Arenys de Munt

Birthplace of Contemporary Catalan Independence

Arenys de Munt, which literally means "sands up hill" in Catalan as opposed to neighbouring Arenys de Mar or "sands by the sea", and is one of the municipalities of the comarca of El Maresme

With a population of around 8,000, Arenys de Mar is situated inland from the coast, in the El Corredor mountain range, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of Barcelona.

It retains a textile industry specialised in the production of towels, and is also known for the production of strawberries, cherries and liqueurs.

Arenys de Munt isn't really a tourist town but it has some fine buildings, including the Gothic church of Sant Martí d'Arenys, the masias or country houses of Can Sala de Dalt, Can Borrell, Ca l'Arquer, Ca l'Amar de la Torre, Can Bellsolell, Can Maiol de la Torre, Can Corbera and Can Rossell and the wonderful medieval castle Can Jalpí.

However, this modest town is probably best known for the symbolic referendum (with no legal status under the Spanish Constitution) on self-determination and independence for Catalonia, which it held on September 13th 2009.

This event effectively kicked off the contemporary Catalan independence movement and came nearly a year before the long-awaited Constitutional Court decision on the new Statute of Autonomy for Catalonia.


Arenys de Munt Festivals

Sant Martí is the patron saint of Arenys de Munt and the town celebrates its Festa Major around his saints' day which is on November 11th.

Getting to Arenys de Munt

By Road: The B-511 road links the town with Arenys de Mar, Vallgorguina and Sant Celoni.

Ajuntament de Arenys de Mar

If you understand some Catalan, you can find up to date news about Arenys de Munt on the Ajuntament de Arenys de Munt Website.

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