Aiguafreda is a village with a population of about 2,500 inhabitants in the comarca of El Vallès Oriental, which is located in the extreme north of the comarca on the edge of the Parc Natural del Montseny.
The presence of a dolmen in the Serra de l'Arca mountain ridge suggests the area has been occupied since prehistoric times but the first known mention of Aiguafreda dates back to the consecration of the church of Sant Martí del Congost in the year 894, where appears in Latin as Aqua frigida.
The medieval settlement was mainly a collection of country houses and farms in the mountainous part of the municipality around el Saüc, Can Serra de l'Arca and l'Aragall.
The current village grew up alongside the Barcelona to Vic road after a few blacksmiths shops and a hostel were established in the 17th century to serve travellers.
After the arrival of the railway in 1875, the population grew quickly. A little later the Can Serra textile factory was established and then in the 1920s, Aiguafreda become popular as a summer holiday destination for people from the larger Catalan towns.
The two main places to visit in Aiguafreda are Cruïlles Castle and the church of Sant Martí del Congost.
There's also a Winter Festival normally celebrated over the first weekend in December.
By Road: If you're coming from the Barcelona area, take the Aiguafreda turn off on the C-17 motorway, which is about halfway between Granollers and Vic.
By Train: You can take the Rodalies R3 Barcelona-Ripoll Line and get off at the station of Sant Martí de Centelles in the neighbouring municipality of Abella.
If you understand some Catalan, you can find up to date news about Alella on the Ajuntament de Aiguafreda Website.