Canet de Mar

A Lovely Beach Resort with Fine Modernista Architecture

Canet de Mar is a coastal town in the comarca of El Maresme, located between Arenys de Mar and Sant Pol de Mar with the El Corredor and El Montnegre ranges. 

Canet is an important beach resort and tourist centre, but like other towns in El Maresme, it is also known for the cultivation of flowers and strawberries.

The town's two long sandy beaches, Platja de Canet and Platja de Cavaió, are backed by a protected vegetation area and consequently, are in particularly good condition.

One of the great attractions of Canet is the high proportion of buildings in the Catalan Modernist style by architects such as Lluis Domènech i Montaner, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Pere Domènech i Roura and Eduard Ferrés i Puig.


Modernisme in Canet

Although born in Barcelona, the family of the great Modernista architect, Lluis Domènech i Montaner (1849-1923) were originally from Canet de Mar and had their summer residence in the town.

Domènech i Montaner's wife was from Canet, which meant the family spent long periods at the summer residence and two of Montaner's sons also married Canet girls. 

In his later years, Montaner retired to Canet where he worked on many of his research projects and wrote his books from the studio situated at the rear of the Montaner home. 

During his time in Canet, Montaner designed and built a number of important buildings, most of which are still standing and in very good condition. 

Casa Montaner, the family home, consists of a purpose built home as well as renovations to the 16th century Masia Racosa which would become Montaner's studio and today this complex houses a museum devoted to Montaner, the so-called "father of Modernisme".

Other significant works in the town centre include the Ateneu de Canet and Casa Roura, which is now a restaurant, the Pantheon of the Montaner family, which is interesting and further out of town and Montaner's renovations to the Castle of Santa Florentine are worthy examples of his work.

There are also a number of fine churches in Canet, such as the Esglèsia Parroquial de Sant Pere i Sant Pau, Santuari de la Mare de Deu de la Misericòrdia and Església de l'Hospital, as well as other fine Modernista works.

Josep Puig i Cadafalch's Restaurant of the Hermitage of la Misericòrdia and Fàbrica Carbonell Susagna are well worth visiting and Lluís Domènch i Montaner's son Pere Domènech i Roura has a number of buildings in the town including Casa Carbonell, Fàbrica Jover i Cia, Can Floris and Plaça del Mercat municipal. 

Canet de Mar Festivals

Canet de Mar's Festa Major is on honour of Sant Pere and is on June 29th.

The Festa Major Petita, in honour of the Mare de Déu de la Mercè as one of the Mares de Déu Trobades on September 8th.

Getting to Canet de Mar

By Road: It is served by the main N-II road along the coast and the C-32 motorway. and by a station on the RENFE railway line. 

By Train: The Barcelona Local train R-1 line covers the distance from Canet to Barcelona.

Ajuntament de Canet de Mar

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

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