El Masnou (pronounced [əl məzˈnɔw]; Catalan for "the new farmhouse") is a municipality in the province of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is situated on the coast between Montgat and Premià de Mar, to the north-east of the city of Barcelona, in the comarca (county) of el Maresme. The town is both a tourist centre and a dormitory town in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.
|• Mayor||Jaume Oliveras Maistany (2015)|
|• Total||3.4 km2 (1.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||27 m (89 ft)|
|• Density||6,900/km2 (18,000/sq mi)|
The town center has buildings in a wide range of styles: neoclassical, modernista, noucentista and simply eclectic. The municipal museum has collections of archeology and of Catalan ceramics, and there is also a private museum of pharmacy and medicine. A Roman village called Cal Ros de les Cabres was one of the first settlements located on the site of the current town.
Famous Catalan Cellist Pablo Casals lived in El Masnou, and current basketball star Ricky Rubio is a native. Also, Bruno, a professional footballer who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion, was born in El Masnou.
Other famous people who were born in El Masnou are:
- Antoni Llampallas Alsina (1855–1923) Attorney and delegate to the Union Catalanista in the House of Manresa (1892).
- Fèlix Oliver (Masnou, 1856 – Montevideo (Uruguay), 1932), a pioneer of cinema in Uruguay.
- Jordi Pagans i Monsalvatje (1932): One of the most important Catalan contemporary figurative painters. Cousin of the renowned classical music composer Xavier Montsalvatge i Bassols. In his paintings the influence of the Empordà coast, especially the people of Cadaqués, can be seen clearly.
- Lluís Millet i Pagès (1867–1941): musician, founder of the Catalan choir.
- Pau Estape i Maristani: mayor of El Masnou.
Historical and interesting buildingsEdit
- "Casa de la Vila". Neoclassical style of the architect "Miquel Garriga i Roca".
- "El Museu Cusí de Farmàcia". Museum of Pharmacy which is the exponent of the historical and museological vocation of a pharmacist, Joaquim Cusí and Furtunet.
- "Casa del Marquès del Masnou". This building belonged to Romà Fabra i Puig, who received the title of Marquis of El Masnou in 1922.
- "Ajuntament del Masnou". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
- "El municipi en xifres: El Masnou". Statistical Institute of Catalonia. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
- "Municipal Register of Spain 2018". National Statistics Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
- "Casa de la Vila". Translated from Catalan. 8 February 2017.
- "El Museu Cusí de Farmàcia". Translated from Catalan.
- "Casa del Marquès del Masnou". Translated from Catalan.
- Official website (in Catalan)
- Government data pages (in Catalan)
- Historic-artistic heritage (in Catalan)