Mataro Travel Guide

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quaint little streets in the old quarter

quaint little streets in the old quarter


Mataró, the capital of the Maresme region, is an ever-changing, lively city with an important cultural heritage that gives it a personality of its own. Its privileged geographic situation -by the seaside and the Serralada Litoral mountain range- makes its weather conditions ideal to enjoy the city. The origins of Mataró go back to the Roman Times. The valuable heritage of this period can be seen at the Roman villa known as Torre Llauder, from the end of the 1st. century B.C., and at the ancient ruins recently found at the old part of town. When strolling around the central streets, one manages to do a quick trip through its history. This trip allows the visitor to travel from the Roman Iluro -the original name of the city- to the Baroque Mataró and through its colonial architectural influences and to contemplate a remarkable example of the Modernist movement thanks to the works of one of its most important representatives: the architect from Mataró, Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Mataró is a city to live in. Everything invites one to have an enjoyable time, day and night, specially in the summer. The gastronomic offer is wide and varied and its most popular and traditional dish is the cuttlefish with beans. One can also enjoy its waterfront -with a more than a thousand berth marina and fishing port-, the restaurants, the open air areas to eat and drink and the beaches. The city also has a great commercial offer: the traditional Mediterranean markets and shops where one can find all types of products, international trade marks, souvenirs and design products. Mataró is a modern city and well-connected to its metropolitan environment and to the rest of the regions in Catalonia. The communication network allows an easy access to the city not only by public transport but by private transport as well. These are the main reasons why Mataró is a city with an excellent quality of life. Its services, the green spaces, its privileged situation by the sea and the wide range of activities –cultural, entertaining, sports and leisure-, common to dynamic cities, make it a great place to visit and live.
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