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Mataró
—  Municipality  —
Port of Mataró

Coat of arms
Mataró is located in Catalonia
Mataró
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°32′N 2°27′E / 41.533°N 2.45°E / 41.533; 2.45Coordinates: 41°32′N 2°27′E / 41.533°N 2.45°E / 41.533; 2.45
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Maresme
Government
 - Mayor
Area
 - Total 22.57 km2 (8.7 sq mi)
Elevation 28 m (92 ft)
Population (2007)
 - Total 119.035
 Density 5.3/km2 (13.7/sq mi)
 - Demonym Mataroní, mataronina
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Mataró (Latin: Iluro) is the capital and largest city of the comarca of the Maresme, in the province of Barcelona, Catalonia Autonomous Community, Spain. It is located on the Costa del Maresme, to the south of Costa Brava.

La Riera, one of the main streets of Mataró

Mataró dates back to Roman times when it was a village known as "Iluro" or "Illuro." The ruins of a first century BC Roman bath house (known locally as the Torre Llauder) were recently discovered and can be visited. The coastal N-II highway follows the same path as the original Roman road.

Mataró was declared a city by royal decree, even though at the time (nineteenth century) the population fell short of the requirement for city status.

The first railway in Spain was the Mataró – Barcelona (opened on 28 October 1848), led by the Catalan businessman and Mataró native Miquel Biada. This line now forms part of the RENFE R1 suburban service between L'Hospitalet de Llobregat and Maçanet-Massanes. Mataró is also connected with Barcelona and Girona by the C-32 autopista (freeway) and with Granollers by the C-60 autopista.

The city is home to the Minor Basilica of Santa Maria; the basilica was the last church where the Servant of God Father Josep Samso i Elias, a martyr who died in 1936 and will be beatified in 2010, served at.

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Agriculture

The traditional vineyards were devastated by Phylloxera in the nineteenth century and only partially replanted, due to the growth of the tourist industry and the development of irrigation in the area. Potatoes were one of the first replacement crops to be introduced, especially the Royal Kidney variety, and Mataró obtained a Denominació d'Origen in 1932.[1] Trocadero lettuce and peas are also grown, mostly for export. The production of cut flowers is less important than in other towns of the Maresme. Irrigated land made up 9.13 km² of the 10.57 km² of agricultural land in the municipality in 1986 (47% of the municipal territory).

Architecture

Mataró is the birth place of noucentista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who designed the ajuntament (town hall) and several other notable buildings in the town:

  • Casa Coll i Regàs
  • Casa Parera
  • Casa Sisternes
  • El Rengle
  • La Beneficiència

Nearby the town are the archaeological remains of the Roman villa of Can Llauder.

Festivals, celebrations and events

The beach

Several major events are celebrated annually in Mataró. Some of them are also celebrated in the rest of Catalonia and others, which have a religious origin, are part of the folklore and traditions of Spain and some other countries. Among all of them the most popular ones are:

  • The three wise men in Mataró.
  • Carnival in Mataró: celebrated immediately before Lent.
  • Easter in Mataró: celebrated every year during one week on a movable date from the end of March to the very beginning of May
  • Saint George in Mataró: celebrated on the 23rd of April. It is a big celebration although it is not a bank holiday.
  • Saint Joan in Mataró: celebrated on the 24th of June
  • Les Santes: local festivity of the city celebrated at the end of July. It involves the recognition of Saint Juliana and Saint Semproniana.
  • The Tió: celebrated in Catalonia on Christmas’ Eve, the 24th December.
  • Mataró also celebrates several fairs such as:Tres Tombs and Saint Ponç In May it is celebrated a fair called Mercat de Sant Ponç. At the fair handicraft products, medicinal herbs, natural products like: honey,cheese, fruits, flowers, jam and salami are sold. Sant Ponç is the patron saint of the herbalists and bee keepers. The fair has been done for centuries. Its origins date to the 16th century, when in Spring herbalists took medicine to the sick. Today Sant Ponç fair is celebrated to preserve the antique customs.
  • Festival "Cultural Crossroad"
  • International Dance Festival "Days of Dance"

Demography

1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2007
19,704 28,034 31,640 73,129 100,021 119,035

References

  1. ^ Source: Catalan Wikipedia. This Denominació d'Origen is not currently (2006) protected at European Union level (see list).
  • Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona:Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Mataró is a city in Catalonia, Spain.

Get in

Take a train from Barcelona airport; travelling time is 1 hour. One-way tickets are €2.25, and a T-10 Zone 3 ticket is €17.40 for 10 trips in either direction. All trains leaving the airport pass through Mataró (Note: there are works on the line for the first half of 2006 requiring a change at either Sants or Clot-Arago); they depart half-hourly between 6am and 11pm.

Taxis from the train station to hotels in the center of Mataró are approximately €3.

Get around

It's small enough to walk just about anywhere in Mataro. If you're feeling particularly lazy though - the Mataro Bus network has 5 different lines and a very clearly layed out map at every bus stop (EUR 1.10 per journey or you can use a T-10 single zone card).

See

Some Roman ruins.

Various architectural works by Puig i Cadafalch.

  • Hire a boat at the marina.
  • Run or swim at the beach.
  • Rock climb on the artificial wall in one of Mataró's parks.

Buy

The buzzing market at Placa de Cuba (every Saturday morning) is good to pick up fresh fruit and veg - as well as to soak up the atmosphere.

  • Pizzeria Lluis, Baixada Escaletes 10, 93 796 29 68. Great food, friendly staff and quite cheap -- pasta dishes for €5-6. They only have menus in Catalan, though, so you may need to ask the staff for advice.
  • Nou Mundial, Camí Ral, 548. 93 789 15 97, [1]. This bar and restaurant serves a variety of good food, including pizza (€8-€9), paella (€10-€15), seafood and tapas. They cope surprisingly well with large groups of foreigners with no reservations.
  • La botigueta del Malambo Camí Ral 540. 93 798 80 59. Food to take away and products from Argentina. Weekend menu 11.95€.
  • Cavall D'Or, Camí Ral, 624, 93 757 87 10. Cheap and tasty Chinese food, such as Sizzling Chicken Plate for €6.45.
  • Xanascat the National Network of Youth Hostels for all of Catalonia. Rates from €15 to €24
  • NH Ciutat de Mataró [2], Camí Ral, 648. tel 937 575 522. email nhciutatdemataro@nh-hotels.com. Room rates from €57 to €125.
  • Hotel Castell de Mata [3], State highway II, Km. 649. tel 937 901 044 or 937 901 045. fax 937 551 117. email info@hotelcastelldemata.com. Room rates €72.
  • Alberg Can Soleret [4], Rda. Països Catalans. tel 937 575 707 or 933 026 162. fax 937 579 015. email cansoleret@accac.es. This youth hostel is some distance from the city center. Beds from €16.
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