1. Pineda de Mar History
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Pineda de Mar is a coastal municipality of El Maresme with a large tourist offer facilitated by its large and long beaches. Obviously, enjoying the Maresme Coast is one of the best things to do in Pineda de Mar. As a tourist municipality, it has all the necessary equipment to guarantee visitors a pleasant stay. In the cultural section, mention must be made of the Tharrats Graphic Art Foundation. The artist Joan Josep Tharrats i Vidal (1918-2001) was very linked to the municipality; Proof of this is the donation made to the villa of all his graphic work and more than half a thousand works by other recognized artists that were part of his private collection (Tàpies, Miró, Perejaume, Joan Brossa …).
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The Tharrats Foundation is a good attraction for visitors who make a commitment to cultural tourism. In fact, we must also highlight the farmhouse of Can Comas, headquarters of the Tharrats Foundation. Located in the Plaza de Catalunya, it has become the space for cultural dynamization of the municipality. It is an old manor house acquired by the town hall and shows a spectacular artistic work of visual poetry with large letters on the facade, a work of which the artist Javier Mariscal is the author. Apart from tourism, industry and commerce are also important economic drivers of Pineda.
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The area located more towards the mountain is part of the Montnegre-Corredor Natural Park. The Iberians had already dwelt in these lands; there are archaeological remains that testify it. Of the Roman time it emphasizes the town of Can Roig. Here came a Roman aqueduct from which still today there is a section with several arcades in the place known as Can Cua, on the road to Hortsavinyà.
Medieval Castle Pineda de Mar
From the medieval stage remains of the castle of Montpalau, documented in the eleventh century, which is located on the summit of the hill of the same name. Around the church of Santa Maria, consecrated by the Bishop of Gerona in 1079, the urban center we know today was formed. Like all the towns of the coastal zone, Pineda de Mar preserves towers that were built from the sixteenth century to defend against the pirate attacks of North Africa; the tower of Sant Jaume is a good example.
2. Modernisme Pineda de Mar
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With the arrival of the 20th century, Pineda experienced an important demographic growth and important houses were built. Can Coronel is a magnificent casal located in the street of Girona. It has ground floor, floor, attic, a roof and a square lookout tower. The building is from the first decade of the twentieth century and consists basically of three bodies, all with straight lines. The main nave has a ground floor, a flat, attic and a roof with a balustrade. On each side there is a single-story body with a roof, also surrounded by a balustrade. From the main roof there is a small lookout tower, also with a balustrade. The windows on the ground floor are protected with wrought iron grille. On the first floor there is a balcony and a window on both sides. Decorative elements stand out on the lintel of the three openings.
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Doctor Bertomeu’s house is located in Balmes street. It is a modernist building that combines plain and light-colored stucco with the brick seen from doors and windows, the cornice and the columns that support the fence that closes the garden of the house. A lookout tower with a pyramidal roof stands out.
On the street of El Consolat de Mar you can see a manor house of neoclassical style. Can Basart is formed by several bodies. It has a square side tower with slightly pyramidal cover and a main body finished with boldly wavy lines. Under the balcony of this main body is the entrance of the stately home, with a classic style portal, almost Renaissance.
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The building of the current town hall, located in Plaza de Catalunya, is the work of the architect Isidre Puig Boada. It was built between 1914 and 1917 to replace the former town hall. Its lines are simple, unpretentious. It is a building with a clean and clear facade, without ornamentation. Emphasizes the porch with columns and arcades that gives access to the building. On the first floor there is a very sober balcony with straight lines with a wrought iron railing that is only allowed to have decorative elements in the corners and the central part. Two windows with a semicircular arch and the shield of Pineda in the middle of the two preside over the balcony. Under the cornice there is a large circular clock.
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The year 1922, the Barcelona architect Isidre Puig i Boada was responsible for the general plan of alignments of squares and streets of Pineda de Mar. His relationship with this town was very durable and he made several projects of houses. One of them is on Calle de El Mar, 22, and has a facade very decorated with floral motifs. In the same street there are more buildings of diverse authorship that are worthy of admiration, such as Casa del Comandant and Can Ribera. Some of these houses were built by holidaymakers who frequented Pineda during the first third of the 20th century. The majority are from Noucentista lines.
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Despite being nineteenth-century and neoclassical, we would like to expressly mention the building of the Pineda Library, inaugurated in 1922 according to the project of architect Lluís Planas i Calvet. The library is named after the mayor who managed to get the Mancomunitat de Catalunya, through the Popular Libraries Service, to start up an equipment of these characteristics in the town of Pineda. We speak of Manuel Serra i Moret (Vic, 1884 – Perpignan, 1963), great politician, economist and writer who was mayor of Pineda de Mar in two stages, president of the Parliament of Catalonia in exile and conseller of the Generalitat.
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1. Modernisme Tour – Things to do in Canet de Mar
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One of the best things to do in Canet de Mar is enjoying a Gaudí & Modernisme Tour combining with a Winery cellar. Riera Sant Domènec is a row of imposing banana trees on both sides of the stream forming guard of honor receive the visitor in the small Florence of the Maresmese modernism. The concentration of casales and modernist elements in this town of fifteen thousand inhabitants is so high that the visitor can not stop opening his mouth here and there, seduced by the beauty that overwhelms him.
The Riera Sant Domènec is topped by the Lluis Domènech i Montaner House Museum, which forms the chamfer of the Gavarra stream and the Searchons stream. The great modernist architect had a very special relationship with Canet de Mar, since his mother and his wife were daughters of this town. So, it is not surprising that he built a house to live and work in it. The building is spectacular, faces the sea and is presided by a grandstand with columns of medieval aesthetics. Gargoyles representing monsters’ heads crown this rostrum.
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Domènech i Montaner built this house between 1918 and 1920, assisted by his son Pere Domènech Roura and his son-in-law Francesc Guàrdia, both also architects. In her it resided, and in the contiguous Rocky Masia, dated in century XVI, it had its study and factory. The two houses were restored – the Masia Rocosa in the year 1991 and the Casa Domènech in 1998 -, with which they became a Palau de la Música first class museum complex. Here Domènech i Montaner drew emblematic works of Catalan and world architecture, such as the magnificent.
The Casa Museo keeps original copies of decorative elements from Palau itself, the Fonda Espanya and the Hospital de Sant Pau, among many others.
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In the same Riera Sant Domènec stands the imposing Casa Roura, a commission from the brothers-in-law of the architect, Ricard de Capmany and Francesca Roura. Francesca, sister of the wife of Domènech i Montaner, was a determined and enterprising woman who took the reins of a large family business of maritime commerce between the Spanish State and America, managing an important fleet of ships.
Casa Roura, also known as Ca La Bianga, has gone through several periods of decline. It is currently a restaurant that keeps the name of Casa Roura. The current owners proceeded to an excellent restoration of the building, even importing tile from France to recover the conical roof of glazed tiles that crowns the spectacular round tower of the southern part.
The house is made of exposed brick and is totally asymmetrical. If the southern part is occupied by the round tower of medieval airs, the northern part is of straight lines. The entrance door, made of wood, retains some iron reinforcements that emulate dragons made from the erratic letter of Roura. They also highlight the gargoyles on the cornice of the lookout tower. If the diverse facade is spectacular, the interior is not far behind. It is necessary to mention the dining room, which conserves a large fireplace decorated with floral elements and allegories of the discovery of America. The ceiling of the dining room is made of wood and simulates the inverted keel of a boat, in clear allegory to the origin of the owner’s fortune. Also noteworthy are the floor mosaics, of classic inspiration and made with tiny tiles. The building was built between 1889 and 1892.
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Next to Casa Roura and chamfering with Ample street, the Ateneu Canetenc. Built between 1885 and 1887, the Athenaeum has had several tenants. It was the headquarters of the Ateneu Obrer and the Catalanist Foment, and during the long Francoist night it gave shelter to the dependencies of the Education and Rest Center.
Recovered and restored between the years 1991 and 1999, now it is the house of books, the Municipal Library. They emphasize the central rosette with stained glass of colors; the large balcony that runs throughout the building and the forge of its railings; the various sgraffitoes forming friezes and slender figures; and the bastion corner, which rises on a column of bricks and is topped by a dome with a lightning rod decorated with a fantastic and colorful iron dragon. Another forge element is also remarkable, a sculpture located on the upper part of the cornice that symbolizes two dragons.
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Canet also worked with other modernist architects, some of whom are renowned, such as Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Eduard Ferrés i Puig, both from Maresmese. From Puig i Cadafalch we must mention the restaurant of the Sanctuary of Mercy, built in 1914 and still in service, and the gardens of this emblematic place in the town of Canet, with the Neo-Gothic cross of the park of La Misericòrdia. Equally remarkable is the Carbonell factory, built in 1899. With regard to Eduard Ferrés, he designed a building for a rich Indian, the Alsina Roig house, made with the Viennese variant of modernism called Sezession, much to the liking of the architect of Vilassar.
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One of the most popular buildings in Canet, Vil·la Flora, arises from the order that the wealthy lawyer Ramiro Busquets made to Eduard Ferrés to enjoy a summer house on land owned by him. Ferrés finished the house in 1910, but the owners asked for an extension in 1925. The sources of the Vil·la Flora gardens stand out, with the Font del Drac as the most emblematic example. It is also from Eduard Ferrés the old slaughterhouse, today headquarters of the Local Police.
The visitor’s gaze will also stop to observe in detail the Serra Pujadas House, from the stream of Sant Domènec; the town hall, inaugurated in 1906 with a project by the architect Emili Cabanyes, which stands out for the battlements that crown the facade, the luxurious decoration of the ceiling of the plenary hall and the abundance of stained glass windows and doors; Casa Floris, made by Pere Domènech Roura; the houses of the Indians of Can Font and Can Busquets; the Puxan house, made by the master builder Josep Cabruja, commissioned by the Indian and mayor of Canet Jaume Puxan; the elegant and at the same time simple Casa Carbonell, with a worked railing of the balcony that contains floral forging motifs and the sgraffito, also with floral motifs; and the Jover Factory, inaugurated in 1910 with plans by Pere Domènech …
The Canet de Mar’s graveyard contains authentic works of art, with some clearly modernist pantheons that keep the spoils of important families from Caceres. It emphasizes a pantheon with a worked railing of forge with roofs to make fire in the four corners. It is likely that this work is partly the work of another of the great geniuses of modernism: Antoni Gaudí. It is the tomb that in its beginnings was Domingo Pascual, a locksmith who was a friend and collaborator of Gaudí. Eduard Ferrés i Puig also intervened in this cemetery located in Camp d’en Tinoia. Ferrés was commissioned to make a pantheon for the Busquets family, and applied his personal style inspired by Austrian modernism.
The pantheon is full of symbolic elements: the four evangelists, angels, owls … And even the skull of a skeleton surrounded by worms, a clear allegory of the end that awaits us all. The cemetery of Canet keeps the pantheon of Lluís Domènech i Montaner and his family. Far from the sumptuous art that sometimes used to represent, the pantheon of the architect is of a sobriety that captivates. The only element of contrast is a white marble sculpture, the work of Josep Llimona, which was mutilated during the Civil War.
However, the body of Domènech i Montaner is not buried in Canet, but in the cemetery of Sant Gervasi in Barcelona. When he died, the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera governed, and to avoid problems the family decided to bury him in a niche of his property in Barcelona. Also noteworthy are the Font-Montaner pantheons, by Puig i Cadafalch, with sculptures by the evangelists in the corners, and the Font-Roura, in neoclassical style, with an angel sculpture by Francesc Pagès Serratosa.
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If the visitor arrives at Canet de Mar in the first fortnight of September, it will probably coincide with the celebration of the Modernist Fair organized by this population to promote and remember his modernist legacy. A legacy that can also be tasted in the form of a biscuit: Canet’s vitralls are exquisite sweets made by the pastry chefs of the town that evoke the variety of colors of modernist stained glass.
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Outside the town center is the Santa Florentina Castle, a monumental jewel half hidden by the forests and visible only in part from the highway that passes elevated and almost touching it. The castle has its origins in a Roman settlement, converted in the 11th century into a fortified farmhouse owned by Gaudamir de Canet. In the 16th century, the lands passed into the hands of the Montaners, who will be their owners until well into the 20th century.
The Montaners had two towers erected to defend themselves against the pirates who frequently attacked the coast of the Maresmese. However, its current physiognomy acquired at the end of the nineteenth century. Ramon de Montaner, owner of the estate and relative of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, asked the architect for the restoration of the castle and its extension. The spectacular nature of the site was reinforced by the medieval setting that Domènech i Montaner gave to the building. It incorporated a whole series of architectural elements of a Cistercian monastery that was abandoned as a result of Mendizábal’s amortization law of 1836.
The owner of Santa Florentina, Ramon de Montaner, had acquired much of the monastery of Santa Maria del Tallat -located on the border between Lérida and Tarragona- to make the extension of his castle. Domènech used the Gothic windows and the cloister to ennoble the courtyard, a courtyard that hosts one of the most important classical music festivals in the country in the summer months. The interior of the castle maintains the medieval esthetics. The halls are sumptuous and solemn. They keep elegant and worked stained glass windows that represent religious reasons; the floor maintains similarities with the Casa Roura, since it is a large classical mosaic composed of hundreds of small tiles; the interior capitals and the roof of the immense fireplace are decorated with sculptures, many of them allegorical to the medieval history of Canet.
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The reforms of Santa Florentina were made in full effervescence of the Renaixença. Thus, the castle and the decoration give off an unconcealed Catalanism. Although they were probably added after the renovations, on the walls of the main hall there are two large canvases made by students from the school of Llotja with motives of clear national affirmation. In one of them you can see a rider riding on a dragon – symbol of the Renaixença and modernism – deploying a great landmark, and the other recreates the symbolic moment of the creation of the emblem of Catalonia with the four bars of blood drawn on a golden shield by the hand of Wifredo el Piloso, mortally wounded in battle.
Many decorative and forging elements were projected and made by several artisans. The grille of the chapel, work of the Miquel Soler from Canet de Mar, is crowned by several dragons. It is essential to visit the luxurious crypt, made with an almost excessive Gothic decorative style. In the crypt the tomb stands out, with a statue representing the recumbent body of Florentina Malató, wife of Ramon de Montaner. The castle of Canet is called Santa Florentina in honor of her.
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Text: Pep Andreu
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1. Calella History – Maresme Tourist Town
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The municipality of Calella is presided by a lighthouse painted in immaculate white, which, located on the hill of Capaspre – separated from the sea by the cut of the N-II road – is a symbol of this tourist town. Calella was officially formed in the fourteenth century, from privileges granted by King James II.
In the year 1338, Viscount Bernat II of Cabrera, Lord of Montpalau, granted the town the title of university, an approximation to the current city hall but with much less independence and skills. Calella keeps some houses that explain how the village was centuries ago. Thus, strolling through the old town the visitor will find several buildings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, such as the current Museum-Archive, which occupies a 17th-century manor, and the municipal library Can Salvador de la Plaça, two examples excellently preserved.
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However, the current physiognomy of Calella is marked by the tourist boom that this population of Maresmese experienced from the second half of the 20th century. As explained, a coach with German tourists arrived in Calella by mistake, but visitors were in love with the charms of that town, its neighbors and its beach and decided to stay. Truth or legend, the truth is that for decades this town was known as the “Calella de los Germans”, and it became an international tourist destination of the first order.
Many houses and many orchards were replaced by hotels and apartment buildings. Currently, Calella has an important number of hotel places -over 11,000- and camping. With regard to gastronomic offer, Calella has many restaurants with a varied culinary and economic offer. In the first years of tourism there were many native singles who came to the beaches and discos of Calella to try to make a tourist fall in love. There is no reliable data on whether these catrans – as they were popularly called in Calella – did or did not get it, but it is true that they all boasted of having had relations with a Swedish, a German or an English.
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Long before the arrival of tourism, the people of Calella made their living from agriculture and industry, especially from the textile sector; the architectural emblem of that time, the imposing Llobet-Guri factory, designed by the architect Eusebi Bona i Puig between 1911 and 1925, and which currently houses several municipal buildings and citizen entities, is preserved.
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The economic development experienced in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries favored the proliferation of houses of wealthy families. Many of those houses followed the modernist schemes. We have an example with the Pedemonte family. The roots of the Pedemonte have to be sought in Italy, the place of origin of the founder of the lineage, who married a Calellense.
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Cal Menuts is another property with modernist features commissioned by a member of the Pedemonte family. There were three brothers: Joan -owner of the previous house mentioned-, Emili and Juli, the owner of this house known as Els Menuts. In fact, this was the nickname that the three brothers received, since, apparently, they were of small stature (menuts means small). The house has two facades. The one of the north is located in the Jovara street. It is very luxurious and is resolved with a clear medieval, Gothic inspiration.
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The constructions with two entrances, one for Jovara Street and the other for Anselm Clavé Street, are an architectural solution used in this place in Calella. The architect Eusebi Bona i Puig is the author of some of these houses. He made several commissions for the family of textile entrepreneurs Llobet-Guri. In addition to the factory mentioned above, he built a house for Rosendo Llobet, son of Josep Llobet Guri, the man who founded the industrial line with his cousin Josep Guri Sabater.
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Next to Can Rosendo there is another house that was owned by Rosendo Llobet himself. Initially built as a summer home for an Indian, the Calellen industrial acquired it later. The facade is also eclectic, but with a more modernist vocation. It is stabbed with tile color, so that it seems made with the technique of exposed brick. Also noteworthy are the geometric decorative elements that frame the windows, both on the first floor and the attic.
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In the same Jovara street stands the building known as Els Filipinos. The house is commissioned by a soldier who had been assigned to the Philippines, to Asia, when these islands were Spanish territory – although Spain lost the ownership of the islands in a war against the United States of America. So, The Filipinos is the popular name that the people of Calella gave to the owners of the house. The house is framed in the so-called popular modernist style, characterized by the abundance of curved lines. Here the curves are present in the undulation of the crowning of the facade -which includes decorative floral elements-, the balcony and its forged grating, as well as the moldings that decorate the windows.
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Another Calellen who had made his fortune overseas was Jaume Ballester. This Indian made himself build a house in the street of Anselm Clavé, overlooking the sea, probably to remember the trips and adventures lived in the Americas. The facade is considered one of the most elegant and well decorated of Calella. Both the main door and the windows are finished in arches. On the ground floor and in the attic there is a set of windows that form arcades supported by small columns with decorative capitals. On the first floor there is a balcony that has the full width of the facade and that stands out in its central section. One of the most outstanding and elegant elements is the finishing of the part under the balcony, with a spectacular and really beautiful decoration.
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Without moving from the street of Anselm Clavé you can see a villa that was built in 1895 by the local Indian Lluís Macaya. The man had amassed a considerable fortune in America and returned to his homeland. Even when, seen with the current urban parameters, the house may seem very large, observed with the eyes of a well-off neighbor of the nineteenth century, the building was nothing more than a villa, a pavilion to spend the summers. Can Macaya – or La Torre, as they call it here – stands out for its elaborate wooden deck with two gables and a very steep slope.
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We must also highlight some modernist elements that are preserved in the Museum-Archive of Calella. Highlights the museum installation that recreates the old Barri pharmacy. The material exhibited is from 1919 and was donated to the Museum by the Barri Bayà family in 1985. The furniture is modernist, all white, with borders and gold details. The elegant showcases form a series of ogee arches.
Finally, it is essential to mention the contribution that the architect Jeroni Martorell, who was a municipal architect of the town, made to urban planning in Calella at the beginning of the 20th century. Of him they are the Municipal Market (1927), the urbanization of the marine stroll and the Park Dalmau.
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Alella wine history- Things to do in Alella Barcelona
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Talking about Alella (Barcelona) is talking about wines, which means that wine tasting is one of the best things to do in Alella Barcelona. The land of this Maresme municipality, located near the sea and enjoying a mild climate without extreme changes, has favored the cultivation of the vineyard. combining nature outdoor activities and wine tasting., which is the perfect wine tour.
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The Romans were the first who knew how to take advantage of the bonanza of this climate to produce wines, the Laietana wines, which were known anywhere in the Empire. Later, wines from the El Maresme region were exported to a large part of Europe and especially to America. In one of hour hike & wine tours we offer a guided tour to the Roman Wine Cellar Vallmora (Teià). Before visiting a wine cellar one of the best things to do in Alella Barcelona is enjoying a wine tasting.
Alella one of the smallest Denomination of Origin
In Catalonia, the Alella wine was one of the favorites of the Barcelona bourgeoisie. The plague of phylloxera, which affected practically all the Catalan territory at the end of the 19th century, left many vineyards in El Maresme without vineyards, which until then also had an important wine production. But the farmers of Alella, stubborn, looked for ways to continue producing their wine, replanting the vines with new roots of American foot. In 1956 the Denomination of Origin (DO) Alella was recognized, one of the smallest in Spain. At present, DO Alella covers 18 municipalities in the districts of El Maresme and El Vallès Oriental.
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This territory produces a good number of wines from white varieties such as white raisin (also known as xarelo), white grenache, chardonnay, macabeo, perallada, chenin and white sauvignon, and red varieties such as rosé, picapoll, tempranillo, garnacha ink, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir. Some of them are traditional varieties and others have been introduced over time. Of all the range of products, white wines are those that have more tradition and prestige, although in recent years reds are also taking center stage for their high quality.
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The wine and the vineyard mark the landscape of Alella and also the economic and cultural life of this municipality. In September, Alella celebrates the Harvest Festival, the most important event that welcomes the town. The festival combines playful and traditional events with the dissemination of the wine culture and local cuisine.
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Alella’s bond with wine has also left its mark on its architecture. The farmhouses had their own winery in the wettest part of the construction, as can be seen in Can Magarola, the oldest in Alella, dating from the fourteenth century and which today is the headquarters of the Regulatory Council of the DO Alella. place of practices of the Higher Degree in commercial management and marketing oriented to oenology. A processing plant located in the old winery, a tasting room and the testimonial vineyard at your feet make this farmhouse still active as a winemaker.
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Winery Alella Vinícola
Within Alella’s architectural heritage there is a series of modernist buildings consisting of several types of construction: industrial architecture, housing and equipment. One of the most singular and well-known buildings is the winery Alella Vinícola Can Jonc. Built in 1907 in the central Rambla Àngel Guimerà, the work was designed by the prestigious architect Jeroni Martorell Terrats (1876-1951). The winery consists of several bodies, executed in different stages.
The main facade is Noucentista aesthetics and the interior of the winery is modernist. The interior space consists of several stone and brickwork buildings with gabled roofs, recessed inside by a set of large parabolic arches supported by square brick pillars. Contemplating this diaphanous space is perfectly understood the concept of the cathedral of wine, coined during the modernist period, and which is applicable to other constructions of similar characteristics from all over Catalonia.
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Another architectural monument characteristic of Alella is the Governador’s Tower. It is named for the fact that its first owner was the governor-general of Catalonia. At the end of the 19th century the house was acquired by Antoni Borrell i Folch, politician and businessman. He was deputy to Cortes in several legislatures and senator. In the business world he made a fortune with the operation of railway lines, the foundation of banks and naval transport. Antoni Borrell commissioned the architect General Guitart i Lostaló (1859-1926) to reform and expand the Governor’s Tower. The result is a spectacular set of buildings of very different styles.
From the point of view of modernism, the recovery of craft techniques in applied arts, clear influence of the British Arts & Crafts movement, such as iron, ceramic work or glass. This new artisan way of working with materials gives a very plastic character to what was previously only functional. Borrell died in 1909 and is buried in a Gothic-inspired modernist pantheon, also the work of Guitart i Lostaló, in the cemetery of Alella. Six years after his death, in July 1916, the Governor’s Tower became the Institució Borrell of the Escola Pia de Alella, under the protection of Nuestra Señora de la Mercè. Since then, the farm is also known as Los Escolapios, although for years it has not functioned as an educational center. The building was one of the scenarios chosen by Pedro Almodóvar for his film La mala educación (2004).
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Within this architectural catalog also highlights Can Llimona, a summer cottage located in the stream of La Coma Clara. Its most singular element is the cylindrical tower of one of the corners, with conical cover of bicolor glazed ceramic. Under the tower, on the second and the first floor, there are semicircular balconies joined by columns with capitals; all this forms a cylindrical set that breaks the cubic scheme of the rest of the building.
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Cal Boter es otra de las edificaciones relevantes del municipio. Es una típica masía catalana, ampliada en el año 1902 bajo influencia del lenguaje modernista, con resultados como un coronamiento con almenas onduladas y decoradas con baldosas de cerámica vidriada. La decoración cerámica también se aplica a la torre de vigilancia. En esta casa nació el ilustre alellense Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia (1854-1909), pedagogo y fundador de la Escuela Moderna.
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Can Bonveí is another building in Alentejo that must be highlighted. The old farmhouse, the reform on the appearance of a medieval castle, combines the eclecticist and historicist elements with other modernist ones. In this set it stands out the delicious roundabout supported by columns and finished with a semi-spherical cover of glazed tiles, with a pinnacle that stands out at the highest point, located in the garden of Cal Vegetalí.
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Can Serra is also an example of an old farmhouse converted into a summer house. The most notable elements are the forging of railings and bars, as well as the beautiful exterior lamps that develop a premodernist language of lines coup de fouet and medieval iconography.
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The painting factory of the Vallbona torrent is, in this case, a work of industrial architecture linked to the style of its construction period. The stepped crowning of the facade stands out, profiled with white and blue tiles and exposed brick. Of the same time it is the old slaughterhouse. It is built with stone and exposed brick, and the roof, gabled, is supported by wooden corbels.
Wine Tour Antoni Gaudí- things to do in Alella Barcelona
Finally, it is inexcusable not to mention the link between the brilliant modernist architect Antoni Gaudí and the town of Alella. Gaudí had designed the Casa Vicens, located on Carles street in the Gracia neighborhood of Barcelona. Its owner, the industrialist Manuel Vicens i Montaner, was a good friend of Gaudí. The Vicens family had a house in the street of Dalt de Alella, and invited Gaudí to spend the summers, between 1880 and 1890. Definitely, one of the best things to do in Alella Barcelona is enjoying a wine tour combining with it Antoni Gaudí Art Nouveau Modernisme architecture.
Gaudí Modernisme Tour
The brilliant architect got up very early and went for a walk through the surrounding forests and mountains, with the aim of making a formal geometric study of nature and its plant elements, a determining study for the future development of his architectural work. But his stays in Alella also had a direct impact on the town. Here he made a project for the chapel of the Santíssim Sagrament of the parish church of Sant Feliu. Although the project was approved by the Bishop of Barcelona, unfortunately it was never built.
Barcelona Gaudí Tour Alella
Years passed and no one remembered anything about that project, until in 1959 the plans were recovered from the much documentation that kept the archives of the parish. To clear up any doubts about the authenticity of the project, a rigorous study was commissioned to the prestigious American researcher George R. Collins, who certified that the plans of the Santíssim de Alella project were the work of the author of the Sagrada Familia.
Art Nouveau Gaudí Tour Barcelona
On the other hand, there are reasonable indications to believe that the staircase of the bell tower of the church of Sant Feliu is a work of Gaudí, projected during his stays in Alella. The year 1975, on the occasion of the millennial celebrations of the place name of Alella, the architect Lluís Bonet i Garí reformed the main altar of the parish church and placed around the tabernacle a triptych with the letters of the sanctus, inspired by the original project of Gaudí . Alella also has a park dedicated to the modernist architect, with a tribute monolith.
MODERNISME AL MARESME
L’arquitectura entre dos segles
Photos Ig: @margacruz_fotografia
Text: Pep Andreu
Hike & Wine Tours- Things to do in Alella Barcelona
To sum up, one of the best things to do in Alella Barcelona is enjoying a hike & wine tour. Nature, adventure, mountains, sea, vineyards and great wine is the perfect combination to enjoy your holidays in Barcelona. So check our website an join the barcelona wine adventure
Are you planning to visit Sant Pol de Mar on Summer holidays?
Visit Sant Pol de Mar – a bit of history
First of all, we will do a short summary of Sant Pol de Mar history before while explaining how to visit Sant Pol de Mar on Summer.
To start with, the origin of Sant Pol name comes from the Monastery Sant Pau. To clarify, first documents were found in s.X Medieval time. More over, the economic progress was made for the activity of the monastery.
Further, during S. XI – XIV was the time of maximum splendor “important cultural made center that had a library and a scriptorium” In the same vein, prior de Sant Pau bought the king’s books.
In addition, during end S.XV the nuns abandoned the monastery due to the general economic crisis, plagues and civil wars. To clarify, on S XVI the recovery of the monastery begins. For instance, is one of the choice when planning to visit Sant Pol de Mar on Summer holidays.
Consequently, on 1599 Sant Pol becomes independent from Sant Cebrià. In other words, the small village from Maresme coast becomes an autonomous municipality. For example, the main activities were the cultivation of vineyards, commercialization of wine with America and fishing activities.
Above all, the arrival of the train was on 1859. As a result, there was an important development of the industrial sector together with diversified agriculture and fishing sector. That is to say, there was an important economic progress.
Certainly, beginning s.XX Sant Pol de Mar was a summer village for the high-class families of Barcelona.
What to do in Sant Pol de Mar
In short, there is a legend of the famous sun clock. On one hand, the clock was covered with an awning due to the storms and badweather. Therefore, the sun clock was useless. So, the maresmencs from other Maresme towns, always joke asking “what time it is Sant Pol”? On the other hand, the sun clock was destroyed by the Felipistas troops during the War of Succession on 1714.
Hike & Wine Tours Sant Pol de Mar
That is to say, are you thinking to visit Sant Pol on summer holidays?
Moreover, do you like to go for adventure and enjoy food & wine tasting?
Certainly, Hike & Wine Tours in Maresme are a great choice to enjoy your summer days.
To sum up, mountains, sea, vineyards and local culture are your opportunity to discover Sant Pol de Mar surroundings in a different way. So, visit Sant Pol de Mar during Summer holidays… and join the Maresme Wine Adventure!!
Hike & Wine Tours Barcelona
1. Workshop Maresme Barcelona a great MICE Destination
To start with, on wednesday June 26th, companies in the tourism sector in the Maresme have had a workshop in the Jalpí Castle. Above all, this conference was meant to discuss MICE tourism. In other words, the main purpose was to consolidate Maresme Barcelona as a great MICE Destination.
Firstly, we had a breakfast in the garden. Then, we had the opportunity to meet each other and have the first impressions with the different MICE Companies in Maresme Barcelona: hotels such as the Aqua Hotel in Santa Susanna; restaurants, sight seeing tour agencies such as Hike & Wine Barcelona, leisure companies such as Marina Port Premià or La Roca Village, sports clubs such as Llavaneras Golf Club, etc.
Secondly, we went to the auditorium, where the speakers presented their presentations: the owner of Jalpí Castle, the Mayor of Arenys de Munt Josep Sànchez i Camps, Joaquím Arnó, the President of the Consorci de Turisme del Maresme , Elena Altimir from expert on MICE Travel and Agata Puigmal from Grupo Evento Plus.
2. Elena Altimir expert on MICE Travel
Above all, what do we sell in the Tourism sector of Maresme Barcelona Coast?
For instance, experience, specialized catering, services, sports, sustainable activities, spaces, heritage culture, events and emotions, adventure and gastronomy, wine tourism, weddings, teambuilding, outdoor scape, events and emotions.
Moreover, there is a big trend for Educational or Farm Trips. In addition, when we talk about Channels for MICE clients, we are talking about people’s industry. Basically, the MICE client looks for “experience of emotional impact”.
In short, it is important to have a sustainable identity, which distinguishes us in the Maresme Barcelona Coast.
Maresme Barcelona MICE Destination examples
Certainly, why Barcelona was chosen as the venue of the Mobile World Congress? On one hand, Barcelona was the favourite one because of the creativity and the ability to work as a team. On the other hand, companies want to feel they return value to the city. (For example, the MWC comes in February because it is low season).
Most importantly, when you mention Barcelona around the world, people always smile. Likewise, the Catalan capital is an extraordinary product. Consequently, Maresme Barcelona is a great MICE Destination due its proximity with Barcelona city on the north coastline.
3. Agata Puigmal – Evento Plus
That is to say, Evento Plus is an Events company based in Barcelona, number 1 in the MICE Travel sector. To clarify, we have to differentiate ourselves by rethinking the user’s experience.
Maresme Barcelona MICE Destination examples
For example, Sitges is distinguished as Gay-friendly. But the proximity to Barcelona is further than Maresme Barcelona Coast. Therefore, the closeness to Barcelona is the most important feature, which makes Maresme Barcelona a great MICE Destination.
In addition, what are the distinguished elements of MICE? Most importantly, authenticity, real experiences, free time, personalization, technology and human factor. Further, the luxury is no longer so important, the MICE client looks for a unique local experience which must be real.
However, we have to listen what the client needs, what type of event he wants, what experience he has enjoyed previously and how is the decision process.
4. Final Workshop Maresme MICE Travel Destination
Finally, we have divided ourselves into different working groups, where we have set out different case studies. As a result, from Hike & Wine Catalonia we had the pleasure of sharing the MICE Travel Destination Barcelona Coast Maresme workshop with Gemma Fuster from Club de Golf Llavaneras, Montse González from Aqua Hotel, Alberto Rodríguez from Marina Port Premià, and many others, what a pleasure! 🙂
In conclusion, surely we will keep working towards consolidate Maresme Barcelona as a great MICE Destination.
Departure from Barcelona Arc de Triomf
Our meeting point is in Arc de Triomf, early in the morning. The train ride is very beautiful since we can see the splendor of the Maresme coast in the north of Barcelona. On the train we talk about each other, as we are curious about getting to know us.
Breakfast in Canet de Mar
Once we arrive at Canet de Mar, we stop in a local town cafeteria. The owner received us with a great surprise due to the number of the group. Once breakfast is finished, we collect ourselves around the trees. We make a presentation of all the attendees, to know names, and interests. For example, what are the reasons for participating in the hike and wine tour? If it is because of the excursion, the wine, the sea, the mountain, visit the Maresme, etc.
Hiking trail near Sant Pol de Mar
Everyone is smiling, we start the hiking trail. We enter the forest through paths where you can lose it. Obviously, the incline of the mountain with the sea position makes it easier to orient. In some sections, the ascent is demanding. Certainly, we end up arriving at Pedracastell summit. The ascent is from behind in the direction of the sea, which makes the views spectacular. We can see Canet de Mar, Arenys de Mar and Sant Pol de Mar with the Mediterranean breeze in the background.
After the effort, it is very gratifying to rest with the magnificent views from the Creu de Canet. Which is of one of the peaks of Catalonia in its great landscape value from the Maresme, the coast of Barcelona and Catalonia.
Once rested, we continue the route through the ridge of the mountain, quite flat, with some slope section. In general, is very nice from where we can see Montseny and Montnegre.
In the middle of the route, we will stop at the local natural wines vineyards, which are just over 4 years old. The most surprising are the spectacular views from the vineyard with the splendor of the sea and the typical landscape of the Maresme, sea, mountains, vineyards, coastal villages, with the presence of Mataró, Castell de Burriac, and the coast of Barcelona in the background.
Wine Tours in Costa Brava
Firstly, are you staying in Costa Brava or near Girona for holidays? Congratulations! Certainly, you will enjoy our magnificent beaches and sea side mediterranean lanscapes, what a nice experience! For instance, nothing better than relaxing if you are exhausted from the daily work. However, what if you need a bit of adventure and local gastronomy to go an step forward in your holidays in Costa Brava? That is to say, we kindly suggest you to join our hike & wine tours, join the Costa Brava Wine Adventure!
Hike & Wine Tours
Firstly, you will start hiking our amazing Camí de Ronda trails near the sea: walking, swimming, kayaking, winery tours, wine tasting… Certainly, what a great way to enjoy Costa Brava!
Above all, our visit to the vineyards and cellars are guided by the local wine producer itself. In other words, you will have a different approach to learn and taste the costa brava wine (DO Empordà).
Kayak & Wine
Further, do you like paddling or you would like to experience how it feels to do sea kayaking in Costa Brava? Moreover, what better than enjoying a wine tasting during the sea adventure? Amazing holidays 🙂
… any wine adventure you need is here!!
CORPORATE COMPANIES & SPECIAL GROUPS
Additionally, if you want to have the chance to do a teambuilding wine tasting in a different way, we can offer you a special pack for companies and private groups. Certainly, we can adjust the activites such as hike & wine tours, horse riding & wine brunch, kayaking, fish & wine boat tours or sunset wine tasting among vineyards. Most importantly, you have plenty of things to do in Barcelona, so make sure you you choose well your sightseeing adventure experience. In conclusion, if you are wondering what to do, therefore hike & wine tours are always a good choice for travelers and wine lovers!