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.
Historical and interesting buildingsEdit
- Casa de la Vila. Neoclassical style town hall of the architect Miquel Garriga i Roca.
- Museu Cusí de Farmàcia. Museum of Pharmacy which is the exponent of the historical and museological vocation of a pharmacist, Joaquim Cusí and Furtunet.
- El Masnou Municipal Nautical Museum. Museum which permanent exhibition is organised around the relationship between the town of El Masnou and the sea.
- Casa del Marquès del Masnou. This building belonged to Romà Fabra i Puig, who received the title of Marquis of El Masnou in 1922.
Other famous people who were born in El Masnou are:
- Ricky Rubio (1990), First round draft pick of the NBA.
- Fèlix Oliver (1856 – 1932), a pioneer of cinema in Uruguay.
- Lluís Millet i Pagès (1867–1941), musician, founder of the Catalan choir Orfeó Català.
- Rosa Sensat (1873 – 1961), teacher who contributed to the development of the Catalan public schools during the first third of the 20th century.
- Jordi Pericot i Canaleta (1931), plastic artist and designer.
- Jordi Pagans i Monsalvatje (1932-2017), contemporary figurative painter, cousin of the renowned classical music composer Xavier Montsalvatge i Bassols.
- "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.
- "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)