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Malgrat de Mar, Spain

by WCC on June 14, 2012

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Malgrat de Mar is a coastal town in the province of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). It belongs to the region of Maresme, north of the province and is the last town along the coast thereof. It is bordered by the river Tordera to the next region of the Forest, and in the province of Gerona. It has a beach about 7 km and has many hotels and campsites.

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In its historical center is the church of St. Nicholas, with neoclassical façade and octagonal steeple; temple is known as the Cathedral of the coast due to its dimensions. It also has medieval buildings (Library Cooperative, a former hospital) and modernist (Ca l’Arnau or Torre de l’Esquena). Also noteworthy is the mountain of the castle (castell) topped by a park with magnificent views over the surrounding population or the park Francesc Macia, recently created, add the centennial park Can Campassol, old garden of the house where Zenobia Camprubí, wife of Nobel Prize for Literature Juan Ramón Jiménez.

Malgrat de Mar arose between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries as a small village and is known then as Palafolls Vilanova. An etymological legend unfounded claims that the name of Malgrat is that when people went to work Palafolls Palafolls Vilanova reluctantly did “Bad Payable” (in Catalan). From the fourteenth century, Malgrat de Mar has been recognized as important core cultural, artistic and social. Modernism in Malgrat de Mar also left its mark.

At that place are factories, Proquima (Spontex) and Fher Laboratories / Boehringer Ingelheim (Buscopan). There are plenty of hotels spread throughout the population, commerce and agriculture. The most important economic activities related to trade, services and especially tourism.

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