El Masnou is one of the principal municipalities of the Maresme district. The town is well communicated and offers a wide range of activities and attractions making it worth a visit any time of the year.
Masnou has a number of outstanding buildings, including modernist structures such as the Casa BenŔfica, or the Casa de Cultura, and several old manor houses such as the 17th Century Cal Teixidor or the 16th Century Ca l'Antic.
Along the seafront, next to the beach, are the Pleasure Port facilities (Port Esportiu), famous throughout the local area for their good food and entertainment. Our town also offers a wide range of shops and services.
El Masnou is lively the whole year round, but in summer you can especially enjoy the Ple de Riure International Comedy Festival, and the Festivities of Sant Pere.
We are open to all-comers from around the world and would like to invite you to discover our town. We are sure that you will be pleasantly surprised when you leave.
Fortified manor houses were gradually built close to the sea, and we first hear of the town itself in the privilege granted to Ferdinand the Catholic in 1505 in which he was granted a lieutenant to exercise his functions while he was absent at the battle of TeiÓ.
From 1812, coinciding with the proclamation of the Liberal Constitution, the town elected a mayor. The people living in the beach settlement made the most of any opportunity to press for independence, and so it was in 1820, during a new period of liberalism, that the population of El Masnou once again gained their independence.
The Municipal Board met on the 28th of October 1825 to establish the municipality, the mayor, the councillors, deputies and corporations, thus meeting the terms of a Royal provision granted by Ferdinand VII.
Today, El Masnou still maintains a certain historic title: Illustrious Council of the Charitable Town of El Masnou.
The title Illustrious was granted the town in 1909 by Alfonso XIII because it was built without any help from the Escola Nacional, currently called the Escola Ocata.
The title of Charitable Town was granted in 1902 by Alfonso XIII thanks to the building of an alms house, the Casa BenŔfica.
|Informaciˇ publicada l'1 de february de 2008|