Arenys de Mar, which literally means "sands by the sea" in Catalan as opposed to neighbouring Arenys de Munt or "sands up hill", and is one of the main municipalities of the comarca of El Maresme.
For many years, Arenys' harbour was the only existing port on the north coast of Barcelona, which still has a fishing fleet and remains central to the town's economic activity.
The long beaches at Arenys are formed by the coarse grained sand, typical of the Costa del Maresme. The largest of them is the Platja del Cabaió, which is located to the left of the port as you look out to sea.
Sights include the parish church of Santa Maria, with a Baroque altarpiece, built in 1704 by the sculptor Pau Costa and along Church Street are the Marés Museum of Lace-making and the Mollfulleda Museum of Mineralogy, forming the Arenys de Mar Museum.
Three defence towers, built to protect the port against pirates, are still conserved and are worth looking out for as is Arenys cemetery, which is a fine example of Mediterranean marine cemetery. It is oriented westward, on top of the Turó de la Pietat.
By Road: Arenys is 40 km (25 miles) to Barcelona by the N-II road or the A-19 highway.
By Train: The Barcelona Local train Rodalies R-1 line covers the distance to Plaça de Catalunya, in Barcelona City Centre, in 50 minutes.
If you understand some Catalan, you can find up to date news about Arenys de Mar on the Ajuntament de Arenys de Mar Website.