic centre but also a dormitory town. Similarly to El Masnou, the town’s buildings bear the characteristics of various architectural styles including neoclassicism, modernism, noucentisme and simple eclecticism. However, the Church of Sant Cristòfol takes pride in its baroque doorway, embellished with maritime motifs.
Canet de Mar
The coastline of the idyllic Canet de Mar boasts fantastic beaches, mostly lined with golden sands and with an average width of 50 m. They are easily accessible on foot or by cycling.
The town’s main beach, the 1500 m long Canet Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag for the cleanliness of its waters. The coastal vegetation is protected; you can admire various indigenous species.
Canet de Mar also takes pride in its majestic churches, including such beauties as the gothic Sant Pere i Sant Pau and the Santuari de la Mare de Déu de la Misericòrdia.
If you are looking for a quieter, calmer destination, El Masnou is a perfect choice. You will be spoilt with many free time activities as well as historical monuments. HELP ME TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT BOAT