de Mar is one of the main municipalities of the Maresme. Arenys harbour,
for many years the only existing port on the north coast of Barcelona,
is the most evident proof of the long history and seafaring tradition
of the village. The beaches framed by hills which run right down to
the sea, give a preview of the neighbouring Costa Brava.
Arenys is neither near nor far from anywhere. It is 40 km to Barcelona by the N-II road or the A-19 highway. The district train (C-1 line) covers the distance to Plaça de Catalunya, in the centre of Barcelona, in 50 minutes. The road B-511 communicates with the highway A-7 (exit Sant Celoni) through Collsacreu. The Montseny massif is quite close, while the Natural Parks of Corredor and Montnegre are just round the corner. Girona is 60 km away, for a trip to Montserrat you need little more than an hour. Barcelona airport is 56 km away, that of Girona-Costa Brava, 40 km.
fishing and the various related industries which have grown around the harbour move a
considerable part of the economic activity of the town. The harbour is the most important
of the Maresme and concentrates practically the whole fishing fleet of the region. The
fish auction which takes place every afternoon whenn the boats return, is a picturesque
event and a favourite with many visitors.
There is ample space in the port reserved for yachts. During the summer, many sailing boats anchor here on their Mediterranean journey. The shipyard is still an important local industry.
|The Riera (the dry uncovered river bed) is the
commercial centre and the hub of all local activities. The Market, a splendid and
functional Art Nouveau building, remains open every morning as well as Friday afternoons.
Inside, it is bustling with people and constant activity.
On Saturday mornings, the commercial hustle takes itself to the Riera in the form of a weekly street market.
festivals are held in honour of Saint Zenon (9th April) and Saint
Roc (16th August), and a big fair is celebrated on Saint
John's Day (24th June).
Arenys is the capital of the county district. Two important industrial zones are being developed under public and private promotion. Agriculture has gone down in the last years, but the cultivation of fruits and vegetables is still thriving.
Arenys de Mar possesses a grammar school, an agricultural school for chicken farming, a school of music and various schools where the old craft of lacemaking is taught.
choose among diverse offers. Besides one hotel, the Activ-Carlos
I, there are a few guest houses, but -especially during the summer season- there is
the possibility of renting apartments at a very reasonable
price. The baths Banys de Can Titus look back on more than two hundred years of
history. Now they are a modern spa with medicinal mineral waters.
Hundreds of school children and countless busses of old people on excursions visit Arenys every day. The artistic and monumental attractions, the museums, the harbour, and all that surrounds the myth of Sinera created by the poet Salvador Espriu are potent reasons for coming to Arenys. At week-ends, people often come here simply to enjoy a good meal.
The beaches at Arenys are especially pleasant, because they are so large and also because of the coarse grained sand (Platja del Cabaió). To those who prefer shade, the village offers the Lourdes Park and the possibility of strolling along the numerous walks and paths outside the village.
the urban centre, there are quite a few places which deserve a visit. The parish church of
Santa Maria has one of the most important barroque reredos in Catalonia, built at the
beginning of the 18th century by the sculptor Pau Costa. If you go along Church street,
you come to the Marés Museum of Lacemaking and the Mollfulleda Museum of Mineralogy.
At both sides of the lower Riera you will find a series of charming spots and beautiful houses. A stroll through this web of small streets holds pleasant surprises. Some of the defense towers built to protect against pirates, are still conserved.
Arenys cemetery is a prime example of Mediterranean marine cemeteries. It is placed westward, on top of the Turó de la Pietat, from where you can enjoy a privileged view over the harbour and the urban centre. Salvador Espriu, through his poetic work Cementiri de Sinera, converted it into a literary myth.
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